Skip to content Skip to main navigation Report an accessibility issue

OIT News

End of Semester Assessment Planning

End of Semester Assessment Planning, Canvas Logo, check marks, and someone circling a date on a calendar.

It’s not too early to begin planning your end-of-semester course activities. Here are a few suggestions on Canvas tools, Gradebook tips, and upcoming workshops to help you round out your semester.

Group Projects 

Groups are a subset of a course with their own Canvas site and provide students with opportunities to collaborate, exchange ideas, and review peer work.

Watch the 4min: 52sec video tutorial on creating and managing group sets and groups in a course. 

After creating groups sets and groups, you can: 

For graded/ungraded assignments 

Learn more about creating Group assignments and discussions

Note: As an alternative to group assignments and discussions, you can create student peer-to-peer interaction by designing Peer Review assignments and discussions in a course. See Peer Review Tips.  

Gradebook Tips 

While the Gradebook is a helpful tool for organizing grading in your course, there are additional features to know about that allow for more than just managing scores.

Designing Assessments 

It’s getting close to the end of the semester, so that means final exams, essays, and more.

Helpful assessment information:

Best Practices for Online Assessments, self-paced workshops
This workshop offers a comprehensive guide to designing and delivering practical assessments online. The asynchronous workshop will take you through pedagogical design thinking that undergirds valid and practical evaluation. We will cover strategies for using Canvas and Canvas-integrated tools, considerations for providing feedback that learners use, and share information about non-Canvas quiz assessment methods to consider deterring cheating. Log in

Live Workshops 

You won’t want to miss the upcoming live workshops for Turnitin Similarity and Canvas Analytics for Student Success.

Upcoming workshops for the end of the semester:

  • Introduction to Turnitin
    April 5th at 2 PM | April 20th at 11 AM
    Turnitin offers superlative online text matching via their integration with Canvas Assignments. Instructors will learn how to set up Turnitin Similarity in their Canvas Assignments and how to read and interpret the similarity report that Turnitin generates for each student Assignment submission. Register
  • Canvas Assignments and Grades
    April 19th at 9:30 AM
    This workshop will focus on the Canvas assignment tool faculty can use to track and improve student learning. Instructors will also learn the relationship between Canvas assignments and the grade book. We’ll go beyond the nuts and bolts of assignment creation and management by learning about many best practices and helpful hints that can contribute toward a better, more efficient online experience for both you and your students. Register
  • Canvas: Analytics for Student Success
    April 26th at 3:00 PM
    Analytics can improve student success by providing insight into student learning behaviors. Faculty will learn how to assess the effectiveness of their online teaching methods, identify areas that need improvement, and identify at-risk students. Register
  • Check out additional live workshops on the OIT Training Calendar.  

Helpful Links