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From essays to worksheets and homework problems, your course probably has assignments of some sort. Listed below are some tools you could use to distribute instructions and related assignment files to your students, as well as collect their completed work.




Canvas has many tools that allow for student interaction and feedback. Among these is a peer review tool that allows students to view and grade each other's work. You may assign students one or several of their peers’ submissions to grade and give feedback on.

Note: You must have a rubric associated with the assignment to assign peer review. For more information on how to create a rubric, see the “Create a Rubric” tutorial.

Directions:

 

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to work in. 
  5. Click Modules on the course navigation menu to the left.
  6. Scroll to the Module you’d like to add an assignment to.
  7. Click the + (Plus) button next to the name of the Module.
  8. Select Assignment from the drop-down menu.
  9. Click[New Assignment].”
  10. Type a title for your assignment in the Assignment Name box.
  11. Click Add Item.
  12. Click the name of the assignment you created.
  13. Click Edit.
  14. Type instructions and additional information in the second, larger input box.
    • Note: You can also add links, images, videos, and other resources in this section. To learn more, view the “Use the Rich Content Editor” tutorial.
  15. Scroll down to the Peer Reviews section. 
  16. Click the Require Peer Reviews checkbox.
  17. Select one of the following peer review assignment options:
    1. Manually Assign Peer Review 
      1. Click Save.
      2. Click Peer Reviews in the upper-right, below Related Items; a class list should appear.
      3. Click Give [Student Name] Another Submission to Assess.
      4. Find Student Name in Drop Down Menu.
      5. Click Add.
    2. Automatically Assign Peer Review
      1. Enter a number in the Reviews Per User section.
      2. Enter an Assignment Date.
      3. Click Save.

You can add a rubric to an assignment or discussion to help students understand your expectations and how you intend to score their submissions. Rubrics also integrate into SpeedGrader, making grading quick and efficient!

Directions:

 

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click Modules on the course navigation menu to the left.
  6. Scroll to the assignment within the Module you’d like to edit.
  7. Click the name of the assignment.
  8. Click the +Rubric button.
    • Note: These steps assume the rubric has already been created. To create a new rubric, see the “Create a Rubric” tutorial.
  9. Click Find a Rubric. The “Find Existing Rubric” window will appear
  10. Click the appropriate course on the left side of the window.
  11. Click on the desired Rubric Title in the middle column. The rubric will be displayed in the right portion of the window.
  12. Click Use This Rubric, located below the rubric display.

You can use the Canvas Group Assignments feature to easily assign and grade collaborative assignments. Imagine students working together to complete a virtual lab; research a question and write a group paper; hold and record a video discussion; act out a scene from literature or history; produce a group presentation; or create a digital media piece, such as a website or infographic.

Note: Before creating a group assignment, you will need to know how to create student groups. Click here to view the “Create Groups” tutorial.

Directions:

 

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click Modules on the course navigation menu to the left.
  6. Scroll to the Module you’d like to add a group assignment to.
  7. Click the + (Plus) button next to the name of the Module.
  8. Select Assignment from the drop-down menu.
  9. Click[New Assignment].”
  10. Type a title for your assignment in the Assignment Name box.
  11. Click Add Item.
  12. Click the name of the assignment you created in the module.
  13. Click Edit.
  14. Type instructions and additional information in the second, larger box.
    • Note: You can also add links, images, videos, and other resources in this section. To learn more, view the “Use the Rich Content Editor” tutorial.
  15. Adjust the settings as desired.
  16. Scroll down to the Group Assignment setting.
  17. Check the box for “This is a Group Assignment.”
  18. Decide whether to check the box for “Assign Grades to Students Individually.”
    • Note: If you do not check this box, all students in the group will receive the same grade.
  19. Choose an existing Group Set from the drop-down menu, or create a new one by clicking the “New Group Category” button.
  20. Adjust the remaining settings as desired.
  21. Click Save.

 

Assign Different Tasks or Due Dates to Different Groups

The Group Assignment feature can be used to assign different due dates to different groups. You can also give an extra assignment to a group by typing only their group’s name in the “Assign to” field, or you can exempt a group from a certain assignment by leaving them out of the “Assign to” field.

Within the Assignment settings:

  1. Scroll down to the Assign setting.
  2. Click the Assign to box.
  3. Select a group.
  4. Choose the due date for that group’s assignment.
  5. Click the +Add button to give the Assignment to another group.
  6. Repeat steps 2-5 for as many groups as necessary.
  7. Click Save.

Canvas allows you to attach files directly to an assignment. You can add files and images from your own computer, course files on Canvas, or even user files. This is one of the easiest ways to ensure your students have all of the instructions, resources, and materials needed to complete their assignment.

Directions:

 

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click Modules on the course navigation menu to the left.
  6. Scroll to the Module you’d like to add an assignment to.
  7. Click the + (Plus) button next to the name of the Module.
  8. Select Assignment from the drop-down menu.
  9. Click[New Assignment].”
  10. Type a title for your assignment in the Assignment Name box.
  11. Click Add Item.
  12. Click the name of the assignment you created in the module.
  13. Click Edit.
  14. Type instructions and additional information in the second, larger box under the title.
  15. Click on the Document icon (fifth from the right) above the second, larger box.
  16. Select one of the following options to locate your file:
    • Upload Document: Upload documents from your local computer.
    • Course Documents: Select documents from your course documents on Canvas.
    • User Documents: Select documents submitted by users in your course on Canvas.
  17. Click Submit.
    • The attached file will appear in the Rich Content Editor as a blue link.
  18. Adjust assignment settings as desired.
    • See Create an Assignment tutorial for more information about settings.
  19. Click Save.
    • You may need toclick Save & Publish to publish the assignment.

Canvas allows you to set a due date for assignments that will automatically populate the Canvas calendar, the course summary (found on the Syllabus), and the to-do list in the student sidebar. This helps students stay organized and keep track of their assignments. You can choose to not allow submissions after the due date or reduce points earned if submitted after this date. For more information about preventing late submissions, see the “Create an Assignment with Limited Availability” tutorial.

Note: If you only need to add or adjust a due date on an existing assignment, skip to Step 9.

Directions:

 

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click Modules on the course navigation menu to the left.
  6. Scroll to the Module you’d like to add an assignment to.
  7. Click the + (Plus) button next to the name of the Module.
  8. Select Assignment from the drop-down menu.
  9. Click[New Assignment].”
  10. Type a title for your assignment in the Assignment Name box.
  11. Click Add Item.
  12. Click the name of the assignment you created.
  13. Click Edit.
  14. Type instructions and additional information in the second, larger input box.
    • Note: You can also add links, images, videos, and other resources in this section. To learn more, view the “Use the Rich Content Editor” tutorial.
  15. Scroll down to the bottom box labeled Assign.
  16. Locate the input box labeled Due.
  17. Click the Calendar Icon next to this input box.
  18. Select your desired Due Date.
    • Note: You can also input the due date manually in the input box.
  19. Click Save in the lower-right.

Instructors can use the optional Availability Date settings to limit the timeframe in which students can view and submit an assignment. This is useful because you can create assignments in advance and prevent students from accessing them until you wish to unlock them. You can also prevent late submissions by setting the Due Date as the end of the availability window. (See the “Create an Assignment with a Due Date” tutorial for more information about setting due dates.)

Note: If you only need to add or adjust a due date or availability date on an existing assignment, skip to Step 12.

Directions:

 

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click Modules on the course navigation menu to the left.
  6. Scroll to the Module you’d like to add an assignment to.
  7. Click the + (Plus) button next to the name of the Module.
  8. Select Assignment from the drop-down menu.
  9. Click[New Assignment].”
  10. Type a title for your assignment in the Assignment Name box.
  11. Click Add Item.
  12. Click the name of the assignment you created in the module.
  13. Click Edit.
  14. Type instructions and additional information in the second, larger box.
    • Note: You can also add links, images, videos, and other resources in this section. To learn more, view the “Use the Rich Content Editor” tutorial.
  15. Adjust the settings as desired.
  16. Scroll down to the Assign setting.
  17. Choose an “Available From” date and time. After this date, students will be able to access and submit the assignment.
    • Note: If no time is chosen, the time will default to 12:00 am.
  18. Choose an “Until” date and time. After this date, submissions will not be accepted.
    • Note: If no time is chosen, the time will default to 11:59 pm.
    • Note: To prohibit late assignment submissions, make the “Until” date the same as the Due Date.
  19. Click Save.

Assignment groups allow you to organize all assignments categorically. This allows for both easier navigation to your assignments and lets you weight assignment groups differently for final grading.

Note: If you want to add an already existing Assignment to a new or existing Assignment group, skip to Step 12 below.

Directions

 

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click Modules on the course navigation menu to the left.
  6. Scroll to the module you’d like to add an assignment to.
  7. Click the + (Plus) button next to the name of the Module.
  8. Select Assignment from the drop-down menu.
  9. Click[New Assignment].”
  10. Type a title for your assignment in the Assignment Name box.
  11. Click Add Item.
  12. Click the name of the assignment you created in the module.
  13. Click Edit.
  14. Type instructions and additional information in the second, larger box.
    • Note: You can also add links, images, videos, and other resources in this section. To learn more, view the “Use the Rich Content Editor” tutorial.
  15. Click the drop down menu labeled Assignment Group.
    • Note: Assignment groups that have already been created will appear in this drop down menu. Select an existing group to add your assignment to or proceed to step 16 to create a new Assignment Group.
  16. Click [New Group].
  17. Input a title for your group in the box labeled Name.
  18. Click Add Group.
  19. Finish applying the appropriate settings.
  20. Click Save.

You can easily edit your existing assignments to change the title and instructions, or to adjust settings such as the point value, due date, and accepted submission types. Editing assignments helps keep them up-to-date and also lets you add additional resources and examples as you come across them.

Directions:

 

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click Modules on the course navigation menu to the left.
  6. Navigate to the module where your assignment is located.
  7. Click the name of the Assignment you want to edit.
  8. Click Edit.
  9. Adjust the title, instructions, and assignment settings as desired. The assignment settings include:
    • Points: Set the total number of points the assignment is worth.
    • Assignment Group: Select an assignment group to put the assignment in (see the “Create Assignment Groups” tutorial for more information).
    • Display Grade As: Choose how to display the grade to students: points, a percentage, or another metric.
    • Submission Type: Choose what types of assignment submission will be accepted.
    • Submission Attempts: Choose the number of assignment submissions students are allowed to make: unlimited, or limited to a certain number.
    • Group Assignment: Decide whether it is a group or individual assignment (see the “Create a Group Assignment” tutorial for more information).
    • Peer Review: Choose whether students will peer review each other’s work (see the “Assign Peer Reviews for Assignments” tutorial for more information).
    • Assign: Set due dates and availability dates (see the “Create a Group Assignment,” “Create an Assignment with a Due Date,” and “Create an Assignment with Limited Availability” tutorials for more information).
  10. Click Save.

Canvas Assignments allow you to provide assignment instructions and materials to your students. Also, students can upload digital submissions directly to the Assignment. Instructors are then able to grade the assignment submissions from within Canvas. There are endless possible assignments you could create; consider asking students to annotate a reading, complete a virtual lab, record a video response, create a media piece or instructional material, write a paper, design a portfolio artifact, and more!

Directions:

 

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click Modules on the course navigation menu to the left.
  6. Scroll to the Module you’d like to add an assignment to.
  7. Click the + (Plus) button next to the name of the Module.
  8. Select Assignment from the drop-down menu.
  9. Click[New Assignment].”
  10. Type a title for your assignment in the Assignment Name box.
  11. Click Add Item.
  12. Click the name of the assignment you created in the module.
  13. Click Edit.
  14. Type instructions and additional information in the second, larger box.
    • Note: You can also add links, images, videos, and other resources in this section. To learn more, view the “Use the Rich Content Editor” or the “Create an Assignment with Files Attached” tutorial.
  15. Adjust the settings as desired. The settings include:
    • Points: Set the total number of points the assignment is worth.
    • Assignment Group: Select an assignment group to put the assignment in (see the “Create Assignment Groups” tutorial for more information).
    • Display Grade As: Choose how to display the grade to students: points, a percentage, or another metric.
    • Submission Type: Choose what types of assignment submission will be accepted.
    • Submission Attempts: Choose the number of assignment submissions students are allowed to make: unlimited, or limited to a certain number.
    • Group Assignment: Decide whether it is a group or individual assignment (see the “Create a Group Assignment” tutorial for more information).
    • Peer Review: Choose whether students will peer review each other’s work (see the “Assign Peer Reviews for Assignments” tutorial for more information).
    • Assign: Set due dates and availability dates (see the “Create a Group Assignment,” “Create an Assignment with a Due Date,” and “Create an Assignment with Limited Availability” tutorials for more information).
  16. Click Save.

Assignments, discussions, quizzes and a few other activities can be set to automatically populate the Canvas gradebook; however, other types of activities, such as live student presentations during synchronous lectures, do not automatically populate. You may want to manually add these items to the gradebook by creating additional columns. The only way to manually create a column in the Canvas gradebook is to create a “No Submission” assignment.

Directions:

 

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click Modules on the course navigation menu to the left.
  6. Scroll to the Module you’d like to add an assignment to.
  7. Click the + (Plus) button next to the name of the Module.
  8. Select Assignment from the drop-down menu.
  9. Click[New Assignment].”
  10. Type a title for your assignment in the Assignment Name box.
  11. Click Add Item.
  12. Click the name of the assignment you created in the module.
  13. Click Edit.
  14. Type instructions and additional information in the second, larger box.
    • Note: You can also add links, images, videos, and other resources in this section. To learn more, view the “Use the Rich Content Editor” or the “Create an Assignment with Files Attached” tutorial.
  15. Select the No Submission option in the Submission Type drop-down menu.
    • Note: To students, No Submission assignments look the same as their other assignments. To avoid confusion, it is best to make a note in the description about the assignment so that students will know whether or not a submission is required, and if so, how they are supposed to submit it.
  16. Adjust other settings as desired.
  17. Click the Save & Publish button. A new column with this assignment will be added to the gradebook.
    • Note: If you want to create a draft of your assignment and publish it later, click the Save button.
  18. Click Grades on the navigation menu on the left side of the page to view the gradebook and check the manually-created assignment.

Assignment groups allow you to organize your assignments by category. For more information, please view the "Create Assignment Groups" tutorial.

This tutorial describes how to weight your assignment groups to affect how strongly each category will affect the final grade. For example, you could set Projects to 20%, Discussions to 10%, Quizzes to 30%, and Final Exam to 40%.

Directions:

 

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click Assignments on the course navigation menu to the left.
  6. Click the Options icon (three vertical dots) next to the blue +Assignments button.
  7. Select Assignment Groups Weight.
  8. Check the box that says “Weight final grade based on assignment groups.”
  9. Enter numbers in the boxes to show the weight of each category.
  10. Click Save.

Rubrics provide a set of criteria to evaluate student performance and when they are used in Canvas, they provide students with direction and clarity. Additionally, they expedite grading through their integration with Speed Grader, allowing you to provide quick and easy feedback for your students.

Note: To attach the rubric to an assignment to facilitate grading, see the Attach a Rubric to an Assignment tutorial.

Directions:

Note: This video shows rubrics in the Outcomes section of the course. After a recent update to Canvas, rubrics can now be found in the Rubrics section of the course.

 

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click Rubrics on the course navigation menu to the left.
  6. Click the + Add Rubric button in the upper right.
  7. Type the title of the rubric in the Title box.
  8. Click  the Pencil icon in the first box under Criteria.
    • The Edit Criterion window appears.
  9. Type the title of the criteria in the Description box.
  10. (optional) Type the description of the Criteria in the Long Description box
    • Note: Students will see both boxes. The long description is optional as the detailed description will also be a part of the rating descriptions explained below.
  11. Click the Update Criterion button.
  12. Click the blue + icon between boxes under Ratings to create more rating levels as needed.
  13. Click the Pencil icon in the boxes under Ratings to change the following:
    • Rating Score: The amount of points assigned to that criterion.
    • Rating Title: The descriptive qualifier for those points (Full Marks, Acceptable, etc.).
    • Rating Description: The description of how to meet this rating level on that specific criterion (i.e., Full Marks (top-rating) on a criterion for grammar would state something similar to: “there are no grammatical errors in the paper). 
  14. Click the Update Rating button.
  15. Repeat steps 12-14 for each rating level.
  16. Type the total points for the criteria in the pts box under Pts.
    • Note: This will auto adjust the points distribution within the Ratings boxes.
  17. Click + Criterion to create more criteria as necessary.
    • Select one of the following options from the drop down menu:
      • New Criterion: Create an entirely new criterion.
      • Duplicate: Choose a criterion to duplicate (this will also duplicate ratings, which will make it easy to simply update descriptions for criteria that are scored similarly).
    • Follow steps 9-14 to create/update the Criterion and ratings.
  18. Click the Create Rubric button once you have finished adding criteria, ratings, and points.

During the migration process, it is possible that some of your assignments got left behind in your Blackboard course. Luckily, the process of retrieving those assignments from Blackboard and adding them to your new course is not too difficult.

Directions:

 

  1. Log in to Canvas.
    1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
    2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
    3. Log in to your Canvas account.
    4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  2. Follow the instructions in the “Open Blackboard and Canvas Simultaneously” tutorial to open Blackboard.

Export Assignments from Blackboard

  1. Open the course you’d like to get assignments from.
  2. Scroll until you see the Course Management panel on the left.
  3. Click Packages and Utilities.
  4. Click Export/Archive Course.
  5. Click Export Package.
  6. Select Assignments and Grade Center under the Select Course Materials list.
    • Note: If your assignments have already created rubrics, select Rubrics from the Course Materials list as well. You will then need to attach the Rubrics to the assignment later; see the Attach Rubrics to Assignments tutorial.
  7. Click Submit. Do not leave the page!
    • Note: Blackboard will automatically email you when the export is complete. However, you can usually simply wait a few minutes and then refresh the page and your export file (.zip) will appear.
  8. Click on the Export File Name (blue link) that appears. This will download the file to your computer.
    1. Note: You may be prompted to “Save File” and select a location to download the file to on your computer.

Import Assignments into Canvas

  1. Click Settings on the course navigation menu to the left in your Canvas course.
  2. Click the Import Course Content button on the right.
  3. Click the Content Type drop-down menu.
  4. Select Blackboard Export 6/7/8/9 export .zip file.
  5. Click Choose File.
  6. Select the .zip file you downloaded from Blackboard.
  7. Click Open.
  8. Select All Content.
  9. Click Import.
  10. Click Assignments from the left navigation menu.
    • Note: You’ll see a lot of Assignment Groups were automatically created, some of which will not contain anything; this is normal. 
  11. Click the three dots to the right of an empty Assignment Group 
  12. Select Delete to delete the empty group.

Make Assignments Available to Students

  1. Click Modules on the course menu to the left.
    • You will see a module here containing all of the assignments you just imported.
    • Note: If you do not see a module with your assignments, or not all of your assignments are here, use the instructions from the “Add Content to Modules” tutorial to add your assignments to the appropriate modules. 
  2. Move each assignment to the correct module. (SeeAdd, move, edit, & delete modules tutorial for more information.)
    • Ensure that the assignments are “published” (have a green checkmark to the right) in order for students to see them in the module.
  3. Click on the three dots at the right of the now empty Assignment module.
  4. Select Delete to delete the empty module.

GoReact is a tool for providing feedback on videos. Students can record media and receive feedback from their teacher, or critique a media piece using time-stamped comments. Consider asking students to act out a scene from literature; record a mini-lesson about the course content; or demonstrate a performance-based skill. This tutorial describes how to integrate the GoReact app with a Canvas assignment.

Directions:

 

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click Modules on the course navigation menu to the left.
  6. Scroll to the Module where the Assignment you want to edit is located.
  7. Click on the name of the Assignment.
  8. Click Edit.
  9. Scroll down to the Submission Type setting.
  10. Choose External Tool from the drop-down menu.
  11. Click Find.
  12. Select GoReact from the list of tools.
  13. Click Select.
  14. Click Save.
    • If prompted to sign up:
      1. Complete the required sections on this page, including Use it for, First name, Last name, Email, and Phone (optional).
      2. Click the button for I am age 13 or older and consent to the above as well as the USER TERMS and PRIVACY POLICY.
      3. Click Next.
  15. Select an option from the Create a new assignment drop-down menu.
    • NOTE: This tutorial uses a Standard assignment.
  16. Click Next.
  17. Select a setting from the Recording & Feedback Privacy drop-down menu.
    • NOTE: This tutorial uses the Private option.
  18. Select your preferred setting from the Grading & Evaluation drop-down menu.
    • NOTE: This tutorial uses the Points option.
  19. Type the number of points in the Points Possible text area.
  20. Adjust other options as desired.
  21. Click Done.

GoReact Feedback and Grading

  1. Select the GoReact Assignment you created in Canvas.
  2. Click on a recording.
    • To leave a text comment:
      1. Type your comment into the text box. The video will pause as you type.
      2. Press Enter/Return on your keyboard when you are done. 
    • To leave a video/audio comment:
      1. Click the video or audio icon.
      2. Click Record and record your comment.
      3. Click Finish when you are done.
  3. Grade the video by typing the number of Points in the upper-right.
    • Note: if you don’t see a Points option, click Edit Assignment Settings. Make sure the video is set to be graded using Points and the Point value is greater than zero.
  4. Click the arrows in the upper-left portion of the screen to navigate through multiple students’ videos.

VoiceThread is a tool for creating, sharing, and commenting on media -- especially audio and video recordings. This tutorial describes how to create different types of VoiceThread assignments for students to complete within Canvas. You can ask students to record their own VoiceThreads, or watch/comment on a VoiceThread.

Directions:

Integrate VoiceThread with Canvas

 

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click Modules on the course navigation menu to the left.
  6. Scroll to the Module where your assignment is located.
  7. Click on the name of the Assignment you want to add VoiceThread to.
  8. Click Edit.
  9. Scroll down to the Submission Type setting.
  10. Choose External Tool from the drop-down menu.
  11. Click Find.
  12. Select VoiceThread from the list of tools.
  13. Click Assignment Builder.
  14. Select the type of assignment you wish to create.
    • Create a VoiceThread:
      1. Type a name and description for the assignment.
    • Submit a Comment:
      1. Select a VoiceThread from the list for students to comment on.
        • Note: See “Create a VoiceThread,” below, to learn how to make a new VoiceThread.
      2. Type a name and description for the assignment, under the VoiceThread image in the panel on the right.
      3. Choose the number of comments students must submit.
    • Watch a VoiceThread
      1. Select a VoiceThread from the list for students to watch.
        • Note: See “Create a VoiceThread,” below, to learn how to make a new VoiceThread.
      2. Type a name and description for the assignment, under the VoiceThread image in the panel on the right.
  15. Click the Create Assignment button.
  16. Click Save and Continue.
  17. Click Select.
  18. Click Save.

Create a VoiceThread

 

  1. Navigate to Assignment Builder then Submit a Comment, as described above.
  2. Click the “+Create New VoiceThread” button.
  3. Click+Add New Media.”
  4. Select how you would like to create your VoiceThread.
    • My Computer: upload a media file from your computer.
    • Audio or Video Recording: start a new recording immediately.
      1. Allow the computer’s microphone and/or camera to be used, if prompted.
      2. Click Start Recording.
      3. Record your video.
      4. Click Stop Recording.
      5. Click Save if you are done, or click Cancel to redo the recording.
    • URL: link to a video/audio recording on the internet.
      1. Copy the link to a media file on the web.
      2. Paste the link into the URL box.
      3. Click Save.
  5. Enter a title for the media piece.
  6. Click Save.
  7. Click Share with Class.
  8. Click Share with Class again.
  9. Type in the Activity Name.
  10. Click Save.
  11. Click Save and Continue.
  12. Click Select.
  13. Click Save.

Comment on a VoiceThread

 

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click Modules on the course navigation menu to the left.
  6. Scroll to the Module that contains the VoiceThread.
  7. Click on the name of the Assignment that contains the VoiceThread.
  8. Click the Comment button.
  9. Select the type of comment you would like to add (text, audio, video, file upload, or phone).
  10. Follow the prompts to record and save your comment.

There may be situations where you’d like to give some extra credit opportunities to your students. In Canvas, there are a number of ways to assign extra points. The steps below outline how to create Assignments that are specifically intended to be extra credit. Other methods are listed below as well.

Directions:

 

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click Modules on the Course Navigation Menu to the left.
  6. Scroll to the module where you want the Assignment.
  7. Click the Plus button to the right of the module title.
  8. Select Assignment from the drop-down menu (if it is not already selected).
  9. Click [New Assignment].
  10. Type a Name.
  11. Click Add Item.
  12. Click the Assignment you just created.
  13. Click Edit.
  14. Set/Leave Possible Points at zero (0).
  15. Choose a submission type.
  16. Set any other settings as necessary.
  17. Click Save & Publish.

After a student submits the assignment, you will need to assign a grade either by entering it in the gradebook column or by using the SpeedGrader. You can also give extra credit to existing assignments by manually entering extra points in the grade column or SpeedGrader. Another easy way to assign extra credit is by adding an extra credit criterion to a rubric. Ensure that the rubric has that many more points than the total points identified in the Points Possible on the assignment (view the tutorials “Create A Rubric” and “Attach a Rubric to an Assignment” to learn more).



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