One of our instructors discovered that Canvas will not notify you of comments made on an announcement that you’ve imported from a previous offering of the class. So, for example, if I import all of my ‘Welcome to Lesson X’ announcements and then adapt them, I won't see any comments on these announcements, just on newly written ones. One of the design team talked to Canvas support and it turns out if it’s an old announcement, you will not receive notifications of commenting. Considering how often people repurpose these announcements, it is definitely worth noting.
If you would like to add a page to your class in Canvas that outlines the Computer and Technology resources available to students at Penn State, download this Canvas export file (right-click on the link and "save file as" or "save link as") and save it to your computer. You can also preview the page.
To include this page in your Canvas class, follow the steps below:
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.
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.
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:
Canvas allows you to use a CSV file to upload grades to the Gradebook. The Canvas Instructor Guide outlines specific instructions for how to do this.
There are some important things to keep in mind when doing this. According to the Canvas Instructor Guide:
Many faculty members are counting their enrollments in Canvas by manually "counting" the number of individuals in the People page and subtracting Teachers, Course Admins, and TAs. Instead. you can go to the Settings and on the right side of the page there will be a listing of the number of individuals with each role in the course. See below.
When you do a merge of the first two courses in Canvas, the content from the original sections is removed and a new section, with a new URL and no content, is created in Canvas. See the fabulous illustration below.
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).