How to Survive Summer Quarter!

Phew! The dust has settled and we've (hopefully) all survived the first two weeks of summer quarter! Summer quarter has always been a bit challenging for me because it's only 8 weeks long and as an instructor, you have to fit the same amount of content from 10/11 weeks into 8. Talk about stressful. Students … Continue reading How to Survive Summer Quarter!


Check Your Gradebook

I’ve been getting some calls from faculty that want to make sure their grade book in Canvas is doing what they expect it to. This blog from SPSCC’s Kathy Brooks covers many issues that come up with grade book set-up, as well as some great tips for how to manage those issues.

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As we near the end of each quarter eLearning begins to get calls about gradebook problems.  Here are common gradebook problems and solutions:

Duplicate assignments
The biggest problem here is determining which of the duplicate assignments is the wrong one. Usually one column will have grades (the good assignment) and one will not (the bad assignment). But since both assignments have the same name (Homework #5) – which one should be deleted?  Here’s what I do:

Click on Assignments. Find the two assignments with the same name (Homework #5). Rename one of them – it doesn’t matter which one. I usually just add an “X” to the front of the name:  X-Homework #5.

Now return to the gradebook. Look at the column names and figure out which assignment of the two is the “bad” one. It might be the one with the “X” in the name…

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Did Someone Say Drag and Stay? Rearranging your Gradebook Assignments

You spoke and Canvas listened! Folks wanted to be able to rearrange the order of assignments in the Gradebook in Canvas and have that rearrangement stay put even after you close the window. Guess what? It works! Go into your Gradebook and make sure you're using the New Gradebook (if you aren't, there'll be a … Continue reading Did Someone Say Drag and Stay? Rearranging your Gradebook Assignments