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Single Point Rubrics to Keep Students from Focusing Solely on the Grade

A new spin on rubrics – Try using single point rubrics to help students focus on what they can improve, and what they’re great at, rather than defining a perfect A project/paper.

Edutopia – “6 Reasons to Try a Single Point Rubric”

Using Turnitin.com inside Canvas.

Turnitin.com is integrated into Canvas.  When you add an assignment to be turned in, simply use the Turnitin.com method. Select the options to have the paper checked against the Regis Jesuit repository and all other repositories.  The originality report can be viewed in the Speed Grader and will indicate how much of the paper came from other sources.

*** NOTE.  Specify that students turn the paper in as a Word document (.doc or .docx) format.  The Originality Check will not read PDF documents or .pages documents.

Turnitin.com can be used as a great learning tool by providing a “Self Check” assignment that students can use to get an originality report without grading OR adding the paper to the repository.  This allows them to correct problems before submitting the final paper.  Then turnitin.com is not seen simply as a “Gotcha” tool.

This is done by designating the assignment as Do not Grade and selecting the “Do not add to the repository” checkbox.  For you convenience, there is a Self-Check assignment in the Canvas Commons that can be imported into Canvas.  Just change the name and modify the instructions to fit your assignment.  All of the settings are ready for a Self-Check Assignment.  Search in the Commons for “Turnitin.com NON-Recorded – Self-Check Assignment.

As always, please ask a librarian if you would like assistance.

Create a READING LIST in Canvas with Discovery Service RJ

Regis Jesuit subscribes to the Discovery Service RJ search tool. Located on the library website, this tool searches most of the RJ databases and the RJ Library catalog.  Used this way it can be a great tool for searching through all of our resources.

 

  • The Discovery Service RJ can be used right inside Canvas to create reading lists.   The tool is accessed by creating a Canvas Module, selecting the “+” to add an assignment:

 

  • Use the external tool: “RJHS Libraries: Curriculum & Reading List.”  After adding the External tool, rename it.

 

  • When you click on the newly renamed tool, you will be presented with a search box.

 

  • Search for database articles, books from the RJ catalog, and websites.  The Discovery Service RJ tool is loaded inside the Canvas page you are developing. Select the items you would like in your page, by selecting the “Add to Reading List” button.

  • Some examples: Note there is a place for you to add notes, instructions, discussion questions, etc.

 

  • What the student sees: This part of the reading list includes a website, a full text magazine article from a database and a writing prompt. 

  • For a complete tutorial, view this video.

  • Here are some ideas for making use of Curriculum Builder beyond the assigned readings, courtesy of Alicia Virtue at Santa Rosa Junior College:
    • Forums: Hold weekly forum discussions based on assigned readings
    • Glossaries: Increase class understanding of complex terminology by asking your students to build a shared glossary with definitions that students can search and browse based on assigned readings
    • Questionnaires: Survey students to gather and share feedback on recommended issues-oriented websites or assigned topical readings
    • Wikis: Build a shared study guide by asking each student to provide an annotated summary to an assigned reading
    • Quizzes: Assign a graded quiz based on reading list selections
    • Offline Assignments: Assign annotated summaries of reading list selections.

And as always, contact one of the librarians.  We would be glad to walk though the process with you the first time.  It is easy, once you’ve done it once.

 

 

 

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