Student Activity Tool in Canvas

If you have a student who late-drops a course, and then need to see their last date of activity after the student has dropped, you will need to use the Student Activity Tool in Canvas. This tool must be activated in the course in order for it to be usable. 

The Canvas Student Activity tool allows faculty to view and print a student's last day of activity in a course.


End of Semester Grades if you Drop Assignments

If you drop grades during the semester, you will need to semi-manually change all incomplete assignments to zero before you can finalize grades. 

There is an easy way to do this in the grade book. Click on the pull-down arrow at the top of an assignment. Click on 'Set Default Grade'. Enter 0 as the grade, and make sure you do not overwrite grades that are already entered. Canvas will automatically change all "-"s to "0"s and leave the graded assignments alone.


Making Comments on Group Assignments When Student is Not Part of the Group

It has come to our attention that there is a potential issue that arises in SpeedGrader for group assignments when instructors try to provide comments to students who are not assigned to a specific group. Instructor comments appear to not be saved in SpeedGrader. After pressing the Submit button, the comment disappears. The comment DOES show up if you look at the student's Grades page Submission Details for the assignment in question. So, we can (hopefully) assume that the student is seeing the comment.


Canvas Mail Tip

I wanted to make sure you're aware of a problem with Canvas inbox. An email was sent about this a while back, but it's important enough for a reminder to be sent. If you send a message to multiple people in Canvas, every response to that thread from then on will go to all of the original recipients (even if you don't see all of the names in the To box).

Here is an example of something we've seen:


Confidentiality Holds

First, you should be aware that directory holds (where students request that their directory information remain confidential), appear differently in Canvas. On the Canvas roster page, faculty should see a red asterisk after the student’s name on the roster and a footnote at the bottom of the roster list that serves as a legend (*Confidential).


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