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Gradebook Dos and Don’ts

Gradebook Dos and Don’ts

 DO Set an Automatic 0 Setting an automatic 0 will insert a 0 in every cell when the due date has passed. This not only saves you time from having to manually enter a 0, but also ensures the final grade is being calculated correctly. Leaving the cell blank or not...

Don’t Forget To Update Respondus LockDown Browser

Don’t Forget To Update Respondus LockDown Browser

This article contains instructions for both Windows and Mac computers. A recent Respondus LockDown Browser (LDB) update must be made to all personal computers before students begin exams that require the software. Older versions of the software can prevent students...

Craig Short joins the Instructional Design/Technology Staff

Craig Short joins the Instructional Design/Technology Staff

The UMKC Instructional Design/Technology group would like to welcome Craig Short as our newest Instructional Technologist. Prior to joining UMKC, Craig worked at  DEG Digital as a Marketing Cloud Specialist, where he delivered virtual and on-site training of...

Canvas Tip: All About Web Browsers

Canvas Tip: All About Web Browsers

Canvas works best when used with the most recent versions of Chrome or Firefox. Other browsers (e.g. Internet Explorer, Edge, Safari, etc.) can cause issues when using Canvas.   For instructions on how to check for updates to Chrome, visit Chrome’s support page....

How To Create an Assignment That Uses Turnitin

How To Create an Assignment That Uses Turnitin

Turnitin is a third-party tool that integrates with Canvas and serves as a plagiarism detection and prevention tool. Turnitin may also be used check grammar, mechanics, and usage in papers. To identify matching content, student submissions are checked against the...

Use the Canvas Late Policy to Automatically Enter a 0

Use the Canvas Late Policy to Automatically Enter a 0

How to set missing assignments to a 0: Open the Canvas course. Select Grades in the left-hand course menu. Select the wheel or gear icon in the upper, right-hand corner of the grade center. The Late Policies tab will now appear. Select automatically apply grade for...

Affordable and Open Educational Resources Learning Website Launched

Affordable and Open Educational Resources Learning Website Launched

UMKC Libraries has launched a website, “Affordable & Open Educational Resources: Textbook Affordability at UMKC” in support of the UMKC Affordable & Open Educational Resources (A&OER) Committee’s mission to “enhance student academic success through...

Learn to Love Canvas with Upcoming UMKC Online Training Opportunities

Learn to Love Canvas with Upcoming UMKC Online Training Opportunities

We know breaking up with your old LMS can be difficult, but luckily, there is a new love on the horizon! The Canvas LMS will be used across campus and by all faculty and staff in August 2019. If you’d like to learn more about loving Canvas, UMKC Online hosts trainings...

Mend a Broken Link in Your Canvas Course

Mend a Broken Link in Your Canvas Course

Easily check for broken links in Canvas Why do we love this feature? If you have ever encountered a “Page Not Found,” “404 Error,” or similar message while navigating the internet, then you know how frustrating broken links can be. Thankfully, Canvas provides...

My True Love: The Late Policy in Canvas

My True Love: The Late Policy in Canvas

Using the Canvas Late Policy to Automatically Enter a 0 Why do we love this feature? Setting the missing assignments to a 0 works when you set a due date on an assignment. It makes it easy to determine who did not submit the assignment and the zero will automatically...

Kudos Actually

Kudos Actually

One of my favorite features in Canvas is the “message students who...” option in the grade center. This option allows you to send a reminder or kudos to students. To get to the message students who feature, first go to your grades tab then click on the three dots next...

All You Need is Zoom

All You Need is Zoom

Instead of meeting students in your office on campus, virtual office hours with computers can be much more convenient and efficient, especially during this time of the year. You may consider using Zoom, a video conferencing tool free for UMKC faculty members. To get...

Don’t Forget to Publish Your Spring 2019 Course

Don’t Forget to Publish Your Spring 2019 Course

Spring 2019 courses are now available in Canvas. In order for your students to access the course site and its contents, you will need to publish the course in Canvas. Follow these instructions on how to publish your course in Canvas. Please note that the publication...

How to Enable/Create a Panopto Folder in Canvas

How to Enable/Create a Panopto Folder in Canvas

Each semester you plan to use the Panopto recorder, you must enable Panopto Recordings in your Canvas course. Enabling Panopto will create a unique Panopto folder for the course.  Log-in to Canvas at http://umkc.instructure.com using your SSO and password. Open the...

Thwart Plagiarism with Turnitin

Thwart Plagiarism with Turnitin

Turnitin is a third-party tool that integrates with Canvas and serves as a plagiarism detection and prevention tool. Turnitin may also be used check grammar, mechanics, and usage in papers. To identify matching content, student submissions are checked against the...

Safari Tech Books Cancelled

Safari Tech Books Cancelled

The UMKC Libraries no longer have access to the database Safari Tech Books Online. If you are a UMKC instructor who has been assigning readings to your students from Safari Tech Books, please contact UMKC Libraries and we will find a replacement option or an...

Using TopHat with Combined Courses/Sections

Using TopHat with Combined Courses/Sections

As the semester starts, many instructors choose to combine courses or sections into one Canvas site. This process moves all the students into one place so the instructor will not have to manage the content in multiple course sites. Accordingly, the Top Hat tool...

Winter Conference 2019 Session Recordings

Winter Conference 2019 Session Recordings

Canvas 101 - Torie Wynn  UMKC Connect - The Zoom-In Feature - Crystal Doss UMKC Connect - Scheduling Student Interviews - Kelley Melvin Critical Thinking, Canvas, and Research - Mardi Mahaffy UM System and UMKC Affordable & Open Education Resource Initiative -...

End- and Beginning-of-Course Checklists Available for Instructors

End- and Beginning-of-Course Checklists Available for Instructors

As you prepare your course(s) for the upcoming Spring 2019 semester, the Beginning-of-Course Checklist may come in handy to ensure your course is ready to go for student access. Additionally, the End-of-Course Checklist is beneficial when you are nearing the end of...

Expand Your Knowledge of Canvas and Become Certified

Expand Your Knowledge of Canvas and Become Certified

Are you interested in learning more about Canvas or need faculty certification in online teaching and learning? We offer free faculty certification as either a self-paced online or month-long asynchronous online course. Topics covered in the course include the...

Register for the UMKC Online Virtual Conference

Register for the UMKC Online Virtual Conference

Reminder: There is still time to register for the upcoming Virtual Conference on Jan. 15 to explore tools and techniques for teaching in the digital age. Registered attendees can log in to view presentations by local experts in the field, including transitioning from...

Using the Canvas Late Policy to Automatically Enter a 0

Using the Canvas Late Policy to Automatically Enter a 0

How to set missing assignments to a 0: Open the Canvas course. Select Grades in the left-hand course menu. Select the wheel or gear icon in the upper, right-hand corner of the grade center. The Late Policies tab will now appear. Select automatically apply grade for...

Import Grades from Canvas to Pathway

Import Grades from Canvas to Pathway

If you have entered your grades in Canvas or Blackboard, you have the option of importing them to Pathway. The Registrar’s Office has provided step-by-step instructions (opens as a PDF download) on how to import grades to Pathway successfully.

Canvas Tip: How to Change the +/- Grading Scheme in Canvas

Canvas Tip: How to Change the +/- Grading Scheme in Canvas

Instructors have full control over the grading scheme in their Canvas course, including the +/- system. To edit the grading scheme in your course, go to Settings and select the box for "enable course grading scheme". Select view grading scheme to view the current...

Last Chance to Request a Blackboard Course Site for Spring 2019

Last Chance to Request a Blackboard Course Site for Spring 2019

Summer 2019 is the last semester Blackboard will be available for students and instructors. If you plan to teach in Blackboard in spring or summer 2019, you will need to request a course site. If you have questions about the transition, you can visit our Canvas...