Assignments

Purpose: Yellowdig is a third party tool available in ASU Canvas courses for discussion purposes. Members in a course will interact on one board to automatically earn points for completed tasks such as pinning, commenting, and liking peer’s pins. Instructors may provide prompts for each pin that is created or have users contribute to one topic several times throughout the course’s duration. Points from Yellowdig will passback, if enabled, to each student’s Canvas grade.

**IMPORTANT**
If you do not see Yellowdig as an External Tool option, please contact your department to request to have it added to the College’s Canvas account. The Yellowdig license is current until Summer 2022, university-wide.

Students must access Yellowdig through only one Canvas assignment in order for grade passback to sync correctly. It may take several hours before scores appear from Yellowdig to Canvas.

Yellowdig points will accumulate up to the total assignment grade. Therefore, in order to not negatively affect students’ total grades, check on “Do not count this assignment towards the final grade” in the assignment settings and then check it off towards the end of the semester.

Other resources:
Yellowdig Classic Support Articles
email the LMS Migration team
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Purpose: Assignments in Canvas can have due dates and availability dates set which allow instructors to know when students submit an assignment on time and control when they can access the submission link. If an instructor has copied assignments over from a previous semester, the assignment due dates and availability dates from that previous semester will also follow. By using the “Edit Assignment Dates” feature in Canvas, instructors can edit multiple assignments’ due dates and availability dates quickly and easily in one place.

**Always make sure to double-check dates in the “Assignments” or “Modules” sections after completing the process to ensure accuracy.**

Other resources:
How do I bulk update due dates and availability dates as an instructor?
email the LMS Migration team
Video Suggestions

Purpose: If instructors wish to grade students without revealing their respective names, or have graders that must grade each submission anonymously, there are options to hide student names or set up “Anonymous Grading”. In Canvas, there are two ways to perform this, either through SpeedGrader or the feature option “Anonymous Grading”.

The main differences between the two options are:

  • SpeedGrader will hide names for students on all assignments in Canvas, but the student number associated with them correspond to their place in the Canvas Gradebook.
  • The feature option “Anonymous Grading” must be enabled per assignment and only works for individual submission assignments. In other words, it does NOT work for group assignments, discussions, nor quizzes. However, student numbers are shuffled and do not correspond with their place in the Canvas Gradebook.

If Anonymous Grading has been enabled for an assignment, the option to hide the student’s name in SpeedGrader will disappear.

Other resources:
How do I hide student names in SpeedGrader?
How do I add an assignment that includes anonymous grading?
Canvas Release: Anonymous Moderated Grading
email the LMS Migration team
Video Suggestions

Purpose: Google Drive is a cloud-based file storage system available for all ASU faculty, staff, and students. It is integrated into ASU Canvas so files can be easily added to any Rich Content Editor by instructors or course designers. Files can be linked or embedded into a Canvas Page (or any Rich Content Editor) for students to view. Google Documents can even be edited within the Canvas Page or Google Drive to make updates without the need for reuploading a new version.

The following process uses a Canvas Page, but can be performed in any Rich Content Editor in the ASU Canvas system.

**Students must also authorize access to Google Drive in order to access shared content. Course Designers will only be able to properly test the functionality of the steps through another user assigned as a “Student” in the designated course. “Student View” will not be able to authorize access to the Google Drive item.**

**Make sure file share settings are set for easy access by other users. Ideally, set files or folder to “Anyone with the link can access” rather than isolating to ASU accounts as most users have personal Google accounts**

Other resources:
Canvas Guide: Using Google in Canvas
Knowledge Base Article: Google Drive in Canvas
email the LMS Migration team
Video Suggestions

Purpose: Created rubrics can be attached to assignments and graded discussions so students can review grading expectations. In additions, rubrics can be used to grade assignments and graded discussions in SpeedGrader which will populate to the student’s score. Rubrics from other previous courses created by the user can also be attached if desired.

**See Quick Tip “How to Create a Rubric” to review creating new sets of rubrics before following this video.**

Other resources:
Canvas Guides: How do I add a rubric to an assignment?
Canvas Guides: How do I add a rubric to a graded discussion?
email the LMS Migration team
Video Suggestions

Purpose: Anonymous Instructor Annotations is a feature option that allows teachers and graders to leave comment annotations on a student’s online assignment submission in Canvas’s DocViewer in SpeedGrader. This feature can best be used when there are other graders of the course other than the instructor leaving feedback for students. It available as a Feature Option in ASU Canvas and must be turned on first before seeing as an assignment setting option.

**This feature will not apply to assignment comments left in a student’s grade box or right, menu assignment comment box of SpeedGrader.**

Other resources:
Canvas Guide: Anonymous Instructor Annotations Information
Canvas Guide: How do I enable anonymous instructor annotations in student submissions?
email the LMS Migration team
Video Suggestions

Purpose: Appointment Groups allow instructors to set up appointment time slots through the Canvas Calendar which students may sign up for. Once a student has reserved a time slot, instructors will be able to track who will be attending a specified time on the Canvas Calendar. Instructors can still edit and delete

Appointment Groups after creation and can even remove students from their selected appointment times if needed. Instructors will be notified via email when a student has reserved an appointment time if notifications settings in “Account” have been turned on.

Other resources:
Quick Tip: How to Create Appointment Groups in the Canvas Calendar
Canvas Guides: How do I view or edit a Scheduler appointment group in a course calendar?
Canvas Guides: How do I remove students from a Scheduler appointment in a course calendar?
Canvas Student Guide: How do I sign up for a Scheduler appointment in the Calendar?
email the LMS Migration team
Video Suggestions

Purpose: Appointment Groups allow instructors to set up appointment time slots through the Canvas Calendar which students may sign up for. Once a student has reserved a time slot, instructors will be able to track who will be attending a specified time on the Canvas Calendar or in “Group Details”. Instructors will be notified via email when a student has reserved an appointment time if notifications settings in “Account” have been turned on.

Other resources:
Quick Tip: How to View & Edit Appointment Groups in the Canvas Calendar
Canvas Guides: How do I add a Scheduler appointment group in a course calendar?
Canvas Student Guide: How do I sign up for a Scheduler appointment in the Calendar?
email the LMS Migration team
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Purpose: The Canvas Calendar is a Global Navigation feature that automatically displays all assignment and date set items within Canvas courses automatically. The system synchronizes with a user’s enrolled courses, so no editing is required in the Calendar unless desired. Any changes to items in a course will automatically update into the Canvas Calendar for both instructors and students to view. Instructors will be able to see both published and unpublished items on the calendar while students ONLY see published items.

**The way instructors calendar is displayed may appear different from the student side such as crossed out items and what has been be added on the calendar whether by the instructor or student themselves**

Other resources:
Canvas Calendar Guides:
Canvas Guides: How do I use the Calendar as an instructor?
email the LMS Migration team
Video Suggestions

Purpose: The Canvas Calendar is a Global Navigation feature that automatically displays all assignment and date set items within Canvas courses automatically. Not only are dated items from a Canvas course synced to the Canvas Calendar, but instructors are able to move due dates within the Canvas Calendar which will sync back to the item’s designated course.

**Moving due dates does NOT move the availability (lock) dates of an item. Users will NOT be able to move an item to a new due date if it falls outside the set availability (lock) dates. Please make sure to return to the item’s details, or settings, and set the close and open dates for students.**

Other resources:
Canvas Calendar Guides:
Canvas Guides: How do I use the Calendar as an instructor?
email the LMS Migration team
Video Suggestions

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