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June 2017 comETS Flash Talk Notes

posted Jun 30, 2017, 3:04 PM by Lane Sunwall   [ updated Jun 30, 2017, 3:09 PM ]

On June 8th comETS gathered together a diverse set of topics & speakers to share new ideas on topics important to education!


Click on link for presentation slides -

Hidden figures & obscure icons. Canvas Quizzing.

In its attempt to be streamlined and simple, sometimes the Canvas interface can seem to hide important features right under our noses.  Erica Hagen and Sara Hagen discussed those hard to find options hidden in icons. 

  • Started with game - free, anonymous, game

    • “How do I use files as an instructor” - in Canvas Community site, features important changes to using file.

  • Undelete

    • Go to course homepage - add “/undelete” at the end of course URL, you can then "undeleted" deleted content

  • Rubrics

    • Go to course homepage - add “/rubrics? At the end of course URL to go to rubric

  • Quizzes

    • If quiz is unpublished - you don’t have right-hand quiz menu - quiz statistics, moderate this quiz, speedgrader

    • During quiz - you can moderate it - and during moderation, you can click on clock in student row and change individual student time on the fly.



Canvas Homepages -  Share & Tell

Want to build a custom homepage in Canvas? Kevin Thompson, Jonathan Klein, and Maria Widmer, joined together to give the audience a glimpse of at homepages they’ve created.


Mastery paths and outcomes - A Case Study

I-Pang and Ian Muehlenhaus shared how they’re using Canvas Mastery Paths & Outcomes to create a competency based learning environment for students in the GIS Web Map Programming degree

  • Give students limited choice on what assignments they do

    • Have one big assignment - or - have multiple small assignments

  • Students liked having choice - they were “jazzed”

  • Can build in different learning paths within Canvas

    • Do this using outcomes, learning mastery