How do I change which window I see in Canvas?

Canvas supports automatic grading periods — that is, assignments are automatically sorted into their proper window based on their due date. Aside: In fact, if you use differentiated assignments and an assignment is due in one window for one student and in another window for another student, I believe that Canvas is sharp enough to…

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…

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…

Should I merge all of my sections into a single course?

Course sections have become more capable over the last few years, but we still create a separate course for each section that is taught at St. Mark’s for several reasons. First, to provide faculty with the choice (it’s much easier to merge sections than to split sections if they were created together). Second, even with…

Compress Gradebook Columns… Less Scrolling!

Okay, I’d like to hide all the columns from W1, say. I can’t do this in Canvas right now (Please ME TOO! this feature request) but I can compress columns and reduce the amount of scrolling. (Note this changes teacher view only and only in the browser in which you compressed the columns) In your…

Why can’t I edit my rubric?

A dialog that has happened a few times this year. A teacher asked me: Hey Seth, quick question. As I’m going through my last bit of grading, I realized that I want to adjust a rubric of mine. However, when I go to edit it, it says that I cannot as it was used in…

Gradebook Setup as we begin Window 2

As we move into the second window there is one key strategy to bear in mind –   Each Assignment Group should belong to at most one window. (An assignment group for a mid-year assessment might not belong to any window.) If one or more Assignment Group contains assignments from both window 1 and window…

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…