There is a lot you can do with Canvas during session. Here is a primer for some of the more common tasks you can do and when, in Canvas.

Week 1: check your notification preferences 

As session starts it is a good opportunity to make sure your Canvas notifications are working as expected (you don’t want to miss anything important!) and to build connections with your students, especially if you are not seeing them in person straight away.  

What you can do

Weeks 2-3: check in with your teaching team and students  

As the session progresses, you may like to check in on student engagement with your Canvas subject site and activities.   

What you can do

You may also be preparing your students for their first assessment tasks and preparing to mark these.   

Weeks 4-5: manage small group learning in Canvas 

If you have a group-based assessment task, organise your students into group sets in Canvas. This will allow you to easily manage the marking of these tasks.   

What you can do

  • Organise your students in small groups or teams in Canvas. This will automatically set up a private working space for each team in Canvas. We recommend that you wait for enrolments to settle before doing this – typically just after census date.  
  • Assign an assignment as a group assignment. This will allow students to submit one submission for the group which will be marked – all students should be assigned to a group when the submission is made.  Note that group assignments cannot be used with External Tool assignments.   

Weeks 6-8: release marks and feedback for assessment tasks 

By this time in the session, you may be ready to release marks and feedback to students. If you have a centrally scheduled final exam (managed by SAU Examinations), this is a good time to finalise the design of your exams.   

What you can do  

Weeks 8-11: prepare your online exams (if you have one for your subject) 

If your subject has a final exam, you should start to prepare to build your exam from week 8 in Canvas.  

What you can do

  • Take a look at our online exams resource collection, which guides you through the design, creation and implementation process. By starting early, you’ll minimise the possibility of a last-minute discovery that your planned exam strategy is, in practice, too tricky to run efficiently in Canvas. 
  • Take the time to familiarise yourself with the recommended settings for online exams in Canvas. Randomisation, time limits, availability windows – be informed about these early to avoid surprises and stress later.  

Week 12 onwards: get those final assignments marked and your grades submitted 

Finalising your subject’s grades is relatively straghtforward in Canvas. But it’s still vital to review your knowledge of the GradeBook.   

What you can do

Always: ask the LX.lab for support and advice

We have a regular program of workshop and events. Check out LX Events to see if there is anything useful for you or your teaching team to attend.  

No matter how far through the session you are, or what your learning design or technology problem is, you’re always welcome to book a consult a consultation with the LX.lab team.

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