Friday, 9 February 2018

How to Use Canvas Course Analytics and Course Statistics

Did you know that you can view course analytics from your Canvas course, including all the individual student interactions? 

You can drill into each individual user on a course where you are a teacher and see their first and last access, number of times spent on each resource of the course, and how often (or never!) they have accessed your resources.

Canvas has two ways to track activity: Course Analytics, and Course Statistics.

Course Analytics

Course Analytics is accessed by the View Course Analytics button on every course home page (top right corner).

Course Analytics show you course activity by date, with an overview of assignments submitted and marks awarded, and then each student is listed individually.

This video from the University of Kentucky gives a good overview of Canvas Analytics in a course.

More info is here in the guides:

Course Statistics

You access Course Statistics under Settings. Click the Statistics button on the top right.

Course Statistics give you a glimpse into which Assignments, Discussions, and Quizzes are engaging students and what might be improved in the future. It will also help you to detect which students are not participating to the fullest or have started to fall behind the rest of the class.

There is some overlap with Course Statistics and Course Analytics, but in the Course Statistics give you a more general overview.

How do I view Course Statistics?

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Canvas Tip of the Week: Adding a Calendar Event to a Specific Group

Using 'Sections' to make appointments available to a group of students

 'Appointment Groups' are calendar events which can be divided into time slots, for which students can then sign up. This can be great for arranging things like tutorials.

However, ordinarily a group of appointments is available to all students on a course, and sometimes you might like to make those appointments available only to a specific group of students. You can do this using 'Sections'.

This 4 minute video shows you how to create sections within your course, add students to those sections, and then make calendar appointment groups available to a specific section. 

You can find this video and lots of other helpful tips on the 'Using Canvas for Staff' course.

For further information on using appointment groups, setting up sections and using them in the calendar, see these guides from Instructure:

Friday, 26 January 2018

Canvas Tip of the Week: Downloading Student Submissions from the Grades area

If you want to download all student submissions for an assignment, you can download them from the Gradebook in a bulk download. All submissions are downloaded as a single ZIP file that you can use to grade submissions on your computer offline. 
NOTE: If a student has resubmitted an assignment, only the most recent submission will be included in the ZIP file. 
In bulk downloads, Canvas automatically adds the username or group name to the file name:
  • For group assignments, the file name will include the name of the assigned group.
  • For individual student assignments, the file name will include the name of the student (last name first).
  • When anonymous grading is enabled, student names are not included in the names of downloaded files.

QUESTION: Can I just download my section of students?
ANSWER: NO, not unless you have a TA role on the course and are only assigned to one section. In that case, you will only be able to view and download YOUR assessments (your admin can change your role to TA if you'd like to try this).

QUESTION: Can I make comments on student files that I download?
ANSWER: YES. After downloading student files, you can add your comments to the files, then re-upload all student submissions in the Gradebook. However, you cannot change the names of the submission files. Otherwise Canvas will not be able to recognize the files that should be replaced.

Open Grades

Open Grades
In Course Navigation, click the Grades link.

Open Assignment

Open Assignment
Hover over the assignment title and click the drop-down menu.

Download Submissions

Download Submissions
To download all the assignment submissions as a .zip file, click the Download Submissions link.

View Progress

View Progress
View the progress of the file compression by tracking the progress bar.

Download File

Download File
When the file is finished processing, download the file by clicking the Click here to download link [1]. Canvas will also include the size of the download file as part of the link for your reference.
To close the download window [2], click the close icon.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Canvas Tip of the Week: Multiple Markers for Assignments

Every wondered how to set up multiple markers in a Canvas course? It's easy to do - Here's how:

Setting Up An Assignment with Multiple Markers

(Moderated Assignments)

Moderated assignments (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. allow up to three individuals to grade and comment on student assignment submissions.
Generally, moderated assignments include two reviewers who add their comments and provisional grades. The moderator then submits the final grade and comments. 
The reviewers and moderator each have to be added to the course as a Teacher or TA to participate.
There are several steps to this process and they need to be completed in this order. 

Step 1: Create a Moderated Assignment (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Go to the Assignments section and click on +Assignment (if you have already created the assignment, click on the assignment title instead and then select Edit).
Check the box next to “Allow a moderator…
Save and Publish the assignment.

Step 2: Assign Moderators (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Once you save the assignment, click on the Moderate button in the top right-hand corner.
Check the box next to all students [2] and click on “+ Reviewer” [3].
You should now see a space for two reviewers and a moderator. If you don't, refresh the page or click on +Reviewer once more.

Step 3: Mute the Assignment (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

(Complete this step if you don't want students to see reviewers' comments and provisional grades)
Go to the Grades section, click on the drop-down arrow next to the assignment name, and click on “Mute Assignment”.

Step 4: The First Reviewer Grades the Assignment  (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

With moderated assignments, it's important that the first reviewer grades the assignment before the second reviewer. The moderator should wait to input any grades or comments until the two reviewers have completed their assessments.
To submit an assessment, the first reviewer should click on the Assignment title, then click on Moderate. 
Next to each student's name will be a link to SpeedGrader. The first reviewer should click on one of these SpeedGrader links.
They can then post comments and their provisional grades next to each student's submission using the SpeedGrader. 

Step 5: The Second Reviewer Grades the Assignment  (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Once the first reviewer has finished their assessment, the second reviewer should go to SpeedGrader by either:
  • Clicking on the assignment title, Moderate, and then the SpeedGrader link under the 2nd Reviewer column.
  • Going to the Grades section, clicking on the drop-down arrow next to the assignment title, and choosing SpeedGrader.
The second reviewer should click on “Add Review” [1] near the top and then “Add 2nd Review” [2].
The second reviewer can now add their comments and provisional grades to each student’s submission.

Step 6: The Moderator Reviews the Provisional Grades and Adds Their Own Grades and Comments (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

The moderator should go to SpeedGrader and review each of the reviewer’s grades and comments. They should NOT hit Select yet. They should just click on 1st Reviewer or 2nd Reviewer.
Once they have reviewed the other comments and provisional grades, the moderator should click on “Add Review”.
The moderator should select “Add Moderator Review (new)” if they just want the students to see their comments.
The moderator should click “Add Moderator Review (Copy 1st)” if they want students to also see the first reviewer's comments or "Add Moderator Review (Copy 2nd)" if they want students to see the second reviewer's comments [Note: You can only choose to show one of the reviewer’s comments, not both]. 
The moderator should now add their own comments and a final grade.
Once they are finished, they should click on “Select” next to Moderator. The moderator section should now have a check next to it.

Step 7: The Moderator Publishes the Final Grade (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

The moderator should now go to the Assignments section, click on the assignment title, and then select Moderate.
They should double-check that the correct grade is showing in the final grade column because once the moderator clicks on Post, the Grades cannot be changed.
When the moderator is ready to post the grades, they should click on Post.

Step 8: Unmute the Assignment (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Finally, the moderator should return to the Grades section, click on the drop-down arrow next to the assignment name, and select “Unmute the Assignment”.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Recap of the Canvas Showcase Event

Canvas Showcase Roundup

Welcome to 2018 everybody, and hello Semester 2!

The GSA Canvas Showcase Event on December 18th was a big success, with an overflowing room and a bevy of great ideas and examples from our presenters. 

Here is a brief recap of the key points and Canvas tools each presenter talked about, and screencasts of some of the presentations:

Digger Nutter shared his Interior Design Courses.

Key points:
  • Student projects are built around discussion boards
  • Mindmaps are created during discussions using ipads and published immediately to Canvas to reinforce studio discussions
  • Modules open automatically at specific dates (here's how to do that)
  • Students edited the content of some areas, making it collaborative
  • Students made videos on their phones and uploaded them to discussions
  • Final year students - Formative assessments were grouped (with 0 points awarded) and clearly identified and written feedback comments given via Speedgrader
  • Glasgow and Singapore students collaborated and shared Canvas discussion boards

Mark Charters showed off the Learning and Teaching Hub and the Student Experience Survey.

Key points:
  • Surveys in Canvas are "Ungraded Quizzes", are easy to make, and have been used in Mark's courses, including the Student Experience Survey (which had 516 respondents!). (Here's more on making surveys)
  • The Learning and Teaching Hub course has a series of videos and resources for teaching 
  • Podcasts are available on teaching students who are not native English speakers

Daisy Abbott focused on her Academic Skills for Masters Research course.

Key points:
  • Her Quiz on Harvard Referencing is an example of self-assessment
  • Assignment groups created including a clearly labelled Formative Feedback assignments group, to highlight to students that they actually DO receive feedback (sometimes students report that they do not get feedback)
  • Anonymous Peer Assessment tool successful (here's how to do that)
  • She used Canvas Commons to house the student self-assessment survey, a tool which can be imported by any GSA tutor into their course. This is a self-assessment tool intended to be used at both the start and end of the course to help students align what they have learned with the course objectives or ILOs. .It's available in Commons:

Scott McGowan showed the Student Support courses, especially the Workshops course.

Key points:

  • Learing Support is not a 'course' in the traditional sense so it is not really the best fit to have Canvas
  • The landing page for Student Support is an umbrella with graphical buttons leading to the other subsections of support
  • The Calendar feature works well but has some inconsistencies in the app., such as the location of an event doesn't show in IOS
  • Student Support has a Wordpress site which will be embedded into Canvas to prevent duplication of materials/effort
  • All resources from workshops are put up and available

Aileen Biagi shared her Product Design Engineering courses.

Key points:
  • Aileen introduced Canvas to the students in their first lesson and instructed them all to set up their notification to include receiving text messaging and uploading a photo. This helped her with the attendance tool which she uses, as the students all had photos
  • Aileen even found that because their attendance is prominently available, student attendance has improved. (Several lecturers in different areas have also reported this)
  • The announcements and inbox / conversations tools are useful ways to communicate
  • Students are put into groups and turn in assignments as a group. This allows group Announcements and Group Events to be created
  • TIP 1: Bulk downloads are only available to gradable assignments (nongraded assignments don't have the 'download' option)
  • TIP 2: To remove students from your course who should not be there, click the wheel beside their name, click on 'user details', then 'Conclude'. This will take them off the course register

Paul Maguire demoed his Interaction Design (IxD) courses.

Key points:

  • Interaction Design students never used Blackboard (the previous VLE) and have used other online tools for communication and collaboration, so this is a big change
  • The IxD students still maintain a course blog and Facebook page
  • Making use of nongraded assignments allows the students to chart their progress in the course and gather feedback
  • Course summary on the home page shows the dates of all activities, events and assessments (ungraded and graded) so is a visual map of the course
  • Canvas has some strengths and some weaknesses - still getting to grips with the possibilities

Michael Mersinis also sent a video sharing his experience embedding audio files and video files for the Fine Art project. His challenge was to embed files which could be played but not downloaded, and he discovered and shared the way to do this using the Canvas tools. (Instead of linking to the files, you simply add them via the upload feature of the editor). Here's how to do that:

1. Edit a content page and click the 'Record/upload Media' button

A big thank you to all the presenters for sharing and working so hard to make Canvas a success!

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Check the Word Count in Canvas (or anywhere on the web!)

Canvas Tip of the Week: Checking the Word Count 

Canvas does not have an in-built Word Count feature. This may be a fairly minor issue, but it can be annoying if you keep having to copy text into a word processor for word count while composing (as a student) or marking (as an instructor).

Until this feature is developed (Instructure says it is coming), you can get your word count in a couple of ways. 

Display word count with a Browser extension

If you use Chrome  install a free word count extension such as “Word Counter Plus”.
Here are detailed instructions:

1. Open Chrome
2. Visit the Chrome Web Store. 
3. In the left column, click Apps or Extensions.
4. Browse or search for what you'd like to add.- Word Counter Plus is here 
6. Click Add to Chrome.

To check the word count of any assignment submission, page, pdf. document or online material,  just highlight all the text (or entire document) then right click and select the Word Counter Plus to display the total numbers. Once installed, open the paper you are marking (or any text on the screen) highlight it, right click, and then click on “Word Counter Plus”. From here you will be able to see the detailed Word Count information

You can also similar add Firefox extensions if you use Firefox or add extensions on Safari 

Tutors: Display word count with Turnitin:

  • If you enable Turnitin for student assignment, Turnitin allows you to see the Word count for the paper fairly easily.
  • Click on the percentage that represents matching, such as “8%” below.
  • Click on “Text-Only Report” at the bottom right corner.
  • Now you should be able to see the word count for the submission.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Canvas Showcase

You are cordially invited to the first 
GSA Canvas Showcase

We've had a busy semester getting to grips with Canvas. Are you curious to see what your colleagues have been up to? Come see them show their courses and demo the features, tools and uses of Canvas they have found to enhance their teaching here at GSA. No need to RSVP, informal session.

Canvas Tip of the Week:
How to use the 22 point scale.

If you want to use the A1 - H 22 point scale, you can easily set it up when you create or edit your assignment. Watch this screencast for details.

Don't be shy - get in touch with us if you need any assistance with Canvas or learning technology. We are happy to help!

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Canvas: Usage Stats, plus How to create a nickname or shorten a Course Name

Greetings all! Welcome to the eLearning blog. This week is entirely devoted to Canvas.

Tip of the week: Using "Nicknames" to change your course names

Course names too long, too similar, too confusing? The solution is nicknames!

Sometimes you'll find that the names of your courses aren't quite what you'd like them to be. Perhaps a name is too long, meaning that the end of the name gets cut off on the course card on your dashboard, for example. Or maybe you are enrolled on a number of courses with very similar names, and it's not easy to distinguish between them at a glance. The good news is that it's easy to personalise the names of your courses in Canvas.

Here is a short screen cast to show you how to use 'Nicknames':

Next: Data! Hurrah!

We have started to generate some interesting data on Canvas usage at Glasgow School of Art. Here are our first statistics on course usage.

Total Active Courses: 148
Total Active Teachers: 283
Total Registered Students: 2,991
Average Page Views per week: 139,512

The numbers are particularly amazing when you consider that we launched our new Learning Management System with only one summer to plan, prepare and execute. 

So, which are the most active courses?

When looking at the leader board, do bear in mind that some courses have many more students than others, and some 'courses' are really an entire year of a programme. There  hasn't been any weighting to offset this.

With that disclaimer, we can now announce that the most visited courses at GSA's Canvas for the first half of Semester 1, 2017 (including August, September and October) are as follows:

Top 25 Courses By Pageviews
Course Name
Page Views Overall
1.       Technical Support Department
2.       Using Canvas for Students
3.       MSA Stage 2 17/18
4.       Postgraduate Cross-School Electives
5.       MSA Stage 5 17/18
6.       MSA Stage 3 17/18
7.       MSA Stage 1 17/18
8.       MSA Stage 4 17/18
9.       Singapore Y4 FoCI / Design History & Theory 17/18
10.   FoCI Y3 Semester 1 - Elective Enrolment Site 17/18
11.   Design Domain Central 17/18
12.   GSA Student Voice
13.   GSA Dates
14.   FoCI Year 4 (DH&T) 17/18
15.   Singapore Y3 FoCI / Contexts of Critical Inquiry 17/18
16.   Careers, Employability and Enterprise
17.   Exchange Students Outgoing
18.   FoCI Y1 Semester 1 From the Classical to the Postmodern 17/18
19.   Interior Design year 3- 17/18
20.   School of Fine Art Community 17/18
21.   Design Theory 17/18
22.   FACS Year 4 Fine Art Critical Studies (FACS) 17/18
23.   MSA General Community 17/18
24.   Interior Design Community
25.   Interior Design Level 4

Well done to all GSA instructors for spending the time and putting together their Canvas courses in such a short time. It hasn't been easy but we did it.

Initial feedback from staff and students has been overwhelmingly positive. We'll capture more comments in the Learning Resources annual survey and feed that back in a later post.

Check out more Using Canvas Tips at the GSA Using Canvas for Staff course.