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Online Summer Workshops at the CTL

All of us at the Center for Teaching and Learning would like to wish our faculty and students a safe and productive Spring/Summer term!  We’re here to support you as Macomb transitions toward hybrid and online classes.  This summer, we continue to offer a full schedule of online workshops related to Course Management, Activities and Assessments, and Teaching With Technology.  To register, visit the Noncredit/Continuing Education area of the Self-Service menu in MyMacomb, or see the instructions at the bottom of this post.

Macomb Online Facilitation Training (MOFT) 
MOFT is for faculty who want to teach online using an existing course. This training will guide faculty through best practices in online teaching focused on building a community, ensuring learner interaction, and timely feedback/responses. Please contact your Dean or AD if you are interested in completing MOFT.

Introduction to Canvas  
This workshop is designed for faculty who want to begin using Canvas. You’ll become familiar with the user interface, gradebook, messaging and more.  In this workshop, you will use your First Day Handout to set up your gradebook and assignments, create an accessible Welcome page, and use Canvas tools to communicate with students. (Note: Please register for the month you plan to take Intro to Canvas.  All other workshops will use only one registration code.)

June:     82418          July:              82419
August:  82423          One-on-one: 82441

Course Management      

Ready, Set, Start Your Canvas Course  
This workshop is designed to help faculty prepare a live course for a new semester. You will customize your course navigation menu, adjust assignment dates, update your bio, and validate links.  You’ll learn how to submit the Section Course Request Form, check accessibility in Canvas pages and files, and ensure your course is ready to go for students. (Note: Completion of Introduction to Canvas is a prerequisite to this workshop.) 
Reg. Code: 82425

Digital Accessibility  
How do you prepare instructional materials to meet the needs of all students?  In this workshop, you will learn simple tools and practices to make your content more accessible to students with disabilities. You will identify the benefits of universal design and learn common tools to create an accessible First Day Handout and PowerPoint presentation.
Reg. Code: 82426

Copyright & Fair Use  
Copyright and fair use are critical issues for educators today, especially those providing course materials online. In this workshop you will apply Macomb’s Fair Use Policy, practice correct source citation format, identify common copyright issues and solutions, and apply these principles in your course.
Reg. Code: 82427

Grading Tools  
You learned how to set up your assignments and enter grades in Introduction to Canvas, but there’s much more you can accomplish using Canvas grading tools!  In this workshop, you’ll learn advanced features in Assignments and Grades, explore how to use SpeedGrader to provide several types of feedback, and reflect on effective grading practices.
Reg. Code: 82428

Modules, Pages & Files in Canvas  
Modules enable you to organize your course the way you want. Pages and files are key components of modules, and can contain a variety of multimedia and textual content. In this workshop, we’ll create modules that align with your First Day Handout, explore advanced module and page settings, review the Rich Content Editor, and reflect on how to organize course content for optimal navigation.
Reg. Code: 82429

Canvas Groups  
Canvas Groups are a great way to increase engagement and interaction among students! Using Groups, students may collaborate on assignments, presentations and projects and create their own pages, discussions, and conferences. This workshop will guide you through the process of setting up Groups and creating a Group Assignment, as well as navigating Groups from a student’s perspective.
Reg. Code: 82433

Activities & Assessments      

Create Assignments, Instructions and Feedback  
Quality instructions and feedback are essential for an effective assignment. In this workshop, you’ll learn best practices for useful feedback, create clear instructions and grading criteria for an assignment or exam, use Canvas Rubrics, and provide different types of feedback using SpeedGrader.
Reg. Code: 82434

Want to replace your on-ground Scantron or paper exams with online exams?  Learn how to design and manage Canvas Quizzes, and you can create graded (and ungraded) quizzes, exams, surveys, and other assessments. We’ll dive into advanced features like Question Banks, Moderate Quiz Attempts, and Quiz Analytics.  CTL Instructional Designers will guide you every step of the way in implementing online assessments, which will save you much time in creating and grading exams.
Reg. Code: 82435

Canvas Discussions  
Discussions that engage students in course content and with each other promote student satisfaction, interaction, and retention. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to design and facilitate individual, group and class (ungraded) activities and (graded) assessments, and you’ll have an opportunity to participate in Discussions as a student.
Reg. Code: 82436

Teaching with Technology 

Web Conferencing with Zoom  
Schedule, Invite, Meet — it’s that easy to connect with students and colleagues using Zoom video conferencing. Use Zoom for online office hours, holding live discussions, providing student feedback, or any number of live online activities. You’ll learn how to set up a Zoom account, prepare your personal meeting room, invite others to a video conference, security features, screen-sharing, and more!
Reg. Code: 82437

Create and Share Video 
Online media is becoming increasingly popular and effective in delivering course content, and students look forward to seeing media in their courses. Macomb provides mobile-friendly, Canvas-enabled, fully-licensed software that you can use to create videos and other media. We’ll walk you through the process to record a screen-capture or lecture video, upload it to Macomb’s streaming service, and share it to students in Canvas.
Reg. Code: 82438

How to register using WebAdvisor:
1. Login to My Macomb.
2. Under the Self-Service Menu, select Non-Credit / Con’t Ed Students.
3. Select Registration, then Search and Register for Continuing Ed Classes.
4. Enter the 5-Digit Registration Code and click Submit.
5. Check the checkbox to the left of workshop and click Submit.
6. Complete the next screen as indicated. Click Submit.
7. Select Register Now (check out) from the “Select one of the following” drop down menu. Do NOT select a payment method. Click Submit.

You will receive an email confirming your registration.

March 30 Canvas Release

Canvas is updated every third Saturday with new features and fixes. The Macomb CTL posts new release highlights to our blog at emacomb.com.  Please contact us at ctlsupport@macomb.edu if you have questions about Canvas releases.

March 30 Release

Please watch the New Feature Screencast video for a review of the updates in this release:


New Gradebook Override Column

This release improves the functionality of the Override Column, which was introduced to the New Gradebook several months ago.

Currently, instructors may enter a percentage grade, which will correspond to the appropriate grade in your Grading Scheme.  The letter grade will then display in the Override column.

Previously, instructors had to input a letter grade, which was automatically converted to the lower percentage of the grade range:


New Gradebook Drop-In Sessions at Macomb

As Canvas strives to improve usability for faculty, there will be a significant update made to the Gradebook that adds new functionality and changes access to the SpeedGrader and how grades can be viewed.

The new Gradebook will be deployed on May 9, 2019, after the end of the Winter semester.  At the current time, you are able to turn on the new Gradebook to get a sneak peek of these updates.

For an overview of what to expect with the New Gradebook, please visit the New Gradebook Resource page in the Faculty Center. (Macomb login required)

The CTL’s Instructional Technology team has prepared some helpful resources and scheduled regular drop-in sessions to help with this transition.  These sessions provide an opportunity for hands-on training with the New Gradebook and cover common tasks such as:

• Add Points/Comments
• Access SpeedGrader
• Mark Assignments as Late/Missing/Excused
• Apply Late Policies
• Sort and Curve Assignments, Message Students
• Mute Grades and Download Assignment Submissions

Registration is not required, but cordially recommended so we know who is planning on attending.  Please see times, locations, and registration link below.

Drop-In Session Registration

Friday, April 5  –  1 pm  –  Online (Zoom meeting)
Wednesday, April 10  –  11 am  –  Center C-130
Thursday, April 11  – 1 pm  –  South J-104
Wednesday, April 24  – 11 am  –  Center C-130
Thursday, April 25  – 1 pm  –  South J-104

Friday, May 3  –  1 pm  –  Online (Zoom meeting)

Content Link Error Notification

A new option has been added to Notifications.  Instructors may now choose to be notified by text and/or email when a student clicks on a broken link within a course.  This notification will activate if the link is either broken, unavailable due to student permissions, or links to an unpublished page.   The notification defaults to daily frequency, but like all other notifications, you may set it to immediately, weekly, or off.

This change is intended to improve the process of finding and resolving inaccessible links in a course.


Groups: Warning for Removing Students

The wording of the message has been strengthened to clarify what exactly will be lost if an instructor chooses to remove a student from a Group.

This language underscores the risks of removing a student from a group or adding a new student after group assignments have already been submitted.  This Canvas Document gives further clarification:

You can move students within groups. However, changes should be made before assigning a group to an assignment.

If a student is added to or removed from a group after receiving submissions, the submissions and grades may not align correctly. If a student is added to a group after the group submission, any re-submissions will overwrite the original submission; all previous grades will remain but the Gradebook will show the assignment was resubmitted since last graded. If you want to move a group member with a graded submission, you may want to clone the group set instead.

Note: In group assignments, all students should be assigned to groups before the assignment is published. Grades and submissions may be affected for students who were not in a group at the time of assignment submission but who were later added to a group.


The complete production release notes for this release are available on the Canvas Community.

The next Canvas release will be deployed Saturday, April 20, with release notes available Monday, April 8.


Images on this page are from the Canvas Guides and Release Notes, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Agreement.

January 26 Canvas Release

Canvas is updated every third Saturday with new features and fixes. The Macomb CTL posts highlights from the production release notes and related content to our blog at emacomb.com.  Please contact us at ctlsupport@macomb.edu if you have any questions about Canvas releases.

January 26 Release

Please view the New Feature Screencast for a demonstration of the updates in this release:



Rubric Comments Enhancement

Instructors may now add comments to rubric criteria directly from SpeedGrader.

This update will allow instructors to edit their rubric comments while using the same rubric to grade assignments in SpeedGrader.

Note that this update refers to comments on the rubric criteria, not comments on the student’s assignment.


Learning Outcome Mastery

NOTE: This update only applies for instructors and students who have opted into the Learning Mastery Gradebook.  Please contact us at ctlsupport@macomb.edu if you’d like to test this feature.

The total score for a particular learning outcome in a course will now be displayed if at least one of the assignments does not have hidden point values.

For example, because all asignments’ point values are hidden in the rubric for Week 7 Journal, you do not see X /5 – only Mastered or Not Mastered.

This change will make it easier to view a student’s progress towards mastery when at least one of the outcome’s assignments shows a point value.


Moderated Grading: Assignments Editable by Viewer

NOTE: The Moderated Grading feature is not yet active at the Macomb institutional level. Please contact us at ctlsupport@macomb.edu if you’d like to test this feature.

If your assignment uses Moderated Grading, any grader who is able to view the Grade Summary page will now able to edit the assignment.

This update will allow graders who have not been designated by the instructor as the final grader to edit assignments. This will simplify the process for nonfinal and noninstructor graders to modify assignment details throughout the course.

The complete production release notes for this release are available on the Canvas LMS Community.


The next Canvas release will be deployed Saturday, February 16, with release notes available Monday, February 4.


Images on this page are from the Canvas Guides, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Agreement.