Did You Know?

An archive of hints and tips from the CERI Newsletter

In Course Navigation, click the Grades link.
Open Total Column Menu
Screenshot of Canvas Total Menu
To move the Total column to the front of the Gradebook, click the Move to Front link.
Screenshot of Canvas Gradebook Total Menu

The Total column can be moved to the front of the Gradebook or sorted to display grades in an ascending or descending order. You can switch your students’ total grades from a percentage to a point value in the Gradebook. By default, total grades are shown as a percentage with two decimal places.

For further information about the Total column in Gradebook click on this link.
The sense of community in any course is built by the presence of the instructor. Whether in an online, blended (hybrid), or face-to face course, it is important for the instructor to share their excitement about the course content, and any expectations they have for student success. A video or audio recording is a great way to create excitement and motivate your students. 
 
Recordings can be easily created by using the recording feature found in the Rich Content Editor (RCE) available anytime when creating new content. The Rich Content Editor is used in features that support the editor (Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, Pages, or Quizzes,). 
Screenshot of Canvas Rich content Editor menu, with arrow pointing to the 'upload/record media' selection 
Click on the Record icon (1) then choose ‘Upload/Record Media from the drop down menu and you are ready to record your video!  
 
Additional information for the Canvas Rich Content Editor (RCE) can be found by clicking below: 
Canvas RCE 
In an effort to streamline and simplify technical help for students, the university is consolidating support for Canvas within the Office of Information Technology (OIT). Starting, January 12, students should contact the OIT Help Desk for help with Canvas. Technical support for Canvas is transitioning from Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) to OIT. 
 
Rutgers OIT Help Desk is the new Canvas tech contact for students. Rutgers OIT has provided this statement if you would like to add this to your course syllabus. For tech help with Canvas, please visit https://it.rutgers.edu/help-support. 
 
For faculty technical support with Canvas, please visit theTeach with Technology webpage. 
 
If you are planning to use Respondus Lockdown Browser, with or without Monitor, students will need to download the browser to their device. A practice quiz is recommended to allow students the time to download as well as experience the webcam features.  
 
Rutgers OIT has provided a module to download to your course that will provide documentation for both instructor and student as well as a practice quiz.  
 
To access Canvas Commons click on ‘Commons’ in the global (red) navigation: 
Screenshot of Canvas menu with arrow pointing to 'commons' icon  
 
Navigate to the ‘Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor Setup’ tile, click on the title and follow directions to download to your course: 
Screenshot of Canvas course page showing Respondus module
Classic Quiz
Once you have published a quiz, the quiz sidebar located on the top right of your screen shows the Moderate Quiz link, which allows you to moderate the quiz for each student in your course. 

Screenshot of Canvas Moderate quiz settings screen


On the Moderate Quiz page you can view the progress of student submissions and view the number of quiz attempts each has taken. You can also grant students extra attempts, grant extra time for timed quizzes, and manually unlock quiz attempts. More information can be found here.



New Quizzes
The ‘Moderate’ link is available as you are building your exam. It is a tab located at the top of the page, which allows you to moderate the quiz for each student in the course.
Screenshot from Canvas quiz builder


Further information can be found here.

When you add requirements to a module, students must complete the defined requirements within the module before the module will be marked complete. You can require students to complete all requirements in the module or have them choose one item to fulfill a specific requirement. 

To learn more about setting requirements in Modules please click here.
Free access to various Microsoft Office products and LinkedIn Learning: The University Software Portal at Rutgers offers various discounted and licensed software for faculty, staff, and students. Rutgers provides free access to various Microsoft Office Products for all current faculty, staff, and students. Faculty, staff, and students can install Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher (PC only), and Access (PC only) on up to five computers, five tablets, and five phones, including personal equipment.

Additionally, Rutgers provides free access to LinkedIn Learning for active faculty, staff, and students. LinkedIn Learning offers industry-leading content and courses taught by expert instructors in leadership, project management, graphic design, photography, software development, and more. Courses range from beginner to advanced and can be taken to obtain a professional certificate or learn more about a personal hobby.

To learn more about the software portal and take advantage of these and more offerings please click here.

If you have any questions about the University Software Portal, please email software@rutgers.edu
The new Zoom update, available now, includes the feature to allow attendees to join their own breakout room.

Zoom breajout Room Creation screenshot


Breakout rooms are now enabled for WebEx Meetings! Click on the top navigation to enable breakout rooms.
WebEx Meetings screenshot of menu showing the Breakout link



To setup class meetings/office hours using Zoom HIPPA integrated with Canvas, Faculty will need an existing Rutgers Zoom account and set their default Canvas email to netid@rutgers.edu.  Instructions on how to set this up can be found here or you may email Bernadette Power at bpower@sn.rutgers.edu.