• My Journey with Equitable Grading Practices
    Learn about one instructor’s participation in a Faculty Learning Community and how it led to a positive experience with ungrading in their classroom. As an educator, I have long struggled with the notion of letter grades and even percentages in the classroom. In this blog, I reflect on my grading practices and student feedback after … Read more
  • Reducing the Grading Workload for Low-stakes Assignments with the Set Default Grade Tool
    Learn how to use the Set Default Grade feature in Canvas’s Gradebook to lighten the grading workload. Whenever a new semester or academic year rolls around, I always find myself thinking about how I get work done and how I can most efficiently approach the grading in the weeks and months ahead of me. With … Read more
  • Utilizing Canvas for Collaborative Learning
    Learn about Canvas tools for facilitating meaningful group work in your class. One of the first articles I wrote for the Teaching Innovation Blog was about students’ shared frustrations for collaborative learning and how we might overcome some of the challenges that group work presents in our classrooms. In that piece, I explained that despite … Read more
  • Canvas Quick Tip – Personalize Your Course Card with a GIF
    Learn why and how to use a GIF as your Canvas course card, welcoming students to your course with some fun and flair. When students access their Canvas dashboard, your course shows up as one card among many. Your course card image is the only part on the main dashboard you can customize to make … Read more
  • Using Personality Quizzes to Motivate and Engage Learners in Self-Reflection
    How many of you cringe at the thought of planning one more ice-breaker activity for the start of the school term? I think we can all agree that it’s important to set the right tone at the start of the class, and for students to get to know each other right away for meaningful learning … Read more