No, you cannot create a Gradebook column directly. Gradebook columns are only created with an assignment.

  • Select Assignments from Course Navigation
  • Click on the +Assignment box at the top-right hand corner to open in Edit Mode
  • Type in an assignment name and type in any instructions/directions for the students
  • Points: Type in the points associated with the assignment
  • Assignment Group: Canvas Assignment Groups allow you to “label” associated assignments; for instance, you can create various groups that allow for assignment “associations”. Creating and using assignment groups also assist you if you use “weighting” factors (see more information on Create and Using Assignment Groups)
  • Display Grade as: Default is Points. Also have the option to check “Do not count this assignment towards the final grade”
  • Submission Type: This is key! There are 4 options to select from.
Submission Type Selection (Columns Added to Gradebook when Published):

Type

Student Actions

Gradebook Column Created

No Submission

Student will not submit assignment in Canvas. Can be used if students are to hand in their assignment in class and you will manually grade them. 

Yes

On Paper

Student submits assignment on paper. Can be used if students are to hand in their assignment in class and you will manually grade them.

Yes

External Tool (Find)

Link to an external app such as Google Docs. External tools prompt you to enter or find the external resources that you can add such allowing student to submit/use assignments created/available in Google Docs Cloud Assignment. 

Yes

Online

Selecting online expands additional options of how/what students will upload (they will see the “SUBMIT ASSIGNMENT” button to upload their assignment. Make sure that those types of submissions are checked that you will allow -- normally File Uploads is sufficient.
This expands the additional options - “File Uploads” and “Enable Vericite Submissions” (plagiarism entry). Other options include text entries, Website URLs, and Media Recordings

Yes

  • Group Assignment?
  • Peer Reviews?
  • Assign to: Everyone or select students
    • Note: If you have a student (or students) that need additional time for Assignments or Quizzes, you can create or edit an assignment/quiz using different due dates for that student.
      When creating an assignment/quiz scroll down to Assign (the original is Everyone). Enter the Due Date for Everyone.  U
      nder the Due Date, you see +ADD, click to expand and select the student(s) that needs additional time. Type in the Due Date for that specific student. Click Save.
      The assignment/quiz now shows Assign To: (exception student) with exception Date Due and then Assign To: Everyone Else with the Due Date

  • Due Date and/or Available From/Until
  • Save & Publish (makes the assignment available to the student
  • Save (creates assignment but student cannot see/submit until published)

VeriCite is a plagiarism detection service that identifies potentially plagiarized or improperly cited text and is integrated in Canvas. VeriCite automatically checks submitted work against an ever-increasing index of online sources.

VeriCite converts the student submission into plain text and excludes any quoted material from matching. The rest of the text is then compared for exact matches with existing source material. VeriCite uses string matching methods, along with a series of algorithms and scoring processes, to identify matching texts. VeriCite compares the content in the submitted paper to two repositories – a repository of student submissions that is private to the university and a repository of publicly accessible, academically-oriented Internet resources. A final report is presented to the user highlighting different levels or amounts of matching per submission. There is an overview score as well as a side by side comparison of the matching text and sources.

A final report is presented to the user highlighting different levels or amounts of matching per submission. There is an overview score as well as a side by side comparison of the matching text and sources.

On the left course navigation menu click Assignments

At the top of the Assignments page click “+ Assignment”

Assignment Name and Text: Type in a name for the assignment -- for student clarity identify, in either the name or text area, that this assignment is a VeriCite submission (example: VeriCite Submission Assignment; This assignment will be submitted through VeriCite and will produce an originality report).
Type in the point value and select Assignment Group (e.g., if you are applying a weighting for these types of assignments).

Under Submission type, select Online, for online submission types check File Uploads, and then place a check in the "Enable VeriCite Submissions"

Advanced Vericite Options. Selecting Advanced VeriCite Settings displays options for you to select whether:

  • Students can see the originality report: Immediately (when generated), after assignment is graded, after the Due Date, or Never
  • Exclude Quoted Material: VericCite will not include quoted text for matching.
  • Excluded Self Plagiarism: Allows multiple submissions by the same student of the same paper in the same course not to be flagged as being plagiarized. 
  • Store submission in Institutional Index. Default option is that when a student submits a paper, a copy goes into university’s VeriCite index/repository and is compared to other VeriCite submissions at the university level. If you setting up a  VeriCite assignment to be a draft, uncheck “Store submissions in institutional index”.
  • Click Update Settings, select a Due Date, and then click Save and Publish if you want assignment available to students. The assignment and the grade book entry will be created.

Can access report from either the Gradebook or Assignments

Gradebook:

  • Go to Grades
  • Hover the cursor over the assignment column name to display the down arrow. Select SpeedGrader
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Assignments:

  • From course navigation select Assignments
  • Select (click) the assignment name
  • When assignment opens, click on SpeedGrader (located on the right-hand side) to open

View in SpeedGrader:

  • The student’s submission will open in SpeedGrader. On the right panel you will information regarding the submission
  • Submitted date and submitted files
  • Click on the % shown to the left of the submission (this is the % reported) to open the Vericite report
  • When the report opens you can review or select print out the report and/or download submission
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Grading Vericite Assignment

Student Submission of VeriCite Assignment



How students view the report generated for the VeriCite assignment
(this link is located on Canvas for Students eHelp website)

Student paper matches are sources where the student submission for the assignment matches another student paper in your institutional repository. By default, the instructor of the course in which the paper was submitted has access to all of the user and submission details, but other instructors at the institution see only that there is a match and the paper ID of the matching student submission.

Internet matches are matching sources found on publicly available web pages. You may view the side-by-side text comparison for internet matches, or link to the source page in a new window to view the original source.

Student paper matches are indicated by the Student icon.
Internet matches are indicated by the Internet icon.

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Click on the source to view the side-by-side comparison.
Matching text from the student assignment submission on the left side of the screen and the internet match or (if you have permission to view the matching text) the student paper match on the right side of the screen will be highlighted for comparison.

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Occasionally, internet matches will be unavailable for retrieval if the page has been modified or deleted.
If the internet source has changed or can no longer be located, you will see a message indicating when the matching source was last available, as well as the web address for the page.

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Set up a VeriCite Assignment for Direct Submission of a student’s paper

On the left course navigation menu click Assignments, click“+ Assignment

  • Type in a name for the assignment, in the dialog box add notation such as “this is a direct submit assignment that the instructor to manually submit a student's paper to VeriCite”
  • Type in the points, you can select Assignment Group (e.g., if you are applying a weighting for these types of assignments)
  • UnderSubmission Type, click the down arrow and select “External Tool
  • ClickFind to scroll and select VeriCite
  • Select Save (do not select Save and Publish)

Submit the Student’s Paper

    • Select the assignment that you created, on the top right-hand side select Submit
    • Under “Select User”, click the down arrow and select user name
  • Drag/drop the file or select File Upload
  • Click Submit Paper

View the generated report by selecting View Report

Creating a Journal in Canvas

Although Canvas does not have a built in blog or journal application, there is the option to create a blog or journal assignment with Canvas assignment.
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First, decide if there will be one grade for the overall journal postings or a separate grade each time the student posts. 

  • If one grade, create one journal assignment. By default Canvas allows multiple submission attempts to an assignment (useful for a recurring assignment like a weekly journal). Students will be able to access the assignment and submit a new journal post each week.  In Grades, can then access and grade each attempt separately.
  • If a grade is to be assigned for each posting, a separate assignment for each posting will be needed.

Create a New Assignment

  • Create a new assignment (e.g., Reflection Journal) by going to Assignments and selecting +Assignment.
  • Enter the number of points and instructions.
  • Select Online Submissions from the Submission box and allow submissions to be either text entry or file uploads.
  • Click on Update Assignment and Publish your Assignment, students will be able to now see the assignment.

When students return to the Reflection Journal assignment the next week they will see an option to Re-Submit Assignment.  NOTE: This will not overwrite the previous submission. 

All attempts are recorded and are available in the Grade Book. In the SpeedGrader can flip between submission entries.

Canvas integrates our Google apps nicely. Why not take advantage of this and use Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets to create Canvas assignments!!!

In Google

  • Create a Google Drive folder for the course (will help keep content organized by course)
  • Select Google Docs and use (or create) a Google Doc, Sheet, or Slide to use as a "template" for assignment

In Canvas
Open course, select Assignment, +Assignment, add name of assignment, instructions, **Please include instructions! Students may not know how to access/submit assignment through Google integrated. ** (Creating Google Drive Assignment PDF)

  • Add Points, Assignment Group if used, Display as (points, etc)
  • Under Submission Type click down arrow and select External Tool
  • Click Find to the right of link input box
  • Select Google Docs Cloud Assignment
  • Locate the folder/file document to be used, highlight and click Submit and Select to return to assignment
  • Save or Save and Publish 
How Students Submit Google Cloud Assignment
(Youtube Video created by P. Anderson)

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

  • In Course Navigation, click the Assignments link.
  • Click the +Group button.
  • Type the Assignment Group Name in the Group Name field.
  • Click the Save button.

Adding assignment to groups

To add an assignment, test, or project to one of the group. Click on +Assignmentat the top or you can click the + sign to the right of the group title
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  • Select Assignments from Course Navigation
  • Click on the +Assignment box at the top-right hand corner to open in Edit Mode
  • Type in an assignment name and type in any instructions/directions for the students
  • Points: Type in the points associated with the assignment
  • Assignment Group: Canvas Assignment Groups allow you to “label” associated assignments; for instance, you can create various groups that allow for assignment “associations”. Creating and using assignment groups also assist you if you use “weighting” factors (see more information on Create and Using Assignment Groups)
  • Display Grade as: Default is Points. Also have the option to check “Do not count this assignment towards the final grade”
  • Submission Type: This is key! There are 4 options to select from.
  • Assign to: Everyone or select students
  • Due Date and/or Available From/Until
  • Save & Publish (makes the assignment available to the student
  • Save (creates assignment but student cannot see/submit until published)

You can weight final grades based Assignment Groups. Assignment groups allow you to set a percentage to groups of assignments (not the assignments themselves) in that category.  The assignment group percentage is calculated by dividing the total points a student has earned by the total points possible for all assignments in that group.

  • From course navigation, select Assignments. If you have not added assignments you will notice that the course already contains one “generic” default category Assignments (yes, this name can be changed by clicking on the 3 dots to the right of the Assignments name, select Edit, rename, and save)
  • Click on the 3 dots new to +Assignment and then Assignment Groups Weight and click “Weight final grade based on assignment groups
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  • To create another category, select +Group to open "Add Assignment Group” window. Type in the group name desired; e.g., Tests. Type in the % amount of total grade and select Save
  • Now have different categories that you use to create applicable graded assessments
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Adding the Weighting % to each

  • Select the 3 dots at the top of the Assignment page and select Assignment Group Weight to open
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  • Place a check in “Weight final grade based on assignment groups” to expand the individual groups you created.
  • Type in the percentage amount you want to assign. As you move to the next category Canvas will total the % (make sure this add to 100%). When done, click Save.
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