New Canvas Gradebook

The New Gradebook is (as of August 2018) an opt-in feature that allows instructors an improved Gradebook experience. Check out the How do I use the New Gradebook? Canvas guide for an overview of the features this provides. It is expected that within the next 6-9 months, the original Gradebook will be removed and everyone will use the New Gradebook.

Opt in to the New Canvas Gradebook

Enable the New Gradebook

In MCC Canvas within a Canvas course:

  1. Click Settings at the bottom of your course menu
  2. Click the Feature Options tab
  3. Click the toggle button to the right of New Gradebook beta. The New Gradebook is on when the toggle button is green and a check mark is displayed.

New Gradebook Toggle-OnAccess the New Gradebook

In MCC Canvas with a Canvas Course:

  1. Click Grades (from the course menu)

New Gradebook View

New Gradebook Resources

  • How do I use the New Gradebook? – Getting Started with the new gradebook.
  • New Gradebook Guide – Table of Contents – All guides for the new gradebook for instructors and students.
  • Canvas Release: New Gradebook – The new gradebook is a beta feature that allows instructors to view an improved version of the gradebook. This feature makes grading more flexible and intuitive and elevates the gradebook user experience.
  • New Gradebook Users Group – This group contains existing information about the new gradebook including frequently asked questions, product feedback commentary, community discussions, bug reports, and known issues.

Turnitin LTI 2.0 Canvas Plagiarism Framework

As of summer 2018, an update to Turnitin is available within Canvas and offers a tighter integration between a Canvas assignment and Turnitin. No separate login or password is required for faculty or students. For fall 2018, Turnitin may be used within Canvas both via this updated method or via the previous method – see External tool vs. Plagiarism Framework for a comparison.

Eventually (perhaps by late fall 2018 or spring 2019) it is expected that Turnitin will only be available via the method described here. MiraCosta College has an unlimited license to Turnitin, GradeMark, and Peer Review.

Turnitin LTI 2.0 Canvas Plagiarism Framework

Turnitin LTI 2.0 Resources

Testing a Turnitin Assignment with your MCC Sample Student

Turnitin is an LTI tool that is globally installed on our Canvas system. LTI tools are not native to Canvas so they will not work in the internal Canvas Student View. You must log off of Canvas, as an instructor, then log on with your MCC Sample Student account. Now you will be able to experience a Turnitin assignment within your Canvas course as a student.

Additional information

Try These 10 Things To Fix Your Computer Problem Before You Call Support

Troubleshooting computer problems is part of modern life when you teach online. Before you make that support call, try your hand at fixing some of the most common problems yourself.

  1. Check your Course Management System (CMS) Status
    Is it a maintenance time? Or is  Canvas currently experiencing an outage?

    1. Canvas
  2. Clear Browser Cache (history, cookies, etc.)
    Clearing your browser cache often will resolve the problem by allowing your computer to download the latest version of the webpage and/or software.
  3. Try a Different Browser
    If you have cleared your browser cache and things are still not working as you expect try a different browser. Example: if you are using Chrome, try Firefox and visa versa. Ensure that your browsers are up to date. You can always download the latest version free online.

    1. Chrome
    2. Firefox
  4. Restart your Computer
    Many faculty and staff solve their problems with this simple step. Always a good option to try.
  5. Check your Internet Connection Speed
    A slow connection could be why your CMS system is running slow.  Share your result with your internet service provider as necessary to resolve.
  6. Enable Browser Cookies
    Cookies are small files which are stored on a user’s computer. They are designed to hold a modest amount of data specific to a particular client and website, and can be accessed either by the web server or the client computer. This allows the online server to deliver a page tailored to a particular user, or the page itself can contain some script which is aware of the data in the cookie and so is able to carry information from one visit to the website (or related site) to the next.
  7. Enable Java
    It strongly recommended to have the latest version to ensure proper functionality of our online systems.

    1. Review ‘What is Java and Why do I need it?
    2. Download Java
  8. Manage Pop-Up Blockers
    Pop-up windows, or pop-ups, are windows that appear automatically without your permission. They vary in size but usually don’t cover the whole screen. They are often required for certain online website applications to work properly.
  9. Make sure that your Operating System is fully updated. 
    Neglecting updates could deprive you of important bug and performance fixes.

    1. Apple Computer
    2. PC Computer 
  10. Check your Device Settings
    This is a great tool to identify what is on your computer, browser version, plugins, etc. This tool can help you update your computer yourself, and/or can be provided to tech support to assist you further with troubleshooting.

Countdown to Canvas: 3 weeks to go

Canvas is now MiraCosta’s sole course management system!

Blackboard and Moodle access links have been removed from http://miracosta.edu/online to eliminate any confusion for our summer students.

Faculty who are continuing to access old courses in Blackboard and Moodle may do so until June 30 via:

  • Blackboard: https://blackboard.miracosta.edu/
  • Moodle: http://miracosta.mrooms.net/

If you need to catch up on details about extracting course content and data from the older systems, please see my previous Countdown to Canvas message.

Happy Summer!

Jim Julius, Ed.D.
Faculty Director, Online Education

Download Moodle Gradebook and Backup a Moodle Course

MiraCosta faculty and student access to Moodle ends on June 30, 2018. For overall details and advice on the final transition to Canvas, please see Considerations in Leaving Blackboard and Moodle.

This page demonstrates how to download the Moodle gradebook and an entire course in case they are needed after your access to Moodle ends. You may also view similar directions for Blackboard.

Download Moodle Gradebook

It is advised that faculty export their course gradebooks on Moodle so that they are available to refer to if necessary for grade challenges. (See AP 4231 (Grade Changes) for details on circumstances you may want to consider.)

Here is a short tutorial on how to export your grades from Moodle to an Excel spreadsheet.

To ensure student privacy, keep gradebook files in a secure location such as your H: (Home Drive). AIS can assist you with the location of the H: drive for secure, backed-up campus data storage.

Individual assignments can be downloaded if you want to keep student work. Contact Moodle Support for assistance with downloading individual assignments. Specific directions will be based on the tool you used.

Moodle Support #  1-844-336-1439

Download Moodle Course Archive

Faculty can download an entire course from Moodle as a backup with user data. A faculty member can import the archive file to another Moodle system or Canvas; however, it will only contain course materials and content without student data. For more information on importing a Moodle course to Canvas, please see the migration guide from Canvas.

MiraCosta Online Ed is archiving all Moodle courses and storing them on AIS secure servers. We will work with the faculty case by case if the archive needs to be restored in the future for legal purposes.

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