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January 27, 2020

How to send message from the gradebook: Instructors can contact students from the gradebook by selecting the "Message Students Who" option from any activity column header cell menu. (Hover over the header cell, click the 3 vertical dots to expand the header menu.) Select one of the 3 criteria by which to recipients can be chosen for your message. The options are: "Haven't been graded", "Scored less than", and "Scored more than". (The tool does not yet allow you to send a message to students who scored between two values.) You can only type in a message, you cannot attach a voice recording or file. Students who receive your message will not know who else received it. This is a great way to contact students who missed or did poorly on an activity and it can also be used to praise students who have done well. This is an easy method to increase your presence in the class, which can in turn encourage students to engage. Follow the MORE link for additional gradebook tips. More».
For more information, contact Karla Embleton in administration at 294-9198 or embleton@iastate.edu.

How to set up quiz time accommodation: To give a student extra time on their quiz submission attempt, go to the Course Menu > Quizzes > name of the quiz > Moderate This Quiz. Find the student's name in the class roster and click the pencil icon on their row. Enter the amount of extra time the student should be allowed: their total available time to complete the submission will be the sum of the standard class attempt time plus the extra time you enter. Note that this is also the screen where you can give a student an extra quiz attempt if necessary. Click Save. Visually verify that the time and number of attempts displayed for the student are correct. Note that giving a student extra time on their future attempt, or extra quiz attempts, does not affect a quiz attempt the student has already begun. Follow the MORE link for this and other canvas quiz tips. More».
For more information, contact Karla Embleton in administration at 294-9198 or embleton@iastate.edu.

January 16, 2020

Avoid grade errors - #2: Verify that Canvas is calculating letter grades according to your syllabus policy: The start of the semester is the perfect — and correct — time to verify that your Canvas course is calculating student letter grades according to the policy you have set forth in your syllabus. Both the instructor and students implicitly understand that if a syllabus grade policy contains gaps — as is the case with C+=77-79%, B-=80-82%, B=83-86% — then actual grades falling in those gaps should be rounded up or down. However, that is not how Canvas works. Go to Settings > Course Details tab and click the "view grading scheme" link. The pre-set range for each letter grade is shown. Canvas grade ranges are continuous and there is thus no rounding. For example: C+=77% up to but not including 80%, B-=80% up to but not including 83%, and B=83% up to but not including 87%. To make Canvas match your syllabus, you may need to (1) create and (2) activate a new grading scheme. Follow the MORE link for details. More».
For more information, contact Karla Embleton in administration at 515-294-9198 or embleton@iastate.edu.

Avoid grade errors - #1: Enter a zero if student does not submit a graded activity: If a student does not submit a graded activity — whether it is a graded discussion, quiz, or online assignment — it is imperative that you enter a zero in their grade cell when grades are being given for the activity. Leaving a cell blank does not change the student's overall earned point value but it does change the listed value of the course for that student — the net effect is that the student may get the impression that they are doing better than they really are. Another side effect is that the student does not get a notice saying a grade is posted and thus may assume they have no grade because you are simply behind on grading. It is better for a student to receive a timely notice of missed activities, which a grade of zero will provide. To avoid dealing with grade questions long after the assignment is due, be sure to give everyone a grade on every activity as soon as possible after the activity closes.
For more information, contact Karla Embleton in administration at 294-9198 or embleton@iastate.edu.


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