Introducing Canvas’s New Gradebook

Overview

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 Gradebook View

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

Learning Resources

Canvas Conferences – Updated User Interface

HTML5 User Interface Update as of April 20, 2019

The BigBlueButton Conferences interface has been redesigned using HTML5 for improved usability. This change makes the Conferences interface faster and easier to use and removes the requirement for extensions or plugins such as Adobe Flash for audio/video sharing and Javascript for screen sharing.

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

Canvas New Features Update

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 duplicatedThe 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.

Canvas Tips – Spring 2018 Workshop Handout

For those who can’t attend the Canvas Tips – Spring 2018 workshop this spring, I’ve linked to the Google doc handout that I put together for the session and also embedded it in this blog post.   So, check out the tips for each category by clicking on the hyperlinks for details on how to access and implement the feature(s) and contact me if you have any questions!

Canvas Workshops – Dec, 2017 – Jan, 2018

Embedded below is a calendar with the workshops available for Dec, 2017 and January, 2018. Click on the session for a full description and an 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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New Canvas Integration – Respondus LockDown Browser

Are you looking for a way to prevent students taking an online Canvas quiz from accessing any outside websites, printing, copying or accessing other applications  during the quiz ?   If yes, then consider requiring students to use the Respondus LockDown Browser,  which is now available within Endicott’s Canvas platform. 

Learn More about how to require students to use the LockDown Browser with a Canvas quiz with these resources: