The following will help instructors understand how the end of semester is handled in Canvas, and how to update related Canvas course settings if necessary. By
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The following will help instructors understand how the end of semester is handled in Canvas, and how to update related Canvas course settings if necessary. By default, students who complete a class continue to have read-only access to the concluded class’s course materials, discussions, and grades. If you wish to restrict concluded class access, you must change the class settings before the end of the term, or get a Canvas administrator to help you after the end of the term.
Everything below applies to typical term-based Canvas classes. Canvas sandbox classes and Canvas shells used for organizations, departments, groups, etc. are not tied to any particular terms and thus remain available indefinitely.
Closing your Course
There is nothing you have to do to close your Canvas course; at the term end date (see below), your course will be set to Concluded status and moved onto the Past Enrollments course list for you and your students. By default you and your students will continue to have read-only access to the course.
Canvas Term End Dates
|Summer 2018||August 11||12 am|
|Fall 2018||Dec 31||12 am|
|Spring 2019||June 2||12 am|
Concluded Course Access
For both instructors and students, concluded courses can be found by clicking Courses in the main Canvas menu, then the All Courses link. Concluded courses are listed there under Past Enrollments. Concluded courses may not be moved back onto the Dashboard – they must be accessed in this way.
Instructors can perform the following actions with a concluded course
- Download grades to a CSV (Excel) file (Text instructions)
- Use as a source for copying into a new course (Text instructions | Video tutorial)
- Export a course (Text instructions)
- Access material using visible navigation links (any links that were hidden from students will be hidden in concluded courses)
Instructors cannot perform the following actions within a concluded course (do these before the end of the term!)
- Edit course content
- Edit Grades
- View/download Analytics
- View/download Item Analysis within Quizzes
- Send a message to the class within Canvas
- Change class access settings
- Change class navigation
Students can perform the following actions by default within a concluded course
- View Grades
- View course content
- View Discussions and Assignments
- Send a message to the instructor
Students cannot perform the following actions within a concluded course
- View Quiz questions and answers
- Submit discussions, assignments, quizzes, and other course activities
Restricting Students from Viewing a Completed Course
As described above, by default in Canvas, students have ongoing read-only access to course content in Canvas after the term ends. This can be a great feature, allowing students to review key learning resources from previous semesters. If, however, you wish to limit this access, follow one of the methods below before the end of the term. (If you need to make these changes to a course that is already concluded, contact Karen Turpin for assistance at email@example.com or 760-795-6787.)
Method 1: Hide Course Navigation menu links
If an instructor would like to limit access to major areas of course content, one method is to hide Navigation menu links. Note that if Navigation menu links are hidden, the instructor will also be unable to access them after the course concludes. This may be appropriate if you would like to leave Grades available to students, yet close off certain course content. The instructor may copy the course into another course to regain access to hidden menu items.
How to hide Course Navigation menu links
- Click Settings in the Canvas course menu
- Click Navigation in the tabs at the top.
- Drag and drop the menu items from the top (viewable) area to the bottom (hidden) area or click the gear icon to the right of the menu item and select disable.
- Click the Save button.
Method 2: Unpublish select course content
For more fine-grained control, certain course content such as files, pages, modules, or module items (but not assignments or discussions where students have participated) may be unpublished. As with the Navigation menu, unpublished items are also inaccessible to the instructor after the course concludes. This may be useful if you want students to be able to access most course content, but have select content that you prefer not to be accessed/shared in the future. The instructor may copy the course into another course to regain access to unpublished content.
Method 3: Restrict students from accessing entire course after end date
If an instructor would prefer the entire course and its course materials not be visible to students after the course end date:
- Click Settings in the Canvas course menu
- Select the checkbox for ‘Restrict students from viewing course after end date’
- Click the Update Course Details button.
This option will completely remove the course from the student’s view in Past Enrollments. Students will not see the course and will have no access to course materials or grades. Instructors will continue to be able to access the course in Past Enrollments.
If you have assigned a student an incomplete ‘I‘ grade for the semester contact Karen Turpin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 760-795-6787 as soon as the paperwork is complete with Admissions and Records. Karen will create a new Canvas course section based on the original course. This new section will allow the student access to the course with the ability to submit work, and will give you access to grade the student’s work, for the time allowable by the Office of Admissions and Records.
Working with Concluded Courses to Build New Courses
As noted above, you may always export a concluded course for import back into Canvas (Text instructions), or use a concluded course as the source for copying into a new course (Text instructions | Video tutorial). If you wish to update the content of a concluded course for use in the future, but you do not have a current term course in which to do that, you may wish to request a Sandbox course to copy into and work with, since you cannot edit a concluded course directly.
Teaching a short course and/or need to close your course prior to the official term end date?
You can manually end your course by updating the course end date.
To change the Course Start and/or End Date
- Click on Settings in the Canvas course menu
- Change the Course Start and End Dates to reflect when you want students to have full access to the course.
- Select the checkbox for Users can only participate in this course between these dates.
- Click the Update Course Details button.
In the example below, students will not be able to access the course, even if it is published, until Jan 16 at 12 am. The students will no longer be able to participate in the course after May 30 at 5 pm and the course will be visible to students in the ‘Past Enrollments’ list by clicking on Courses, then All Courses.
- Note: If you select a course end date prior to the official end of term date, but do not check the box Users can only participate in this course between these dates, students will still be able to actively participate in the course until the official Canvas end of term (as shown in the table above).
Happy fall, everyone. Please see below for important online education-related updates and information for all MiraCosta faculty.
Lots of new features are available in Canvas, which is now the sole course management system at MiraCosta. These include a more streamlined way to use Turnitin, an updated Gradebook, a brand-new Quiz feature, a new integrated accessibility checking/correction tool, and more. Read more.
Online Academic Support Resources for ALL Students
As you finalize your syllabi and course resources, please make your students aware of online tutoring, online writing center, and the 24×7 online ask-a-librarian service. These services are open to all MiraCosta students in any class!
Preferred Name Change Form for Students
Students who prefer to be known by a different name from their legal/formal name on record may change their name via SURF – instructions are here. Preferred name is used in Canvas, on class rosters and student ID cards, and to borrow items from the college library. Students may also stop by Admissions and Records to submit a paper Preferred Name Change form.
Designating Zero- and Low-Textbook-Cost Classes
If you are teaching a ZTC or LTC class this fall, please ensure it is designated as such in SURF – see directions to do so.
You can view more details about ZTC and LTC designations, as approved by the Academic Senate.
For faculty teaching at least one online/hybrid class this fall:
Fall Student Orientations to Online Learning
I will offer many online learning orientation sessions this fall. Please share the schedule with your online/hybrid students and encourage their attendance. Read more, including how to get a report from SURF on which of your students attend.
Online Class Schedule – UPDATE and beware HTML
For all those teaching an online or hybrid course this fall, please make sure your class description is up to date on the separate Online Class Schedule page. Students use this page to learn how to get started with your class, and you can provide other important information to help students prepare for success. See detailed instructions if needed. Please note: if you have done this in the past by copying text from Word or other sources, you may have introduced HTML that causes your course description to be inaccessible. Please type directly or copy in plain text only by copying from NotePad on a PC or TextEdit on a Mac.
CCC DE Faculty Survey
The California Community College Chancellor’s Office conducts annual surveys of faculty and students involved in Distance Education. Be on the lookout this month for a survey if you taught a DE class in the spring, and please take the time to complete it – your input is invaluable!
Come on and Zoom-a-Zoom-a-Zoom-a-Zoom!
You might have to be of a certain age to get that headline. Anyway, Zoom is a great tool for live online interaction that has now replaced the old CCC Confer (Blackboard Collaborate) in the CCC system. Learn more about Zoom.
NetTutor Online Tutoring Service
In addition to eTutoring, an online tutoring option for MiraCosta distance education classes is NetTutor. Unlike eTutoring, NetTutor provides extensive coverage up to 24×7 of just about any academic subject, and is available via a link embedded within Canvas. The link would take students directly to the subject-specific tutoring area with no additional login required. Also with NetTutor, each instructor may specify “Rules of Engagement” that inform tutors about the approach and resources you would like them to use when working with your students. Contact me if you’re interested in NetTutor for your fall class(es).
Distance Education Requirements and Guidelines
Please review the MiraCosta online class quality guidelines. The document has two parts – (I) Essential elements for all distance education classes as already required in department and college policies (especially AP 4105 and the Syllabus Checklist), and (II) Good practices featuring principles and examples commonly recommended for consideration in online education.
Videos included in your online course materials should be captioned. 3CMediaSolutions is a video storage and streaming system for California Community College faculty that provides free professional captioning as an option when you upload your media to the site. It’s a great way to manage your media and to get everything captioned. You can also work with Robert Erichsen of DSPS to submit media for captioning through a special grant-funded program. Please contact him to learn more: email@example.com
Behind the scenes, Canvas is updated regularly. Check out some of the updated tools and features available in MiraCosta College’s Canvas. (Note: The list below is intended to highlight the most significant changes – but many smaller updates occur frequently).
- 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. As of early fall 2018, each instructor interested in this must opt in; within the next 6 months this is likely to become the default Gradebook.
- Quizzes.Next – Canvas’s new quiz/test assessment engine. Quizzes.Next will replace the original Quiz function in the near future (late fall 2018 or spring 2019, most likely). Quizzes.Next assessments are a particular type of Assignment rather than a distinct tool.
- Turnitin LTI 2.0 Canvas Plagiarism Framework – An update to Turnitin available within Canvas that offers a tighter integration between a Canvas assignment and Turnitin, relying on Turnitin for plagiarism checking but using the native Canvas tools such as rubrics and speedgrader for assessment and feedback.
- UDOIT – The Universal Design Online Content Inspection Tool, or UDOIT (“You Do It”) enables faculty to identify and correct many accessibility issues in their MiraCosta Canvas courses.
- Dashboard List View – Students and instructors may change the Dashboard view to a list format with to-dos, feedback, and other activity organized by courses. Instructors can now set Pages and non-graded Discussions as to-do items. Students and instructors also may add their own personal to-dos to Canvas.
What is on the Horizon with Canvas?
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:
- Click Settings at the bottom of your course menu
- Click the Feature Options tab
- 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.
Access the New Gradebook
In MCC Canvas with a Canvas Course:
- Click Grades (from the course menu)
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.