I am really struggling to see the value in the parent observer account for Canvas. We will get notifications for completed homwork and subsequent grading, however it just tells me it was completed/score.
Furthermore there is no easy way to see a quick overview of what homework our child has assigned and when due and if completed. Perhaps I am missing something but I have looked. I am not technology challenged either as I build computers. The only way we can do this is to go to the assignments and clock previous through all class activites, and not just homework.
The calendar would be useful to achieve what I think Canvas lack by showing the due dates and if the assignment is completed. That way I can log in every day and check on my child. To add to my frustrations, when I go to the notification, it doesn't show me his work.
I hope there are some settings or perhaps it is related to how our district/and or teacher are not using Canvas correctly? It is all very frustrating because our child got a low score in math, and he has never done this. I know it is due to the online learning environment.
Hi @briany -
I'm sorry that you're feeling that you're not getting the most out of the Observer role. It's an amazing opportunity for you to connect with your student's academics.
With the notifications, those are "overviews" or "previews". To see the grading details, you need to sign-in to your observer account through a browser. You can see his submissions, teacher rubrics/comments, and his overall score through the Grades page. How do I view the Grades page for a student as an observer?
The Canvas Parent app is awesome for alerts. You can set thresholds for your alerts, too. Meaning, if you want to know when your son has a course score above 85% (to celebrate) or lower than a 70% (to coach), you can. You can even get nudges when an assignment is marked missing. How do I set alerts for a student in the Canvas Parent app?
The Canvas Parent app has a nice calendar view as well. You can see everything a week at a time, and assignments are color-coded and labeled so you know exactly where your student is with classwork.
If you have any follow-up questions, please reply! I'd be happy to help. If you could, add @klundstrum to your reply so it's emphasized in my inbox! 🙂