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Quiz banks and question templates in Canvas: Quiz questions can be imported into Canvas or built using question templates that Canvas provides. While it's possible to create questions directly in quizzes, we strongly encourage instructors to create and store questions in question banks so that it's easier to re-use questions. Go to Quizzes, click the gear icon in the right corner, and click Manage Question Banks. Add a new bank, click on the bank to enter it, then click Add a Question. Select a question template from the pull down menu (the menu begins with Multiple Choice showing). Remember: When creating matching style questions in Canvas, set up the columns such that the longest phrases are in the left column, and the short "matches" are in the right column. Always preview your tests — questions display somewhat different in instructor edit mode than in the actual student test view.
For more information, contact Karla Embleton in administration at 515-294-9198 or embleton@iastate.edu.

Final grades due Dec. 20: Final letter grades are due by 2:15 p.m. Dec. 20. Letter grades can be submitted through Blackboard, Canvas, or AccessPlus, but just use one route. Only the documented instructor of record with the registrar can submit grades (TAs and professional staff cannot do so on your behalf). There are several ways by which grades can be prepared, and the preferred method varies by course size and grading details. Once grades are prepared, they must be submitted by the instructor. The college's online and distance learning staff can help you with the entire process. Contact Karla Embleton for an appointment. Follow the "more" link for an overview of the final stages of the submission process from Blackboard. More».
For more information, contact Karla Embleton in administration at 515-294-9198 or embleton@iastate.edu.

How to add students to the appropriate Canvas account: There are several steps each instructor of record must do to ensure that students are added to the appropriate Canvas account and gain access at the appropriate time. Teaching assistants and support staff cannot perform these steps for the instructor, nor can they check that things are set up appropriately. See full details in the More link. Required steps: (1) Go to Canvas Help > Global Course Administration > ISU Admin (click Authorize) > Prepare to Teach section; (2) Switch term to spring semester then click Change Term; (3) For each class list you are the instructor of record of (column one), specify the Canvas account it should be loaded into (column three) — if you make any changes, such as grouping sections together into a single account, click Confirm; (4) Click Enroll Students — students will then see course card; (5) The week before classes begin, return and click Publish to give students entry into your class. More».
For more information, contact Karla Embleton in administration at 515-294-9198 or embleton@iastate.edu.

Define your Canvas class menu: The first thing every instructor should do when working on their Canvas class account is to create an efficient and correct class menu. The default menu provides students with access to things they should not have and tools you will likely not use. Click "Settings" (on the bottom of the course menu), click the Navigation tab on top of the screen, then drag the items students should not access from the top table to the lower table. While courses may differ, leaving just these things, in this order, in the top table will generally work: Home, Announcements, Syllabus, Modules, Assignments, Grades. If you plan to use them, include Discussions and/or Quizzes on top. Scroll to the bottom of the Navigation page and click save to preserve your new layout. The class menu can easily be changed later if necessary.
For more information, contact Karla Embleton in administration at 515-294-9198 or embleton@iastate.edu.

Combine class lists into one Canvas account: Iowa State has automated the creation of Canvas accounts such that one Canvas account is created for each section of the class. To move a class list from its original account to another account, go to Help > Global Course Administration > ISU Admin Tools: click Authorize > Prepare to Teach > Adjust display to the spring semester, click Change Term. Your classlists are listed in the first column. Your Canvas course accounts are listed in the third column. Change the destination Canvas course to move a class list. For example, put the section 2 class list into the Section 1 Canvas course and then confirm the change. Click the Enroll Students button: this lets students see the class card and student names will appear in the course. However, students cannot enter your course until you return to this screen and click Publish. Also check the listed start date inside the course, in the Settings > Course Details screen. It will also limit student access but you can change that date — or remove it. More».
For more information, contact Karla Embleton in administration at 515-294-9198 or embleton@iastate.edu.

Moving Panopto videos from Blackboard to Canvas: Did you create videos in Blackboard Learn using Panopto? If so, they need to be copied or moved if you plan to use them in Canvas. You can do this yourself, or the online and distance learning staff can help. Contact Ann Bugler at bugler@iastate.edu, and include the course/section/semester the videos are currently in, which videos need to be moved, and the destination course (if different). To move or copy videos, you must be enrolled as Instructor in the Blackboard Learn course and Teacher in the corresponding Canvas course. See attached for details. More».
For more information, contact Ann Bugler in administration at 515-294-5812 or bugler@iastate.edu.


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