How do I transfer student grades from one class to another?

At the start of the year, as student schedules are being ironed out, students will periodically move from one section of a course to another, or even from one teacher to another. When this happens, the automatic enrollment syncing with FAWeb causes the student to disappear from their old class and re-appear in their new…

Embed Content “Full Size” in Canvas

One of the tricky things about embedding content in Canvas (or, really, anywhere) is that the standard approach is to use an <iframe> markup tag. And an <iframe> needs to be told how big it should be on the screen… and sometimes you don’t know either how big the screen will be or how big…

I can’t find one of my courses in Canvas!

As we get started into the school year, you may discover that a course that you expected to see in your Courses menu is not, in fact, in your courses menu. Here’s why: you’re enrolled in a bunch of courses. Not every course is immediately germane to your interests and needs (e.g. everyone is enrolled…

Writing and Reviewing Comments in the Faculty Journal in Canvas

Caveat Emptor: Things to Know Going In The Faculty Journal is currently being used for family weekend, end of semester, St. Mark’s Saturdays, and Lion Term“bullet point” comments. Please refrain from any other possible uses until a fuller conversation about how we use the Faculty Journal has taken place. Any comment entered in the Faculty Journal…

Where should I post audio for class?

Where you post audio depends on what you want to do with it. Wherever you post it, however, the same three steps will be common to all sites: choose the site, upload the audio file, share a link. What you should know… How to Post How to Share Google Drive St. Mark’s is a “Google…

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,…

Dropping Lowest Scores in Canvas

You can drop a score (or more than 1) per grading category, but you cannot choose the lowest from a set of categories. 1. Click on the cogwheel opposite the grading categories name: Note My category was called “Window 1” you may have “;Window 1 quizzes” etc. 2. You’ll see a pull down menu; click…

How do I share a Google Doc/Sheet/Slides/whatever in Canvas?

Lots of folks have vast repositories of documents stored up in their Google Drive, and would just like to tap into it to post files for their classes. Here’s how: Open the document in question. Click the blue Share button in the top right corner of the window. Take a quick look at the Who…

Accessing Calendars

We don’t have custom St. Mark’s paper planners this year — all of that information is online (and therefore current). In Google, follow these directions to add the pertinent calendars to your Google Calendar (probably your form calendar and the color schedule). In Canvas, if you look at your Calendar, you can toggle on and off each of your courses in…