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Communications - Where can I get a free web conferencing account like the one you use for webinars and meetings?
For webinars and meetings, the Office of Educational Technology uses:
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I have created my course and filled it with awesome content; the semester has started; yet, my students are reporting that they cannot see the course. Why?
The most common reason that students cannot see your awesome content that you have prepared is because the course is not published.
Here is a Canvas Guide that illustrates how to Publish Your Course.
Quizzes - When I set up a quiz is there a way to show more than one question at a time (something other than 'one' or 'all')?
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No. The only option that Canvas offers for questions while the students are taking the test is to "Show one question at a time"
This Canvas Guide covers the variable options available to you when setting up a quiz in Canvas:
Yes. categories for the gradebook are referred to as "Assignment Groups" in Canvas and are managed through the Assignments link in the Course navigation menu..
From the student gradebook, if you have Assignment Groups set up, the students see those Assignment Groups from their view as well
This Canvas Guide for Students goes step by step how the students will view their grades and also shows them how to view the Assignment Groups:
Canvas provides many options for maintaining regular, effective and substantive communication with your students. Aside from using the Announcements wherein you may send a message to all the students in your course; there are a variety of other options as well.
- The "Inbox" or, "Conversations", tool allows you to send private messages to one or more students. There are features that allow you to send one message to all students; or, you can send one message to all students; but, it becomes an individual message to each similar to the bcc feature in most email clients: Read more about the features in Conversations.
- Using Assignment Feedback is another way to communicate with your students. Utilizing the feature to use timely feedback helps the student gauge progress on each assignment.
- Keeping your grading up to date provides students with immediate, effective communication from you. The SpeedGrader in Canvas offers amazing tools for you leave written feedback on an assignment, leave a voice recording, or a video of you praising your students for a job well done.
- Conferences makes it easy to conduct synchronous (real-time) lectures for all of the students in your course. Conferences allows you to broadcast real-time audio, video, demo applications on your desktop, share presentation slides, or demo any online resources.
- The Chat tool in Canvas allows you and your students to interact synchronously. A word of caution - Chat is not private and remains a permanent part of your course.
To get back to your course from the gradebook, click on the course name at the top of the page, it is a blue hyperlink that goes to the course homepage.
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This change provides instructors the ability show announcements as part of the course homepage when users view Canvas in a web browser. To learn more, there is a Canvas Guide to provide information.
Communications - How do I send messages to specific group(s) of students instead of the whole class?
From the Canvas Inbox feature, you can send messages to one student or multiple students. To select multiple users, hold the CTRL key for PC and the Command key for Mac. This will keep the student roster open, enabling you to select multiple students. If you are sending your message to multiple users, but you do not want each user to see who else was included on the message, click the Send Individual Message to Each Recipient checkbox, outlined under the Send Message heading of the guide.
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You can view all replies in a discussion by scrolling or searching content. Focused discussion replies are shown in hierarchical order; threaded discussions are hierarchical, collapsable, and expandable.
This Canvas Guide explains the sorting features for discussion threads.
Quizzes - Can quiz answers have case sensitivity and/or allow a specific number of significant figures and decimals?
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Currently, there is no algorythm in Canvas to process case sensitivity automatically in a "fill in the blank" or "short answer" assessment. However, students do have access to the Rich Content Editor in a Quiz response; and, with that, they can use upper-case, lower-case, Super-scriptedn and Sub-scriptedn variables. One suggestion would be to offer questions that require specific case-sensitivity using the Essay Question feature in Canvas and grade those responses manually rather than having Canvas grade them automatically.
The students would have the ability, for example, to write a chemical formula:
Write an Algebraic response
You can create automatic feedback for questions in Canvas.
This Canvas Guide illustrates how to setup a question in Canvas
The Gradebook Individual View allows instructors to assess one student and one assignment at a time. Fully accessible to screen readers, this Gradebook view allows instructors to sort by section and assignment and contains all the same settings that are available in the default Gradebook View.
Canvas has a Guide that explains this:
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