“Canvas Clues and Cues” Newsletter Installment 2

“Canvas Clues and Cues”
Installment 2 / Monday, June 17

Your Questions Answered

  • I heard OpenCampus is now offering Canvas workshops; is that true?

Yes! The first two sessions of the first workshop, “Simplifying Canvas with Modules,” are already full, but we’ve added two more sessions from 4 – 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 19 and 9 – 11 a.m. Friday, June 21. To register, contact Nina Trombi at nina.trombi@sfcollege.edu. We’ll also be creating webinar and online versions of all our workshops for those who can’t attend in person. Our next workshop will focus on grades and assessments. Stay tuned!

  • Can I see class statistics for how students did on my quizzes/tests?

Yes! Canvas quiz statistics allow you to view an item analysis for each quiz question to determine which questions have a high ratio of wrong answers. The link for directions on how to do this can be found here.

  • Will the lab still be open this summer for individual help even though the deadline for copying material from Angel has passed?

Yes! The open lab in P-267 will still be open for business throughout the summer for several hours a week. We’re cutting back a little so we can offer workshops, but you will still have plenty of opportunities to get one-on-one help from Zona and the rest of the OpenCampus staff. Beginning this week, the lab is open the following days and times:

Monday 9 a.m. – noon & 1 – 4 p.m.
Tuesday (workshop) 1 – 4 p.m.
Wednesday (workshops)
Thursday 9 a.m. – noon & 1 – 4 p.m.
Friday (workshops)

Limited appointments are available. Contact Zona Gale at zona.gale@sfcollege.edu.

Feature Focus

Muting Assignments – By default, Canvas allows students to see grades as soon as you have graded each assignment. However, you can “mute” assignments so grades and comments aren’t released until after all assignments have been graded. This is advantageous when you want to limit the amount of communication between students. Muting can be done from the SpeedGrader, the grade book or the moderate quiz locations in the course.

Posting First – Similarly, you can force students to post their response to a discussion before they can see how their classmates have responded. This ensures you don’t get the same answer over and over again!

What’s New?

We have a new instructional designer! Eva “Olysha” Magruder started Monday, June 3 and will be helping us design and deliver workshops and will work with faculty as they develop online courses. Olysha has a master of arts in media studies with a focus on educational media and online learning from The New School in New York, and a bachelor of fine arts from the University of Florida. She is a former K-12 teacher and instructional designer at UF. We are very excited to have someone with Olysha’s knowledge and experience on board. She is located in N-115 with the rest of the OpenCampus team until our new digs in the P building are ready for us. Stop by and say hello.

If you have any questions or suggestions about what to include in future installments, please contact Lisa Ciardulli at 352-395-5817 or lisa.ciardulli@sfcollege.edu.