How can I hold students accountable for readings in an online learning setting?
Assignments include Quizzes, graded Discussions, and online submissions (i.e. files, images, text, URLs, etc.). See the Canvas Guide for how to create an online assignment for more information.
Depending on the type of assignment, there are a variety of ways for students to submit their work online. If a live class presentation is required, then a web-based conferencing program like WebEx would be the best choice. Students can use WebEx to give class presentations using PowerPoint slides, audio, video, or text chat. Students can also use WebEx to record presentations that can be accessed through their Canvas course site and viewed later by the entire class. Check out our WebEx for Teaching and Learning guides here: WebEx for faculty, WebEx for students. (Note: For recordings and video conferencing involving observing clinical sessions, telemedicine activities, discussing patient information, etc., please refer to subject-specific HIPPA guidelines.)
Grades can be recorded and monitored in the Gradebook in your Canvas course site. Speed grader can be used to provide feedback and comments on student work. You can track student work and notify students of their progress by using Canvas Analytics.
Canvas Discussions: The following are recommended best practices for using the discussion board in Canvas.
- Require student participation
- Grade students' posts
- Require students to comment on each others' work
- Structure discussions
- Relate discussions to your course objectives
- Pose questions and scenarios that require students to relate the discussion to their own experience
Canvas Conferences: This is a synchronous collaboration tool for text chats, whiteboarding, and guided instruction. (No audio or video conferencing capability.) See a detailed description and setup instructions on the Canvas Community site.
Hypothes.is: This online annotation tool can be used to hold discussions, read socially, organize your research, and take personal notes. For more information about using Hypothes.is, see our presentation slides, our handout with step-by-step instructions for instructors, and video tutorials by Hypothes.is.
For asynchronous discussion groups, you can use the People menu in the Canvas to create small groups. See the Canvas Community site for instructions on how to set up a group in Canvas. Hypothes.is is another asynchronous option for small group electronic discussions. This online annotation tool allows instructors to create and moderate groups in which students can share annotations and comments with their classmates. Read the Annotating with Groups guide from Hypothes.is or refer to the previous FAQ on this page for more information.
For synchronous (real-time) discussion, you can use Canvas Conferences or WebEx training sessions through Canvas. WebEx allows you to create breakout rooms that simulate small group discussion. These can include group whiteboard, application sharing, audio, video, and text chat. Students can work together on projects, record and save their work, and share with the rest of the class. See this PDF tutorial from UNC, Charlotte for tips on getting started.
- Before implementing a grading scheme for a discussion board, consider why you want students to add posts. If your goal is participation, you can determine how many posts each student has contributed to the discussion and have Canvas automatically grade the forum based on the number of posts. These grades can be directly added to the Grade Center for your course.
- If you want to grade the posts for content or length of post, you will have to manually grade each post and enter the grades into the Grade Center.
- Finally, students can grade each other using the same rubric that you provided for the discussion board. This strategy helps students reflect on the quality of the conversation rather than the quantity of posts or post length.
- Note: You are welcome to use the rubrics, assignment templates, and syllabus templates that we have created for JMU faculty. Log in with your JMU e-ID to get started.