Register for DigPed 002!

Ready to blend your course but not sure how to pick the best technology? Register for Mixing It Up with Tech: Turning a Course Activity into a Blended Learning Experience (DigPed 002) to experiment with a variety of tech tools and to learn how to purposefully use these tools for teaching, research, and learning!

DigPed 002 will take place on Tuesday, February 20th, 1-2:30pm in the Collaborative Classroom (Van Pelt Room 113).

In this workshop, you will experiment with tools such as:

  • Poll Everywhere:  a web-based polling tool that accepts responses via mobile devices and browsers (no clickers needed)
  • Canva: a free graphic-design tool that can be used to create infographics, flyers, and other materials
  • Google Cardboard: an inexpensive lens used to view virtual-reality content on an iOS or Android device via mobile apps
  • Zappar: a vision-based AR mobile app that adds a layer of digital content to images and brings them to life
  • Qualtrics: a survey tool with advanced features like branching-logic settings and multiple question types
  • And more!

We look forward to seeing you at DigPed 002! Learn more about the Teaching+Tech workshop series. 

Canvas Production Release: February 17, 2018

Canvas operates on a three-week release cycle through which features are added or updated. Courseware Support posts highlights from Canvas’s production release notes, a link to these notes, and other relevant content to the Canvas at Penn a few days before the production release, which usually occurs on Saturdays. Please contact Courseware Support at canvas@pobox.upenn.edu if you have any questions about an upcoming production release.

2/17/18 Production Release Highlights:

  • GPA Scale Grading Type Removal: In an assignment, GPA Scale is no longer included as a grade-display option in the Canvas interface. This change supports upcoming grading-scheme enhancements in the New Gradebook. GPA Scale assignments can still be created through the Assignments API, though the existing GPA Scale parameter has been deprecated. Any existing assignments set to a GPA Scale will not be affected with any grade calculations.
  • Individually Graded Group Assignment Comment Options: When an instructor creates a group assignment with individual grading, the group assignment includes specified options that clarify how to send submission comments. For student roles, this change applies to the assignment submission page and the submission details-page sidebar. Students can choose whether they want to send a comment to the instructor only or to the whole group. For instructor roles, this change applies to the submission details-page sidebar, the Gradebook-comment window, and the SpeedGrader sidebar. Instructors can choose whether they want to send a comment to the student only or to the whole group.
  • Autocomplete Courses Menu in Conversations: The Conversations Courses menu has been updated as an autocomplete menu. This change improves accessibility for all users. This menu change is also located within the Compose Message window. Users can either scroll to locate a course or group, or they can start to type the name of the course or group in the text field and click the full name when it appears.
  • Course Home Page Student View Button: The Course Home Page includes a Student View button. This change allows instructors to access student view without having to open Course Settings.
  • New Scheduler Design Updates: In the Calendar, the Scheduler appointment group editing window includes minor design updates to the date and time fields.
  • Module Files Download Icon Update: In Modules, the download icon used for a file added as a module item has been replaced with the attachment icon. This change clarifies user expectations when displayed in a page and helps align consistency throughout all Canvas areas and mobile apps.
  • Terms of Use Terminology Update: Terms of Use has been renamed to the Acceptable Use Policy. Any link, window, or page in Canvas that previously referenced Terms of Use has been updated to reflect this new terminology. The Acceptable Use Policy link displays in the Canvas footer in the Login page and the Dashboard.

For a complete production release update, please see:

Canvas Production Release Notes: February 17, 2018

2017-02-17 New Feature Screencast from Canvas LMS on Vimeo.

Canvas Help Returns for Spring 2018!

Woman writing chemistry formula on chalkboard.

Canvas Help is available now for Spring 2018!

Are you an instructor, TA, or staff member at the University of Pennsylvania who needs assistance with Canvas? Register now for a Canvas Help appointment!

You can receive help with any of the following Canvas topics:

  • Building and organizing a Canvas site
  • Creating assignments, quizzes, and exams in Canvas
  • Using communication and collaboration tools in Canvas
  • And more!

Questions? Email canvas@pobox.upenn.edu. We look forward to meeting with you!

Exploring VR with Google Cardboard: 2/13, 1-1:45pm

Person wearing a Google Cardboard headset in a computer lab.

Join us for an introductory workshop to explore and critique the current state of Google Cardboard virtual reality (VR) apps and experiences. Engage in a discussion with colleagues about the potential applications of as well as limitations to techniques, technologies, and experiences in academe based on your own experiences and reflections.

Register Today!

Please Note: In order to participate fully, you will need a smart phone that can run iOS or Android VR apps. Workshop registrants will be asked to install two free VR apps prior to attending the workshop.

 

Lunch & Learn Webinar Wednesday: Zappar at Penn

Zappar example: Fisher Fine Arts Library window with the sentence: "takers are not great doers"

Curious about mobile augmented reality and the PennImmersive pilot of Zappar? Want to see some Penn-specific examples? Join Becky Moulder and Joe Schaffner for an open-to-all lunchtime online session.  You’ll get overview of the app, see examples at Penn, and learn ways you can get involved. This demo will have a hands-on component so be sure to download the free Zappar app to your phone before the session.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
12:15 – 12:45 pm Eastern Time
[Register for conference URL]

Hope to see you there!

Canvas Production Release: February 3, 2018

Canvas operates on a three-week release cycle through which features are added or updated. Courseware Support posts highlights from Canvas’s production release notes, a link to these notes, and other relevant content to the Canvas at Penn a few days before the production release, which usually occurs on Saturdays. Please contact Courseware Support at canvas@pobox.upenn.edu if you have any questions about an upcoming production release.

2/3/18 Production Release Highlights:

  • Decorative-Image Checkbox in Rich Text Editor: When a user clicks the Embed Images icon and selects an image source, the Attributes section displays a decorative-image checkbox, which indicates the image is for decorative purposes. Decorative images do not require alternative text. If the Decorative-Image checkbox is selected, the alternative-text field is grayed out. Decorative images and altertnative text can be applied when embedding any image type: URL, Canvas (previous uploads), and Flickr.
  • Menu-Design Updates: Some Canvas Settings menu icons have been replaced with an Options icon. These changes clarify user expectations when displayed in a page and help align consistency throughout all Canvas areas. Icons have been updated in the following Canvas areas: Assignments, Course Details (Course Image upload; Navigation tab), Dashboard View, Discussions, Modules, Pages, People, and Quizzes.
    • If a menu includes options that actively change the interface in the page, the menu displays as a Settings icon.
    • If a menu includes options that link to other Canvas areas or pages, the menu displays as an Options icon.
    • If a menu includes both types of options, the menu displays as an Option icon.
  • Privacy Policy Link: Privacy Policy links have been added to the Canvas footer. The Canvas footer displays in the Canvas Login page and the Dashboard.
  • Blueprint Courses and New Gradebook: For updates to Blueprint courses and New Gradebook, please see the full release notes.

For a complete production release update, please see:

Canvas Production Release Notes: February 3, 2018

Canvas New Feature Screencast (2018-01-27) from Canvas LMS on Vimeo.

 

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Assigning Different Due Dates and Availability Dates for Students in Canvas Assignments and Quizzes

Did you know that instructors can add different due dates and/or availability dates for students for the same Canvas assignment or quiz? This allows them to give different due dates for each section of a class or to provide extensions for individual students without having to create a new assignment. Differentiated assignment due dates and availability dates should be set before students begin submitting the assignment. Students can only access the assignment or quiz with the due date assigned to them.

Adding Multiple Due Dates and Availability Dates:

After creating a new Assignment or Quiz, scroll down to the Assignment/Quiz details field that says “Assign to.”

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By default, Canvas Assignments and Quizzes are assigned to “Everyone,” meaning all students enrolled in the course. In the “Assign to” field, add a due date and (optional) availability dates for the first group of students. Then click the “+Add” link beneath the availability dates and select the name of the individual

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In the “Assign to” field, select the student or section’s name from the dropdown list. For courses with large enrollments, you may need to start typing the name of the student or section in order to see it listed as option. After selecting the name of the student or section, the first “Assign to” field will change to “Everyone Else.”

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Repeat the above steps to add additional due dates for other students or sections, or to remove a due date, click on the “X” at the upper left corner of the “Assign to” box.
AddDate  When you are finished assigning due dates and/or availability dates, be sure to click “Save” or “Save & Publish” to update your changes.

Turnitin Tips for the New Term

The following tips are for instructors who plan to use Turnitin in the new term. If you have any questions, please email canvas@pobox.upenn.edu.

Open Copied Turnitin Assignments before Students Attempt to Submit

Students cannot submit to Turnitin assignments copied from another Canvas site that haven’t been opened by someone in the Teacher role. If your Canvas site contains copied Turnitin assignments, please do the following before students attempt to submit their assignments:

  1. Enter your site and click Assignments.Cursor hovering over the
  2. Click on the link for the assignment. Cursor hovering over the link for a Turnitin assignment.
  3. Click the Edit Assignment Settings button on the right side of the page to ensure that the due date and other Canvas assignment settings are correct. Then, please click Save (if you made edits) or Cancel (if you did not make edits) when you are finished.
  4. If you have set up the Turnitin to load in a new window, click on the Load (assignment name) in a new window link. Cursor hovering over the link to load a Turnitin assignment in a new window.
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 for each copied Turnitin assignment.

Re-enable Optional Settings for Copied Turnitin Assignments

If you would would like to use optional settings for copied Turnitin assignments, you will have to re-enable these settings by following these instructions.

Set up New Turnitin Assignments before Students Submit

Turnitin must be enabled for a Canvas assignment before students begin uploading their submissions. If students have already submitted an assignment, you will not be able to enable Turnitin retroactively and will instead need to create a separate Turnitin assignment and then have students re-submit to that assignment. For more information, please consult the directions for creating a Turnitin assignment in Canvas.

How to Create a Turnitin Assignment with a Rubric

To use a rubric with a Turnitin assignment, you must first create a standard Canvas assignment, add a rubric to the assignment, and then edit the assignment to change it from a standard Canvas assignment to a Turnitin assignment [please follow steps 4-7 in the instructions for how to create a Turnitin assignment to change the submission type from a standard assignment option (e.g., a “No Submission” assignment) to a Turnitin assignment].

Ask Students to Make Sure Their Email Address in Canvas Is Confirmed before They Attempt to Submit

Please note that students cannot submit a Turnitin assignment without having a confirmed default email address in Canvas. If student sees a login screen for Turnitin when submitting a Canvas assignment, it means that they have not confirmed their default email address in Canvas. To fix this issue, the student must follow the instructions for confirming their default Canvas email address, and then follow the instructions for submitting a Turnitin assignment in Canvas through a web browser.

Spring 2018 Start-of-Term Canvas Checklist

Green pen adding checkmarks to a checklist

The following are a few tips to help you get started with Canvas for the Spring 2018 term.

1. Create a Course Site. If you haven’t requested your site yet, now’s the time. It’s easy! Use these instructions to request your Canvas site.

If you don’t see a course you are teaching in Canvas when you log into the Course Request Form, please use the information below to request your site(s):

2. Get Help. Register for Canvas Office Hours & Workshops at the Weigle Information Commons to meet with experts who want to help you.

3. Learn about What’s New in Canvas.

  • Course Content Exports:  Canvas now supports exporting course content into an HTML format for offline viewing on a computer. This feature supports courses that use complex HTML or dynamic linking to downloaded files. More information on Course Content Exports in Canvas.
  • Feature-Change Option–The New Canvas Gradebook:  The New Gradebook has been designed to make grading more flexible and intuitive, as well as to elevate the Gradebook user experience. This is a feature-change option is available in all courses and can be enabled by any instructor on a course-by-course basis. More information on the New Gradebook.
  • Recent Production Releases: For additional changes and updates in Canvas, please consult the recent Canvas Production Release Notes:

4. Request Your Course Reserves. Planning to have the Penn Libraries’ Course Reserves Service add content to your Canvas site? Please review the Course Reserves Information.

5.  Not Using Modules? Select Another Default Homepage. In new courses that do not contain copied content, the “Course Home” page defaults to the Modules layout, but teachers can choose any home page for the course. If no modules exist in a course when a Teacher attempts to publish their course (please see Step #6), Canvas will prompt the them to either publish a module or choose a different home page layout.

6. Publish Your Site. Students are added to Canvas course sites automatically, but they can’t access course.

content until the site is published. Just click the Publish button when you are ready!pblsh_cnvs_st

7. Additional Information for Turnitin. If you are using Turntin in your course, please note the following:

  • Copied Turnitin Assignments: If you copy a Turnitin assignment from another course, you will have re-enable any optional settings you customized previously and will also have to open the assignment before students can submit to it.
  • Create Turnitin Assignments before Students Submit Their Work: Turnitin must be enabled for a Canvas assignment before students begin uploading their submissions. If students have already submitted an assignment, you will not be able to enable Turnitin retroactively and will instead need to create a separate Turnitin assignment and then have students re-submit to that assignment. For more information, please consult the directions for creating a Turnitin assignment in Canvas.

Questions? Email us at canvas@pobox.upenn.edu.

Here’s to a great term!