Creating Group Assignments in Canvas

Confused by groups and group sets in Canvas? Learn how they work in under 5 minutes. You’ll then be able to make assignments in Canvas where the entire group needs to only upload a single submission.

Adding FlipGrid to your Canvas Course

Students LOVE how fun FlipGrid is. Our EAL department LOVES how FlipGrid makes it easy for students to upload quick video responses to prompts, promoting oral language production. And the IT department LOVES how FlipGrid integrates with our LMS, Canvas! You should LOVE how easy it is to set up: watch the <5 minute video below.

Parents now have Canvas accounts!

Thanks to Eric, all parents now have a Canvas account linked to their child(ren). This means that parents receive the same email notifications as students when you create an assigment, leave a comment on an assignment, make an announcement, etc. This adds, at no time to cost to the teacher, another way to keep parents informed of what’s happening in class.

Duplicating Quizzes in Canvas

You can make a copy of an assignment in Canvas, but what about a quiz? Thanks to an inquiry from John Brennan, we’ve discovered a workaround to do just that:

  1. ​Go to Settings > Import Course Content
  2. Select your course (what we’re doing is importing the quiz from your course into the same course – thereby creating a copy)
  3. Choose Selected Course Content
  4. Use the select content to choose what you’ll import (copy). You can choose a single quiz or all quizzes.
  5. Run the import
  6. Go to the quiz section of your course. The quiz that is the copy will be the one without any due dates or submissions.

New Canvas Integrations!

Great news, everyone! We’ve enabled additional integrations with Canvas. You can now embed YouTube and TedEd videos directly into your assignments by using the Rich Content Editor (look for the downward-facing arrow). Quizlet, Wikipedia and Office 365 have always been options for you, too. For research, Canvas is now connected with our subscription to Britannica Online. Look in the left nav bar for “Britannica School.” This link will open Britannica without asking students to log in and without needing a VPN.

We’re now hard at work figuring out how to bring in Baidu search results for even more robust student research.

Canvas in 10 Steps

On Sept. 13 and 14, Cecilia S, John B, Tim, Maria T, Katrina, Amy L, and Jane took advantage of an NCPA PD session to get up to speed with Canvas. These one-hour sessions scheduled during office hours are a great way of learning practical knowledge to help you within and without the classroom. Here are ten takeaways from our session:

  1. Use the Modules section to organize your course into subdivisions, for example by unit or by week.
  2. Add content to your modules using the + button. You can add content in three ways: by uploading a File, adding a Content Page, or linking to an Office 365 document via an External URL. Uploading a file means it’s easy for students to download. Content pages let you embed videos and other web content easily. Linking an O365 document via external URL means you don’t need to make any changes in Canvas when you change your document.
  3. Yes, you can create group assignments! When creating an assignment, check the This is a group assignment box, and you’ll then have the option to pick groups, randomly assign them, or let students choose  their own. You’ll use Group Sets to create sets of groups. You probably want to Require group members to be in the same section regardless.
  4. Use the People section to add students, TAs, and teachers to your course.
  5. Curious what your students are seeing? Use Settings > Student View to step into a student’s shoes. Anything you do while in Student View is only temporary and doesn’t affect your actual data.
  6. You can set up multiple due dates for assignments so that specific sections and even individual students have their own deadlines. If you don’t see a section listed, try typing the number that corresponds to the period (1=A, 2=B, 5=E, etc).
  7. Speedgrader lets you directly annotate PDFs and Word docs that students have uploaded. You can also attached voice and video comments. Cool.
  8. Want to use Turnitin? When creating an assignment, the submission type should be External Tool, then click Find and choose Turnitin LTI. That’s it!
  9. If a student can’t see an assignment or content, the issue 95% of the time is that something isn’t published. Look for this icon and click it to turn it green: unpublished.PNG
  10. This great suggestion from Jane: EAL teachers can upload EAL content into unpublished modules, which content teachers can then move into active modules when they choose to use it. Thanks, Jane!