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  • You can manually configure an External App in your course. However, configuring an external app by URL is more common.

    To learn more about configuring external apps, visit the Edu App Center.

    Note: Manually configuring an external app is a course permission. If you cannot configure an external app, your institution has restricted this feature.

    Tags Canvas, external apps, External Apps (LTI), Instructor, Instructor Guide, LTI
  • If your institution is using a student information system (SIS) for grading purposes, you can set up a graded discussion to be sent back to the SIS. However, you must first specify which graded discussion(s) in the course should be sent to your SIS as part of the grade publishing process. Each graded discussion must be modified individually. However, your institution may have already enabled an option for all graded discussions to be configured for your SIS.

    Once a graded discussion is set up to be sent to your SIS, the Assignment Index Page lets you enable or disable a graded discussion by clicking the SIS sync icon next to the graded discussion.

    Each SIS requires specific setup procedures to properly post grades for graded discussions. Depending on how graded discussions are assigned to students, some discussions may not be supported. For details and 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 Banner, Canvas, Discussions, Instructor, Instructor Guide, PowerSchool, SIS, Skyward
  • When creating a discussion, you can require students to comment and provide feedback of another student's work. Learn more about peer review discussions.

    Peer reviews can only be created with graded discussions and do not have an anonymous option.

    For peer reviews, you can choose to manually assign peer reviews or automatically assign peer reviews. To complete the peer review, students are required to leave at least one comment. If you include a rubric, they are also required to complete the rubric.

    Note: To learn how graded discussion and peer review due dates appear in a student's To Do list, view the Peer Review Tips PDF.

    Tags Canvas, Discussions, Instructor, Instructor Guide, peer review
  • You can create a graded discussion for a course group by using the Group Discussion checkbox. Canvas uses group sets to assign group discussions, and each group within the group set that is assigned to the discussion is required to complete the discussion.

    You will need to assign a group set as part of the discussion. You can add an existing group set, or you can create a new group set as part of the assignment and add students to groups later. However, if you create a group set with self sign-up or manual group assignments, you will not be able to use the group set until users have been added to the subgroups.

    When differentiating groups in graded discussions, students can only view the discussion if they are a member of an assigned group. Otherwise the discussion does not appear in the group's discussions page. Grades cannot be assigned for students who have not been included in the graded discussion, and graded discussions that are not assigned to a student are not factored into overall grades. 

    You can still view the links to all groups that are in the group set (as with any other group discussion). However, if you do not select a group in the differentiated assignments list, the group does not show a differentiated due date.

    When Multiple Grading Periods are enabled in a course, graded discussions are also respected against closed grading periods.

    Tags Canvas, Discussions, Groups, Instructor, Instructor Guide
  • Groups are a subset of a course with a course-like environment including their own Calendar, Discussion board, and Collaboration tools. Only students added to a group have permission to see and use the respective tools within the group.

    A group discussion assignment creates an identical discussion topic in each group category. When students reply to the discussion topic they do so within their group environment, which is linked to the course from which the assignment was created.

    If you prefer to create a group discussion for grading, learn how to create graded group discussions.

    Note: You will need to create group sets and groups before setting up a group discussion assignment.

    Tags Canvas, Discussions, Groups, Instructor, Instructor Guide
  • Updated on: Aug 05, 2017

    How do I publish a course?

    If you have permission to publish your course, you can publish your course in the Course Home Page sidebar.

    You can also publish your course in the Course Setup Checklist.

    Notes:

    • Publishing a course is a course permission. If you cannot publish your course, your institution has restricted this feature.
    • Publishing your course will also send invitations to any users added to your course and allow them to access the course. However, the course invitation will not be sent until after the course start date. (The start date is commonly the term date, unless the term is being overridden by a specific course or section date in Course Settings.)
    Tags Canvas, course state, Instructor, Instructor Guide, publish course
  • Canvas courses have three essential states: unpublished, published, and concluded.

    Tags Canvas, course state, Instructor, Instructor Guide
  • Admins or instructors can start a new course in Canvas. New courses are created as course shells to host courses for their institution. Some institutions will have this option disabled and instead provide courses to faculty automatically via SIS (student information system) imports.

    Note: If you are not able to start a course as shown in these instructions, your institution has disabled this feature. Contact your Administrator for assistance.

    Tags Canvas, Courses, Dashboard, Instructor, Instructor Guide, new course
  • The first few times you create a new course in Canvas, it's a challenge to remember all of the steps required. The Course Setup Checklist exists to help you remember to cover all your bases before the course goes live.

    Tags Canvas, course setup tutorial, Courses, Feature Option, Instructor, Instructor Guide, tutorial
  • Updated on: Aug 05, 2017

    How do I use the Course Setup Checklist?

    The first few times you create a new course in Canvas, it's a challenge to remember all of the steps required. The Course Setup Checklist exists to help you remember to cover all your bases before the course goes live.

    Tags Canvas, Course Setup Checklist, Courses, Instructor, Instructor Guide