As we approach the end of the term and look toward the next, I thought I would share the things I am sharing with faculty regularly. Please add to this list if you have something that will help us have a smoother transition.
- We encourage faculty to allow Canvas to adjust the due dates automatically when they copy courses forward to the next term. They can even switch a Monday/Wednesday course to a Tuesday/Thursday course using the Substitution feature. How do I adjust events and due dates in a course import?
- Now that method works fairly well, but what if you already copied your content and did not update the due dates? James Jones has a great Canvancement that uses Google Sheets to bulk update the assignment and quizzes. It has been through several updates but this is the most current (Oct 2018) Adjust All Assignment Dates on One Page and there is a (slightly older) video Adjust all assignment due dates on one page from the CanvasLIVE session Kona Jones and James Jones presented in Jan 2017.
- Additionally, we remind our faculty at this time of the year to make sure that they have entered the ungraded items (indicated in the gradebook as a dash) as zeros. How do I set a default grade for an assignment? We have had a few instances of grades being submitted in Faculty Center and later realize that the Canvas grades were artificially inflated because Canvas treats ungraded assignments as ...wait-for-it...ungraded assignments. Coming from Moodle, some folks mistakenly used "Treat Ungraded as 0" which does not actually update grades in Canvas. It is just a view. How do I treat ungraded assignments as zero in the Gradebook?
- Also, figuring out extra credit generates frequent calls to our support staff, especially when using weighted assignment groups. How do I give extra credit in a course? and Extra credit using weighted assignment groups. are both useful.
Please share the top issues/tips at this time of year.