Part 5: Spring 2017 Labs

72 Canvas SpeedGrader with Laura Grossenbacher — 04.28.2017

The April 28, 2017 Active Teaching Lab explored feedback tools in Canvas. Laura Grossenbacher discussed her experience using the Canvas SpeedGrader tool to give feedback to her students. 


  • Laura is a big believer in Canvas (just don’t start 4 days before the course! Build it over the summer.)
  • Be incremental. Take small steps and take notes. Don’t try too many things all at once.
  • Canvas requires point-based grading (be difficult to translate from some teaching philosophies and assessment styles).
  • Mute the grade assignment until you’re all done grading (hard to find — mouse over a blank space for a dropdown menu). Don’t “Save and Submit” unless it’s muted. Unmuting will release all grades for that assignment at the same time.
  • Her course works thematically rather than week-by-week
  • View the session’s activity sheet for additional support materials

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