Canvas Syllabus and ‘To Do’ list: How to add items for students

Using the Canvas Calendar, Syllabus and To Do list is an easy way to keep students engaged with your course.

The Syllabus and student ‘To Do’ list show a summary of any course items that have a date or time assigned to them. For example an assignment will have a due date, so this will automatically appear in a student’s Syllabus and ‘To Do’ list. Items which can be given dates include assignments, pages, calendar events and quizzes.

The student 'To Do' list highlighted on a homepage
The student ‘To Do’ list

Syllabus and Course Summary

The Canvas syllabus page includes the Course Summary which shows all content with dates across your course. This is a great way for students to gain an overview of the course and what is required of them. It can be accessed from the course navigation menu or the syllabus (course dates) button if you have one on the course home page.

‘To Do’ lists are unique to the user

As a staff member your ‘To Do’ list will be different from the student’s. For example your list may show that you need to Grade an assignment, where the student’s list will show that they need to submit. If groups or individuals have different due dates these will display accordingly to the user. Staff can check the student ‘To Do’ list of a test student simply by entering student view when on the course homepage.

How to populate the ‘To Do’ list

Population of the ‘to do’ list happens automatically when you add content with dates into your course. To assign a date and time to any page in your course, when editing the page, simply tick the ‘add to student To Do’ checkbox and add a date and time before saving the page.

screen shot of the 'To Do' check box

Dates are added to other items during the setup process, for example when creating an assignment. Follow the guides below to setup these items which will then appear in the Syllabus Course Summary and ‘To Do’ lists.

For help using any of the Canvas features above, please contact us at LTHelp@gsa.ac.uk

Tech Tip: Using Zoom in Canvas

This short video shows you how to find and access your Zoom meetings in Canvas and also explores some common problems you may encounter, and how to fix these. Below you will find links to further information and where to access help or assistance in using Zoom in Canvas at GSA.

The IT pages on the Student Intranet contain more information about installing and setting up you Zoom account at GSA.

Check out our How to Use Zoom page on Canvas which contains a useful FAQ section that answers many common issues and questions. You can also visit the LTHelp for Students Canvas course for more help and advice using Canvas at GSA.

For help with anything covered in this post, or any other Canvas queries, please contact us at LTHelp@gsa.ac.uk

Tech Tip: Immersive Reader

Immersive Reader is now available within Canvas, making it easy to concentrate on what you’re reading, listen to Canvas pages read aloud, and translate your Canvas pages into other languages!

Watch the video below to find out how to access Immersive Reader in Canvas and use all of the features to help you access your learning materials.

If you’d like to find out more about Immersive Reader or have a question related to any of our digital tools, please contact LTHelp@gsa.ac.uk

Student Tech Tip: 2021 Graduate Showcase

 The GSA 2021 Graduate Showcase site is now ready for students to begin uploading their work. This week’s  Tip pulls together some of the support options available to students and details where students can get further help and assistance with uploading and presenting their work to the 2021 Graduate Showcase. 

Screenshot of Grad Showcase Intranet

The Graduate Showcase pages on the Student Intranet is the main hub of information for students regarding the showcase and presenting your work online. At the bottom of the Graduate Showcase page you will find the Graduate Showcase calendar which is useful to see a timeline of key dates over the next few months. 

For an introduction to this year’s showcase for students, see the introductory information which you should also have received via email.

Other Information available on the Graduate Showcase pages of the Student Intranet includes advice on website building, documenting your work, utilising social media, writing artist’s statements and lots more. 

The LTHelp for students course on Canvas also has more information on accessing the site and where to get help. 

If you need further support with accessing, uploading or presenting your work on the Graduate Showcase site, student’s can contact the learning technology team at LTHelp@gsa.ac.uk

 

Gathering Feedback from your Students using an Ungraded Survey

One of the primary uses of the Canvas quiz tool at the GSA is for gathering feedback and opinions from your students. This feedback can be used to improve course design and evaluate course delivery. The best quiz type for gathering feedback and opinions from your students is an ungraded survey.

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Creating an ungraded survey

To create an ungraded survey:

  1. Visit the Quizzes link in your Course Navigation menu and click on the + Quiz button
  2. Give your quiz a title and enter instructions for students in the text box below
  3. Choose Ungraded survey as your quiz type
  4. Choose whether you would like to keep responses anonymous and whether students can have multiple attempts at your survey
  5. Choose whether students should be able to review their own responses and untick ‘show students correct answers’
  6. Give your survey a due date and fill in the ‘Available from’ and ‘Until’ dates.

Adding questions to your survey

The next step is to create your questions by clicking on the questions tab at the top of your survey. questions.png  

To add a question to your survey, click on the ‘+ New Question’ button. 

Question types

There are a number of question types you can choose from. The question type you choose relates to what kind of feedback you’d like to gather. 

  • Free Text/essay:  if you have open questions, such as ‘What could be improved?’ you can use an essay question, which will provide students with a text field, where they can write as much or as little feedback as they’d like to give.
  • Likert scale questions are often used in surveys to gather more focused feedback from respondents. Likert scale questions measure the degree to which your respondents agree or disagree with a statement. Please see the table below for an example of a Likert scale question:
Strongly agree Agree Not sure Disagree Strongly disagree
Canvas has all the information I need to progress through the course week by week. X
Miro is a useful tool for mind mapping.  X

If you would like to create Likert scale type questions in an ungraded survey on Canvas, you can use the multiple dropdowns question type to do so. This question type is the most similar to Likert scale questions. For more information, please see the Canvas Instructor Guide How do I create Likert scale quiz questions? (Links to an external site.)

 

Viewing the results of your ungraded survey

Unlike graded quizzes and surveys, ungraded surveys do not display in the Gradebook or in Speedgrader. To view the results of your ungraded survey:

  1. Select the Quizzes item in your Course Navigation.Quizzes.PNG
  2. Click on the name of your surveyQuizname.PNG
  3.     Click on the three dots next to the Edit buttonsurvey.png
  4.   Select ‘Show student survey results’ to look at each students individual response

To download a CSV file of all responses to your survey, 

  1. Select Survey Statisticsstats.png

  Select Student Analysis to generate a CSV file with all of the responses to your surveyanalysis.png 

Please note that when you’ve reviewing the results of your survey by question, Canvas will always show one of the answers as the correct answer. However, this can be ignored, and students will not see a “correct” answer.

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Help with Ungraded Surveys

If you need help setting up an ungraded survey, or with any other learning technology related query, contact us by emailing LTHelp@gsa.ac.uk

 

Student Tech Tip: Mind mapping in Miro

 This week’s Tech Tip demonstrates how to create a mind map in Miro. Students starting the research process can use mind maps to identify all of the themes, sub-themes and facets of interest with regard to their research topic.

Miro makes this process easy, and you can use a mind map template to get started. One of the benefits of creating digital mind maps is that you can add lots of different kinds of media to your mind map.

The video below demonstrates how to get started:

If you have any questions about mind mapping in Miro or any other learning technology related topic, please contact us at LTHelp@gsa.ac.uk
 

Student Tech Tip: Customising Notifications by Course

 

In this Tech Tip we show students how to update their notification settings on a course by course basis. This process also applies to staff who wish to reduce the amount of Canvas notifications they recieve to their GSA email address. Staff may wish to customise notifications for specific courses where they are enrolled as a teacher, but do not want to receive the communications to students from other staff. We do not recommend turning notifications off completely, as you may miss out on essential information, rather we suggest to use a daily or weekly summary email to condense multiple course notifications into one. 
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