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Canvas: Assignment Tool as an Alternative to Drop Box

This document provides a Canvas alternative to the Drop-Box feature which was available in OWL-space by using the Canvas Assignments tool.

Canvas Assignments Tool Workflow

  1. Create Assignments
  2. Change Submission Type
  3. View File Submissions
  4. Comment on Student Submissions
  5. Feedback Loops
  6. Continuous Grading

1. Create Assignment

  1. Click the Assignments tool on the left side of your screen in the course menu.

  2. Click the Add Assignment button to create an assignment.

    Assignments link in left-hand course menu and 'Add Assignment' button

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2. Change Submission Type

When you create assignments, you can choose how students submit.

  1. Choose Online from the "Submission Type" menu.

  2. Select File Uploads from the "Online Entry Options."
    Submission Type menu with 'Online' selected; additional menu of 'Online Entry Options'

  3. To limit the types of files students can submit, enter the accepted file extensions in the "Restricted Upload File Types" field.
    Important Note: Separate each file extension with a comma. Example: "doc, pdf"
    Restrict Upload File Types field with accespted file extensions

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3. View File Submissions in SpeedGrader

  1. Click the Grades link in the left-hand course menu.
    Gradebook with yellow arrow pointing to icon of an ungraded paper.

  2. Point to the Gradebook cell with the ungraded paper icon.

  3. Click the tiny message icon in the top corner of the cell.

    Yellow arrow points to tiny message icon in top right corner of Gradebook cell
  4. Click the “More details in the SpeedGrader" link.
    Arrow with the word 'Click' pointing to the More details in the SpeedGrader link

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4. Comment on Student Submissions in SpeedGrader

  1. Instructors can respond to students by entering Assignment Comments in the SpeedGrader.
    Professor's remarks in Assignment Comments
  2. Attach the file with comments by clicking the "File Attachment" paperclip icon.

  3. Click Submit to send the document back with comments.

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5. Feedback Loops

Student Role

  • Students get a quick view of the comments by clicking the speech bubble icon.
    Student view: Yellow arrows point to the 'Module 1' assignment and corresponding speech bubble icon in the gradebook

  • Students see the document and the professor’s direct comments on the paper by clicking the title of the assignment, and then, “View Feedback.”

  • The student can then make the changes and resubmit the assignment.
    Student resubmits with comments to the instructor

Instructor Role

  • The instructor then repeats steps 1 through 4 in the section titled View File Submissions in SpeedGrader above.

  • Students receive the feedback and continues to make changes.
    Assignment comments between instructor and student

  • The student and professor can continue in their back and forth dialogue before a grade is entered.
    Conversation between professor and student in Assignment Comments

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 6. Continuous Grading with the SpeedGrader

  • Using the SpeedGrader allows you to view all student submissions in one place.

  • View the next student’s submission by clicking the back and forward arrows in the top right corner of the SpeedGrader.

    Left and right arrows to change student
  • Clicking the tiny down arrow allows the professor to select a specific student from the list of all students.

    List of all students

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Keywords:dropbox, box, assignment,   Doc ID:70561
Owner:Amanda B.Group:Rice University
Created:2017-02-09 13:57 CDTUpdated:2019-04-01 14:46 CDT
Sites:Rice University
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