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  • If your institution is using a student information system (SIS) for grading purposes, you can set up an assignment to be sent back to the SIS. However, you must first specify which assignment(s) in the course should be sent to your SIS as part of the grade publishing process. Each assignment must be modified individually. However, your institution may have already enabled an option for all assignments to be configured for your SIS.

    Once a graded assignment is set up to be sent to your SIS, the Assignment Index Page and Quizzes Index Page lets you enable or disable an assignment by clicking the SIS sync icon next to an assignment or quiz. Not Graded assignment types cannot be sent to your SIS.

    Each SIS requires specific setup procedures to properly post grades for assignments. Depending on how assignments are assigned to students, some assignments may not be supported. For details and troubleshooting tips, view the appropriate help document for your SIS integration:

     

    Note: The Banner integration does not require any assignment setup and only pulls total grades from the Gradebook.

    Tags Assignments, Feature Options, Instructor Guide, SIS
  • Updated on: Apr 22, 2017

    How do I use the Assignments Index Page?

    You can view all your course assignments on the Assignments Index page. As an instructor, you can also add assignment groups, create an assignment, and modify assignment settings. You can also reorder assignments and assignment groups.

    Tags Assignments, Canvas Network, Grading Periods, Instructor Guide, MasteryPaths
  • Canvas is continually creating new features to improve your experience. The majority of improvements will be made available as part of our regular release cycle. However, some features may change the workflow for common activities in Canvas during your current term and will be placed in your Account Settings as a Feature Option. After a specified period of time, some Feature Options may become standard features in Canvas. Learn more about Feature Options and how to enable them in the manage new features lesson.

    Feature Option Availability

    The Feature Options shown in this lesson are available for all institutions and noted in their respective environments (beta or production). Some feature options must be enabled by your Customer Success Manager.

    Course-Level Features

    Please note that course feature options can be enforced for an entire account if necessary.

    Note: Some feature options may not be available in Free-for-Teacher accounts. Please view the Canvas Account Comparisons PDF.

    Tags Admin Guide, Feature Options, Parent App, Settings, SIS
  • Updated on: Apr 22, 2017

    How do I set details for an account?

    As an admin, the Account Settings tab contains multiple settings you can control and change in your Canvas account.

    Note: This lesson indicates the settings that you can manage for your entire account. Other integrations may be available with the assistance of your Customer Success Manager. For a full list of integrations available in Canvas, please view the Canvas integrations lesson.

    Tags Admin Guide, Settings
  • Canvas has built-in support for a number of different SIS systems. Canvas can also support integrating with arbitrary SIS systems or other user management tools through its SIS CSV interface.

    All SIS systems can integrate with Canvas and send assignment submissions back to its system. Learn how to configure SIS submissions.

    For more information about SIS integrations, visit the Canvas Community Admin Group.

    Tags Admin Guide, Integrations, SIS
  • When you integrate a student information system (SIS) in Canvas, In courses, only assignments are automatically configured to send grades to the SIS; graded discussions and quizzes have to be configured on a case-by-case basis. However, at the account level, you can configure all assignment types to be sent to your SIS automatically.

    Even after setting all assignments to be sent to the SIS, instructors can still manage assignments in their courses and manually remove individual assignments, graded discussions, or quizzes that they do not want to send to your SIS. Assignments can be managed from the Assignments page and Quizzes page, or they can be managed when creating an SIS assignment, SIS graded discussion, or SIS quiz.

    Note: Student information systems must be configured by your Customer Success Manager. You cannot configure your SIS submissions unless a specific feature option is enabled for your account. Learn more about feature options in the account features lesson.

    Tags Admin Guide, Integrations, SIS
  • When you integrate a student information system (SIS) in Canvas, In courses, only assignments are automatically configured to send grades to the SIS; graded discussions and quizzes have to be configured on a case-by-case basis. However, at the account level, you can configure all assignment types to be sent to your SIS automatically.

    Even after setting all assignments to be sent to the SIS, instructors can still manage assignments in their courses and manually remove individual assignments, graded discussions, or quizzes that they do not want to send to your SIS. Assignments can be managed from the Assignments page and Quizzes page, or they can be managed when creating an SIS assignment, SIS graded discussion, or SIS quiz.

    Note: Student information systems must be configured by your Customer Success Manager. You cannot configure your SIS submissions unless a specific feature option is enabled for your account. Learn more about feature options in the account features lesson.

    Tags Admin Guide, Integrations, SIS
  • Updated on: Apr 22, 2017

    How do I use inline chat as a student?

    If configured for your institution, inline chat allows you to communicate with other users in a course from areas other than the Chat page. Because they are separate from your course, inline chat will also not appear when viewing the Calendar, Conversations, Groups, or User Settings.

    When inline chat is enabled, any user viewing a course will appear as online on the Chat page. Currently there is no load limit for a course chat, but larger numbers of course users may affect performance.

    Notes:

    • If you cannot view inline chat, it has not been enabled for your institution.
    • Chat alerts are not available for inline chat.
    Tags Chat, Student Guide
  • Updated on: Apr 22, 2017

    How do I use Chat as an instructor?

    Once Chat has been enabled in your course, the Chat tool can be used for real-time conversation with course users. Any user in the course can participate in a chat conversation and view all chat content. Currently there is no load limit for a course chat, but larger numbers of course users may affect performance.

    A user must be actively viewing the chat tool to appear in the chat list. You may consider posting chat hours in the course calendar to let students know when you are available. Or you can open Chat in a new browser window while viewing other areas in Canvas.

    Note: If you cannot view the Chat tool, Chat has not been enabled for your institution.

    Tags Chat, Instructor Guide
  • If configured for your institution, inline chat allows you to communicate with other users in a course from areas other than the Chat page. Inline chat will appear everywhere within a course except the Gradebook, Course Analytics, and SpeedGrader.

    When inline chat is enabled, any user viewing a course will appear as online on the Chat page. Currently there is no load limit for a course chat, but larger numbers of course users may affect performance.

    You can also chat with course users from the Chat page.

    Notes:

    • If you cannot view inline chat, it has not been enabled for your institution.
    • Chat alerts are not available for inline chat.
    Tags Chat, Instructor Guide