Additional Course Settings (Canvas)​

Additional Course Settings (Canvas)​

Additional Course Settings

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ISU AdminTools provides a few additional general settings and tools that allow an instructor to further customize or better understand his or her Canvas course on the Additional Course Settings page. 

To reach this page, navigate to ISU AdminTools inside your Canvas course and choose Additional Course Settings.

Gradebook Columns

ISU-specific additional Gradebook columns are visible to all members of a course with access to the teacher-view gradebook (generally, teachers, co-teachers, and TAs).  Changing visibility of columns will hide or show them for all others who can see them.

To toggle visibility of gradebook columns in the gradebook, click the toggle switch next to each column name.  Click the red OFF toggle switch to show the column in the gradebook, and the green ON toggle switch to hide the column in the gradebook.  A green toggle switch that reads ON is visible in the gradebook, while a red toggle switch that reads OFF is hidden in the gradebook. 

The columns that can be shown or hidden include the following:

  • Section
  • Major
  • College
  • Classification (Freshman, Sophomore, etc)
  • ISU ID
  • Net-ID
  • Groups (if used in your course)
  • Notes

Publish/unpublish the course

Courses which do not have student submission data may be unpublished using the Course Visibility toggle. Click the red NO toggle switch to publish the course, and the green YES toggle switch to revert it to unpublished.  A green toggle switch that reads YES is a published course.  

Course Visibility toggle moved to published status

Course Visibility Timeline

The course visibility timeline provides an easy-to-understand timeline that explains whether or not the course is visible or hidden to students before, between, and after key dates specified by the term or the course dates.

On the timeline, a period of time in which the course is hidden will be denoted with a red line.  A period of time in which the course is visible will be denoted with a green line. Unpublished courses will be hidden to students at all times. Once students have interacted with the course, it cannot be unpublished.

Once a course is published, key dates will be visible on the timeline, as well. By default, these dates are determined by the ISU term dates. A Canvas term starts 1 week prior to the start of semester and ends shortly after grade submission is due, as specified on the ISU Academic Calendar.

Outside of these dates, students will have read-only access, full access, or no access to the course content depending on the settings described in the “Types of Student Access”  section below.

To customize these dates, you must navigate to the Course Settings page in the Canvas course and complete these actions:

  1. Specify a Start and/or End date for the course.
  2. Override the default term dates by checking the “Students can only participate in the course between these dates” box.
  3. Choose which type of access students should retain (see below) outside of these dates.

Types of Student Access

  1. No access before the start date: This is the default setting for courses at ISU. Before the term, students are prevented from accessing the course in any way when the “Restrict students from viewing this course before start date” box is checked.
  2. Viewing (read-only) access before the start date: To grant students the ability to see but not participate in the course before the start date, the “Students can only participate in the course between these dates” box must be checked and the “Restrict students from viewing this course before start date” box must be unchecked.
  3. No access after the end date: After the term, students are prevented from accessing the course in any way when the “Restrict students from viewing this course after start date” box is checked.
  4. Viewing (read-only) access after the end date: This is the default setting for courses at ISU. When a course is concluded (see Course Conclusion), student access is automatically changed to read-only but the “Restrict students from viewing this course after start date” box must be unchecked.

Note that section dates, which may be modified through the ISU AdminTools Manage Sections page, may optionally override course visibility dates.  These section dates are not shown in the timeline.

Extra Options

Simple miscellaneous settings for customizing your course will appear in this section.  Currently, you may toggle the following on or off:

  • Allow student collaboration across sections
  • Auto-conclude the course at the end of term

Student Collaboration Across Sections

Toggling this field to a green YES will allow students in your course to collaborate within groups across sections.  Note that this switch also allows other roles inside the course to see users in other sections, including TAs, Designers, Teachers, and Co-Teachers.

Note:  If your course is concluded, you must first unconclude your course before changing this setting.  To do this, you must update the course dates to a current time period as specified under the Course Visibility => Modifying Course Dates subsection.

Auto-conclude the course

Beginning in Fall 2020, by default a course will conclude and become read-only at the end of the term. Students and instructors can always access their read-only, concluded courses by viewing their Course list in the Courses tab in the Global Navigation Menu. Toggling this field to a red NO will allow students to continue to interact with your course materials, according to your specified visibility permissions and course dates.

Extra options toggles for students to work across sections and course concludes when the semester ends

For more helpful information on building your course in Canvas, see the CELT Build Your Course page.

Technology Updates (December 2, 2020)

December 2, 2020 updates include: Canvas Rich Content Editor, ISU AdminTools course conclusion, Webex, Turnitin, Panopto, Piazza, and FERPA Enforcement.

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