I'm working on a fully online course and need some advice. During the first week I want my students to post an introduction and take a pre-course quiz. These are both within the first module, due at the end of the first week, and are requirements for students to maintain enrollment in the course. (We are required to drop students who do not attend the first week of the semester and I am using these in lieu of taking roll.)
All of my fully online teaching experience so far has been with a class called Online Student Success, so making these items count toward the course grade makes sense. Next semester is my first fully online history class, and I would like all of the points toward the grade to come from assessments that are more closely tied to the outcomes of a history class.
I see two options if I don't want these items to count toward the course grade:
Both items are module requirements and there are lots of words about these requirements. I'm not sure which of these is the best way to go.
I'm tagging Instructional Designers so this discussion shows up there too. I'm looking forward to suggestions and comments from the awesome Canvas Community. What have you done or advise to be done in similar situations?
As a teacher, I have been doing this in Canvas for more than six years, and as a Canvas Admin, we have made a very similar module available to our faculty to use. I make my assignments worth zero points, but to encourage my students to engage in activities that will help them succeed in my course, I offer a couple extra credit points for everything they complete. So far, I have never had a student confused by the zero point value.
Here is a screenshot from my orientation module for one of my own courses...........
I hope this helps,
@kmeeusen Thank You for sharing that screenshot. Your reply helped me decide to use the zero-poijnt assignments after all. Another reason to go with that option is the difference it makes on the Course Summary. Assignments have the text "due by" prepended to the time but calendar events just have the time. Here's what I have with calendar events:
The language is more consistent when I convert those to assignments:
And of course these also save students a click since they can access these items direct from the Syllabus page but via calendar events they'd have to select the event then select the link to the activity from the event description.
If any students wonder why they don't get points for these assignments I'll remind them that all that is gold does not glitter.