Keep Teaching with Canvas Modules and Assignments

In times of high stress, clear communication and easy-to-find information are critical. This webinar, offered by the IU campus teaching and learning centers, will show you how to streamline your Canvas course to help you and your students stay together and easily locate assignments, discussions, files, and more. The webinar will provide a basic understanding of how to set up a Canvas course using Modules to provide an effective checklist for both instructors and students to ensure all content is being covered.

Keep Teaching: Canvas Modules and Assignments

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>> Welcome, everyone, to the Keep Teaching at IU Canvas modules and assignments webinar. I'm Andi Strackeljan. I'm up at the IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning, and Madeleine, my co-host, is down in the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning in Bloomington. We also have a few other consultants who are joining us to address your questions in the chat. Madeleine, do you want to share a little bit about what the teaching centers do? >> Yes, Andi, and welcome, everyone. Yes, we are here to support you with pretty much any aspect of your teaching. So please do reach out to us if you need help. As you can imagine right now, we're providing a lot of support to balance the learning technologies available to you at IU. But if you have general teaching questions, certainly do reach out to us. We have consultants who can help you with pedagogy and the technologies as well. I know many people have many questions at the moment. So hopefully you'll get some answers through today's webinar. >> Awesome. Then, Madeleine, if you could add the link to contacting your local teaching center to the chat, that would be awesome, or Kim, whoever's available. So today, I am going to show you one approach to setting up your Canvas site. The first and most important thing I want to point out to you is that if your course is not yet published, you will see a little bar up here in the top right and it'll say unpublished, and then you can click Publish. You could build a very wonderful Canvas site, well-organized, pretty graphics, but if you don't click that Publish button on the home, then your students will never ever see all of your wonderful work. So do make sure that you publish your Canvas course. So today, I'm going to be showing you a way to set up your Canvas site using modules. The idea behind modules is that they act as a repository for all your course content. So I'm going to first show you what modules look like from the Student View. So over here on the far right, I have a set of options on my homepage, and one of them is Student View. Now, I'm using a wide screen monitor. So this box here on the right, it is here. If my screen were smaller, this box would be under my content here. That's true across some of the different tools in Canvas. There will be options over here on the right. Okay. So I'm going to enter Student View. I know that I'm in Student View now because my lovely profile picture went away, and I also have this pink magenta, not sure what color that actually is, but I have this pink box around my window telling me that I am in here as student. So if I were a student in this course, this is what I would see when I login. Notice that I have very simple navigation over here. So again, today, I'm talking about this from the perspective of modules. You might have set up a course in the past in a different way or maybe some of your colleagues use Canvas differently, that's not wrong. I'm just showing what we think is the most streamlined approach to help you keep teaching and your students keep learning during the suspension of face-to-face classes. So I'm going to click over here into Modules, and I'm going to see that there's this first module called KT Webinar Content. It has a page, an assignment, and a discussion. So this is kind of a checklist for me as a student to make sure that I am doing all the things that I need to do this week or this unit, depending on how the instructor has organized things. So when I click on Weekly overview and readings, I'm taken to a page that has information about what we're doing this week. It also has something for me to read and some videos for me to watch. Notice down here, I have this Next button. This is going to take me to the next item in the module. This happens to be an assignment. I have this nice Submit Assignment button. I see when it's due. If I realize I need some information from that previous page, I can just click Back. I'm sorry, the buttons says Previous, and I can go back to that first item of the module. So I can use these arrows to just keep me going through, and next is a discussion, and then it keeps going through the content. If I want, I can come back to the full modules list and go to a different module. So there's two other ones in this course. So this is what it looks like from the student perspective. Everything that I need to do is in one place. So now I'm going to move out of Student View and into Instructor View, where I can actually edit, and I'm going to show you how to build this content. So here, I'm going to click this Leave Student View, and now I'm back in as my regular instructor self. So to build out a module like this, I'm going to first click Plus Module and give it a name. A lot of people like to do this by week and topic. You could do it by unit, which may be spans two weeks. It's up to you. Again, this is about doing things in a way that makes the most sense to you and your students and parallels as much what you've been doing up until this point. So I'm going to give it a week and a topic name, let me say Add Module, and now you don't see that module. Well, that's because Canvas put it all the way at the bottom here. So I don't want this module at the bottom, I want it at the top. So I am going to click by all these little buttons here and drag all these little dots, and I'm going to drag this up. All right. So I just moved my module up. If that's annoying to you, or especially if this the list of modules gets very long, then I can click the three little dots on the far right and tell it to move the module and tell it exactly where I want the module. So it went all the way at the top. All right. So there's two different ways to move your modules around. So this is my module. The idea here is that this is a repository of bucket. I can put all of my course content right here. I can bring together every graded activity, files, recordings, everything inside of this module and it serves as a checklist for me, the instructor, to know that students are getting all the information they need for the week and that I posted everything. For students, they see I have one path for completing this. They don't have to hunt around through this course navigation over here to find what they need to do. So once I have my module created, I'm going to add content inside of it. So when I click the Plus button, and then from this drop-down menu, I can see all the different types of things I could add to this module. Probably the most common thing is an assignment. So I'm going to go ahead and click Assignment. Here, you'll see the list of all the assignments that are already in this course. But for our purposes, I'm going to say I want to create a new assignment, maybe you don't have any assignments in your course right now. >> You're going to give your assignment a meaningful name and then click Add Item. Right now, I have essentially created a placeholder for this assignment. I still need to go in and add additional instructions for students, and say how many points this is worth when it's do, all of that very important information to your students. We will show you that momentarily. First, I want to show you how to build out some more items in this module. So we will get into the assignment settings in just a few minutes. This has created my placeholder, the start of this assignment. So I'm going to click Plus again and instead of an assignment, this time, I want to create a discussion. So assignments are great if you need students to submit a file to you for your feedback and review. Discussions are great if you want students to interact with each other. So again, here's the list of all the discussions that are already in this course. I am going to create a new discussion about your essays. Again, you're going to make these meaningful titles, and click Add Item. Still I need to go in and define additional information about what exactly they're supposed to be discussing and how they are doing that in the discussion. But we'll get to that in a moment. Many of you might have documents you want to share with your students that you would normally handout during class. So I just click that Plus button again, and instead of discussion, I'm going to say File. Here, all the files already in this course. I'm going to select one, or you can upload a new file and say Choose File, and it's going to show you your regular dialogue box upload process. I'm currently using a PC. This view looks slightly different on a Mac, but it's the same idea. So I want to add Bloom's taxonomy wheel. I want to say Open. It's telling me it's going to put it in course files and add item. So now I have this file in my module. Have you notice Blooms wheel.jpg isn't a very friendly name for this document? So I'm going to click these three little dots on the far right, and I'm going to say Edit. Here I can change the name of this file [NOISE] and click Update. Now that's a much friendlier name. My students know exactly what they're going to be looking at here. However, if I want them to attend to certain parts of this diagram, or say this is important relative to a recorded lecture that I gave, it might actually be useful to embed this image or a PDF or whatever file you're trying to share with your students. It might actually be more useful to embed it within a page. So if I do a plus add, this time I'm going to say Page, New Page, Add Item. I can go and embed this image in this page and give more information about it. So we saw that when we were in the student view at the beginning of this Webinar. So this is a page that's supposed to give students the weekly overview. Within this page, I have embedded a file. I have embedded Kaltura media, and I have given students context on why they're watching what they are watching so that they know what they're supposed to be paying attention to. Now, if you are unfamiliar with Kaltura or are interested in seeing how I created this media file, we have a Webinar coming up later this afternoon and every day next week on creating and embedding Kaltura media into your Canvas site. So there's a whole lot to get into there that we don't have time for today, but I just wanted to point out that this is Kaltura media. So I'm going to go back to my module. I can reorder the items in this module just like I reordered the module itself. So if I want this page to be first, I'm just clicking the little dots on the far left and dragging. So this is all great. I've spent time, I've gone in, I've added additional instructions for students. But notice these little circle with a line through it. My students actually don't currently have access to this. I can go in and I can publish the assignment, the page, the discussion, but until I published the entire module, my students aren't going to see this. So right now, if I go Home and I go to Student View. See that top module, it's not there that is because it is not published. So I'm going to leave Student View and I'm going to publish my module. So that sometimes is a place I've seen people get tripped up in the items inside their module are published, but the module itself is not. Notice down here, like this page is published but the module itself is not. So this is useful for you while you're building your content. But to make sure when you're ready for students to see it that you do click this very all-important Publish button. That's a super brief overview of modules and how they can bring all of the pieces of your course content together in one place. Now, Madeleine is going to take us through actually going in and adding that additional detail and really setting up your assignments. >> Great. Thank you, Andi. So the assignments tool and Andi if you can navigate to me while I'm talking, but right now, we don't have to go into the assignments tool. Although if we can pause there for a moment, Kim asked me to mention that for some of you may have disabled the modules tool earlier in the semester, and now maybe you've seen this. You're like, "Oh, I really want to use that tool." So a good example here is the assignments tool is actually currently not visible to students. So when you see that eyeball icon with a line through it, that means that you can see it, but your students cannot. So Andi did went and take a moment and just show how to enable the tool. So we always enable tools by going to the options settings tool at the bottom of the list of courses, and then we're going to go in the middle of the top bar there, the navigation tab. What you see here at the top are the tools that are currently enabled in your course, and then if you scroll down, you'll see all of these other tools that you also have access to. So what we would do is we would find the modules tool, or in this case, the assignments tool, and we're going to enable it in this course. Very important to remember though is to make sure that you go and save. Andi is also showing you that you can reorganize the tools, but make sure you save these changes. So again, we go to the settings tool to navigation, and that's where you would enable the modules tool. So we've seen how we can use the modules tool, it's a bit of a filing cabinet. So it's a way for you to say, "Okay students, when we come back after spring break for week 9, here are the things that we're paying attention to." So Andi asked me to talk a bit more about assignments. The assignments tool in Canvas encompasses all graded activities, which would include quizzes and discussions. So you can see these icons look a little different, they're in green because these are all published. But you can see that the little page with a pencil mark, that's an assignment so that might be where students upload a file. Then we have discussions and quizzes. We also have a slightly different icon. So the good thing about the assignments tool is when you add assignments, and you add due dates, and then publish those assignments, the students have multiple ways of seeing where to find ways to access the assignments and when they are due. So it will show up for them at the bottom of the syllabus tool, and this happens by default. So when we create assignments with due dates, they show up organized by date on the syllabus tool. If you don't have a due date, it will just list them at the bottom alphabetically. That also shows up for the students in their calendar tool. The thing that's helpful for you as an instructor, you can access this assignments from any of these places and edit them. >> So what happens when you click on an assignment, you see some other details. You can see right now I haven't associated points, students aren't asked to submit anything. So and if you can click on the Edit button, and then we can see what are our options when we want to edit an assignment. So this is a very familiar interface. If you've been in Canvas before, we see this rich content editor, which is the box where and this cursor is right now. That allows us to do things like edit text and so forth. But it also allows us to include videos, images, math equations, YouTube videos, but the other thing that's important is we can link to files. So let's say this assignment, so this one is called essay for midterm. Well, maybe I need students to actually read a file before they read a PDF, before they actually start working on the essay. So Andi is going to highlight the example PDF. Then on her screen, she's going to go to the right to the Files tab. She can click on one of those files and it will link that text to that file. For those of you who are working on smaller devices, this Files tab might show up at the bottom of the screen for you. So now Andi has linked directly to that file. So again, this is useful because now our students don't have to try to find those files in the files tool. It's where they need to access the file. You can see here. I can also select the amount, the number of points associated with this assignment. Then very importantly, I have to tell Canvas what do I want students to do for this assignment. Right now, they're not asked to do anything. So if I click or, Andi, if you can click on that, so maybe I do want them to submit something online. So when you select that, then you can specify, I want them to upload a video, or just do a text entry, or upload a file, sorry. So most of the time, instructors are asking students to upload Word documents or PDFs for these types of assignments. Then at the bottom of the screen is where you can set the due date. So I've mentioned the due date, this is how it organizes assignments. If we click on the calendar icon, then you can select the date and time when this assignment is due. If I only select the due date though, Canvas doesn't prevent students from submitting after that date and time. It will just mark those submissions as late. So if I come in on March 28 at 5:00 am, I can submit my file, but it will be marked as late. If you want to just give some a bit of a grace period, you can use them to all date for that. In general, we're recommending a lot of flexibility in the upcoming months. So until they'd enforces or closed it so no one can submit after 11:59 PM on April 3rd. So you might select a due date and just leave it at that, and then see how students are coping with getting assignments and things turned into you. Then as always, we hit Save. In this case, the assignment was already published. If it hadn't been published, you'll see a Save and Publish option. Then so once students have submitted our assignments, we need to give them some feedback. So Andi, is there anything else we want to look at before we go to SpeedGrader? No? Okay. So I know that students have submitted some work. So Andi clicks on the assignment. Then I see here on the right, I see the SpeedGrader option. It's probably one of the most popular tools in Canvas because it allows multiple ways for instructors to give students feedback. If your students are submitting Word documents, PDFs, or what was the other one? PowerPoint slides, then you can actually provide some on-screen feedback to your student. So yesterday, I wrote good job as a comment on there. You can highlight sections, you can do all kinds of feedback for your students there, or you can just give them some general comments. We can see in the right screen there's an Assignment Comments option. We already entered the grade for the students and this was in yesterday's webinar. But if we hadn't, you can just enter the grade there and it will be pushed to the Gradebook, although Andi is going to talk about that in just a moment. Just so you know, you can also provide audio, or video feedback, or add attachments, and that's what those icons at the bottom are. So that can be helpful as well. Once I hit Submit, in this case, the grade is going to be sent to the Gradebook. Depending on whether or not I allow students to immediately see the grades, they may see it. I'm going to hand it back over to Andi. >> Awesome. So as Madeleine just said, you can provide overall comments, you can actually annotate documents depending on which specific type of document your students have uploaded, and also just provide a score here. The buttons up here allow you to navigate between your students. You can also use this drop-down to jump to just the students that have already submitted the paper. This is a test course, so I don't have a huge list of students here like you will. The important thing to know is, as soon as you enter a score here or put an annotation on the paper, that information is immediately available to your students. If you do not want that, if you would like to say finish grading everyone's paper before anyone sees their grade or any of your comments, then you want to change your course grade posting policy. In the past, there was a similar way to do this called muting grades and unmuting grades. So if you have used Canvas in the past, this process has changed in the last year or so. So I'm going to take us to the Gradebook right now. If you notice, when I clicked on SpeedGrader earlier, it opened SpeedGrader in a new window. So I can just go back to my original window. Or from SpeedGrader, I can click on Gradebook or on the title of the paper to take me back to the assignment. Right now I want to go to the Gradebook. So here's my Gradebook. It has all of the published assignments in the course. So if you have an assignment that you've created that you've not yet published, there won't be a column for it in the Gradebook just yet. What you'll notice is that each of these assignments say manual after them. That is because I have set a grade posting policy. I'm actually going to change this really quick and then I will talk through this. Okay. If this is the first time we are coming to your Gradebook, this is what you're going to see. But say I'm getting ready to grade Essay 1 and I want to release students feedback all at once, I'm going to click on these three dots on the far right. Notice these three dots, they've shown up all across Canvas. The three dots always mean, hey, there's important stuff here. They're like settings. I'm going to click these three dots and I'm going to say grade posting policy. Right now, the grade posting policy is automatically. This is the default setting, which means as soon as you enter feedback, students will be able to access it. I want to change this to manual, which means when I enter a feedback or a score, it's going to be hidden. Canvas is going to wait for me to push this feedback out to my students. So it is something that I have to remember to go back and do. So I'm going to click manually. This provides me additional information on what exactly this is going to do. You can read that at some point later. This tells me success. This post policy has been updated, and now it says manual. So if I enter this score of eight, I now see that there are hidden grades for this assignment. When I've gone through and I've given everyone a score and appropriate feedback, maybe through SpeedGrader, I want to then release these grades to my students. So I'm to go back to our all-important three dots here and I'm going to post grades. Now, before, this wasn't an available option because there weren't any grades to post. So I'm going to post grades, and it's going to ask me: Do I want to post everyone's grades or just those that already have a score? This could be useful if you have a bunch of late submissions and you want to create those separately later. So I'm going to say no, I'm fine posting them for everyone. >> In a moment Canvas will tell me it has posted them. If you think this is great and of course, why is this not the default setting? It can be. So if you would like all of your assignments to have a manual grade posting policy, you can set that for the whole grade book. That's by using this gear or a wheel icon on the far right of your grade book, and I'll click that and go to Grade posting policy. So if I change this to manual, it again, is telling me the same information that I saw when I was doing this on the assignment level, but I'm doing this on the grade book level now. So now, it automatically made all of these manual, and any additional assignments that I add after this point, will also have a manual grade posting policy. The only trick here is that once you're done grading, you will have to go back and release this feedback. Now, whether or not your students view this feedback is another question, you can help encourage them to view that feedback by posting an announcement and letting them know that you have this feedback for them. So that brings me to my final point today, which is communicating with your students. So I'm going to show you announcements. Right now, you'll notice that my course navigation has disappeared, that's because Canvas is trying to help me, give me extra real estate here since I'm in my grade book, which can sometimes get a little lengthy here. So I'm going to get my course navigation back by clicking on these three bars here. Sometimes we affectionately call this the hamburger menu. So I can click on the hamburger menu here and get my course navigation back. I can also click again and get rid of it. But for right now, I want to go to Announcements. So here on Announcements, I'm going to click plus announcement, and then [NOISE] give a nice title that's meaningful to students, and then information about finding your feedback. I would recommend you provide your students the Canvas guide for locating feedback, which we will show you how to find the Canvas guides in just a moment. You'll notice this text editing looks very similar, it's the exact same setup as an assignment. For an announcement, there is no publishing, as soon as you click Save, it's going to be available to your students. However, maybe you are finishing grading late in the evening or want to have a reminder first thing in the morning, you can type up your announcement just like normal and then go to delay posting. This is going to allow you to set a specific date and time to release this announcement to your students. So maybe I want to look like I am an early bird, even though that is not the case, and I'm going to say I want this to be pushed out to my students tomorrow morning at 7:00 AM, and click Save. Notice that it's visible here to me, but it's not going to be visible to the students until tomorrow at 7:00 AM. I can verify this by going to Announcements, and I see this delayed until, here's the announcement I posted yesterday, which is available. So you see that difference of posted on versus delayed until. This is very useful posting announcements because you can link to other course content, embed files and keep your students directly inside of your course. So I could, example here, I linked students to an assignment. So I said, right here, let's show you what that looks like. I came in here and I edited and I used that wonderful bar on the right, and went to assignments. So you can tell your students, reminder you have this assignment coming up, it's due tomorrow at midnight, and you can actually link them in your announcement directly to that assignment, taking all of the guesswork out of where do I need to go to find out what I need to do? I'm going to go and save that. So now, if I click on, Essay 1, it actually takes me to the assignment Essay 1. So in this way announcements can be really useful. The other option you have for communicating with your students is the Canvas inbox. The difference here is that now I'm going outside of my course. This is part of your global Canvas tools. So you can have all sorts of things here, you can filter by course. So if I just want to see information related to my Sandbox, then I can just see all of the messages related there, and when I go to compose a new message, it automatically knows that it's inside of my Sandbox course. Then when I click on the little directory icon here, I can send things to all students or I can select specific students to receive my message. Always give a title [NOISE] and then you can put your content here. But you're very limited in your text editing features here. So I would recommend only using this when you need responses back from your students. So for instance, if you want to tap a synchronous meeting with your students and you wanted to know if everyone had the capability of joining, and you wanted them to let you know if they didn't, then you would want to send a message. We're going to send a message to all the students in this course just by clicking Students, All, and then I'm going to click this, Send individual messages. That way, if I'm asking for students to respond, they'll just respond to me. There's no way for them to accidentally reply all to all of their classmates. Then I can type my message [NOISE]. >> Send it. I'm not going to actually do that, but you would click Send, I'm going to hit Cancel. So notice that now I'm outside of the course that I was in. So to get back there, I'm going to go to courses and click on that course. So announcements, just keeps your students within your course, inbox sits above any specific course. So with that, I am going to pass things back over to Madeleine so that she can talk a little bit about getting some assistance. >> Yes. Thank you, Andi. Just a reminder, please communicate with your students and just let them know how you would like us to communicate with them and how they should communicate with you. So if you are going to be sending announcements, make sure that they are aware of that. The question came up yesterday. Can we make sure that students gets the announcements in their email? Well, those are the things that students have control over. Each one of us can set our notification settings, for instance. So this is why we're suggesting just let students know, "Yes, make sure you come into the course and check those announcements regularly or check the inbox." Just be clear with students about that. So some resources, the biggest one that we're suggesting everyone keep an eye on is That's where you're seeing sections on resources and strategies. Those two sections I would highly recommend you look through. We'll keep adding more of these webinars and recordings. So those will also be linked on the Keep Teaching site. But there are already a lot of resources there and teaching strategies. Certainly, reach out to us at the teaching centers. Kim will, in a moment, probably post that information for you again. Also, contact your support center and send your students to the support center as well. Then, Andi had mentioned the Canvas guides, so you can see on the screen. Andi is clicking on the Help button, and this is very helpful to you and your students. You have the option to search the Canvas guides. Earlier, I actually sent you a link to, or shared links in the chest to the guide specifically for students. But you can look, you can do a search in the guides. So they're all very helpful. So Andi is typing in creating assignments. So if we click on the very first one there, how do I create an assignment? The helpful thing is that the guides include screenshots so you can see exactly where you should be clicking in your course site. So definitely, have a look at those guides and send your students to the Canvas guides as well, because those are very helpful. Anything else? Also the knowledge base. So the knowledge base, you can find answers to a lot of questions there. You can see Andi is also pointing out some other help options as well. Thank you, Andi. Yes, Pretty much any technologies related question you can have, it's addressed in the knowledge base. You can see even on that screen we have links to keep teaching, we have About Canvas at IU. So definitely, usually knowledge base as well. Thank you to Kim who had shared a lot of these links for you in the chat room. >> Awesome. Again, here is the information about contacting UITS for technical support. You do not have to sort out your students technical questions for them, that is not your responsibility. You can direct them to UITS. This has all of the ways that students can get in touch. The chat is actually really awesome because if it's a technical problem with their computer, once they've started a chat with UITS help, they can actually remote control the computer to fix any problematic settings or troubleshoot things for the student directly. This also applies to you. If you are having trouble with Canvas, with Zoom, anything like that, reach out to the support center. They are there to help you. I also wanted to show under the Help that there is a way from Canvas Help to the support centers specific form for help with Canvas. This obviously is not instant. It sends them an email, but that's another way if you don't need instant help, but still timely help. You could use that Ask for Help button. If you need help right then and there, then using the chat or calling them is the fastest way to hear from UITS. If you have questions that are more in depth about Canvas, about how to restructure your course because you're moving it online, that is what we are here for at the teaching centers. We love to hear from you and help you work through any of your questions. So with that, I believe we've gotten through my agenda of things. I heard there were some questions about testing. I did not show quizzes at all. So I'm just going to take you to quizzes really quickly. Obviously, again, there are no quizzes here yet because this is a brand new course I created this week. So I'm going to click the plus quiz button, and you're going to see that box it looks really similar to an assignment. So it add all my regular details. There are extra settings here. If you go to the Canvas guides, all of the basic settings of quizzes are discussed, but you actually add your questions individually here. >> Andi, can you talk a bit about what some of the best practices are that we are recommending for people who had high stakes quizzes scheduled during the break. >> Yes. So right now, the current advice is, if it won't be disruptive to your course content, wait until the two-week period is over to give your quiz face-to-face. If that is not possible, then you would want to restrict some of these settings here about, you would only want students obviously to have a certain amount of time for the quiz. You may not want them to be able to see correct answers ever. Also, there is a possibility if you're concerned about security of the exam, you can, of course, limit the window of time that this is available to students, like maybe it's only available for a one-day time period. There are other technologies that are available that can restrict what students are able to access while they're taking the quiz, like they can only see the quiz. They cannot navigate towards anything else on their screen. If you're interested in those technologies, please send a message to your local teaching center and we can work through that with you. I will give you the caveat that any online proctoring has some drawbacks and that students need some specific hardware technology to be able to engage in an online test proctoring experience. That can be anxiety-provoking for certain students. The simplest thing to do is to, again, communicate with your students why you're doing what you're doing and talk them through what their options are and help them to be as successful as possible during this surprise online teaching experience. >> Andi, again, I think this is a good opportunity to talk to us at the teaching centers. We'll probably also talk to you about, well, does this really still need to be an exam? Or could it be quizzes where students get to have multiple attempts, or actually thinking of having students practice more with the content rather than testing them within that one small time period. But again, we're aware of the options, so please come and talk to us about those. >> There was some conversation I'm seeing about lockdown browser. Once you have created your quiz in Canvas, you can enable lockdown browser for it. That is one of the tools under settings that is, [NOISE] sorry about that, likely disabled currently. But the process for that is create your quiz in quizzes first, then go to lockdown browser in your course navigation and link those two up. Your students will have to download a file in order to take a quiz that way. There are definitely some known hacks around lockdown browser. I mean, anytime you are putting those sorts of restrictions on things, it will limit cheating, but you cannot know for sure that it's not occurring. So that's just one of those things you can limit but you can't totally eradicate. So I think we're going to go ahead and stop the recording.

Webinar Outline

  • Quick orientation to Zoom room (can chat questions, please leave audio and video off as this is a very large webinar)
    • Chat pod hosts: type hello in Chat so that everyone sees the chat window
  • Introductions (lead and assistant facilitators)
    • What are the teaching centers?
      • pedagogical and instructional technologies consulting on every campus: for contact information
      • happy to consult with you
    • Cover the basics to get started today – for more in-depth help, contact your local teaching and learning center and the resources on
    • Set the expectation for questions – you can type them in as we go, and we will try our best to address them in Chat; however, we have time reserved at the end specifically for Q&A.

General Site Orientation

  • Canvas site must be published (flip to student view)
  • Modules as the engine of your Canvas site – a repository for all course content
  • Canvas is robust, and there are many ways to set things up, we are offering a streamlined approach to help you keep teaching and your students learning during this suspension of face to face classes
  • See example KT webinar module (page, assignment, discussion)
    • Enter into the module and see nav arrows
  • Notice the straightforward site navigation from the student perspective.

Creating modules and organizing content (back to instructor view)

  • Create a new module (put in order that you want)
  • Create content directly in the module
    • Assignments for when only you need to see student work and provide feedback
      • +Assignment
      • This is a placeholder, more details on settings in a moment
    • Discussions for when students need to interact with each other/provide public feedback (for private or anonymous peer feedback use peer review)
      • Show creation process
    • Add files for external or supplemental readings
      • Show creation process
      • Be sure to rename meaningfully
    • Use pages to provide additional context for the week and readings or share videos
      • Show the creation process and rich text editing features
      • Use headings appropriately!
      • Embed file
      • Embed Kaltura media
      • Do NOT embed internal Canvas links
    • Publish content! If the module is not published, students can't see/submit

More on Assignments

  • While our assignments were created through Modules, you can organize and view all through Assignments
  • Go to Assignments – edit the newly created assignment to add instructions and the due date
    • In your assignment description, you can also add files/readings directly, instead of sending students to a separate tool or embed media such as images and Kaltura media (just like we showed in Pages)
    • Once you set the due date, that is populated into the syllabus tool automatically (also the calendar tool)
      • Show course stream
    • The Assignments tool includes all graded activities including discussions and quizzes
    • Once instructors have their course set up, instructors will need to orient their students to their specific organization – bear in mind that it might be very different than the students' other instructors' setup
    • Integrated tools that automatically self-populate and dynamically update: Syllabus, Assignments (which includes graded Discussions and Quizzes), Grades, Calendar

Grading and providing feedback (once you have student submissions, it's time to grade!)

  • Can enter grades from "grades."
  • Speedgrader for providing more detailed feedback
    • Overall comments – must save
    • Scores save automatically
    • In-text annotation for more fine-grained feedback
    • There are rubrics, but that's for another time

Hiding and releasing feedback

  • Students will be able to see the grades/feedback as soon as it saves/is posted. If you want to change this, you need to change the "grade posting policy."
    • Process for assignment-level
    • Process for course-level

Communication with students

  • Publish your Canvas site
  • Inbox – in Canvas email; show how to send a message (for things that require student response)
  • Announcements can embed course links (use to keep students inside of the course content)
  • Set 2 expectations (also add to home page/syllabus/announcement)
    • Where you're going to look for messages from your students
    • Where your students should look for messages from you

Getting help/learning more

  • Publishing course site – students won't see it until it's published
  • Import Keep Teaching modules into your course (Andi showed some in this Canvas course) See the links in the Chat:
  • UITS Support Center after-hours – function (i.e., where do I click?) See link in Chat:
  • Online help Canvas guides, CITL website, KB doc
  • Show Canvas Help and Canvas Guides
    • Start with "Search the Canvas Guides"
    • If you can't find what you're looking for, try searching "Ask the Community" as well
    • Call your campus teaching/learning center

Wrap up

  • Questions?
  • Thank everyone for coming
  • Reminder: we're available to help – contact your teaching center:
  • Refer back to for most up to date information