With the migration to Canvas from d2l, you might have noticed that instructors can now directly edit courses. If you spot a typo, you now have the ability to fix it, without having to make a special request to Extended Campus. The attached flowchart, which resulted from the work of a Canvas Editing Workgroup (comprised of members of different IL partner campuses), explains what items we can quickly and easily edit by ourselves, which items should involve discussion, and which need to wait until a course revision.
Greetings, IL Instructors! We hope teaching in Canvas goes well. Something that was recently discovered regarding student assignment submission and Speedgrader: if students use the “textbox” to submit their assignment instead of uploading a document file, we will not be able to grade the assignment with Speedgrader.
You might wish to indicate in your New Student Welcome E-mails that assignments must be saved as documents and then uploaded. If Speedgrader isn’t working, then have the student resubmit the assignment as a document upload.
Much thanks to Jen for discovering this! And please let us know if you have questions or make similar discoveries with Canvas!
How is the transition to teaching in Canvas going so far? If you’re looking for more information on getting the most out of grading and providing feedback, UW-Extension recently gave a webinar on the various tools available with Canvas. Items discussed include a to-do list that shows which items need grading, different ways to annotate student work, different ways to access student assessments, and how to grade quizzes that autograde some questions but need your feedback for others. The webinar can be viewed at the following link:
If you’re ever looking for more information with Canvas, you can also go through the Canvas Learning Center course that’s in your Dashboard.
Alan Ng recently requested a feature for Canvas that’s open for global voting. The request is for instructors to be able to include a direct link while annotating feedback as we grade student work. This link could go to a specific Canvas or OER page containing relevant or clarifying information that students can simply click on to access.
If you’re interested in such a feature, or if you’d simply like to help a colleague, you can vote at the link below (please note that you’ll be prompted to log in to your Canvas account).
As we further learn how to get the most out of teaching in Canvas, Erin Paul has put together another FAQ. This one explains how we can use rubrics in Canvas to quickly evaluate assignments. Thanks, Erin!
On a related note: if you haven’t used them for grading before, rubrics can save a lot of time. While there is the initial work to create a rubric, many instructors have commented how it can make evaluating student work so much more time-efficient.
Happy New Year, IL Instructors! We hope 2019 is off to a great start for you.
Erin Paul recently created a Frequently Asked Questions that includes helpful information on how to e-mail all of your enrolled students along with getting accustomed to Canvas. You can read the FAQ here:
Frequently Asked Questions for Independent Learning Instructors
Have you used Quickmarks when grading student work? It can save time – and lots of it – with its tools to save and reuse comments or other feedback that you might often provide when grading assignments.
Quickmarks is not currently available with Canvas, but we can reach out to the Canvas developers to request this feature at the following link:
Whether you’ve used this feature, would like to try this feature, or simply want to help your IL colleagues by making the request, your vote improves the chances of it being implemented.
Earlier this month, UW-Extension offered a webinar regarding the transition from d2l to Canvas. You can view that webinar here:
Please note: we are now teaching new IL students in Canvas and previously enrolled students in d2l. The presentation discussed timelines of students working in d2l and Canvas, along with more help with navigating and getting the most out of Canvas.
On a different note: with the revamping of IL faculty positions last summer, we are able to participate in the Partners in Giving campaign. You can find more info (and donate) at the link below. Even a donation of $1 can positively impact great causes in our community.
Best wishes on your Thanksgiving holiday!
This past summer, the Independent Learning Instructor/Facilitator Orientation migrated from d2l to Canvas.
If haven’t yet completed the orientation and need access in Canvas, please e-mail your Net ID to Sarah Korpi: email@example.com – this is the ID you use to sign in to my.wisc.edu and access your earning statements.
If you have questions as you go through the material, please e-mail Rich Freese, who is helping facilitate the orientation: firstname.lastname@example.org
As a reminder, all DCS IL instructors are required to complete this orientation course. In addition to the opportunity to navigate Canvas before teaching in that platform, we hope this learning resource helps generate some ideas in your own courses.
Greetings from IL Instructor/Facilitator Rich Freese! I recently had the opportunity to review two courses as they migrate from d2l to Canvas. A few thoughts and observations:
1) Comparing the Canvas course in one tab and the d2l course in another makes for a very efficient way to check course content/layout accuracy. I also found this process was a great way to better understand how to navigate courses in Canvas.
2) If you find something that needs editing, click on the edit button on the top-right of the screen.
3) A very cool Canvas feature: if you’ve included links to youtube videos, you can preview and play them within Canvas. With d2l, links would simply open in YouTube in a new tab.
4) In general, the instructional designers did a great job importing the courses I worked with, and they also noted issues they encountered during the export/import for review. If you have quizzes/exams in your d2l course, that will require some additional reviewing, as the quizzes/exams don’t import/export smoothly.
For more resources about migrating to Canvas, go to: