Canvas SpeedGrader Webinar

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:
https://us-lti.bbcollab.com/collab/ui/session/playback/load/ae960284292a453b8a3ffc62e1f08eae?name=UW%20Extended%20Campus%20Faculty%20Webinar%20-%20recording_1

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.

Voting for Canvas Feature Request: Make links in DocViewer annotations clickable

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).
https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/13334-make-links-in-speedgrader-comments-clickable

Canvas Gems: How to Grade Using Rubrics

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!

How to Grade Using Rubrics in Canvas

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.

A Way to Help IL Colleagues: Quickmarks in Speedgrader

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:
https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/1751-ability-to-save-and-copy-from-frequently-used-comments-in-speedgradercrocodoc

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.

Canvas Webinar / Partners in Giving

Earlier this month, UW-Extension offered a webinar regarding the transition from d2l to Canvas. You can view that webinar here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8viROorbBL8&feature=youtu.be

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.
https://giving.wi.gov

Best wishes on your Thanksgiving holiday!

IL Instructor/Facilitator Orientation

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: sarah.korpi@nullwisc.edu – 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: jrfreese@nullwisc.edu

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.

Canvas Migration Experience

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:
https://ce.uwex.edu/dle

Canvas Sandbox

As UW-Extension and CEOEL prepare to transition to the Canvas learning management system, we’ll be receiving information and tutorials. But would you like to experiment with your own Canvas course in the meantime? If so, you can request a “Sandbox” course by completing the form here: https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4MYqFyHtdARb8tD

You will be asked for the following information:

Name:
Email Address:
NetID: (This is what you use to log in to myUW and check your pay stubs)
School/College: Select “Other”
Department: Enter Continuing Studies/LAAS
The answer to the question “What is the purpose of the course?” is SANDBOX
Desired Title: Select a title you like
Comments/special instructions: none

While this sandbox course allows us to build a course ourselves, instructional design teams will continue to build our Independent Learning courses. However, this is an opportunity to learn more about what is possible in Canvas, which can be helpful during course design and revision.

IL Canvas Webinar Recap

Independent Learning recently offered a webinar for our upcoming transition to the Canvas learning management system. That webinar can be viewed here:

https://ce.uwex.edu/dle/webinar-information-schedules

Scroll to the section titled “Recordings” and click on “June 1, 2018: Independent Learning.”

The webinar introduced how to navigate Canvas (view grades, course content, etc), some differences in terminology from d2l Brightspace to Canvas (Canvas has a “Dashboard” instead of “My Home,” “Assignments” instead of “Dropbox,” etc).

There was also an important discussion regarding the migration process from d2l to Canvas:

1) Instructional Designers will export courses from d2l and import them into Canvas, doing a first wave of clean-up; during the transition, items like hyperlinks, discussions, and quizzes might get messy or broken.

2) Instructional Designers will reach out to Instructors/Course Facilitators to help clean up those items above. In some cases, we’ll be making direct fixes – perhaps replacing a quiz question. In other cases, we’ll be providing clarification about course content. Please note: we’ll have three days to complete this. Given the tight time frame, Independent Learning will reach out to Instructors/Course Facilitators in the near future about when we’ll be available to complete this step.

3) A reviewer/editor will then look through each course.

4) After the review, Instructors/Course Facilitators will have one last chance to review the course and sign-off that the course is operational.

Various learning resources about navigating Canvas will be made available in the near future.