Creating differentiated assignments for groups of students

As we teach classes, it is sometimes useful for students of like interest, preparation or aptitude to be grouped together to get differentiated assignments and assessments, within the structure of the same course. (Periodically two sections meet during the same color block and are grouped under the same course, and we can also differentiate assignments…

Using Canvas Templates

You can create reusable templates for assignments, wiki pages and discussions in your courses and then create assignments, wiki pages or discussions from those templates as needed. See below for a quick overview of how the system works: There are some restrictions on specific types of (more complex) documents for which this templating system does…

VoiceThread and Canvas

VoiceThread is currently set up as an “external tool” in Canvas. VoiceThread has some documentation of their own on this works that is worth perusing (you don’t have to worry about setting up the LTI — that’s already been done for you). Nota bene: VoiceThread also has directions that you can share with students. However,…

Publish (the gray/green cloud button)

Now assignments, discussions, pages and quizzes must be published before students can see them.This feature is very useful for releasing assignments to students when you want to. If you import assignments from another course you can leave assignments unpublished until you adjust due dates. Click on    and you’ll get … the item is now…

Dang it! How do I get that thing I just deleted back in Canvas?

So, you just deleted something from your course in Canvas. And you didn’t mean to. Or, maybe, months ago, you deleted something and now you wish you hadn’t. No worries. Point your browser at your course home page. Then add the word undelete to the end of the URL and hit Enter, so that you’re…

How do I create an ungraded assignment?

With some regularity, we assign work to students that we will not be collecting and grading (reading, for example). Rather than having these cluttering up our gradebook, we can mark them as “not graded” in Canvas. Start by creating the assignment as usual, either in the calendar or the assignments list:   Calendar   Assignments…