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Some people are wondering: Is there a way to add a rubric to a New Quiz? The answer is actually yes, but it is in a hidden location. Here's how you can do it.


  1. Perform the same steps as you usually would when creating a new assignment. Do not use the +Quiz/Test button.
    (In the future, even though the +Quiz/Test button will return to the Quizzes page, you should continue to create a quiz/test from the Assignments page if you want to make use of advanced options.)
  2. Fill in some quiz information, such as the title and instructions from the Assignments page.
    Assignment 1
  3. Do not select any External Tools just yet, because you're going to add a rubric next. Just save the quiz for now. That's because once the Quizzes 2 External Tool is added, no further changes to the quiz instructions and rubrics can be made. Learn more in this video (skip to 1:44).
  4. Now that you've created the assignment, we're going to click the +Rubric button below to create and add the rubric.
    Add Rubric
  5. Perform the same steps as you usually would when adding a new rubric to an assignment. Remember, the title identifies the rubric so it can be easily located and associated later with any similar assignment. However, there are some differences to keep in mind:
    Adding New Rubric
    1. Rubrics cannot be used effectively for grading in quizzes since quiz scores are calculated based on the number of points assigned to each quiz question. Therefore, do not use this rubric for assignment grading. However, you can add a rubric to a practice quiz (Restrict Student Result View > Show Points: ON) or ungraded survey (Restrict Student Result View > Show Points: OFF and hide all correct/incorrect indicators). Do not count this assignment towards the final grade must also be turned on.
    2. To avoid any point conflicts with assessment grades, select Remove points from rubric. This is recommended since we favor high scores over rubrics with mediocre feedback.
  6. Click Edit to go back to editing the assignment, and then set up the Quizzes 2 External Tool. If you're satisfied with your rubric and instructions, go ahead and click Save. By clicking Save, the quiz instructions from the Assignments page can no longer be edited.


Trainer Tips

When to Add Rubrics

When creating any assignment using the External Tool method, rubrics were required to be added before setting the external tool, but that is no longer the case, just for the Quizzes 2 LTI. When you edit the New Quiz from the Assignments page, you will have the option to edit the rubric from there without the need to deactivate the Quizzes 2 LTI.


Trainer Tip 1


Warning Messages


If you've already graded New Quizzes using that rubric, unless you remove points from the rubric, any significant changes you made to rubrics AFTER students take that quiz could significantly affect their quiz results. Unless rubric points are disabled, you should only edit the rubric BEFORE you let your students take the quiz.


Advanced Options

The availability of the following options varies by your local institution.


Allow moderators to review multiple independent grades for selected submissions.


Graders cannot view student names. This can be changed by selecting Hide student names in the SpeedGrader. Grades will not be released automatically, and unmuting or posting grades will automatically disable Anonymous Grading.


Anonymize all annotations made by instructors on submissions for this assignment in DocViewer.





Rubrics may not work correctly if you add two or more essay questions to a single quiz.


Want to learn more?

To learn more about adding rubrics, please go to the Training Services Portal > Videos > Creating and Managing Rubrics in Canvas. Free For Teachers and Training Lab users are also welcome to join!


What to Work On

Next time, we'll show you how rubrics work in SpeedGrader for New Quizzes assignments.

At FIU Online (based in Miami, Florida International University) we are blessed to be able to participate in a variety of professional development opportunities, such as leading conference presentations or attending at conferences. For the past two years, Maikel Alendy (FIU Online's newly appointed Learning Design Innovation Manager) presented with FIU Earth & Environmental Dept. Professor Rodolfo Rego at Realities 360. The annual conference addresses the latest developments in the use of virtual reality (VR) for training and education. Beyond being a great presenter, I'm always learning new things from Maikel; he raises "my bar."


 In their 2019 presentation, "Lessons from a Year of Cost-Effective Immersive Strategies in Higher Ed" they covered the two prominent college classroom challenges: technology costs and instructional relevance. Specifically, they addressed how to create VR assignments using tools like Cenario VR, Seekbeak and GoogleEarth. An example of a solution they demonstrated was a interactive laboratory orientation. Often when students would arrive in labs, they were unsure where materials were located and "wasted" valuable lab time. Additionally another example shared was a tour of FIU's Nature Preserve (link is website, not the example) with great interactions to explore and learn more about its features.

If an image is worth a 1000 words, what is a 360 image worth?

[Unfortunately the embed for SeekBeek is not working here once I publish the article, but it works in Canvas & also WordPress. See an example in one of our articles on our Faculty news source.]


*Blog article written with assistance from Charles Roig (FIU Online)


Keep Learning,

Sky V. King
Senior Instructional Designer, FIU Online
Adjunct- Marketing & Logistics, FIU

I don't know about you, but I love podcasts. I would never do my own, so I especially laud and respect those that do. Know what else I love? Canvas & the Canvas Community.  Now those two loves have mashed up like PB & J, introducing the CanvasCasters podcast. Friendly Disclaimer: This is an unofficial Canvas LMS podcast.


Your hosts with the most-est are Eddie Small and Marcus Painter. They tout themselves as two middle-aged men seeking to become Canvas Jedi! [ Wonder if they know the #CanvasJediSloth ??? ] Learn about their secret identities. Their goal is to publish a new PANDAcast (podcast) every few weeks.


Beyond learning about their Harry Potter themed Professional Development Speed Dating endeavor, learn more about takeaways from CanvasCon 2019 & CanInnovate 2019. What's really awesome about the podcasts is their special guests! So far, they have had the following amazing guests. 


Episode Number2019 Panda-tastic
Special Guests
Megan Tolin
2Paul Towers
3Kona Jones 
...more Kona Jones to love! (actually Episode 3 Part 2)
5Chris giles
6Eddie Small & Marcus Painter (your hosts; thanks for the special shout-out re: this blog post)
7Kyle Beimfohr
8Scott Dennis & Renee Carney


You can find CanvasCasters in a variety of ways:


Maybe they will even do a live podcast during instructurecon 2020 in beautiful Nashville, TN?

Check it out and let me know what you think? Also, share some of your best podcasts that you love (as much as the Canvas Community)! And remember, canvasworksforus.


Keep Learning,

Sky V.
Senior Instructional Designer, FIU Online
Adjunct in Marketing & Logistics, FIU

Most of us would probably agree, students don't "need" a tutorial on using Canvas. Students are following the lead of their instructor in terms of course design. However, it may not hurt to provide options for our students, especially when it comes to learning a new LMS.

That's why we've created a new Canvas student tutorial course, called Building with Canvas. Just like faculty have a training course in Growing with Canvas, this one is intended  for students.


Building with Canvas course card

What Is The Course?

This self-paced course is designed to help students learn how to use Canvas effectively in face-to-face classrooms AND within online learning environments. No prior Canvas experience is required. Students will earn four badges (using Badgr) to demonstrate their accomplishments. Badges are earned at the end of each Module.
course badge animated gif


How Can I Use It?

The course is published to the Canvas Commons to use and adopt at your institution! 
Building with Canvas - link to the course in the Canvas Commons (or just search for it in the Commons). If you need help using the Canvas Commons, check out this Canvas help guide - How do I use Commons? Alternatively, you can download the course file directly and import that into a new sandbox course in your Canvas instance.


The course is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License -- that means you are welcome to share it and edit it to meed the needs of your institution.


For Canvas Admins

This course includes a Canvas admin setup guide for you to easily deploy it at your institution. Take a look at the first Page inside the Introduction Module for information about setting up the badges for the course and how to deploy it to your students. 


Our design team at Lord Fairfax Community College have spent many hours designing every aspect of this course and we really hope it will help with student adoption and improve familiarity with Canvas. 


Please "Like" and share this resource if you find it useful!


Comments welcome below!


I did this some time ago when running a workshop for academics and course designers. It may help people understand how to design a #Mastery Paths module. I set up each phase as a Canvas Module.  The orange items are generally a page or quiz. If useful I can upload some others I have done. The grey boxes are where Mastery Paths can be used to make simple decisions.

Mastery 1

On March 15, Ventura College hosted the 4th Annual district-wide Distance Education Summit. The theme was, “Reaching Every Student: Accessibility and Equity in Online Learning”. The day included sessions, workshops, and a student panel addressing issues of access and equity in hybrid and online classes.

Keynote speaker, Gaeir Dietrich, gave a rousing talk on Universal Design for Student Success, exploring the key principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), learning and teaching styles, and the intersection of accessibility and basic skills. Dietrich is a consultant and trainer on access and Section 508 compliance.

Faculty and staff from Ventura and Moorpark Colleges presented on a variety of topics, including: Online Student Services, Humanizing Your Course for Equitable Outcomes, and the new districtwide software program, Ally, which will improve the usability and accessibility of online course content. Ventura College presenters included Asher Sund , Eric Martinsen , Tania DeClerck , Araceli Trujillo  , Sharon Oxford , Margaret Phelps, and John Ruff. Presenters from Moorpark College included: Suzanne Fagan, Jolie Herzig, Jennifer Lawler, Richard Feilden, Deanna Ochoa, and Kara Lybarger-Monson.

Keynote and Ventura College Instructional Technologist

Sharon Oxford Ali Olson-Pacheco (key contributors)

Our campus piloted Canvas for 2 semesters and due to a number of reasons we decided "Not" to adopt the platform. We had about 40 classes and the instructors using Canvas now wanted to retrieve their materials and assessments from Canvas and put them back into the campus LMS, Moodle. Just as a side note Canvas was actually built out on an earlier version of the open source code from Moodle. This is where the dilemma begins. Apparently, no one else has decided to walk we did. There is no way to easily remove your materials or your student work from Canvas once it goes in. Institutions need to maintain students records and the artifacts associated with their grades. This is a giant mess and I feel compelled to let the rest of the community know exactly what you are getting into. I think that this is the new model for LMS companies as I believe Bb also is making extraction of content and data out of their system difficult as well. So, be forewarned and check your options before taking that leap of faith! 

UNLV's Office of Online Education is looking for an Instructional Art Manager! Please share or apply using the link below if interested.… 



The Instructional Art (IA) Manager works to develop a campus culture that embraces digital teaching and learning by supporting instructional artists as they engage faculty in online and hybrid course development and revision. The IA Manager uses a growth mindset (Dweck, 2007) to help the instructional art team function as members of a supportive OE team. The IA Manager has strong pedagogical knowledge, art expertise, online education experience and collaborative supervisory skills that promote best practices in instructional art. The Manager supports instructional artists and faculty through the course design and development stages; evaluates OE courses for consistency with art standards and best practices; identifies and organizes resources for skill and knowledge development for OE instructional artists; and brings research-based perspectives to the art and science of instructional art. The IA Manager collaborates with the instructional design and instructional applications programming staff. The IA Manager also supports OE by working on issues, programs or projects at the request of the Director.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in Instructional Media Design, Digital Arts, Educational Technology, or related field
  • 2 years supervisory experience
  • 3-5+ years direct experience in the following areas:
    • Conceptualizing and transforming textual materials to visual elements o Using appropriate educational technology to enhance teaching and learning in online courses
    • Building courses in a learning management system in a higher education setting
    • Supporting and developing a cooperative team of professionals.
    • Teaching or training in a higher education setting
  • Formal knowledge in instructional media design and learning theories, approaches, and practices, including the ability to remain current within the discipline.
  • Ability to assess and support or shift (as needed) organizational culture 
  • Growth mindset with demonstrated ability to be resilient and agile (Broza, 2015). 
  • Instructional art skills that effectively use various technologies and practices in the online experience.
  • Ability to analyze feedback from summative evaluation of OE classes and develop strategies for instructional artists to use as they encourage faculty to improve student outcomes. 
  • Ability to support communities of practice in digital teaching and learning.
  • Adept at providing support for multiple courses in a variety of disciplines.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 5+ years experience working in higher education
  • Higher education staff supervisory experience
  • Expertise in Canvas 

Best of luck, 


It is now possible to connect Hypothesis, a free and open source collaborative annotation tool, with your Canvas course.  You could use this for activities in which your students collaboratively comment or annotate web sites, documents, and other items.  See this tutorial for how Hypothesis works, and here are some quick start guides for teachers and students.

Installing and Using Hypothesis in Canvas

See these instructions for installing the Hypothesis app in your Canvas course.

And then see how to use the Hypothesis app in Canvas Modules or use Hypothesis as part of a Canvas Assignment.

This saves you and your students time by allowing for single sign-on use of Hypothesis:

The Hypothesis LMS app automatically provisions accounts for all students enrolled in any course using the app. This means that students can navigate to a Hypothesis-enabled reading and begin annotating without ever creating or logging into a separate account. Even better, the entire course roster of students and teachers will all be joined and annotate by default in an automatically-created private Hypothesis group that matches the course in the LMS.

Gradebook integration is a feature planned for the future.

Using Hypothesis in Your Course: Pedagogical Techniques

More Videos: Using Hypothesis in Canvas

Here are some video tutorials recently posted by Hypothesis:

  1. Creating an Hypothesis PDF module item in Canvas - YouTube 
  2. Creating an Hypothesis URL module item in Canvas - YouTube 
  3. Single Signon with Hypothesis in Canvas - YouTube  


(This was originally posted to the Valencia College Circles of Innovation blog.)

Have you ever wished there was a resource you could reference when setting up a Canvas course? Well, good there is one! The Training Services department shared all of their collective experiences working in education and training clients for years to build this collaborative resource that instructors will hopefully find useful referencing when creating their courses in Canvas.         


Potential Uses of the Checklists

  • Review the Beginning-of-Course checklist to ensure your course is ready to publish for students

  • Reference the End-of-Course checklist to help wrap up your course before the term concludes

  • Share with your colleagues so they can also benefit from the checklists


Screenshot image of first checklist page



The checklist resource is available via Google Docs "Make a Copy" so you can customize for your institution. Please select the following link for access: Beginning- and End-of-Course Checklists Editable Copy


Feel free to leave us comments about this resource or share the practices you use at the beginning and end of a course in Canvas.


The Training Services Department at Instructure is committed to supporting any training needs at your Institution. Reach out to your CSM if you are interested in learning more about this resource, additional resources or any of our training offerings.

Hi guys!

Our higher education institution has been working with Canvas for just over a year. During this time, this community was very helpful in our doubts and so we would like to share our curated community links.
Thanks to all of you who share your discoveries and experiences with Canvas, all have been very valid.


Oi pessoal!

Nossa instituição de ensino superior trabalha com o Canvas há pouco mais de um ano. Durante esse período, essa comunidade foi muito útil em nossas dúvidas e, por isso, gostaríamos de compartilhar nossa curadoria de  links da comunidade.
Obrigado a todos vocês que compartilham suas descobertas e experiências com o Canvas, todos foram muito válidos.






Analytics in Course Design: Leveraging Canvas Data:



Domain paths (Caminhos de domínio):


MC_Canvas_Instructor_Orientation:  (part.3)



Gamification (Gamificação):

Badges for Learning:


Gamify Your Canvas Course with Badgr Open Badges:


Experience Points for Canvas:


Canvas Network Training Course: (módulo 6)

Canvas for Online Learning: (módulo 10)




Canvas for Online Learning: (módulo 9)


Canvas Course Design:


Keep Your Canvas Clean:


Canvas Instructor Training:


Design Tools User Guide:


Canvas HTML Editor:


Canvas Gallery:


Canvas Tutorials:


Org: Canvas 101:


Peter Wiarda Sandbox:


Design Ideas: 


                      Canvas + _______ = Engaging Experiences: 

                      Canvas Extended: 


                      Pauleds / resources: 


                     3 Col: 




                    Teaching Resources Hub: Teaching Resources Hub 



Courses that inspired us (Cursos que nos inspiraram):


Overview of various courses (Visão geral de vários cursos):

Technical Mathematics for Industry:

Design Thinking for K-12 Educators:


Canvas Template Basic – Emory:


Canvas Tour for Students:


Chemistry I: Elements and Compounds and their properties:


Teaching Flipped:


Open Mic Songwriting:


Supporting Girls in STEAM:


Biometric Technologies: Identification for the Future (September 2015):


Empowering Yourself as a Digital Citizen:


Intro to Geology:

Canvas Teacher Community:


Online Education Center Orientation:





Outcomes (Resultados):


Canvas Instructor Tutorials:


Learning Outcomes & Rubrics:






Gamification (Gamificação):

Completing the quest by unlocking content:



Dynamic page flow with course menu navigation:


Minimalistic template design:

Templates: Responsive Design for the Mobile Web:


Home Sweet Homepages without Tables:


Share UDL Course Design Tips, Tricks, and Techniques:


Developing Course Pages Using Bootstrap:


Flexbox Grid tips and guides:


Video Carousel: code-snippet:


Element Toggler:


Basic Clickable Image Map: code-snippet:


Using jQuery without Custom Javascript:


Canvas Scrolling Side Menu:


Columns Without Tables: code-snippet:


Easy Slideshow or Gallery in HTML:


Improve Threaded Discussions with CSS:


                      Lightbox Effect: 


                     Teacher Appreciation 2018 | Home Page Templates: Teacher Appreciation 2018 | Home Page Templates  



Learning Mastery (Domínios de aprendizagem):


How is your school using Learning Mastery?:



Course Progress (Progresso no curso):

Help Students Monitor their Course Progress:



UDL (Universal Design for Learning)

Implementing Universal Design for Learning on Canvas:


Teaching Effectively in Canvas (Please share ideas & advice!) :



  •     PAGES (PÁGINAS):



Style Guide:


Thinking in Canvas: Using pages to make your unit come alive:


Tips for Designing for Mobile Devices:


Progress bar in Instructure Canvas:


ARCHIVED: Adding enhanced interface components in Canvas content: Adding enhanced interface components in Canvas content 


UDL (Universal Design for Learning)

In response to the Disappearing Graphics and related posts here, as well as related questions from my own faculty, here are some tips for what you might try doing if you run into a situation in which some or all of the images do not appear to load in Canvas.  Feel free to add your own suggestions, corrections, etc. in the comments below.


Occasionally you may notice that one or more images do not appear to be loading on a page in Canvas - especially pages that have a lot of images.  In my experience (been using Canvas since 2011), this is just a temporary issue and reloading the page fixes it, and usually the cause is my school network, not the Canvas servers or my computer or browser.


Why does this happen?

There are various reasons why this may happen - your school or home network may be clogged or having other issues, Canvas servers are overloaded, your computer is overloaded, etc.  When you load a page from a web server like Canvas, your web browser may actually be making dozens of requests from the server - one for each image and CSS and javascript file used on the web page.  This puts a brief but potentially heavy load on your computer, your home or school network, and the Canvas servers.  For more discussion of this issue, see these threads on the Canvas community site: Disappearing Graphics and Why are my jpeg images disappearing.


How can I fix this issue?

First, make sure you are not using an old computer with insufficient memory/RAM or an out of date operating system or browser.  Canvas will not work correctly with Internet Explorer, for example.  Try the Chrome, Firefox, or Safari browser instead.

Make sure also you have a decent Internet connection.  If you are trying to connect over a poor wifi or cellular signal, that may also cause the issue.  Run a speed test to see how fast your Internet connection is.

You can also check the status of Canvas servers, but that is rarely the issue.

If images are not showing up in one course but they show up fine in others, it may be because you (or the course builder) copied and pasted images into the course rather than uploading images into the course.  Copying and pasting images from one course to another does not work.  The pasted images are still being loaded (or not loaded) from a different course that you may not have access to.  Run the link validator in Canvas to check for and fix broken images and links.


If none of those are issues in your case, try one or more of the options below, starting with the first:

Option 1. Reload the page

If a simple reload of the page does not appear to be fixing the issue (control-R or command-R on macs), try control-shift-R (or command-shift-R on macs) to reload the page and force everything to re-download.  Your browser keeps a cache (store) of images and files it has downloaded before.  Control-shift-R should tell the browser to re-download everything.

That usually fixes the issue for me, but if things are still not working and you don't think it is poor network connectivity, there are some "stronger" options below that you can try.


Option 2. Empty cache and hard reload

Sometimes it is necessary to empty that cache first to force all images or other files to be downloaded again.

In chrome, you can hit control-shift-i (or command-shift-i on macs) to open the developer console pane on the right.  Then right-click (or control-click on macs) on the reload button and select Empty Cache and Hard Reload, as pictured below.  Hit control-shift-i again to close the developer tools pane.

empty cache and reload browser


Option 3. Clear browser data

In Chrome, you can clear all the images and files stored by your browser.  Click the 3 vertical dots on the top right of Chrome, go to Settings, and scroll to the bottom and click on Advanced.  Click on Clear Browsing Data.  You can also get there directly by going to this URL:  chrome://settings/clearBrowserData

clear browsing data

Clear recent images and files from your browser like so:

clear browsing data and cached images


Reload the Canvas page to see if that fixes the issue.

See this Clear browsing data page for more details.


Option 4. Clear Chrome browser extension

Another option is to install the Clear Chrome browser extension for Chrome.  It adds a button in the toolbar that will clear your cache any time you press the button (and optionally it will reload the page for you, too).


How can I lower the chance of this issue happening in my courses?

I would recommend not using very large images in your Canvas pages, and not too many images.  You might try to keep your individual images under 100kb and the total size of all images on your page under 1 megabyte.

Try an image editor like Pixlr to resize your images to be smaller in file size (go to Image -> Image size to resize).


 (This was originally posted on our college circles of innovation blog.)

I recently attended a webinar called “Student Device Preferences for Online Course Access and Multimedia Learning”, and it tied in nicely to my presentation from this past summer about using mobile devices to increase student engagement in the online classroom.  The research that was completed at Oregon State University’s Ecampus has some interesting results from its 2035 respondents such as  . . .


  • Nearly 100% of the respondents owned some form of a smartphone. (only 3 students did not) And 99% owned laptops.
  • Students preferred laptops for accessing their LMS (73%), Viewing video (68%), and learning with games and simulations (59%).
  • Devices such as laptops and desktops appear to be the best choice of study for effective results

I am inferring from the study too that students seem to understand that the Laptop and Desktop are more effective; however, they would prefer a mobile device such as a tablet or smartphone for the convenience and perhaps ease of use.


I am not sure that this is overwhelmingly new research in this study, but it does seem to be a nice reference as it is recent research and a leading online program.   Perhaps more mobile learning environments will be created in the future to accommodate the preference.  If you would like to learn more about the study, please refer to the attached PDF or Oregon State's Ecampus reasearch team.


I have been asked to share this research, and I welcome any feedback.

Lily Philips

Ready-Made Template Suite

Posted by Lily Philips Employee Sep 17, 2018

Ready-Made Secondary Template Home Page Sample

Ready-Made Template Suite


The Instructional Design Team at Instructure is always looking for opportunities to assist teachers and admins in the creation of engaging Canvas courses. In the past, we have created and shared our Course Evaluation Checklist, Mobile App Design Course Evaluation Checklist, and Home Page Templates.  


We took another step forward in Canvas design by creating a suite of Canvas course templates available for purchase.


We did this because we believe that templates help reduce stress load, encourage growth, and help you and your faculty create an engaging Canvas experience! How is that possible, you ask? Well, it's simple... a template turns a blank course shell into a fill-in-the-blank Canvas course. 


Our Recipe For Success 

Provide Teachers with more time to focus on enhancing learning content 
Provide Students with simple navigation, clear directions, built-in support, and technical guidance right when/where they need it most
Increased Canvas buy-in from Teachers and increased Student engagement


What's Included 

We've loaded our templates with modules that include sample pages, assignments, support materials, and more. Banners, buttons, icons, and other design elements are included and can easily be customized and re-used. 


Template Preview

Watch the following short clip to preview a template designed for Secondary students: Secondary Template Preview


Sample Home Page Designs 


Ready-Made Template Suite Screen-shots

What's Available 

We currently offer the following template types, with more options added all the time: 

  • Early Learners
  • Elementary & Middle School
  • Secondary
  • Higher Education
  • Specialty Programs
  • Professional Development
  • Leaders & Administrators
  • Global
  • Canvas Orientation

Learn More

Contact your CSM today to learn more about our Instructional Design service offerings and to access our Ready-Made Template Suite (which includes full-course previews).

I'm starting to lose track of all the different rubrics and checklists related to course design that I've come across, and some new ones have come out very recently, so I'd thought I'd list them here.  If you know of others, please comment below.  Thank you


Canvas Checklists

Course Design

Course Delivery




Learning Objectives/Outcomes





Open Educational Resources (OER), Open Textbooks



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