NEW Resource for Canvas Faculty!

Where was that Tech Tip on accessibility again…?  Is this the current version of the Distance Ed Plan?  You asked, we answered!  Distance Education resources have been given a new home at – Bookmark this page on your web browser or navigate to it by going to: >> Academics >> Online & Regional Education >> Online Programs (pull-down menu on the right side) >> Faculty Resources

From here, you can access current DE Policies and Documents, Accessibility Resources, OER info, help pages, and the full archive of Tech Tips!

Check it out and let us know what you think!

Your Tech Tip Team,

-Lynn Hawley and Jenn Azzaro

NEW Gradebook in Canvas!

Instructure, the company that makes Canvas, has introduced a redesigned Gradebook with many new features!

The new Gradebook can be enabled (optionally) by going into each course site’s Settings >> Feature Options >> and toggling the “New Gradebook” switch to ON.

Feel free to enable the new gradebook in one or all of your classes and give it a try. It is user-friendly, but if you find the change too disruptive, you can REVERT BACK to the old gradebook, provided that you do NOT enable two new features (see next section for details!) 

Please note that this gradebook is new to all of us, so we can’t offer expert advice on functionality at this time.

Proceed with Caution! Reverting to the “Old” Gradebook

The new gradebook allows you to manually adjust a submission status to none, late, missing, or excused, and to enable late or missing policies in the Settings menu. These features are NOT compatible with the “old” Gradebook, so enabling their functionality will PREVENT you from reverting back to it.

Changes in the New Gradebook

Almost all of the features available in the old Canvas Gradebook are available in the new Gradebook, but some have been moved to new locations within the Gradebook interface. For detailed information on the new user interface and all of the features, see the links below:

New Gradebook User Guide

New Gradebook Resources

New Gradebook Video Tutorial

New Features

The new Canvas Gradebook includes many features designed to improve the grading experience, especially in classes with large numbers of students and/or assignments. In the new Gradebook, you can:

    • Sort assignment columns by their order in modules.
    • Filter assignments by assignment group, section, module, and/or student group. Note: Filters remain in effect until you reset them (for example, by selecting All Assignment Groups).
    • Set custom colors for specific submission and grading statuses, including: late, missing, resubmitted, dropped (via assignment group rules), and excused.
    • Sort the data in any Gradebook column by missing or late status.
    • Toggle between entering and viewing grades as points or as percentage values.
    • View or hide unpublished assignments.
    • Automatically apply grading rules to late and missing submissions.
    • Manually adjust submission status to none, late, missing, or excused.
    • Override the calculated final grade.
    • Set a grade posting policy for the entire gradebook and individual assignments

Your Tech Tip Tuesday Featured Guest,

Vivie Sinou, Dean of Regional & Distance Ed

Creating “Clickable” Images

Bitmoji of Professor Hawley saying hi

Why have a clickable image in your course? 

Creating an image of yourself using the Bitmoji app on your phone is a fun way to humanize your course and let students know you are approachable 

By making the image clickable, it links students to the areas where you can see their questions more quickly and therefore, respond to them faster. 

Whatever image you use (it doesn’t have to be a bitmoji!), be sure that you use it consistently so that students recognize that it’s a navigation shortcut they can use. 

One area where you can use a clickable image is to direct students to a Q and A Forum where they can ask questions. Using an image like a question mark or a button that takes students directly to the Q and A Forum increases the likelihood that they will use that area for questions and makes it easier for instructors to find and respond to student inqueries in a timely manner. 

To ensure accessibility, when giving the image an alternative description use a naming convention like “Question Mark Image Active Link to Q and A Forum.” 

How to Make a Clickable Image in Your Course 

  • Create and publish your Student Q and A Forum first. You need a location to send students to before creating the clickable image. 
  • Choose your image, upload it to your Canvas “Files” area and give it an “Alternative text description.” This description will come up when students roll over the image with a mouse and can also be read by screen-reading software. 
  • When you are creating a new assignment or starting a new module and you want to direct students to the Q and A Forum if they have questions, upload the image into the directions area of the new assignment while you are in Edit mode. 
  • Click on the image to “highlight” it (it will change to have a blue box overlay) then click on “Links” from the menu on the right-hand side of the screen. Click on “Discussions” in the drop-down menu. Scroll down until you find the “Q and A” Forum you already created. Click on that! 
Bitmoji of Professor Hawley surrounded by question marks

The blue box overlaying the image will turn yellow then back to blue. That’s the way you will know you have created an active link. Now when a student sees that image, they will know it will take them to the Q and A Forum.  

This tip maps to the following areas of the OEI Course Design Rubric:

A4: Course Navigation. Navigation and content flow are easily determined by the user. 

A7: Effective Use of Course Management (CMS) Tools. CMS tools are used to reduce the labor-intensity of learning and streamline access to materials and activities for students. 

A8: Effective Use of Multimedia. A variety of media, such as text, audio, video, images and/or graphics are used throughout. 

B2: Regular Effective Contact. The course design includes regular instructor-initiated contact with students using CMS communication tools. 

B3: Student-Initiated Contact. Students are encouraged to initiate contact with the instructor through easily accessed contact information that includes expected response times. 

Your Tech Tip Team,

-Lynn Hawley and Jenn Azzaro

Documenting Pre-Course Contact in Your Online Class

The first step in Regular Effective Contact, according to the OEI Course Design Rubric, is Pre-Course Contact.  For those of you with late-starting classes, this tip is for you!

B1: Pre-Course Contact.  

Aligned: Instructor initiates contact prior to or at the beginning of course. 

Exemplary: Instructor provides multiple resources to help students successfully start the course. 

This should be an easy part of the rubric to fulfill as the majority of instructors are already sending out “welcome letters” or pre-course emails to their students, letting them know important information about the upcoming class. 

But how do reviewers and accreditation teams see this contact? 

An easy way to document this is by copying your pre-course contact message into  your Canvas course shell.  This allows students to refer back to it as needed and shows reviewers that you are completing this important first step of Regular Effective Contact. 

You can post your pre-course welcome message to:

    • An Announcement at the start of your course.
    • A Page to be included in your introductory (“getting started”) module.
    • A .pdf file stored in the Files tool with a hyperlink to it on the Homepage or introductory module.

Just be sure to make the document easy to locate for both students and reviewers! 

Tips to make your pre-course contact Exemplary!

    • Include a link to Canvas, login instructions, and help desk info.
    • Include links to important student services, such as Counseling, DSPS, Library and Tutoring Services, Delta’s Health & Wellness page, and the Food Pantry.
    • The best way to contact you if they can’t log into Canvas.
    • A link to the Bookstore with info about required materials and first steps.

You may already include all this info in your Syllabus, but it helps to put it in a welcome email, too, if students are having trouble logging into Canvas on the first day.

Your Tech Tip Team,

-Lynn Hawley and Jenn Azzaro

Creating an Easy, Custom Homepage for your Canvas Course

Homepages can make or break student retention and success. If students can’t figure out how to navigate at the “front door” of your course, then it’s unlikely that they will stick around for long. 

This Tech Tip is about creating an easy, custom homepage for your course using templates that have already been created and made available in Canvas Commons. 

Check out this 4 min video that takes you through the process!

Interested?  Follow the steps below to set up one of these homepages in your class today!

Step One: 

Go to your Canvas Course “Home” in a class that you will be working on and click Import from Commons on the righthand side of the screen (highlighted in red, below): 

Image of Course Home with "Import from Commons" highlighted

Step Two: 

Once in Canvas Commons, type “CSUCI HOME” in the search field and click the magnifying glass icon: 

Canvas Commons with CSUCI HOME typed into Search field

Step Three: 

There should be several choices on the screen; four of them are customizable home pages. You can open each one to see which would work for your course. Choose one by clicking on the blue Import/Download button on the righthand side of the screen: 

Highlighted Import/Download button

Step Four: 

When you click on Import/Download, a list of your Canvas courses will pop open from the right-hand side of the screen. Click on the course(s) that you want to import this homepage to and you will get a message that says, “this may take a few moments”. 


Step Five 

You can now return to your class, click on PAGES in the left-hand navigation menu and you should see the hompage you imported: 

Pages area of Canvas shell with newly imported customizable homepage highlighted

Click on the homepage link inside Pages and you can now start to customize it. Please see the video for ideas on how to create a homepage that fits your course’s needs. 

There are a number of these homepage options in Canvas Commons – this is just one example.  Have fun! 

Your Tech Tip Team,

-Lynn Hawley and Jenn Azzaro

Regular Effective Contact in Your Syllabus

Today’s tech tip is about having a plan for Regular Effective Contact in your online and hybrid courses and making it visible

One suggestion is to add a “Regular Effective Contact” section to your Syllabus that outlines your plan for communicating with your students online.  This is also a great place to list your expected response times on questions and grading, and to quantify any contact that happens outside of Canvas, such as in-person office hours.

Here is just one of many possible examples:

What You Can Expect From Me:  

  • Weekly Announcements with a checklist of what we’re working on, answers to FAQs, other pertinent info.
  • Weekly input in class discussions; capstone post summarizing and bridging ideas.
  • Brief videos of me introducing each unit.
  • The following response times for questions and grades:
    • Email and Canvas Conversations – within 48 hours
    • Class Discussion board questions – within 48 hours
    • Grades for Quizzes – upon submission
    • Grades for Final Exam – within 1 week of submission
    • Grades for Discussions and Homework – within 2 weeks of due date
    • Grades for Research Project – within 4 weeks of due date
  • You can also find me in my office on campus, Holt 121, M-W-F 3:00-4:00 PM.  

As always, let us know if you have any questions!

-Jenn Azzaro

New DE Sections in the New Curriqunet!

Recently, Delta College updated its curriculum system to a new version of CurricUNET, now called Curriqunet. As part of the update, Sharon Daegling and I worked on a new, more robust curriculum process for the online method of instruction. The purpose of this update was to fulfill accreditation and Title V requirements that a separate curriculum review take place for courses offered in the online format. It is also an opportunity for faculty to review how their fully online and hybrid courses fulfill OEI rubric standards.

If you are updating courses and choose “online” as one of the methods of instruction, you will now see four new areas that need responses. These areas align with the OEI rubric – Interaction, Assessment, Content Presentation, and Accessibility. There is an additional area that will look familiar – Contact Types and Frequency – where you will choose the methods you typically use to contact students and how often they are used.

This Guide to DE Sections in Curriqunet is designed to help faculty with questions and sample language for each new section. Please contact me if you have any questions about this updated curriculum area. I want to thank Sharon Daegling for all of the work she’s done for this update to our curriculum system. She is currently offering training workshops on the new Curriqunet and they are well worth attending.

-Lynn Hawley

Adding Readers and Tutors in Canvas!

Faculty may now add Readers and Tutors to their Canvas courses!

The Office of Regional and Distance Education has established two new roles in Canvas, based on District job descriptions –   

Reader (Delta): Assists a faculty member to grade class assignments.

Tutor (Delta): Use this role if you are adding a Tutor or Academic Coach.

When adding individuals to Canvas, we strongly encourage you to use the role that matches the job that person was hired into, as the role permissions were made to align with college-approved job functions.


    • Please do not add individuals as Teachers or any other role as doing so may violate FERPA and/or District policy.
    • Individuals must have a current Delta ID Number and Delta College Email Address to be added in Canvas.

To add a Reader or Tutor/Academic Coach to your class:

    1. Go into the course’s People area and click the +People button.
    2. Click Email Address and type their full Delta College email address into the textbox (required).
    3. From the “Role” pull-down menu, Select either Reader (Delta) or Tutor (Delta), click Next, and confirm the addition.

-Jenn Azzaro

How to View Written Student Responses to Anonymous Canvas Surveys

The OEI Rubric for online courses highly recommends that faculty give students an opportunity to give anonymous feedback about the course. It’s part of the regular effective contact that is required in online courses.

I set up a short anonymous survey about four weeks into a course to see how students are faring in the early stages of a class and then I do another one at the end of the course to get feedback from students about their overall experience with the class. I ask a combination of multiple choice and open-ended written response questions. It is easy enough to get the results from the multiple-choice but if a survey is anonymous, the written responses do not show up in Speedgrader. Instead you get this message:

This student has submitted an assignment

This student’s responses are hidden because this assignment is anonymous

Here are two files that can help with this issue –

How to set up anonymous survey and give extra credit

How to get written responses to surveys

Thanks to Jackie Schwegel for the the tech tip idea! If you have any questions about Canvas, let me or Jenn Azzaro know!

Lynn Hawley

Tech Tip Rebuttal – When a Canvas “Blunder” Might be Better

Last week, I sent the following message about new mini-videos that @One has created. I picked one video segment to demonstrate the kinds of topics that are covered:

For example, did you know there’s a “wrong” way to add content onto a Canvas page? This little mistake is often the cause of broken links when you import your content into the next semester’s course shell. Come learn the best method for adding images, files and links in Canvas. (And the secret of what to do if your images suddenly aren’t displaying correctly.) The video below covers 3 minutes on what to do to avoid these common errors in Canvas.

In response, Deanna Azevedo sent the Tech Tip Team their first ever rebuttal! Deanna is a power user of Canvas, an Art History professor, and a regular contributor to the Distance Education Committee. While the above-linked video shows one way to load images in Canvas that many instructors use, her concern is that if you teach an online course that is image-rich, that this particular way of loading images may not be the best approach. 

Take a look at Deanna’s take on how to manage images in your course.

If you have any questions or want to share a tip that you have found useful in Canvas, please let us know. There will be no Tech Tip next week (happy Spring Break) but we will be back on April 2. Thank you, Deanna, for putting together our first Tech Tip Rebuttal!  

Lynn Hawley

Byte-sized Canvas Video Series

@One has created a series of short video segments about a variety of topics about Canvas usage and online course design. If you haven’t seen these yet, I recommend spending some flex time looking over their selection in the Byte-sized Canvas video series archive.

For example, did you know there’s a “wrong” way to add content onto a Canvas page? This little mistake is often the cause of broken links when you import your content into the next semester’s course shell. Come learn the best method for adding images, files and links in Canvas. (And the secret of what to do if your images suddenly aren’t displaying correctly.) The video below covers 3 minutes on what to do to avoid these common errors in Canvas:


If you would like some hands-on help with creating rubrics for your online and in-class assignments and linking outcomes to them, come to the PDC on Thursday, March 14 at 12:30 for a workshop! Jenn Azzaro and I will be going over the many facets of rubrics and outcomes – this will help you with student learning assessment data collection and speed up your online grading.

-Lynn Hawley

Using your Canvas Homepage to Build Connections

Today’s tech tip is about how to use the Home Page of your Canvas courses as a way to connect students to the subject you teach and to the college they attend. We teach a diverse student population and they often don’t see themselves represented in the textbooks we use for our courses. If the visual examples used in course materials tend to exclude certain groups, students notice and that may lead them to decide not to pursue certain courses or occupations because they don’t see themselves doing those jobs.

To help students connect to our subjects, we need to evaluate the materials we use and identify gaps in representation. One way we can address those gaps is through using our Home Pages in our courses as a way of showing students a wide variety of people in our fields that will allow students to see themselves in those occupations. This helps to make our classes relevant to our students.

Home Pages are also a way to connect students to Delta College, informing them of events and services that are available and letting them know that they are part of the campus culture. It is part of regular effective contact and students greatly appreciate the effort!

Read more about making connections with your students using your Canvas homepage in this document, and check out the Women’s History Month Events Calendar, below, in case you’d like to use that for your Home Page in March! 

-Lynn Hawley


Canvas Faculty Show & Tell – TOMORROW!

Standing. Room. Only. 

Three words that describe last year’s Canvas Faculty Show & Tell!

This favorite event is happening tomorrow!  Come join a panel of our very own faculty experts for a 4-part round of mini-presentations featuring innovative teaching ideas in Canvas! 

Wednesday, Feb 27: 12:30 – 2:00 (90 min)

Target Audience: Canvas-trained Faculty

Email to reserve your seat!


Jazzing up your Homepage (Aaron Garner, Music Faculty): Learn to use simple but effective elements to boost course navigation from your Canvas homepage.

Follow the LIST for Canvas Accessibility (John Cavano, Assistive Technology Faculty): Create Pages, Assignments, and other materials in Canvas efficiently and accessibly using an easy to remember LIST. 

NICE: Navigating In Canvas Effectively (Deanna de Azevedo, Art Faculty): Discover how Canvas navigation and Modules can be used to guide students through the online classroom along a single, effective path. 

Friendly Feedback (Emily Brienza-Larsen, English Faculty): Learn how to effectively and efficiently give feedback on student assignments.

Don’t get stuck standing – reserve your seat today!

-Jenn Azzaro

Gettin’ Snazzy with Dashboard Images

You may remember our earlier tips on organizing your Canvas Dashboard with course colors, nicknames, and drag & drop arranging.  We are pleased to add one more way to make courses stand out on your Dashboard – Images!

To add an image to a Canvas course card, go into the course Settings and choose an image from either your computer or Flickr.  For detailed instructions, visit this page:

How do I add an image to a course card in the Dashboard?

Here’s what faculty have to say about this feature –

  • It “Humanizes” the course a bit by adding a personal
    touch. It begins to give a “feeling” for the course that you wouldn’t
    get in just a color tile. –JMarteney
  • If I am teaching multiple online courses, I can quickly go from
    one class to the other by using the graphics instead of reading the title or
    looking at the color of the class. –JMarteney
  • Images give me a way to quickly differentiate between my three
    sections of the same class. –IC

Sounds great – but do students see the images too?

Yes!  Colors are specific to each individual user but the course image you set displays for both the teacher and students.  Check out the example below – Teacher View is on the left; Student View is on the right.

Enjoy jazzing up your Dashboard and if you have any questions, let us know! 

-Jenn Azzaro

Regular Effective Contact (Checklist)

Our Distance Education office recently received a request for an easy to use “checklist” with examples of Regular Effective Contact (REC) to use in online and hybrid courses as you work toward meeting the requirements of Title 5, the ACCJC, and our own local policy. 

The end result is a Regular Effective Contact Checklist, based on the 6 standards for Interaction from the statewide Online Education Initiative’s Course Design Rubric:

  1. Regular Effective Contact (Instructor-to-Student) 
  2. Pre-Course Contact
  3. Student-Initiated Contact with Instructor
  4. Regular Effective Contact (Student-to-Student)
  5. Participation Levels
  6. Student-Initiated Contact with Other Students

This custom guide will help you create visible, contextual connections with your students across the most commonly used tools in Canvas – Syllabus, Announcements, Discussions, SpeedGrader, Modules, and Home.

Come learn more about Regular Effective Contact at one of the workshops, below! All sessions will be held in the Professional Development Center, Holt 121, and more training will be scheduled on-going.

Email to reserve your seat!

  • Wednesday, Feb 27: 3:00 – 4:00
  • Friday, Mar 1: 11:30 – 12:30
  • Monday, Mar 11: 3:30 – 4:30
  • Thursday, Mar 14: 3:00 – 4:00
  • Tuesday, Mar 19: 2:30 – 3:30
  • Friday, Apr 5: 2:30 – 3:30
  • Monday, Apr 15: 12:30 – 1:30
  • Tuesday, Apr 30: 3:30 – 4:30

Finally, you can always reach out to your Distance Learning Team for further guidance and support in this area –

  • Jenn Azzaro, Professional Development & Distance Ed Coordinator
  • Lynn Hawley, Online Faculty and DE Committee Chair
  • Vivie Sinou, Dean of Regional & Distance Education

We’re here to help!

-Jenn Azzaro

Participating in Discussions Regularly

Discussions are an effective way of achieving both professor-initiated communication with students and student-to-student communication. Please review my Tips for Participating in Discussions Regularly

If you have questions about discussions or other functions within Canvas, please let me and Jenn know. Also, the Distance Education Committee meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 2:30 in the large Professional Development training room. Our next meeting is tomorrow – all are welcome to attend.

-Lynn Hawley

Outcomes Part 2: Generating Reports on Outcomes Linked to Assignments

This week’s tip is about creating reports on how students are doing on outcomes in your Canvas courses. Last week, I sent out a Tech Tip about how to create outcomes and link them to assignments.

Please review this document on Generating Outcomes Reports for more detail.

If there are any particular functions in Canvas that you would like us to cover in a Tech Tip, please let us know! 

Lynn Hawley

Outcomes Part 1: Creating Outcomes and Linking them to Assignments in Canvas

One of the features that makes Canvas useful is that you can link outcomes to courses and collect data about student performance on those outcomes. This is particularly useful when it is time to update your Student Learning Outcome assessment data in Curricunet.

Please review this document on Creating Outcomes and Linking them to Assignments in Canvas for more detail.

Next week, I will cover Part II on how to collect data on the outcomes you’ve linked to assignments.

-Lynn Hawley

Spring Cleaning: Organizing your Canvas Course Cards

Our first Tech Tip of the semester is all about getting organized – specifically, the course cards on your Canvas Dashboard. 

Missing a course?  Unwanted cards showing from previous semesters?  Remember, the first and best place to go for a complete list of all your course shells is Courses >> All Courses


From the list of shells under All Courses, the ones with colored stars will display as cards on your Dashboard.  The ones with white stars will be hidden from your Dashboard.  Read more and see sample pictures here:

How do I customize my Courses list as an instructor?

…but that’s not all!

The short guide linked below is full of tips that will show you:

How do I view my favorite courses in the Card View Dashboard as an instructor?

Wishing you a wonderful (and organized) Spring term!

-Jenn Azzaro

Canvas + LibGuides Integration, now available!

Greetings!  Two weeks ago we sent a Tech Tip featuring LibGuides.

Today, we are pleased to share that LibGuides integration with Canvas is complete!  Now you can easily add a link to Library resources within your Canvas course!

From your course navigation menu, go to Settings >> Navigation and then click & drag Library Resources from the lower menu to the upper one.  Scroll down and click Save.  You should now see a link in your left-hand navigation menu called Library Resources, as shown below:


If there is no LibGuide available for your course, the default guide pictured above provides access to the Library’s catalogs.  You may also link to the Default LibGuide.  

Need a LibGuide for your course(s)?  Contact Mary Weppler at – and see this doucument: How to Request a LibGuide.

More information about LibGuides is available on the Library Webpage.  

Many thanks to Mary Weppler, Public Services Librarian, for helping to make this integration possible!

-Jenn Azzaro


This week’s tech tip highlights LibGuides and is brought to you by Mary Weppler, Public Services Librarian. 

LibGuides is a platform that invites collaboration between librarians and instructors to meet the research needs of their students.  The SJDC Library uses LibGuides to showcase library resources and services available to faculty and students to enhance their research and study. These guides comprise a content management and information sharing system designed specifically for libraries. The platform allows for intuitive navigation and instruction on core resources in a particular subject, course, and/or assignment.

Please see this document for more information about LibGuides.

-and- watch for a future announcement on the integration between Canvas and LibGuides – coming soon! 

-Jenn Azzaro

Creating Rubrics and Attaching them to Assignments, Quizzes, and Discussions

We’ve been asked recently about how to add a rubric to an assignment in Canvas. It is easier to create rubrics in Canvas than in Turnitin, for which we are very grateful. Canvas will also keep a rubrics library for you so you can find rubrics from your current and previous Canvas courses. Canvas will even let you edit rubrics once assignments have been submitted and graded.

While they are easy to use for faculty, rubrics are also a part of regular effective contact with students. It’s another form of communication to let them know what your expectations are for a particular assignment. By attaching rubrics to assignments, instructors are helping students to identify what aspects of their work need what kind of attention.

Below are links to step-by-step instructions, with screen shots, of how to create rubrics and attach them to various types of assignments.

How do I add a rubric to an assignment?

How do I add a rubric to a quiz?

How do I add a rubric to a graded discussion?

-Lynn Hawley and Jenn Azzaro

Canvas Link Validator

This week’s Tech Tip is on the Canvas Link Validator.  This handy little tool checks all the links in your course and displays a list of any that aren’t working.  Not only that, but it tells you why your links aren’t valid.  Perhaps an external site is no longer available, or you’ve deleted a file you were linking to in a previous semester… whatever the case, this tool allows you to find and fix your broken links in no time flat!

Check it out today by
going into your course Settings, clicking Validate Links in
, then Start ValidationDon’t be alarmed if it
takes a couple minutes to finish checking…

For more detail and sample images, see the Canvas Link Validator Guide.

-Jenn Azzaro

Making Comments and Annotations on Assignments in the Canvas DocViewer

This week’s Tech Tip is on the Canvas DocViewer, a tool that allows you to make annotations and markups on assignment submissions. The DocViewer automatically appears for the teacher in SpeedGrader when a student has uploaded their assignment as a word processing document, pdf, Excel or PowerPoint file. Here are resources offering a basic overview of this tool-

DocViewer Overview Video

How do I add annotated comments in student submissions using DocViewer in SpeedGrader?

The root of this Tech Tip is really how students view the annotations you have made on their papers – which requires some pretty subtle navigation!  Please see this 1-page guide showing students how to view your annotations on their graded papers.

Hoping you’ll find this helpful! 

-Jenn Azzaro

That Pesky Little Dash in the Gradebook

This tip is brought to you by Helen Graves, @One’s Course Design Specialist and the talent behind the Byte-sized Canvas video series. Over the past year, I’ve been asked a lot about the dash in the gradebook – what does it mean? Is it like zero? The video below answers these questions and more in only 3 minutes – check it out!


-Jenn Azzaro

Creating Surveys in Canvas (and giving Extra Credit for them!)

The Online Education Initiative (OEI) Rubric suggests giving students an opportunity to give course feedback in an anonymous format. This gives you the opportunity to ask students questions that align with the rubric and helps you to address any issues that students might be having in the course.

The OEI recommends giving a survey early in the course and then a final survey. It is about this time in the semester, once students have settled in a bit, that I open up a
short anonymous survey. I ask them to respond to statements like the ones below:

  • The Course is easy to navigate and well organized.
  • The module study guides are helpful.
  • The directions for the class assignments are clear.

At the end of the semester, I post a final anonymous survey that asks the students for more open-ended feedback (what would you improve in the course, what did you like
about the course, etc.). I also ask directed questions about the usefulness of the feedback in helping them improve on their performance in the course and how
promptly the professor responded when contacted.

For both surveys, I offer a few extra credit points. This doesn’t affect their overall grade much but it does greatly increase participation in the surveys.

Here is a step-by-step guide on setting up an anonymous survey and one of the ways you can offer extra credit in Canvas.

How to Create Surveys and Give Extra Credit

-Lynn Hawley

Hidden Menu in the Gradebook

This is the first in a series of informational posts about different aspects of Canvas. Many of you visited the Professional Development Center during the variable flex days for help putting together your Canvas courses, and this series is a continuation of that discussion. Jenn Azzaro and I will post regularly on features in Canvas throughout the year. Please see our first tip, below, about a drop down menu that is not readily apparent in the Gradebook but has some really useful features!

Hidden Drop Down Menu in the Gradebook

Your Tech Tip Team,

-Lynn Hawley and Jenn Azzaro