Semester Course Template

We have created a Fall 2018 template that you could use to speed up your course development.  The template contains an orientation module with some Canvas tutorial videos for students, and a page to show them how to get help.  There are some additional activities...

Canvas’s New Features (2018)

As you probably know, Canvas is a cloud-based application that does not require local users to schedule downtime for upgrades.  Instead, new features are added incrementally. As you start your new semester, you might want to try some of the new features.  You do so by...

Adding extra credit

Before adding extra credit to your course, ask yourself what is the purpose of having extra credit.  Read this article for more ideas about the issue. Once you decide to add extra credit, here are three ways to do that in Canvas: 1. Point method: If your total grade...

Deduct For Late Submissions

Deducting grades from students for late submission is not only unpleasant, but also tedious.  You can have Canvas automate the process.  Here is how: 1. Go to course settings. 2. Under “feature options,” turn on “new gradebook.” 3. Click on the...

Synchronizing with Canvas Blueprint

If you team-teach a course with multiple sections, synchronizing changes across different sections can be a headache.  Canvas has a Blueprint course tool that allows you to make changes to a “blueprint” course and push the changes to all other sections...

Canvas and Turnitin Dates

If you hear from students that they cannot submit their Turnitin assignment in Canvas, one likely cause is that the due dates have passed.  Canvas-Turnitin due date conflict could also cause the problem.  To check and change, follow these steps: Go to the assignment...