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Faculty - How-To Articles for Blackboard/Canvas

2021

Faculty - How-To Articles for Blackboard/Canvas

 

Tool/Feature  

Blackboard Learn  

Canvas  

Course Level Announcements  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=106 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-add-an-announcement-in-a-course/ta-p/1194 

Edit Announcements  

https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Original/Interact/Announcements 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-edit-an-announcement-in-a-course/ta-p/1190 

SMS Notifications  

No  

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Student-Guide/How-do-I-add-a-text-SMS-contact-method-in-Canvas-as-a-student/ta-p/411 

Email Specific Students Directly  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=587 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-send-a-message-to-all-course-users-in-the-Inbox-as-an/ta-p/600 

Course Messages  

No - Off  

Yes – Referred to as Messages. https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-send-a-message-to-all-course-users-in-the-Inbox-as-an/ta-p/600 

Instant Messaging  

No  

Yes – Referred to as Chat.   https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Canvas-Basics-Guide/What-is-Chat/ta-p/63 

Customizable Course Navigation  

https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Original/Courses/Course_Customization 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-manage-Course-Navigation-links/ta-p/1020 

Course Activity Stream  

No – Off  

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-use-the-Course-Activity-Stream-as-an-instructor/ta-p/1290 

Designated Syllabus Location  

No  

Yes – Designated tab within the course menu for instructors to upload their syllabus, and automatically generates a list of assignments with assigned due dates for the course. This page can be set as the homepage for the course.  https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Video-Guide/Syllabus-Instructors/ta-p/473559 

Attendance Tool  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=941 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Canvas-Basics-Guide/What-is-the-Roll-Call-Attendance-Tool/ta-p/59 

Assign Grade to Attendance  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=941 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-take-roll-call-using-the-Attendance-tool/ta-p/995 

Calendar  

https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Original/Courses/Calendar 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Canvas-Basics-Guide/What-is-the-Calendar/ta-p/76 

Sync with Microsoft Calendar  

No  

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Student-Guide/How-do-I-subscribe-to-the-Calendar-feed-using-Outlook-as-a/ta-p/531 

Assignments  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=107 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-create-an-assignment/ta-p/740 

Discussions  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=624 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-create-a-discussion-as-an-instructor/ta-p/1029 

Journals  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=960 

No – Text entry submissions within assignments effectively replace journals.   

Blogs  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=950 

No – Equivalent options available via other tools within the platform.  

Wikis  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=868 

No – Pages with editing permissions provided to students effectively replace the need for a wikis tool.   

Set Assignment Availability Dates  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=107 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Troubleshooting/Making-assignments-available-to-students/ta-p/883 

Restrict File Submission Types  

https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Administrator/Hosting/Course_Management/Managing_Courses/File_Types 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-create-an-online-assignment/ta-p/950 

Drag-and-Drop File Uploads  

https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Original/Course_Content/Course_Files/Add_Files_to_Course_Files 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-upload-a-file-to-a-course/ta-p/618 

Groups  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=4830 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Canvas-Basics-Guide/What-are-Groups/ta-p/16 

Manually Enroll Groups  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=4830 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-manually-create-groups-in-a-group-set/ta-p/700 

Self-enroll Groups  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=4830 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-automatically-create-groups-in-a-group-set/ta-p/720 

Randomly Enroll Groups  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=4830 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-automatically-create-groups-in-a-group-set/ta-p/720 

Achievements  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=1255 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Canvas-Badges-Badgr/Awarding-badges-in-Badgr/ta-p/528742 

Mashup: Flickr  

https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Original/Course_Content/Create_Content/Create_Course_Materials/Add_Social_Media 

No – Proprietary Blackboard tool.  

Mashup: SlideShare  

https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Original/Course_Content/Create_Content/Create_Course_Materials/Add_Social_Media 

No – Content from SlideShare can be added using web links or embed features.   

Mashup: YouTube  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=544 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-link-to-a-YouTube-video-in-the-Rich-Content-Editor-as/ta-p/952 

Video Everywhere  

https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Original/Course_Content/Best_Practices_Course_Content/Best_Practice_Intro_Videos 

 

Glossary  

https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Original/Course_Content/Glossary 

No – Can be achieved through third-party tool integrations.  

Tasks  

https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Original/Performance/Tasks 

Yes – Referred to as To-Do List. https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-use-the-To-Do-list-and-sidebar-in-the-Dashboard-as-an/ta-p/811 

Lesson Plans  

https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Original/Course_Content/Create_Content/Create_Containers_for_Content/Create_Lesson_Plans#:~:text=Create%20a%20lesson%20plan&text=Typically%2C%20you%20create%20lesson%20plans,%2C%20tracking%2C%20and%20display%20dates. 

No – Equivalent content available through the Modules feature.   https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-add-a-module/ta-p/1151 

Tests  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=639 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-create-a-quiz-with-individual-questions/ta-p/1248 

Quizzes  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=639 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-create-a-quiz-with-individual-questions/ta-p/1248 

Surveys  

https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Original/Tests_Pools_Surveys/Create_Tests_and_Surveys 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-create-a-survey-in-my-course/ta-p/782 

Multiple Choice Questions  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=639 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-create-a-Multiple-Choice-quiz-question/ta-p/682 

Short Answer Questions  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=639 

No – Effectively replaced by Essay questions.  https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-create-an-Essay-quiz-question/ta-p/909 

Essay Questions  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=639 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-create-an-Essay-quiz-question/ta-p/909 

Fill-in-the-Blank Questions  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=639 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-create-a-Fill-in-the-Blank-question-in-New-Quizzes/ta-p/985 

Fill-in Multiple Blanks Questions  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=639 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-create-a-Fill-in-Multiple-Blanks-quiz-question/ta-p/923 

True/False Questions  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=639 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-create-a-True-False-quiz-question/ta-p/927 

Either/Or Questions  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=639 

No  

Ordering Questions  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=639 

No  

Quiz Bowl Questions  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=639 

No  

Hot Spot Questions  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=639 

No  

Calculated Formula Questions  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=639 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-create-a-Simple-Formula-quiz-question/ta-p/1233 

Calculated Numeric Questions  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=639 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-create-a-Numerical-Answer-quiz-question/ta-p/919 

Jumbled Sentence Questions  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=639 

No  

Matching Questions  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=639 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-create-a-Matching-quiz-question/ta-p/918 

Multiple Drop-down Questions  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=639 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-create-a-Multiple-Dropdown-quiz-question/ta-p/916 

File Submission Response Questions  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=639 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-create-a-File-Upload-quiz-question/ta-p/652 

Opinion/Likert Scale Questions  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=639 

No - Multiple Drop-down Questions effectively replaces Opinion/Likert Scale Questions. https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-create-a-Multiple-Dropdown-quiz-question/ta-p/916 

Question Sets  

https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Original/Tests_Pools_Surveys/Orig_Reuse_Questions/Question_Sets 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-create-a-quiz-with-a-question-group-to-randomize-quiz/ta-p/1032 

Question Banks  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=8223 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-create-a-quiz-with-a-question-group-to-randomize-quiz/ta-p/1032 

Item Analysis  

https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Original/Tests_Pools_Surveys/Item_Analysis 

No – Available through third-party integrations.  

Randomize Order of Questions  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=637 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-create-a-quiz-with-a-question-group-to-randomize-quiz/ta-p/1032 

Randomize Multiple Choice Answers 

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=639 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/What-options-can-I-set-in-a-quiz/ta-p/683 

Decimal Points in Tests  

https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Original/Grade/Decimals 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Known-Issues/Able-to-save-questions-with-3-decimal-places-for-points-in-New/ta-p/242973 

Score Per Question  

https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Original/Tests_Pools_Surveys/Question_Settings 

  1. Go to Quizzes and select "Edit" from the dropdown menu on the right-side of your target quiz OR create a new quiz in the top-right of the page (if applicable). 
  1. Under the Details tab (which you will automatically be redirected to) scroll down to Options and select "Shuffle Answers". 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Idea-Conversations/Shuffle-answers-at-the-question-level/idi-p/329667 

 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Canvas-New-Feature-Screencast/New-Quizzes-Answer-Shuffling-2020-01-18-Screencast/ta-p/382035 

Automatically Grade Responses  

https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Original/Tests_Pools_Surveys/Grade_Tests 

https://mycanvas.wustl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Final_-Using-Canvas-Quiz-Tool-for-Automatically-Graded-Quizzes-2f50qng.pdf 

Adaptive Release  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article/faculty-creating-adaptive-release-advanced-rules-8230.html 

Canvas uses prerequisites. https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-add-prerequisites-to-a-module/ta-p/1123 

Restrict Number of Attempts  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=634 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/What-options-can-I-set-in-a-quiz/ta-p/683 

Password Option for Assessments  

No  

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-manage-settings-for-a-quiz-in-New-Quizzes/ta-p/581 

View Time Student Spent Taking Test  

https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Original/Performance/Course_Reports/Student_Activity_Details 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-view-student-quiz-results-in-New-Quizzes/ta-p/488382 

View Time Student Spent on Each Question  

No  

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-view-a-quiz-log-for-a-student/ta-p/580 

Build Rubrics  

https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Original/Grade/Rubrics 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Canvas-Basics-Guide/What-are-Rubrics/ta-p/35 

 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Video-Guide/Rubrics-Overview-Instructors/ta-p/384253 

 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Mastery-Connect-Assessments/Create-an-Assessment-with-Rubric-Criteria/ta-p/386915 

Import Rubrics  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=500 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Canvas-Instructional-Designer/Importing-Rubrics-from-a-Spreadsheet/ba-p/264527 

Assign Goals  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=5844 

 

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=459 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-create-an-outcome-for-a-course/ta-p/862 

Allow for Self & Peer Assessment  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=622 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-create-a-peer-review-assignment/ta-p/641 

Gradebook  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=643 

Instructions: https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-use-the-Gradebook/ta-p/701 

Video: https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Video-Guide/Gradebook-Overview-Instructors/ta-p/384347 

Audio/Video Feedback Option  

https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Original/Interact/Audio_Video_Recording 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-leave-feedback-comments-for-student-submissions-in/ta-p/764 

Bulk Download of Submissions  

https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Original/Assignments/Download_Assignments 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-download-all-student-submissions-for-an-assignment/ta-p/760 

Drop Grades  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=2765 

Yes  

Unsubmitted Work Counts as Zero  

No  

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-apply-a-Missing-Submission-policy-in-the-Gradebook/ta-p/963 

Anonymous Grading  

https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Original/Assignments/Grade_Assignments/Anonymous_Grading#:~:text=Enable%20anonymous%20grading,-When%20you%20grade&text=You%20can%20also%20ask%20students,Enable%20Anonymous%20Grading%20check%20box. 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-add-an-assignment-that-includes-anonymous-grading/ta-p/769 

Parallel Grading  

No  

No  

Proprietary Plagiarism Software  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=746 

No – Would need to locate a third-party vendor to provide this service.  

Direct Submission to Plagiarism Software  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=1069 

No – Available through third-party integrations.  

Modules  

https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Administrator/SaaS/User_Interface_Options/Original_Experience/Modules/Create_Module 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-add-a-module/ta-p/1151 

Folders  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=546 

No – Content is organized in a modules and pages structure. Folders are only available when organizing course files.   

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-add-a-module/ta-p/1151 

Pages  

https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Original/Course_Content/Create_Content/Create_Course_Materials/Create_Blank_Pages_and_Files 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-create-a-new-page-in-a-course/ta-p/1031 

Items  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=95 

Yes – See Pages.   https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-create-a-new-page-in-a-course/ta-p/1031 

Learning Modules  

https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Original/Course_Content/Create_Content/Create_Containers_for_Content/Create_Learning_Modules 

Yes – See Modules 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-add-a-module/ta-p/1151 

Course Links  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=594 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-create-hyperlinks-to-course-or-group-content-in-the/ta-p/954 

Web Links  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=566 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-create-hyperlinks-to-external-URLs-in-the-Rich-Content/ta-p/872 

 

 

Embed Web Content  

https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Original/Course_Content/Create_Content/Create_Course_Materials/Work_With_Text/What_Does_the_Editor_Do 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-embed-a-video-in-a-page-in-a-course/ta-p/1125 

 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-upload-and-embed-an-image-in-the-Rich-Content-Editor-as/ta-p/784 

 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-embed-images-from-Canvas-into-the-Rich-Content-Editor/ta-p/856 

 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-upload-and-embed-a-media-file-from-my-computer-in-the/ta-p/868 

Rich Text Editor  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=3798 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-add-and-modify-text-in-the-Rich-Content-Editor-as-an/ta-p/818 

HTML Editor  

https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Administrator/Hosting/Tools_Management/Content_Editor 

 

https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Original/Course_Content/Course_Files/Add_Files_to_Course_Files/Create_HTML_Objects 

Yes – Located alongside the Rich Text Editor.  

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-use-the-HTML-view-in-the-Rich-Content-Editor-as-an/ta-p/876 

Student Preview  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=3810 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-view-a-course-as-a-test-student-using-Student-View/ta-p/1122 

Bulk Edit Course Content  

No  

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-bulk-update-due-dates-and-availability-dates-as-an/ta-p/1195 

 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-bulk-upload-files-to-a-course/ta-p/623 

Content Collection  

https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Original/Course_Content/Content_Collection 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Canvas-Basics-Guide/What-are-Files/ta-p/7 

Date Management Tool  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=1718 

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-bulk-update-due-dates-and-availability-dates-as-an/ta-p/1195 

Course Themes  

Yes  

No – only at admin level 

Native Accessibility Tool  

https://kb.mc3.edu/article.php?id=1732 

No – Is capable of integrating with Blackboard Ally  

Additional Time on Tests for Select Students  

No  

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/Once-I-publish-a-timed-quiz-how-can-I-give-my-students-extra/ta-p/999 

Additional Attempts on Tests for Select Students  

No  

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/Once-I-publish-a-quiz-how-can-I-give-my-students-extra-attempts/ta-p/1242 

Guest Access to Course  

Yes  

Yes  

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