Canvas Assignments

Canvas Assignments

0.50 USBE Credit
This microcredential represents the skilled use of Canvas features to provide learners with a range of options to demonstrate competence and reflect on their learning. (ISTE Standard 7a)

DESCRIPTION

To earn this 0.5 USBE credit microcredential you will submit two types of evidence from the list below to demonstrate your effective use of Canvas tools to create, administer, and review assignments for learners. You will also complete a short written or video reflective analysis. Click Earn This Microcredential to learn more!

FEES

You will be charged $20 by the badge provider. You'll be charged at the point you submit your badge for final review.

CLARIFICATIONS

To receive this microcredential, an educator must be using Canvas to enhance or transform the assignment experience. Evidence of how Canvas is bringing additional functionality to the process must be present. Fully articulated directions and resources must provide clarity and enrichment for students.

IMPORTANT TERMS

Assignments: You can create assignments on the Assignments page. You can create an assignment shell, which is a placeholder for an assignment within an assignment group, or you can create an entire assignment with all the assignment details at the same time.

Peer Review: A peer review assignment enables students to provide feedback on another student's assignment submission. Peer reviews are a tool that allows communication between students and can help students master the concepts of a course and learn from each other. Peer reviews can be assigned to show student names or display anonymously.

Submission Types: Canvas has four assignment submission types. They are listed under the "Edit" function for each assignment: No Submission, Online, On Paper, External Tool.

Availability Date: In addition to setting a due date for an assignment, instructors can specify a specific date range when students can submit the assignment. These dates are called availability dates. These dates are optional and can be set depending how you want to manage the assignment.

Group Assignment: You can create a group assignment by using the Group Assignment checkbox. Canvas uses group sets to assign group assignments, and each group within the group set that is assigned to the assignment is required to complete the assignment. When creating or editing a group assignment, you can assign an assignment to specific groups. You can also set different due dates and availability dates for a group within an assignment that is assigned to the rest of the class.

Assignment Groups: Using Assignment Groups allows you to organize the assignments in your course.

Rubrics: You can add a rubric to an assignment to help students understand expectations for the assignment and how you intend to score their submissions. Occasionally, rubrics are added to assignments when you have an outcome inside of the rubric that you would like to use for alignment purposes. In addition to assignments, rubrics can also be added to graded discussions and quizzes. Rubrics can be added by finding an existing rubric in one of your courses, or by creating a new rubric.

Speedgrader: SpeedGrader makes it easy to evaluate individual student assignments and group assignments quickly. SpeedGrader displays assignment submissions for active students in your course. However, SpeedGrader displays assignment submissions according to the current Gradebook settings for inactive enrollments and concluded enrollments. For instance, if the Gradebook settings show inactive enrollments, inactive student submissions also appear in SpeedGrader. You can access SpeedGrader through: Assignments, Quizzes, Graded Discussions, and the Gradebook.

External Tool : Canvas, like many LMSs, supports loading external resources inline using the IMS LTI standard. These tools can be configured on a course or account level, and can be added to course modules or used to create custom assignments (see the LTI Outcomes service for more information on that). Canvas supports some additional integration points using LTI to offer a more integrated experience and to allow for more customization of the Canvas product, even in a cloud environment. This is accomplished by configuring additional settings on external tools used inside of Canvas.

BACKGROUND SCENARIO

As a teacher looks to collect information about his or her students’ learning, Canvas Assignments or Discussions may be great options. To demonstrate consistency of effective Assignment/Discussion use in the classroom, a teacher may choose to submit evidence for this badge after having used several Canvas Assignments/Discussions with their students. This is an opportunity to show proficiency with Canvas’ powerful Assignment/Discussion features and demonstrate effective use in the classroom.

EVIDENCE OPTIONS

Student Work: Submit samples of learner work that demonstrate your effective use of Canvas. These must include samples of at least three Canvas Assignments/Discussions you have created (including set up details), along with at least 3 learner submissions, and any feedback given to the learner. This may include screenshots, images, or document examples. Please be sure to annotate or provide appropriate descriptions as needed. Be sure to follow your district/charter guidelines for student privacy.

Unit Plan: Submit a unit plan of your design that includes at least three Canvas Assignments/Discussions used a various points throughout instruction. This unit plan should demonstrate how you set up and create the Canvas assignment/discussion and include content with in the learning. Include examples of student submissions and feedback given.

Web Site: Submit a link/invitation to a Canvas course or module of your design. This course/module should include at least three Assignments/Discussions, student submissions, and show feedback given to the students. Be sure to follow your district/charter guidelines for student privacy.

Screencast: Submit a 3-5 minute narrated screencast demonstrating your effective use of Canvas Assignments/Discussions in your practice. This screencast should include examples of at least three Assignments/Discussions, descriptions of set up, student submissions, and feedback given. Be sure to follow your district/charter guidelines for student privacy.

Candidate's Choice: Submit another type of evidence demonstrating your effective and consistent use of different Canvas assignment tools.

Candidates are required to make 2 evidence submission(s).

Review Criteria

Criterion 1: Evidence includes examples of at least 3 assignment items in Canvas including at least 1 Canvas Assignment and 1 Canvas Discussion. The remaining item may be either an additional Assignment or Discussion. Submission items must show evidence of use with students.

Criterion 2: Evidence demonstrates knowledge of and proficiency with using multiple aspects of Canvas Assignments including, but not limited to, multiple submission types, rubrics, peer reviews, group assignments/discussions, due dates, grading, and feedback (text, comments, media, etc.).

Criterion 3: All Canvas Assignment or Discussion items must include well-articulated directions, instructions, and/or expectations that could stand alone if needed (absent students, independent learning, etc.). Appropriate resources, links, documents, or templates are also included.

REFLECTION PROMPTS

  1. Describe how the use of Canvas Assignments and Discussions has enhanced or transformed the way you check for understanding of your learning objectives throughout the learning process.

  2. Discuss what aspects of a Canvas Assignment or Discussion lead to the best examples of acceptable evidence that learners have met your learning objectives.

  3. Discuss what next steps do you plan to take as you continue to improve the way you use Canvas Assignments or Discussions in your practice.

Review Criteria

Criterion 1: Reflection provides examples of how Canvas Assignments and Discussions have improved their abilities to check for learner understanding throughout instruction. Reflection shares specific examples of better snapshots of learning, improved feedback loops, more authentic assessments, and/or multiple representations of learning.

Criterion 2: Reflection discusses the features of a Canvas assignment that most support the meeting of learning objectives. Expected features may include the use of multiple submissions types, peer reviews, group assignments, links to content/resources, feedback, and/or rubrics.

Criterion 3: Reflection explains areas where improvement can still be made with Canvas Assignments or Discussions. Possible areas may include more consistent use of Canvas Assignments and Discussions, increased use of rubrics, additional opportunities for peer review or group assignments/discussions, or looking toward Canvas Quizzes or external tool submissions.

RESOURCES

Advancing Formative Assessment in Every Classroom: A Guide for Instructional Leaders, 2nd Edition by Connie M. Moss and Susan M. Brookhart
Find it on Amazon.com
Formative assessment is a continual process in the classroom. Moss and Brookhart provide the pedagogical background necessary to use any tool to assessment student learning. This knowledge will help a teachers make the right choices when creating assignments or discussions in Canvas.

Canvas Instructor Guides: Assignments
https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10460#jive_content_id_Assignments
Canvas’s Instructor Guide provides all of the how-to resources from Canvas on creating and using Canvas Assignments. Each task and element is described in detail for a teacher learning how to use Canvas Assignments.

Canvas Instructor Guides: Discussions
https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10460#jive_content_id_Discussions
Canvas’ Instructor Guide provides all of the how-to resources from Canvas on creating and using Canvas Discussions. Each task and element is described in detail for a teacher learning how to use Canvas Discussions.

Understanding by Design, 2nd Edition by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe
Find it on Amazon.com
The Backward Design (UbD) Model framework created by Wiggins and McTighe reorders the components of the traditional lesson design model so that student outcomes are better supported and realized. Determining acceptable evidence of student learning is essential to the learning process and provide a basis for creating pedagogically sound assignments and discussions in Canvas.

BADGE EARNERS

Carrie Abner
Carrie Abner
Valerie Adams
Valerie Adams
Heather Alexander
Heather Alexander
Justin Andersen
Justin Andersen
Whitney Bartholomew
Whitney Bartholomew
Sandra Bentley
Sandra Bentley
Leslie Bertram
Leslie Bertram
Tamara Bircumshaw
Tamara Bircumshaw
Chadlianne Bodily
Chadlianne Bodily
Roenna Bounds
Roenna Bounds
Sherry Bronson
Sherry Bronson
Anne Brown
Anne Brown
Danny Bullard
Danny Bullard
Sheri Burton
Sheri Burton
Jennifer Cahoon
Jennifer Cahoon
Kristine Capron
Kristine Capron
Sandra Carmony
Sandra Carmony
Ashlie Cashin
Ashlie Cashin
Celeste Christensen
Celeste Christensen
Jessica Christensen
Jessica Christensen
Alison Church
Alison Church
Tarah Crookston
Tarah Crookston
Jade Crown
Jade Crown
Jennifer Curtis
Jennifer Curtis
Ian Davey
Ian Davey
Jeramy Debry
Jeramy Debry
Kendra Dominguez
Kendra Dominguez
Sherry Doud
Sherry Doud
Paige Ehler
Paige Ehler
Danna Ferguson
Danna Ferguson
Justin Furnell
Justin Furnell
Colleen Gallagher
Colleen Gallagher
Lori Gillman
Lori Gillman
Gary Gourley
Gary Gourley
Heather Gray
Heather Gray
Austin Green
Austin Green
Serenity Hale
Serenity Hale
Madelyn Handley
Madelyn Handley
Rachelle Herbst
Rachelle Herbst
Chelsy Hooper
Chelsy Hooper
Katie Hopkins
Katie Hopkins
Susan Horning
Susan Horning
Holly Horton
Holly Horton
Janice Israelsen
Janice Israelsen
Renae Jaques
Renae Jaques
Katie Jepson
Katie Jepson
Emily Kershaw
Emily Kershaw
Crista Killpack
Crista Killpack
Melinda Lewis
Melinda Lewis
Karen Long
Karen Long
Jerian Miller
Jerian Miller
Cynthia Minson
Cynthia Minson
Danielle Monsen
Danielle Monsen
Johnathen Morgan
Johnathen Morgan
Christine Neid
Christine Neid
Shelbi Nelson
Shelbi Nelson
Lynette Nielson
Lynette Nielson
Lawon Nolan
Lawon Nolan
Michelle Poorte
Michelle Poorte
Traci Robbins
Traci Robbins
Pamella Saltmarsh
Pamella Saltmarsh
Melissa Skousen
Melissa Skousen
Kristin Smith
Kristin Smith
Vicky Smith
Vicky Smith
Barbara Soelberg
Barbara Soelberg
Jami Spencer
Jami Spencer
Danielle Summers
Danielle Summers
Paulo Tapia
Paulo Tapia
Kristin Taylor
Kristin Taylor
Jamie Titensor
Jamie Titensor
Sondra Trillo
Sondra Trillo
Trisha Turner
Trisha Turner
Sarah Vassar
Sarah Vassar
Natalie Vincent
Natalie Vincent
Benjamin Welch
Benjamin Welch
Andrea Wood
Andrea Wood
Rebecca Wright
Rebecca Wright
Shengnan Zong
Shengnan Zong

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