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Canvas Plus: November 2023 Edition

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In this edition of the Canvas Plus Monthly, we discuss the new anonymous grading with quizzes, how to duplicate Item banks, and the improved efficiency with those Item banks; plus, we look at the new Readings & Resources to organize your course materials and encourage student engagement. All Canvas updates will be available in Canvas by the 3rd weekend of the month. 

Anonymous Grading with New Quizzes

Instructors can enable Anonymous Grading. This update helps reduce the perception of bias in the classroom by allowing instructors to grade manually-graded questions anonymously.

A screenshot of the Anonymous Grading option in Canvas.

Please Note: Once enabled, Anonymous Grading cannot be disabled for a New Quiz. On the Moderate page, student quiz details are hidden when Anonymous Grading is enabled. Additionally, the Manage Current Attempt section in the individual student modal is hidden. In SpeedGrader, student names and grades are hidden by default. When posting grades for anonymous New Quizzes, grades are posted for everyone in the course. Anonymity is removed.

Duplicate Item Banks

Instructors can duplicate Item banks. Duplicated Item banks can be edited without affecting the original content. In Item Banks, click the Duplicate option.

A screenshot of the duplicate bank button in Canvas.

When the confirmation window appears, click the Duplicate button.

A screenshot of the Duplicate conformation button in Canvas.

A status banner displays that the duplicated bank appears in the All Banks filter when complete. The duplicated bank has the same title in addition to the word Copy.

A screenshot of a copied item bank in Canvas.

Updated Item Bank Displays

On the Item Banks page, bank details are displayed in a table view. This update improves efficiency when searching for a desired item bank. Item Banks are displayed in a table view. Instructors can sort in ascending and descending order by clicking the arrow icon in a column.

The table view of Item Banks in Canvas.

Additionally, the Item Bank display is updated in the Item Bank modal on the New Quizzes Build page. To sort Item Banks, click the Sort By drop-down menu. To change the direction of the sort, click the drop-down menu and click the selection again.

The updated bank item display in Canvas.

Readings and Resources

Coming on December 1, you will see a new course navigational item called “Readings and Resources.” Readings & Resources is a Canvas tool that organizes your course materials and tracks and encourages student engagement.

  • Organize all readings and resources in one place
  • Add library resources and request course reserves directly from inside your Canvas course
  • Encourage and monitor student engagement with your assigned readings
  • Share your reading lists across courses and instructors
  • Maintain copyright compliance

Canvas Feature Requests

Just a reminder, the bi-annual voting for feature requests in the Canvas Community will reopen again in April 2024.

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Published by

Zach Peterson and Cassidy Porter

Zach is a Senior IT Training & Communications Consultant with OIT. Zach began his SMU career at the IT Help Desk in 2012 and joined the Training & Communications Team in 2015. He is a 2011 graduate from the University of North Texas and obtained a Master of Liberal Studies degree from SMU in 2018. He enjoys reading and collecting vintage and antique radio sets. He grew up in Valley View, Texas near Denton.