Category Archives: Course Management

Canvas Assignments – Webcam Submissions

A new feature in File Upload assignments allows students to use their webcam to submit to an assignment.

For File Upload assignments, students have the option to use their webcam for file uploads. The first time they use the feature, they will need to give permission to Canvas to access their computer webcam. Like all other graded submission types, images submitted via the webcam functionality do not count against course or user quota.

Instructors can view uploaded images submitted via a student’s webcam as they see other file uploads in SpeedGrader and anywhere that submissions are available.

Chrome Plug in Available to Print Canvas Quizzes

The Canvas Quiz Printer provides a simple way to print off a quiz from Canvas. All you have to do is navigate to the quiz from within Canvas and click on the print icon to the right of the URL bar. A new page will open with your quiz ready to be printed off.

To use: go to a quiz in Canvas, click on the quiz print icon in the top right of the Navigation Bar.

You MUST be using Chrome and install the plug in. Download the Canvas Quiz Printer here.

Understanding Your Notification Preferences in Canvas

Your Notification Preferences can be set and modified from the Account Navigation in your Global Navigation Bar. Select “Account” and then “Notifications.”

Next to each notification, you can select to turn on Notifications for Immediately, Daily, Weekly, or No Notifications given. These preferences dictate which notifications you receive and how often you receive notifications for your Canvas courses.

If you are receiving too many Notifications, too few Notifications, or Notifications too frequently, you can adjust those Preferences at any time. In addition, you can control Notification Preferences for individual courses on the Home Page of each course. These preferences per course overrride the Global Notifications.

Each user controls their own Notification Preferences. This means that you cannot select for your students to receive certain Notifications. They will need to ensure their own preferences are set.  Students will not receive notifications for courses that have not yet been published.

Notifications will be sent to the email you have associated with Canvas. This is generally your NVCC Outlook email. The emails will come from Your Virginia Community College as the sender, with as the sender’s email address. If you do not see these emails, you can check your Junk Email box to see if they are there.

To learn more about Notifications, please use this Canvas guide.

Have You Lost Your Grades for an Assignment or Quiz? This Might Be Why.

Occasionally you need to amend an assignment or quiz to give a student or group of students a differentiated due date. If you change the Assign to area to that person(s) name, you will lose all of your other students’ grades. Here’s what you need to do.

Select the +Add button below your original assigned to area.

Add the student(s) names to the new box that appears. Add their individualized due dates.

This maintains the integrity of the quiz and keeps all of your original quiz/assignment data.

Is it ever too late to get it back? No. Just go back into the assignment/quiz, select the +Add button, select Everyone and put back the original due date and availability windows, if given. All the previous grades will re-populate.

There’s a Guide for That

Did you know that your Canvas and Educational Support Services Teams have created over 100 guides and over 80 videos for your assistance with Canvas and other technology tools?

We have – and they are all at your fingertips. You have access to both an Educational Technology Support Toolkit Course and a Canvas Toolkit Course right on your Canvas Dashboard. They have guides and videos for everything you need.

If you can’t find a specific guide or video, just send us an email and we are happy to assist.

Using Respondus and Zoom Together for Proctoring

We are pleased to announce that Respondus has recently enabled a new feature that allows the use of Respondus Lockdown Browser in conjunction with Zoom live proctoring. This does require a few things on both the instructor and student sides for optimal usage.

  • When instructors set up their Canvas exam and choose to enable the Respondus Lockdown Browser settings, they must select the Radio button to allow Live Proctoring and select Zoom as the live proctoring tool.
  • Instructors must follow all other previously required steps when assigning the quiz through Canvas and Respondus.
  • The instructor must also enable an access code with the exam to allow for live proctoring. If the instructor has previously assigned a passcode through Canvas, the passcodes must be the same.
  • Students must have downloaded and be accessing Respondus Lockdown on a laptop, desktop, or Chromebook. Respondus and Zoom proctoring may NOT be used on an iPad or other tablet or mobile device.
  • The student must be logged into the Chrome browser. It is the ONLY supported browser for all 3 applications. Attempting to use another browser will not allow Respondus and Zoom to work together. 
  • The student will also need to close all other computer applications besides Zoom and Chrome.
  • Students will log into Zoom and turn their cameras on to ensure the instructor can see the student. Instructors will use the gallery view to ensure they can see the faces of all students.
  • Students must also turn off their microphones to avoid background noise. In addition, the instructor has the ability to mute all microphones in the Security Settings of the meeting.
  • After attendance has been taken, Instructors will then provide students with the pre-assigned access code to launch the Respondus Lockdown Browser so students may take the exam.
  • Although Zoom will remain running in the background and the instructor will be able to view the students, the students will not be able to view the Zoom screen during the exam.

For more detailed directions for using Zoom and Respondus together, please reference this guide.

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 Please note that NOVA cannot provide support with use of browsers other than Chrome, the use of iPads or mobile devices, teacher assigned passcodes or teacher assigned exam availability windows or due dates.

 We strongly encourage instructors to run a practice exam with students before administering the first exam.