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Assignments & Assessments

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  • Canvas uses SpeedGrader. It gives the instructor the ability to comment/markup a document, without downloading the student's submission.

  • When an Assignment is created, it is added to the Assignment page, Syllabus and Calendar. If updated, all links are updated.

  • You must create an assignment to create a column in the Gradebook. Interactive rubrics can be used for grading.

  • Students can submit multimedia assignments or submit document from external services like Google Drive.

  • Instructors can limit the type of file allowed to be uploaded.

  • Instructors can leave multimedia comments.

  • Peer Review assignments can be created.

What are Assignments?

Assignments Overview (Video)


  • Turnitin replaces SafeAssign as the University antiplagiarism tool.

Turnitin Support Center

Turnitin Teacher Resources

Turnitin Student Resources

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  • Quizzes/Tests/Surveys are automatically submitted if it is a timed assessment.

  • Timer can be adjusted for individual students to allow for extended time.

  • Instructor can selectively allow an additional attempt for a student.

  • Tests can be edited after student submissions and are automatically regraded.

  • Instructor can add Fudge Points.

  • Test questions and answers can contain audio/video/images.

  • Canvas does not have "Hot Spot" questions types available at this time.

  • Quizzes can be graded or not graded.

  • Surveys (also found here) can be graded or not graded.

What are Quizzes?

Quizzes Overview (Video)

Respondus LockDown Browser
  • Create and manage exams that can be printed to paper or published directly to Canvas.
  • When an assessment is started, students are locked in and unable to print, copy, go to another URL or access other applications until they submit their exam for grading.

Communication & Collaboration

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  • This tool uses Big Blue Button technology. Allows for webcam, voice, chat, white board and desktop sharing.

  • Big Blue Button Conferences are recordable and accessible for up to 14 days.

  • Alternatively, you could use Chat or use the third-party Zoom conferencing tool.

  • Students and faculty can both start a chat.

  • Chats cannot be deleted from a course.

What is Chat?

What are Conferences?

Chat Overview (Video)

Conferences Overview (Video)


  • Can require users to post to the discussion before viewing other replies.

  • Instructors and students can easily view/filter posts.

  • Receive notifications via social web services, text, etc.

  • Group Discussions are seamlessly integrated into Group Pages.

What are Discussions?

Discussions Overview (Video)


  • Groups have access to many similar course tools including Announcements, Pages, Files, Discussion, Conferences and Collaboration.

What are Student Groups?

Groups: Creation & Management (Video)


  • Allows faculty and students to easily integrate Google Docs directly into their course.




  • Private messages appear in your Inbox; Notifications will push out to Email, Twitter, Facebook, Text Message depending upon your selection.

  • Discussion responses can be accessed from Inbox.

  • Messages can include file attachments, webcam recordings, audio or video uploads, or just text.

  • Conversation messages are also generated by a comment made by a student or instructor on an assignment.

  • By default, students will receive an email for every announcement and message.



Communication Preferences

  • You can add additional contact methods besides email which is the default. (Text, Twitter, Facebook, Personal Email).

  • Define the objects that trigger the notification.

  • Message is sent back to student/faculty member's preferred communication method.

Profile and User Settings


  • Manually enroll Teachers, TAs, Students, etc.

  • Create Groups

  • Search by User or search by role.

Not all features may be available at ODU

People Overview (Video)


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  • You must create an assignment to create a column in the Gradebook.

  • The SpeedGrader tool displays submitted assignments, grading rubric, and media comment options all in one interface without downloading files.

  • Grades can be weighted.

  • Easily sort columns in one click by due date or assignment group.

  • Instructors can curve grades.

  • Instructors can Mute assignments.

  • Students can message instructor within the grade column.

  • Columns for assignment groups are shaded, and appear at far right of Gradebook by default.

  • Students can enter "what---if" scenarios to calculate hypothetical grades.

What are Grades and the Gradebook?

Gradebook Overview (Video)


  • Grade/give feedback on all submissions for an assignment/test quickly in one place.

  • You can mark up the submitted file by adding comments, drawing, highlighting or text; this is the same service (Crocodocs) as Blackboard.

  • Able to download file as annotated PDF.

  • iPad app is available for the SpeedGrader (Free).

  • Record audio and video feedback for each student assignment.

  • Use speech-to-text to give feedback.

  • Sort students in various ways so that you work on them alphabetically, or by submission date, or anonymously (their names can be hidden from the teacher), or by whether or not they've submitted the assignment.

What is SpeedGrader?

SpeedGrader Overview (Video)


  • Integrates with gradable items.

  • Ability to add media comments and integration with SpeedGrader interface.

  • You can override the grade the rubric produces.

  • Student viewable.


To Do List

  • To easily see what needs to be graded you will find a To Do list located on the right-hand side of your Canvas Course Homepage.


  • Outcomes are used to track mastery in a course. From the outcomes page, you can create and manage outcomes, create outcome groups, import outcomes, and manage rubrics.

What are Outcomes?

Course Administration

Course Tool


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Publish a Course

  • Canvas courses are unpublished as a default. Instructors must "publish" their course for students to access it.

Publish and Unpublish a Course


  • Users can receive notifications via Facebook, Twitter, email & text.

  • Canvas allows students to comment on an announcement if instructor allows.

  • Announcements appear on the User Dashboard.

  • Canvas has the ability to add RSS feeds

What are Announcements?

Announcements Overview (Video)



  • You can copy the calendar feed link into any calendar app that takes iCal feeds (Google Calendar, iCal, Outlook, etc.)

  • Calendar is automatically populated with items that have Due Dates.

  • Drag & drop items on calendar to make changes in dates. Any change made is applied automatically to all objects associated with that item in various areas of the course.

  • Instructors and students can view multiple course calendars in one view.

  • All dates can be changed at once when importing course from Canvas/Bb.

  • Each user also has a personal calendar (listed as his/her name) for events that aren't class---related.

  • Calendar items will be listed in the Syllabus page automatically.

  • The calendar has a scheduling tool.

What is the Calendar?

Calendar Overview (Video)


How do I add a Scheduler Appointment group to a course calendar

How do I view or edit a Scheduler Appointment group in a course

How to I remove students from a Scheduler appointment

Attendance Tool

  • Can easily take attendance based off a class list or seating chart. An assignment called Roll Call is created in the course.

  • This is a Canvas tool and does not replace or integrate with the ODU Attendance Management tool

Attendance (Roll Call)

Import Content

  • Makes it easy to extract course content, assignments, and quizzes from previous terms and quickly import them into existing courses.

  • The same tool is used to import course materials from different Learning Management Systems. Some limitations apply to course imports.

What is the Course Import tool?

Courses: Creation & Management (Video)

Canvas Plus Tools

  • Both Canvas and Blackboard have the ability for instructors to integrate LTI's

Requests for LTI tool integration should be submitted to ITS via ServiceNow to begin the review process.


  • Modules are similar to folders/Learning Modules/lesson plans in Blackboard.

  • Drag & drop for ordering Modules and module content.

  • Can set Module prerequisites and Module completion requirements.

  • Can require students to go through Module requirements sequentially.

  • Modules can be "locked" until a given date.

  • Modules appear on the Modules page

What are Modules?

Modules: Creation & Management (Video)

Modify Course Menu

  • At this time, Canvas does not allow you to create unique course navigation menu links nor rename existing menu links.

  • You can hide menu items from students (recommended to hide Files and Pages)

  • Modules are used in Canvas for organizing content.

  • You can also rearrange the order in which these navigation menu items are displayed.

Course Navigation


  • Built into Canvas profile.

  • Allows students to retrieve student's assignments, projects from previous Canvas courses.

  • Allow for different levels of sharing, can be shared with specific users or public to the whole world.

Can be found by going to the Global Navigation and clicking on Account. The Folio option in on the menu.

Recent Activity

  • Recent Activity links allow you to expand, remove or navigate to that item within the course.

How do I view global activity for all my courses in the Recent Activity Dashboard?


  • Connected to course calendar.

  • Provides organizational view of course based on assignment and quiz due dates.

  • Syllabus document can be uploaded and linked for students to read.

  • As you create/edit objects in the course, the Syllabus reflects the new or adjusted content.

  • Objects on the Syllabus are hyperlinked to content.

  • The page can be edited for customization purposes.

How do I use the Syllabus?

How do I edit the Syllabus in a course?


  • Everything you upload or copy into Files is accessible to students by default.

  • You can create folders to organize materials; folders and items can be locked.

  • Drag & drop files into folders.

  • All files in this area can be downloaded as a .zip file.

  • You can upload a .zip file to this area and Canvas will unzip it for you.

What are Files?

Files: Add Course Content (Video)

Rich Content Editor

  • Enhances the content creation experience in Canvas.

  • Can type text and you can copy and paste text from other sources into the Rich Content Editor.

  • Includes several formatting tools that allow you to modify your text.

Rich Content Editor (RCE)


  • The Settings navigation link is where you can easily update and see the different users and sections, and you can also modify the navigation of your course. Depending on your permissions, you can edit differing levels of the course settings.

Course Settings´┐╝

Course Settings (Video)

New Analytics

  • Course Statistics identify which content items students are interacting with.

  • Student Analytics identify not only specific user tracking but assignment and grade distribution trends.

New Analytics´┐╝

New Analytics Overview (Video)


  • Pages are essentially a Wiki (you can edit and track their history).

  • You can grant the ability to edit the Page to students.

  • Pages can include text, video, links to your files, YouTube, Kaltura video files and links to other course content such as assignments, discussion boards etc.

  • If you customize the Home Page layout of your Canvas course, you'll be creating a special page named Front Page.

  • Pages can be linked to other Pages.

Not all functionalities may be available at ODU


Pages: Creation and Management (Video)

LTI Tools

The following third-party tools are currently installed in Canvas. If you need a tool that is not listed, contact itshelp@odu.edu and provide vendor information, a point of contact and as much information about the tool as possible.

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ALEKS Courseware / Mcgraw Hill

  • ALEKS provides Courseware paks for content.

ALEKS Customer Support

Articulate 360

  • Articulate 360 can be directly imported into Canvas

BryteWave Course Materials (RedShelf)

  • The BryteWave tool is an e-Reader utility provided by RedShelf and used in conjunction with the Follett toolset from the ODU Bookstore. This tool should be available to students in all courses where Bookstore e-books are required or for courses included in the IncludED Program.
  • Currently configured in the Course Navigation area. Menu item must be located above the seperator for students to access.

Cambridge Publishing

  • Cambridge Publishing provides a variety of courseware paks for courses.

Cambridge Publishing Support


Cengage Mindlinks

  • Cengage provides courseware paks for courses.
  • Placements: Assignment and Link Selection


Chicago Press

  • Chicago Press provides courseware paks for courses.
  • Placements: Assignment Selection, Editor Button

More information

Embed Assignments

Code Highlight
  • Code Highlight is a software tool that provides syntax highlighting for code snippets used in teaching materials.

More information

Usage instructions


  • Elsevier provide courseware for courses in the medical arena.

Evolve Support Center

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  • Examsoft provides a monitored online testing platform.
  • Placements: Assignment and Link Selection


Video: ExamSoft Canvas LMS Integration


  • ExPrep is a tool which provides grade automation through the use of Excel sheets.
  • Placements: Assignment and Link Selection

Usage instructions

More information

Feedback Fruits

  • Feedback Fruits is a toolset that provides a variety of Study Materials along with tools for Peer, Group and Assignment reviews.
  • Placements: Assignment Selection, Link Selection

Usage instructions

More information

Follett Discover

  • Follett Discover tool provides faculty with a methodology to define courseware or books assigned to courses and delivered through the ODU Bookstore. For students this provides access to courseware paks and e-books purchased through the ODU Bookstore.
  • Found under Account Profile menu, in Main course menu.
  • Placements: Course Navigation, User Navigation, Assignment and Link Selection

G-W Online

  • G-W Online provides a variety of courseware paks that can be used in Canvas.
  • Placement: Assignment and Link Selection

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Quick Start Guide for Canvas

How to Import Question Bank Files

How to Activate an Instructor and Student Subscription with a Common Cartridge Access Key Code


  • Go React provides a variety of courseware paks that can be used in Canvas.
  • Placements: Assignment and Link Selection

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Getting Started with Canvas

Creating GoReact assignments in Canvas

Using GoReact in Canvas

Google Assignment

  • Google Assignments has been installed as a direct tool in Canvas.
  • Placements: Assignment Selection, Editor Button, Homework Submission, Link Selection

More information

Set up assignments in Canvas

Grade Submit

Infosec Learning

  • Infosec Learning provides a variety of courseware paks in the area of Cyber Security.
  • Placement: Assignment and Link Selection

Canvas LMS Configuration

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Kaltura Media Gallery

  • Kaltura provides integration with the University video services vendor.
  • Placements: Course Navigation, Editor Button and Assignment and Link Selection

Kaltura @ ODU

Kaltura My Media

  • Placements: Course Navigation, Assignment and Link Selection

Kaltura @ ODU

Kaltura Video Quiz

  • Placement: Assignment and Link Selection

Kaltura @ ODU


  • Kritik provides a toolset for Peer to Peer review.
  • Not yet available in Canvas.

More information

Kritik: Instructor's Guide


  • Labster provides a variety of courseware paks in the Sciences and Engineering areas.
  • Placements: Course Navigation, Assignment and Link Selection

More information

How to add Labster simulations to your course


  • Lumen Learning provides courseware paks in a variety of areas from Business to the Sciences.

More information

Canvas: Global LTI Integration (see sections: Import the Test Course; Testing the Cartridge)

McGraw HIll Connect

  • McGraw Hill provides a variety of courseware paks.
  • Placements: Course Navigation, Assignment and Link Selection

More information

Connect Canvas Resources (for instructors)


  • MacMillan provides a variety of courseware paks for use in Higher Education.
  • Placements: Course Navigation, Editor Button, Assignment and Link Selection

More information

Integrate Achieve courses with Canvas

Integrate LaunchPad courses with Canvas

MS Office 365 OneDrive

  • This toolset provides access to Microsoft tools such as OneDrive and Teams.
  • Placements: Collaboration, Course Navigation, Editor Button, Homework Submission, Assignment and Link Selection

MS Teams / OneDrive


  • Placements: Assignment Selection

Canvas Integration

ODU Attendance

  • ODU Attendance Management tool integrates with attendance management devices across campus in teaching classrooms.

ODU Attendance Management Tool

ODU Library Tools

  • ODU Library Tools provide direct access to a variety of digital tools that are available to faculty and students at ODU.
  • ODU Library Tools can be accessed from the Menu under your account profile and can be made available in the course menu by going to Settings > Navigation tab > and moving ODU Library to the upper section so it is available to students.


  • Packback is a different kind of online discussion that teaches students how to ask effective, open-ended questions.
  • Placements: Course Navigation, Assignment and Link Selection

More information

How do I add Packback to my course in Canvas

How to turn on gradebook sync

Setting up gradebook sync in Canvas

Pearson Revel

  • Pearson Provides a variety of courseware for differing areas.
  • Placements: Course Navigation, Assignment and Link Selection

More information

Get started with Revel

Pearson DI

  • Pearson provides a variety of courseware for differing areas.
  • Placements: Assignment and Link Selection

More information

Pearson MyLab & Mastering

  • Pearson provides a variety of courseware for differing areas.
  • Placements: Course Navigation, Assignment and Link Selection
  • Pearson deletes student data after a year. (Read more.)

More information

Get started with MyLab and Mastering


  • Perusall provides a variety of courseware and reading material.
  • Placements: Course Navigation, Assignment and Link Selection

More information

Get started

(Skip the Initial Setup section. Also check the video on the same page: Integrating an assignment into Canvas)


  • Piazza provides a Wiki-style Q&A platform for use as course materials.
  • Piazza can be made available within each course by going to the Course, selecting Settings > Navigation and moving Piazza to the top section so it is visible to students.

More information


  • Add links to external web resources that show up as navigation items in course, user or account navigation. Whatever URL you specify is loaded within the content pane when users click the link.
  • Redirect can be accessed from Canvas Course settings > Apps - Search for 'Redirect' and install.

Respondus LDB

  • Respondus provides the test developer (faculty) and the Lockdown Browser (LDB) for student use.
  • Placements: Course Navigation, Assignment and Link Selection

More information about Respondus at ODU

Respondus resources

Lockdown Browser Quick Start Guide for Instructors

Lockdown Browser Quick Start Guide (new quizzes)


  • Smart Biology provides scientifically accurate visualizations and courseware.

More information


  • SmarterProctoring provides a number of options for proctoring for assessments in online courses. Options can include Automated proctoring, ProctorU Live, and Testing Centers.

Instructor resources (from SmarterProctoring)

SmarterProctoring for Online Exams

SmarterProctoring for Written Exams

T3 Live

Top Hat

  • Top Hat provides a student response system with online courseware for use at ODU.

Top Hat at ODU

Turning Technologies

  • Turning Technologies provides a student response system and courseware for use at ODU.
  • Placements: Course Navigation, Assignment and Link Selection

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Canvas Sync and TurningPoint

Vista Higher Learning

  • Vista Higher Learning provides online courseware for use at ODU.
  • Placements: Assignment Selection, Course Navigation, Link Selection

More information

Canvas user guide instructor

Educator resources


  • VoiceThread is an online course tool design for the use of audio in courses as discussion, lessons or assignments.
  • Placements: Assignment Selection, Editor Button, Link Selection

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Instructor resources


  • WileyPlus provides courseware in a variety of areas.
  • Placements: Assignment Selection, Course Navigation, Editor Button

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Site Navigation

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