New UpdatesThe Canvas system releases updates about every three weeks. Whenever these updates include exciting new functionality for the La Salle University community or if these updates will significantly change your workflows, we will post about them on the 1900 blog.

The following changes took effect on Saturday, October 18.

Instructors can set their preferences to receive copies of sent messages.

When instructors emailed their classes from Blackboard, they could click a checkbox to receive a copy of the message. Prior to last weekend’s update, the only way to see sent Conversation messages in Canvas was to review the Sent area of the Canvas Inbox (shown below). This caused some to fear that their Canvas messages were going into the abyss.

The drop-down menu at the top of your Canvas Inbox allows you to view all of the messages you sent through Canvas.
The drop-down menu at the top of your Canvas Inbox allows you to view all of the messages you sent through Canvas.

If you are interested in receiving copies of the messages you send out from Canvas in your La Salle email inbox, you should update the newly added Notification Preference for Conversations Created By Me. Setting the message frequency to ASAP will mimic the functionality you were used to in Blackboard.

Change the Notification Preference for Conversations Created By Me to receive copies of Canvas messages that you send in your La Salle email account.
Change the Notification Preference for Conversations Created By Me to receive copies of Canvas messages that you send in your La Salle email account.

 

A new icon shows which quizzes need to be graded.

Editor’s note: This feature has been delayed and is not currently available in Canvas. It will be released in a future update. We will let you know when it is available.

When creating quizzes in Canvas, you can choose to add different question types. Some question types are self-grading, which means that Canvas will grade the students’ quizzes automatically and share that information with students upon completion. The self-grading question types include multiple choice, true/false, matching, and fill in the blank. Other question types, like essay questions, need to be graded by the course instructor.

As part of the latest Canvas update, a new icon appears in both the instructor’s and students’ view of the grades to show that a quiz contains questions that still need to be graded. This prevents students from stressing over an incomplete score and signals to the instructor that there are outstanding items to grade.

The Q icon indicates that the quiz contains questions that need to be graded.
The Q icon indicates that the quiz contains questions that need to be graded.

For quizzes that contain all self-grading questions, students and instructors will continue to see the final quiz score in the grades area.

With this change, it is still possible for students to access their pending score for quizzes that need to be graded: they can click on the Q needs grading icon or click on the name of the quiz to access more detailed information. However, the purpose of the icon is to clarify that the pending score is incomplete.

 

The same assignment can be completed by both groups and individuals.

Canvas can now accommodate assignments where students have the option to complete work as an individual or within groups. When setting up the assignment, choose the option to make it a group assignment.

Click this checkbox to make any assignment a group assignment.
Click this checkbox to make any assignment a group assignment.

 

Then, set up the groups following the normal group creation process. However, do not assign any of the students that will be working individually to one of the groups. The individual students will still be able to submit the assignment and you will be able to view both the individual submissions and the group submissions in the SpeedGrader view.

SpeedGrader can be used for individuals and groups  for the same assignment.
SpeedGrader can be used for individuals and groups for the same assignment.

 

You can review the full list of updates from Canvas’s 10/18/14 Production Release Notes. Contact the Instructional Design team if you have any questions about these updates!

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