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I use a lot of videos in one of the courses that I am involved with and have spent about 6 weeks adding captions to videos. One of the things that I found missing was a description of the keyboard shortcuts that one can use when watching a video - when using the Kaltura player. I found some information at https://knowledge.kaltura.com/help/508-support-within-the-kaltura-player-toolkit 

But as, usual, if you really want to know - look at the source - in this case, the javascript for 

window.kalturaIframePackageData = {     "playerConfig":{      "plugins":{           "keyboardShortcuts":{ 

one can find the following:

  • Up / Down -- increase / decrease volume by 10%
  • F / ESCAPE -- Open / close video fullscreen
  • Space-bar -- toggle: Play / Pause
  • Left / Right arrow -- Jump back / ahead 5 seconds (when combined with the control key, skip is 10s)
  • Home / End -- Seek to the beginning / end of the video
  • 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 -- goto 10,20,30,40,50,60,70,80,90% of the video

Additionally, if you selected the playback rate selector (playbackRateSelector) when you hit "+" it selects faster and "-" it selects slower. However, on a Swedish mapped keyboard "+" is actually a minus, and the key to its right (typically marked "\") is actually a plus!

Dear Teacher/Professor: 

 

Let’s be honest, students don’t often notice a missing assignment without some kind of nudge or reminder.  Canvas alerts students to missing assignments, but a glaring “0” score in the Gradebook might be the prompting they need.

 

However, many educators forget to enter that “missing assignment” zero when they enter gradebook scores, but then a week (or maybe two?) later they go back and fill in the zeroes.  When those zero scores finally make an appearance, it can feel like students come out of the woodwork to address their missing work. Sometimes, that lag may result in lost points or the privilege of submitting the missing assignment(s).

 

Taking the time to add those zero scores goes a step beyond the automatic labels for any missing assignment in the student’s Grades page. To make it easier on yourself, you can ask Canvas to enter  that zero in the Gradebook if a student does not submit an Online Submission assignment by the due date.  This Canvas guide walks you through creating a missing assignment policy for your course, including entering a zero score (or any score of your choice) for missing assignments. 

 

Hopefully this little tip helps you leverage Canvas and the Canvas Gradebook to save a little extra time in your day!

 

Best,

 

The Canvas Training Team

Dear Teacher/Professor,

 

How often do you need to adjust or change a due date for an assignment? Canvas has a few easy ways to change due dates!

 

If you want to quickly change one due date (ie. “Oh we’re not going to be ready for that assignment on Thursday, let's bump it to Friday!”), go to the Calendar and “drag and drop” the assignment from Thursday to Friday.  Canvas will then:

  1. Notify the student (if the student has set their Notification Preferences for Due Date Changes),
  2. Adjust the assignment information in your course,
  3. Adjust the students’ To-Do list on the Dashboard and Course Home Page, and
  4. Adjust the Syllabus.

 

However, that only works if you are worried about a single due Due Date.  You cannot drag and drop the “Available From” and “Available Until” dates.

 

What if you want to adjust ALL the assignment dates (or the due dates for several assignments) at the same time! You can quickly adjust multiple dates using the Edit Assignment Dates option from your Assignment Index Page.  Just like dragging and dropping, Canvas will then:

  1. Notify the student (if the student has set their Notification Preferences for Due Date Changes),
  2. Adjust the assignment information in your course,
  3. Adjust the students’ To-Do list on the Dashboard and Course Home Page, and
  4. Adjust the Syllabus.

 

Hopefully this tip can help you feel more comfortable and confident using Canvas in your planning!

 

Best,

 

The Canvas Training Team

https://spark.adobe.com/sp/design/page/687d0071-c042-410e-bf65-5dc89eeeae62

 

Online Learning

Teaching in the throes of a pandemic

Can be tricky, because classes are all online

Students reactions ranged from the academic to the eccentric

To suddenly find themselves still in school while in quarantine

 

Slacking off is not an option,

for classes have assignments with due dates

Zoom meetings to attend, full lecture sessions,

Readings to be done, and in-class debates

 

Canvas the main LMS, but to navigate

All that’s out there, one must not be stupid

To skip those that help one to communicate

Apps as Padlet, Voicethread, Flipgrid

 

To be motivated, online find your team

Develop the self-discipline needed to succeed

In a world where one can digitally dream

For learning online can expectations exceed

Dear Teachers,

  

Canvas has a great (new) feature that can make is much easier to share your content with your colleagues.  It's called DIRECT SHARE.

 

You can directly share assignments, discussions, quizzes, and content pages with a colleague AND you can also send those same items to a different course that you teach... DIRECTLY (not using the course Import tool).  Take a minute to look at the links attached to see how to share assignments.  Follow the same process to share discussions, quizzes, and content pages!

 

It's much easier than the Canvas Commons (even though that is still pretty helpful to share Modules and Courses with each other), especially if you want to send something quickly to your Professional Learning Collaborations or just copy a great resource from one course to another!

 

Hopefully that tip can help you feel more confident and powerful on Canvas!

 

Best,

 

The Canvas Training Team

If your course is in a term that has closed grading periods, hope is not lost. We'll show you how to cope with this.

 

Creating Assignments (& New Quizzes) Outside of Grading Periods

This is somewhat tricky. For example, you have the following grading periods in the Fall 2017 semester:

 

Grading Periods

Sample grading periods for the Fall 2017 semester. I think schools should update grading periods every semester...

 

Grading Periods

In this example (How do I add grading periods in an account?), assuming equal weight:

 

Grading Period NameStart DateEnd DateClose Date
Quarter 12017-07-312017-09-012017-09-01
Quarter 22017-09-012017-12-152017-12-15
Semester 1 Final2017-12-152017-12-222017-12-22

 

 

However, it's already 2020, and there's got to be a way to create an assignment outside of those boundaries. Although the Add Assignment button still exists, the assignment won't save correctly due to a closed grading period. So what now?

 

Select Grading Period

This is only a concept. We wished that we can choose the grading period that we want, especially for overlapping periods.

 

Go to the Commons (Best Method)

Canvas Commons offers a wide variety of assignments to choose from. Select the assignment you want to import. Then, do the following:

  1. If the imported content is marked as published by the original owner, unpublish it to put it out of view.
  2. Duplicate the assignment.
  3. Erase all the content from the newly duplicated assignment and change the title to "Unnamed Assignment."
  4. Click Save, and the assignment should save properly.
  5. Duplicate that Unnamed Assignment and edit it as usual.
  6. In the Assign header, click Add.
    1. Since there is a closed grading period by default, you must add a due date. Leaving it blank will still make the assignment fall in a closed grading period, and therefore the assignment will not save properly.
      Differentiating due dates
    2. The due date cannot be earlier than the dates of the previous grading periods.
  7. Click Save to save the newly created assignment.

 

ANY ADDITIONAL ASSIGNMENTS?
Repeat steps 5-7 for any additional assignments you want to create.

 

 

Creating Classic Quizzes Outside of Grading Periods

You can still create Classic Quizzes as usual. However, if you want to add a due date, you must repeat steps 6-7 above.

 

I hope this helps, and remember, anything is possible!

 

How to Avoid It Next Time...

Check with your local institution if you want the grading periods to be updated on a regular basis (usually every semester). That way, you don't need to click Add in the Assign To field every time you create an assignment.

cheryl campbell

Comments/Archive

Posted by cheryl campbell Apr 1, 2020

When you archive your comments from your canvas inbox, where do they go? How can I find them again if I need them/

Having just delivered some PowerPoint training to students about making their presentations more effective, I thought I'd take some of my own medicine and start with a * bang * - hence the title of the piece which might have brought you here looking for something a little more provocative!

 

Now that you are here, why not read on?

 

I am moving my grading away from letters/scores/percentages to Mastery statements but would quite like to have the flexibility of using results from digital assignments/quizzes. This is easier said than done

 

I have tried to create my own Grading system for Mastery as a sort of Lookup based on a numeric score as I don't have the flexibility to manually add in a statement for submitted work.

When I use this scale the Grade is added to the gradebook eg

 

Which on first sight seems ideal.

 

The problem is, when you look at the grade as a student you see:

 

WHY if we have a Grading scheme are students also seeing the score? What is more, why is the Name of the statement MARGINALISED by appearing inside brackets - this is the "Grade" I want them to see!!

 

Could it not be possible to include an option that gives you the option to display to STUDENTS just the statement? 

 

I am unsure why it works so well in the teacher Gradebook yet for individuals shows something different.

 

The inability to hide raw scores and just use the terms is such a limiter for making further use of the gradebook. I want to report back on Mastery and move the discussion away from Levels/Grades to progress, dialogic conversation and feed-forward.

 

If Canvas continues to be the product that makes teaching and learning easier (a heck of a strap-line) then how about including the FLEXIBILITY to make a choice on what we show. Assessment and Grading is an area in Canvas that still needs some attention and I wonder if it is more of a mindset than a technical issue.

 

There are so many institutions that are moving away from summative models of assessment and want to record progress in different and more flexible ways. Looking through the comments on this idea demonstrates this- Allow "Display As" Options for Final Grade and Assignment Groups

 

Like quite a few things, Canvas goes some way to providing an answer. Its work on non-graded rubrics for example is very much to be welcomed - 4152,938189  but once you assess students on these, where do you put the overall Mastery statement as "non-scoring rubrics are not used for grading." it would be great if we could combine non-scoring rubrics with Mastery and not have any points showing at all!

 

Having the options of hiding the raw scores would be such a POSITIVE first step!

 

Here is my Idea suggestion - Manual Mastery Display "Grade" Option for Assignments/Discussions