Blackboard Ally accessibility reporting is now available in all Canvas courses. You may have noticed the small icons that look like fuel gauges next to files that you have uploaded into your course.
To learn what those icons mean and how you can use the accessibility reports to improve your course, watch the short video below.
On Wednesday, September 11, Canvas’s New Gradebook replaces the current gradebook in all Endicott courses. The New Gradebook offers a number of new and enhanced features to help you input, manage, and release grades to students.
New Feature Highlights
- More filtering and sorting options: Instructors use the View menu to arrange assignment columns by name, due date, points, and modules. You can also filter by assignment group, module, section or student group.
- Crosshairs: The New Gradebook offers crosshairs and highlighting for improved orientation and rows use alternating colors to help with navigation.
- Submission status color coding: Instructors can customize the color associated with a Gradebook Status: late, missing, resubmitted, dropped, or excused. Any changes an instructor makes to the default status colors will persist for that instructor throughout all of his/her courses.
- Grade detail tray: The grade detail tray displays a grading summary by assignment and student, a link to view and download the submission in Speedgrader, submission status options, and comment field. Additionally, you can click the next and previous links at the top of the tray to advance to another student or advance directly to another assignment for that student.
- Late and missing submission policies: Instructors can set course-level grading rules to automatically apply to late and missing submissions. Review the Late Policy Instructor FAQ to learn more.
- Post and hide grade policies: Instructors can set a course-level policy that controls when and how grades are released to students with the Post and Hide Grade Policy options – Watch this video for details
- Watch the New Gradebook Overview Tutorial – 6 min Video
- Read the Canvas’ New Gradebook Guide for detailed information.
- Register and attend a hands-on New Gradebook workshop offered in August and September.
To help you get ready for the Fall 2019 semester, consider attending one or more of our upcoming Fall 2019 workshops that are listed in the Google Calendar below. (click here if calendar does not load) You can register for workshops by:
HTML5 User Interface Update as of April 20, 2019
Supported Browsers: Firefox or Chrome on desktop and Safari or Chrome on mobile devices. Note: The new Conferences interface is not supported on Internet Explorer or Edge browsers.
To Learn More
Watch this 6 minute Big Blue Button – Moderator/Presenter Interface video
Watch this 5 minute Big Blue Button – Viewer Interface video
Academic Technology has recently acquired a Google Jamboard that faculty are welcome to try with students. A Jamboard is basically a giant touchscreen whiteboard on wheels. Jamboard’s main function is collaborative brainstorming. The built-in app throws together handwriting recognition, shape recognition, freeform sketching, photos, clippings and group-created post-it-style ideas into a live workspace.
The Jamboard app can be simultaneously used by students on their laptops or phones so everyone in class can contribute even if they aren’t standing at the board. And since it’s part of G Suite, all files are saved to Drive and can be shared with collaborators.
Google offered the Jamboard to Endicott for a very low price (less than 20% of the retail cost) because it wants to see how higher ed faculty use the new device in order to develop some case studies. So please contact Hedrick at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a quick demo and to see if you might want to try it with your students.
Canvas releases new features, updated features and bug fixes on a 3 week cycle which translates to 16 releases per year. Important changes that you should know about as you build your Fall 2018 courses are summarized below as well as on the What’s New in Canvas page.
- Student Dashboard List View allows students to view all course tasks in a list format or To Do format. This change helps students manage all tasks across all their courses in a user-friendly format that also allows for user customization. Learn more about Student Dashboard List View .
- Non-Scoring Rubrics can be created without point values to create a non-scoring rubric. This feature promotes learning engagement by helping students focus on assignment feedback instead of point values. Learn more about non-scoring rubrics.
- Rubric criteria can now include a point range instead of an individual point value. Learn more about this rubric criteria range option.
- Modules, Assignments, Discussions and Pages can be duplicated. The duplication option is located in the Settings menu for each individual item.
- Recent Announcements can automatically display on the Home page by changing a course details option.
- Announcements and Discussions have updated designs to improve accessibility for all users.
- Student View is available on Home page sidebar so you don’t need to open Course Settings to access student view.
Check out the August 2018 Academic Technology workshop schedule. Click on the session for a full description and RSVP link. If you would like to see them in a list format, click the AGENDA button at the top right of the calendar.(click here if calendar does not load)
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