Canvas continues its incremental updates with additional faculty-requested features. Let’s start with a small, but welcome addition.
NEW GRADEBOOK CSV FORMAT
Within the Gradebook, when one downloads a CSV file, it now includes your assignment group columns. Here’s what Instructure had to say about it:
Assignment group columns are part of the CSV download from the Gradebook. This feature allows instructors to examine the overall performance of their course related to each assignment group and student scores. Each assignment group in the CSV file displays current points, final points, current score, and final score. Assignment group columns are read-only columns calculated by rules or percentages set in Canvas, and changes made to these columns within the CSV file will not be recognized if the CSV is uploaded to the Gradebook. (source)
SHOWING POINTS IN STUDENT GRADE TOTALS
Now to some big news! You can now set student grades to be viewed as point totals instead of percentages. That sound you hear is all of the CC-100 faculty cheering.
If an instructor grades by points in the Gradebook, students will also view their total grade in points. This option only applies if an instructor changes the grading option within the Gradebook total column from percent to points.
Reminder: Instructors can only grade by points if they are not using weighted assignment groups.
When students open the Grades page, the total column displays the total grade as earned points compared to total points possible (this view is different than the Gradebook view, which only shows the number of earned points). The hover text displays the percentage breakdown of those points. Both instructors and students still view assignment groups as a percentage. (source)
SELECTIVE COURSE CONTENT IMPORTING
Finally, a nice touch has beed added to importing content from a previous course. When doing a selective import, things are now deselected by default. This should make it much more apparent what one’s options are when it comes to moving past content from course to course. Here’s more from Instructure:
The Select Migration Content process has been redesigned within Course Imports. When admins or instructors copy or import courses and choose to select course content, Canvas will no longer select all content by default.
The import screen is grouped by content type. Content types that include more than one item are placed within a group that indicates the total number of content items. To expand the group, click the drop-down arrow next to the content type.
To import all content for a content type, click the checkbox next to the content name. If the content type is a group containing multiple items, Canvas will automatically select all items within the group (no need to expand the group and select the items individually).
To import only a few items from a content group, expand the drop-down arrow and click the specific items to be imported. Canvas will place a dash in the content checkbox, indicating that only a few items are selected within the group.
If a content type should not be imported, leave the checkbox blank. (source)
We hope these new features will be helpful, and as always, please don’t hesitate to contact ITG with any questions or requests you may have. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 617-824-8090. For further information about the other components of this update, click here.