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!
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.
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.
With Office 365 or Microsoft Outlook, you can create e-mail templates for student correspondence. This can be a helpful time-saver for those e-mails you repeatedly send to students: welcomes, course completion notifications, check-ins, frequently asked questions, etc. Even if you’ve already created sample messages and have them in a document, the time saved from accessing them via e-mail compared to finding the document and copy/pasting will add up.
Downloadable instructions for creating templates are in the link below. Thanks to Ashley Kuehl for writing these instructions!
How to Make Email Templates in Office 365