Workshop: Canvas Peer Review

peer review workshop

Join us for a hands-on workshop on using Canvas to facilitate electronic peer review! We’ll meet in MGH 082 from 10-11:30 a.m., and all are welcome. We’ll discuss approaches to peer review and options in the Canvas interface, and there will be plenty of time for practicing–both from an instructor’s perspective (setting up and viewing assignments) and students’ perspective (completing the electronic peer review).

Here is the agenda:


10:00 – 10:15 a.m. – Welcome and introductions

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Discussion of Peer Review Pedagogy, Questions and Concerns

11:00 – 11:05 p.m. – The CIC Faculty Guide:

11:05 – 11:25 p.m. – Canvas Peer Review as Instructor and Student

11:25 – 11:30 p.m. – Wrap-up

If you have any questions, let Ann or Kimberlee know. We look forward to seeing you there!

Muting Assignments in Canvas

If you use the SpeedGrader in Canvas, you’ve probably noticed that your comments are live as soon as you post them, which might frustrate you if you want all students to get their feedback at the same time. Fortunately, there’s a solution to this: muting the assignment until you’re done posting feedback.

  1. Click on Grades in the left navigation menu.
  2. In the grade spreadsheet, hover your cursor over the assignment you want to mute. You’ll see a button appear in the bottom right corner of that cell.
  3. Click that button, and you’ll see a menu with the mute assignment option. Click Mute Assignment, and students won’t be able to see the feedback until you unmute it.mute assignment
  4. Don’t forget to unmute when you’re done with feedback! Go through those same steps to unmute the assignment.

As always, let Ann or Kimberlee know if there’s anything we can help you with.

Using Headsets in the CIC

Planning an in-class activity with VideoANT? Want your students to record their comments to each other on a Canvas discussion board or peer review activity? Then you’ll want to take advantage of our headsets (headphones and microphone), which are stored in the office across the hall from the labs (088) and available for your use. Below are step-by-step instructions, with screenshots, for configuring the headsets on the computer (this is unfortunately not an automatic process, nor do the computers remember the configuration after they’ve been rebooted) and for recording media comments on Canvas. As always, I’m happy to help you during class if you’d like someone to walk your students through the steps.

Configuring the Headsets

  1. Plug in the headset cord to the USB port on the left side of the monitor.
  2. On the desktop, right click on the sound icon in the bottom right corner.
  3. Click Playback Devices on the menu (this configures the output sound).1 sound menu
  4. In the Playback Devices window, click on Headset Earphone, and then click Set Default. 2 playback set default
  5. A green check mark will appear next to the Headset Earphone icon. Click OK. If your activity only involves students listening with the headsets, then you’re done. If you want them to record audio, then proceed to the next step. 3 playback ok
  6. Right click again on the sound icon in the bottom right corner of the desktop.
  7. This time, select Recording Devices.
  8. In the Recording Devices menu, click on Headset Earphone, and then click Set Default. 4 recording set default
  9. A green check mark will appear next to the Headset Earphone icon. Click OK. Now you’re ready to go.5 recording ok

Recording Media Comments on Canvas

As of October 2015, this ONLY works in the Chrome browser, so please instruct your students to use Chrome if you want them to record comments on Canvas. Please also have them make sure the toggle switch on the top of the monitor is in the far right position (if it is to the left, the camera will be blocked).

  1. In the “Reply” box on the Canvas discussion board, click the Upload/Record Media button. 6 discussion media
  2. A window will open, and you will need to click Allow to grant Flash access to the camera (or if you are doing audio-only comments, to the microphone). 7 allow flash
  3. You may also see a pop-up asking for permission for Canvas to access the camera/microphone. If so, click Allow.
  4. You may get yet another prompt from Flash asking you to allow use of the camera and microphone. If so, click Allow and Close.
  5. Please note that it may take awhile for the camera image to load, but it will, and you’ll see a red dot over the recording image. Click anywhere in that image to begin recording. record
  6. When you’re done recording, the audio/visual file will appear as a link in the “Reply” box. Click Post

As always, if you have any questions, let Ann or Kimberlee know.

By Ann Shivers-McNair