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Learning Center FAQ

General

 

Assignments/Quizzes

 

Courses

 

Grades

 

LAPs/Modules

 

People


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What is Canvas?

Canvas is a learning management system that helps teachers obtain and deliver content to students. The MBA Learning Center is delivered via Canvas. It includes comprehensive tools to run your classroom. It includes grading, assessment, assignments, discussions, calendars, and many other features that allow you to manage instruction all in one place.

To get an overview of Canvas, watch this video: What is Canvas? | Canvas Tutorials

Or, visit Canvas’ website to learn more about the system’s capabilities: https://www.canvaslms.com/k-12/


What browser should I use with the Learning Center?

Canvas is built using web standards, so it can run on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser

We recommend using Chrome or Firefox for the best experience with the Learning Center. 

If you prefer to use another web browser, please choose from the list of Canvas supported browsers

You should always use the most current version of your preferred browser. Your browser will notify you if there is a new version available.



How do I set up my Learning Center account?

Are you new to the MBA Learning Center? Setting up your account is easy! After you purchase a subscription to the Learning Center, you will receive an email. This email will guide you through the process of signing up and creating a password. 

Click on the link in your email to finish the registration process. Choose a password, and set your time zone.

If you don't receive the email from Canvas, check your spam folder. If you still don't see it, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know.



How do I build a course?

Are you ready to set up your first course in the Learning Center? It’s easy to customize courses to your liking with our ready-to-use modules! All it takes is a few quick steps.

Step 1: Create an Empty Course
Step 2: Name Your Course
Step 3: Enroll Yourself
Step 4: Add LAPs to Your Course

Detailed instructions can be found here

Here is an additional resource from Florida State University that describes the details of setting up a course: https://canvas.campus.fsu.edu/kb/article/781-how-to-build-your-new-canvas-course.

Not sure which LAPs to add to build your course? Consider starting with our preloaded, ready-to-use courses that coincide with our course guides. Click here to learn how to import these courses into your classes.



How do I add students to a course?

You may only add students if you have purchased student licenses. If you add students without first purchasing student licenses, you will be billed for these student accounts at a cost of $10 per student. Please help us control costs and pricing: use only what you’ve licensed.  If you wish to purchase student licenses, visit our online store: The MBA Shop

Once your course is ready to go, it’s time to add students to it! In your course, click the "People" link on the left side of the screen. Click the "+ People" button. Add your students by email address. Make sure you select the role of "Student." Click the "Next" button, and follow the instructions on the screen to select students. Then click the "Add Users" button to add the selected students to the course.

This video explains the process. Written instructions: Creating a Course: Step 8 - Add Your Students

This video tutorial from Canvas gives you an overview of the People section of your course, and explains how to access student information. 

If your students have previously been registered in Canvas, you can create a course join link rather than adding each student to a newly created course. See topic: How do I create a course join link?



How do I create course sections?

Creating course sections allows you to divide your course into sections and separate students. Through this feature, you can easily differentiate instruction by giving different assignments to different students. You can add sections by going to Settings on your course menu and the Sections tab. Type in the name of your section that you want to create and select the blue “+ Section” button. Then, click on the Section name and click “Edit Section” to change any details about the Section.

To add students to sections, click on People from the course menu, and then the Options icon to the right of a student’s name. Click “Edit Sections” and enter the section name or click browse and select the section. Then click "Update".



How do I move courses over from previous semesters?

In the Learning Center, semesters end on June 30. Courses that were created in a previous semester will no longer appear on your Dashboard. However, you are able to copy old courses into the current semester. Open your course and go to Settings.  From the right sidebar menu, click “Copy this Course.” You may change the course name, code, start and end dates. Be sure to change the Term (select the school year you will teach the course). Choose content to import, adjust the events and due dates to your liking, and click the “Create Course” button.

Detailed instructions can be found here

This video will demonstrate the process: How to copy a course in Canvas

Another way you can do this is by importing old course content into a new course. Create a new course and then go to course Settings. From the right sidebar menu, click “Import Course Content” and then select “Copy a Canvas Course.” Select a course from the search drop-down menu or search by course name. Then choose whether to import all content or select specific content. Adjust the events and due dates to your liking, and then select “Import".



How do I add assignments to the Learning Center?

After you have your courses set up and your students are ready to learn, it’s easy to add and customize your own assignments! You can upload documents, or you can create them within Canvas itself. This video will walk you through the process. Written instructions can be found here

For a brief overview of what you can do with assignments, check out this Canvas video tutorial.



How do I publish a course or assignment?

You have to publish your course so that students can view it. Otherwise, only you, the teacher, will be able to access it. To learn how to publish a course, go here.

You can follow a similar process to publish individual items in a course, such as an assignment or quiz. Locate the assignment within the course, then click on the publish icon on the right side of the assignment. This will change it from unpublished to published or vice versa.



How do I use the Gradebook in the Learning Center?

After your students have completed assignments and assessments, you might be ready to use the Gradebook. Canvas has its own gradebook which can also be imported or exported into other systems. To learn how to use the Gradebook, watch this Canvas video tutorial. Written instructions can be found here.

Want to export the grades from your Learning Center gradebook into a different system? Here’s how.



How do I use SpeedGrader?

The Learning Center also has a great feature called SpeedGrader, which allows you to quickly and interactively view, grade, and comment on assignment submissions. SpeedGrader also allows you to make corrections, annotations, and to use a rubric to automatically grade in seconds. Watch this Canvas video tutorial to learn how to use SpeedGrader. Written instructions can be found here



How do I create my own quiz questions?

While the Learning Center includes a wide variety of ready-to-use assessments, you also have the ability to create your own.

First, you need to create a quiz. To add an individual question, click the "Questions" tab, then click the “+New Question” button. Then, add a question title (or number) and select the question type from the drop-down menu.  Canvas allows for many types of questions, including multiple choice, true or false, and fill in the blank.

After selecting a question type, assign a point value to the question. In the text box, enter your question text, add images, videos, or any other relevant content. Then, add possible answers in the fields provided. To add content other than text in the answer fields, click the edit icon to view the Rich Content Editor, enter content in the text box and click "Done".  Correct answers are indicated by green outlines, while incorrect answers are red. The correct answer is identified by a solid green arrow next to the answer.  The answer's feedback bubble is also green. Next, click the "Update Question" button to save question. 

Once you have added all your quiz questions, click the "Save & Publish" button to save the quiz and make it available to students.  Otherwise, click the "Save" button to save the quiz in draft state, which will not be available to students.

Watch a Canvas video tutorial that goes into more detail about this process.



How do I add LAPs to another platform such as Google Classroom and Schoology?

Prior permission (special licensing agreement) is required to use our copyrighted modules in another platform or LMS. You will need to sign and return the Licensing Agreement prior to using our content in another LMS. Contact us for details.

Does your school use a platform other than the Learning Center for classroom management? If so, don’t worry! It’s easy to migrate the Learning Center contents to other Learning Management System (LMS) such as Google Classroom, Blackboard, and Schoology! One way to do so is by downloading files from the Learning Center and uploading them to another platform.

Can your platform accept an IMSCC or ZIP file? Then you can download the LAPs directly from Commons for use in your LMS.  Alternatively, you can build your course in the Learning Center, then export the entire course for use in another LMS. 

Next, import the file into your desired platform. Click on a link for instructions to import the file into your desired LMS:  Canvas  |  Blackboard  |  Moodle  |  Schoology

If your LMS is not listed above or if you need help importing the file, please check with your LMS administrator.

If your platform, cannot accept IMSCC or ZIP file (eg. Google Classroom), you can still use our content in your LMS. But first, you will need to build a course in the Learning Center and add LAPs to the course. The downloadable items of a LAP are located under the “Downloadable” section and the “Instructor Section” of the LAP.  Click here for more details about downloadable formats.

Watch this video to learn how to move files from the MBA Learning Center to either Google Classroom or Schoology.



How do students collaborate using the Learning Center?

One of the best features of the Learning Center is the technology that allows students to collaborate digitally! There are so many ways for students to do so, including:

This Canvas video tutorial explains how teachers can use the Collaborations feature, and allow students to work simultaneously on a document using Google Docs.

Here are some more resources focused on collaboration in Canvas:

How do I create a Google Docs collaboration as an instructor?

How do I use the Collaborations tool in Canvas?

Collaboration-Tools-Handout.pdf



How do I add a preloaded course into my classes?

The Learning Center Commons now offers preloaded, ready-to-use courses that align with each of our course guides. NOTE: These courses do NOT contain all of the material included in our course guides. Access the full course guides here

To add a course, first go to the Commons. Click on Filter and then select “Courses”. This will pull up all of the available courses. Select the one you need. Then, on the right, click the “Import/Download” button and select the appropriate Canvas course. Then click “Import into Course”. It may take a while for the entire course to import.

To view the course, click on “Courses” from the main navigation menu and select the appropriate course. You can then rearrange, add, or remove content to suit your needs.  

Note: Preloaded courses may not be available for all subjects.



How do I build a quiz using the Question Banks?

Open the appropriate course, click the “Quizzes” link. Click the “+ Quiz” button in the right corner. Name your quiz, and type in any instructions. Then, click on the “Questions” tab. Click the “Find Questions” button. This will bring you to the Question Banks.

The banks are organized alphabetically by performance indicator.  You can select a number of questions from a performance indicator, or you can select all of the questions for a particular performance indicator by choosing “Select All” at the top. You can also select questions from different performance indicators for the same quiz. 

You can also create a question group. Question groups randomly generate a certain number of questions from the group each time the quiz is taken. For example, you can add all of the Economics performance indicators to the group, and instruct the system to select 10 questions from the group. That way, the quiz will give 10 different questions to each student each time it is taken.

To create a question group, scroll down to the bottom of the "Find Quiz Question" window and select “New group”. Name your group, choose a number of questions, and assign a point value per question; then click "Create Group".  Make sure the group is selected in the drop-down menu before clicking “Add Questions”. Once you have selected all of the items you want, click “Add Questions”.

When you’re finished, continue adding the other information about your quiz, such as the due date and time limit. Scroll to the bottom, and select “Save” to save your quiz in draft state, or “Save & Publish” to allow your students to access the quiz. 



How do I administer an Instructional Area exam?

Instructional Area exams can be found in the Commons. Search “exam” and all of the exams will be displayed. You can also search for a particular exam, such as “marketing exam.” Select the exam you want, and import it into the appropriate course. If you’d like, you can create a new course just for the exam. When the import is finished, the exam will be located under “Modules” in your course. It can also be found under “Quizzes.”

If you created a new course for the exam, be sure to publish the course so that your students can view the exam.

To change the availability and other aspects of the exam, open the exam from the course home page. Then, click the "Edit" button in the top right corner of the page. From here, you can change the due dates, the allotted time, and other details.

To see how students have performed on the exam, open the exam; then, click on the settings button in the top right corner of the screen. Select "Show Student Quiz Results."



How do I make instructor files available to students? 

Some of the files in a LAP module are sorted under the “Instructor Section", which means that students cannot see or access them. If you would like to make a file available for students, click on the Options icon next to that activity. Then, click “Move to…” Select the appropriate module, and then decide where in the module you want it to go (before or after another section). Click “Move.” For example, you can move Group Activity 2 so it is right before the Posttest. Then, find the file in its new location and click on the publish icon to change the file from Unpublished to Published. Now, students will be able to access the file from their accounts. 



How do I use the Calendar in Canvas?

Canvas has a calendar feature that teachers can use to keep track of everything you need to do for all of your courses. You can view the calendar by day, week, month, or agenda. Color-coding is used to differentiate personal, course, and group calendar. Access the Calendar from the Global Navigation menu in Canvas. 

This tutorial from Canvas goes into more detail about the calendar function: How do I use the Calendar as an instructor?



How do I utilize the Canvas Community?

The Canvas Community is a comprehensive resource to help you make the most use of the system. It includes guides, resources, answers to questions, discussion groups, and idea sharing. You can access the Canvas Community here: https://community.canvaslms.com/welcome



How do I access PowerPoint presentations in the Learning Center?

Each LAP module contains a PowerPoint presentation that you can use in your classroom. To access them, open your course and select the module of interest. Scroll down to the section labeled “Downloadable”. Under that section, you will see the PowerPoint presentation. Click on the item link to open it in Canvas. You can scroll through the slides on Canvas, or you can download it to your computer by clicking the Download link at the top of the screen. 



How do I access student information?

As a Canvas administrator, you can access student information. Click on the “Admin” link, then select your school account. Click on “People” to view all of the users under your account. Select a student to pull up that student’s profile. The profile will show the student’s name, picture, email, time zone, enrollments, and page views. If you have Outcomes enabled in your account, you can view each student’s progress on these from this page. To do so, click “See Outcome Results for [STUDENT NAME].”



How do I add my own content to a course?

You can customize your courses in the Learning Center by uploading your own files. From the Course menu, select “Files.” Then, click on the “Upload” button in the top right corner. Select the file you want to upload, and click “Open.” When the upload is complete, your file will be added to your course.

For a detailed tutorial of this process, click here.



How do I assign point values to activities in the Learning Center

You can assign your own point values to activities in the Learning Center that do not already have points assigned. To do so, open the activity in question.

For a test or quiz: Select “Edit” and under Quiz Type select “Graded Quiz.” Then, click on the “Questions” tab. Edit each question by clicking on the pencil icon on to the right of the question text; add a point value for the question and click "Update Question". Once you have updated all questions, be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Save” to save changes to the quiz.

For an assignment: Select “Edit” and add the point value for the activity in the "Points" field.  In the "Display Grade as" field, select how you want to display the score in the Gradebook. Then scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Save” to save changes.

For a discussion: Select “Edit” and click the "Graded" checkbox.  Add point value in the "Points Possible" field and select how you want to display the score in the "Display Grade as" field. Then scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Save” to save changes.


How do I export a course from the Learning Center?

You can export courses from the Learning Center to use in other platforms or to save a copy to your computer. When Canvas exports a course, the format is an IMSCC ZIP file (Common Cartridge).

To export a course, open the course, then click “Settings.” Click “Export Course Content.” Select “Course” as the export type, and then click “Create Export.” When the export is finished, click the "New Export" link to download and save to your computer.

A detailed tutorial on exporting courses can be found here: How do I export a Canvas course?



How do I import a course into the Learning Center?

You can import content into your Learning Center course. First, open the course and click on “Settings.” Select “Import Course Content” and select your content type. You can choose from a variety of different types, including other Canvas courses, ZIP files, Moodle files, Blackboard files, and more.

If you are importing another Canvas course from within your account, select “Copy a Canvas Course”. Select “All content” to import the whole course or “Select specific content” if you only want to import certain pieces of your course.

For detailed tutorials on importing all of the different types of course files, click here: Course Import Tool



How do I use Canvas on my mobile device?

Both teachers and students can use the Learning Center on mobile devices. While you can use a mobile web browser to access the Learning Center, Canvas recommends using its mobile apps. The available apps include Canvas Student, Canvas Teacher, Canvas Parent, Polls for Canvas, and MagicMarker.

To use Canvas Teacher, search in your device’s app store for “Canvas Teacher.” Download the app. When you open the app, click "Find my school" and type in “mba.instructure.com”, and click "Next" or enter on your keyboard. Then enter your Learning Center username and password.  You will then see your Dashboard.  If your Dashboard is empty, it is because you do not have any courses marked as favorites. If this is the case, click "Add Courses/Groups" to select courses to view on the Dashboard. Learn more about using the Dashboard on the mobile app here.  

To learn more about Canvas mobile apps, check out these links:  Canvas Mobile Guides  |  Canvas Mobile Users Group 



How do I renew my Learning Center account?

Your MBA Learning Center subscription is good for one year. When that year has passed, unless you renew, you will lose access to your account. However, all of your records and data will be saved for a short while should you decide to resume your subscription. A reminder email will be sent to notify you when it is time to renew. If you do not renew your subscription within the time frame given, your account will be deleted and all your data will be permanently removed from the system.

To renew your subscription, please order online at The MBA Shop. If you have any questions or need assistance placing an order, call 800-448-0398 ext. 220 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



How do I see what my students see in the Learning Center?

To see what your students see, first open your course. On the right side of the screen, you will see a list of options, select the “Student View” option. You will then be able to view your course from the perspective of a student. You will see a pink frame around your screen and a persistent box on the bottom of the screen indicating you are logged into Student View. When you enter Student View a Test Student will be added to your Gradebook.


You can also reset the Test Student by clicking "Reset Student". This action will clear all activity that does not include any student interaction. To exit Student View and return to your course, click the “Leave Student View” button.



How do I create a rubric?

Open your course, and click on “Outcomes.” In the right corner, click on “Manage Rubrics”.  You will then see a list of all rubrics associated with your course. To create a new one, select the “+Add Rubric” button in the top right corner. Title your rubric. Then, add criteria, ratings, and points. You can use Outcomes if you have them set up. When you are finished, click “Create Rubric”.

This tutorial from Canvas walks you through the process in detail, complete with images: How do I add a rubric in a course? 



How do I add a rubric to an assignment?

You can attach an existing rubric to an assignment. From your course menu, click on “Assignments.” Select an assignment, and then click on the “+ Rubric” button in the bottom left corner. You’ll have the option to create a new rubric, or you can click “Find a Rubric” on the right side of the screen. A list of existing rubrics will appear. Scroll through to find the rubric you want to use for this assignment, and then click “Use this Rubric”.  You can edit it as needed by clicking the Edit pencil icon in the right top corner of the rubric. 

Rubrics may also be added to graded discussions and quizzes. Learn more here:

How do I add a rubric to a graded discussion?

How do I add a rubric to a quiz?



How do I add images and/or videos to a course?

It’s simple to add an image or video to pages in the Learning Center. Images can be uploaded from your computer or added from other websites. Videos can be embedded from services like YouTube and Vimeo.

From your course menu, click the "Pages" link. Open a page, and select the “Edit” button in the right corner. For an image, click on the image icon and then choose the image you want to upload. You can use a URL, an image already in Canvas, or an image from Flickr. If you want to add a video, select the video icon from the text editor toolbar. You will need to add a source such as a link, or you can use an embed code from a video to embed the video within the text. Make sure to save the page when you are finished.



How do I set up peer reviews?

In the Learning Center, you can require your students to review each other’s’ work. To do so, select an existing assignment or discussion. Then, click “Edit” and scroll down until you see “Peer Reviews” and check the box that says “Require Peer Reviews”.  You can then decide whether to manually assign peer review or automatically assign peer reviews. If you choose the automatic version, you will need to select how many reviews are completed by each user and when the reviews should be assigned. You can also have the reviews appear anonymously, if you prefer. Choose to whom you want to assign this activity, and make sure to save by clicking the button in the bottom right corner.



Can the MBA Learning Center be used with a screen reader?

Yes, the MBA Learning Center can be used with a screen reader. Canvas was built to be accessible to all users. It works with the following screen reader and browser combinations:

 

When using a screen reader, you can get around Canvas by using the headings, which have been marked to be recognized by screen readers. The Canvas page navigation menu is:

  1. Main navigation
  2. Context navigation
  3. Breadcrumbs navigation
  4. Main region
  5. Complimentary information
  6. Content information

You can also move components of a course using a screen reader. The Move-to option is available for the following features:

  • Course Navigation
  • Modules
  • Discussions
  • Assignments
  • Outcomes
  • Quizzes

More information about the available accessibility features can be found here: Accessibility within Canvas



How do I resend student invitations to a course?

If you’ve invited students to a course, and they have not yet accepted the invitation, you can resend the invitation after 24 hours. Remember that students will not be sent a course invitation until the course start date and that you must publish your course before students can receive invitations.

To resend invitations, first open the “People” link in your course. You will see a message that indicates how many invitations have not been accepted. You will also see pending enrollments, which are indicated in blue under the students’ names. To resend a specific person’s invitation, click the Options icon (three dots to the right of the person’s name), and then click “Resend Invitation”. You can also resend all pending invitations at once using the "Resend" link above the list of names.

For more detailed instructions, click here.



How do I view student results within a quiz?

From the course menu, select “Quizzes.” Click on the name of the quiz, and then click on the Options icon (three dots on the right side). Click “Show Student Quiz Results.” You’ll then see a list of students who have taken the quiz and a list of students who have not taken the quiz. Select the name of a student who has taken the quiz. On the right side, you will see a list of Quiz Submissions, if students are allowed multiple attempts. The Learning Center displays the most recent attempt by default. To view past results, click the Attempt under the Quiz Submissions heading.

For more detailed instructions, click here.



How do I remove students from a course?

Open your course and select the "People" link. You can search for students by typing their names in the search bar. When you find the correct student, click on the Options icon (three dots to to the right of name). Then  select “Remove from Course”. You’ll be asked to confirm the deletion by selecting “OK”.

You can find more detailed instructions (including images) here: How do I remove an enrollment from a course?

Keep in mind that removing students from your courses does not delete them from the MBA Learning Center system—which means that you could potentially be charged in the future for those accounts. If you have students who are graduating, or who won’t be taking your classes next year, contact MBA Research to permanently delete the student accounts from the system for you.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include a list of students’ Canvas usernames (the email addresses that they use to log in to the Learning Center) to be removed.



How do I lock/unlock a quiz?

Locking a quiz keeps students from taking it. From the course menu, select “Quizzes”. Click on the name of the quiz, and then click on the Options icon (three dots on the right side). Select “Lock this Quiz Now.”  When you go back to the Quizzes screen, you will see that the quiz now has the word “Closed” under it.

To unlock the quiz, click on the name of the quiz, and then click on the Options icon (three dots on the right side). Select “Let Students Take this Quiz Now”.  You will then be asked for how long you would like to unlock the quiz. You can choose “No time limit” or select a date and time. Then click “Unlock” and your quiz will be made available to students.

Alternately, you can schedule when to lock/unlock a quiz using the Availability date. See topic: How to set Availability dates for an assignment or quiz?



How do I search for LAPs in the Learning Center to add to my course?

On the left side of screen, you will see a menu option: "Commons".  Commons is where all of the LAPs are stored and where you go to pull content into your course. Click the "Commons" link. To quickly find LAPs in Commons, use the search feature. There are couple ways to search for LAPs in the Commons:

  • Search by LAP number. You can find a complete listing of available LAPs here.
    • eg. type "BL-001" into the search bar to find LAP-BL-001, Own It Your Way (Types of Business Ownership)  
    • If the LAP is not the first item shown in the search results, you may need to scroll to find it.
  • Search by keyword or subject area. 
    • eg. type "marketing" into the search bar to find marketing related LAPs.

You may also use the "Filter" button to the right of the search bar to narrow your search.  Tip: LAPs are stored as type "Modules".  Our preloaded courses are stored as type "Courses". 

Note:  MBA Research allows all users to post content to the Commons, so when looking for content created by MBA Research be sure that the item shows "MBA Research" as the author.

Once you have the LAP in question on the screen, click on the blue title of the LAP to preview and import or download the LAP.  To Learn more about LAP preview, see topic: How do I preview a LAP in Commons?

To add the LAP to your course:  Click the “Import/Download” button to the right and select the appropriate Canvas course. Then click “Import into Course”. It may take a while for the entire LAP to import.

For more detailed instructions, complete with pictures, see our instruction guide topic: Creating a Course: Step 4 - Add LAPs to Your Course  

Not sure which LAPs to use? You can choose a preloaded course. These courses contain all the LAPs that MBA Research recommends for teaching a particular subject. See topic: How do I add a preloaded course into my classes?

Learn more about using Commons here



How do I find additional online and textbook resources in the Learning Center?

Did you know that each LAP module in the MBA Learning Center contains several vetted, high-quality resources related to the LAP topic? These are great for extending your instruction and engaging your students in a variety of ways. To access these resources, open a course and select a LAP. Scroll to the “Explore the Web” section and find online resources. 

To find book sources, scroll down to the "Instructor Section" and select “On the Bookshelf.” Here you will find textbook references, complete with page numbers. You can also publish this if you would like your students to access them by clicking the publish icon on the right-hand side.



How can I help students remember their login information?

We all sometimes forget our usernames and passwords! Your students might struggle to remember how to get to the Learning Center. To help your students remember how to access their accounts, instruct them to save their information in their phones as a contact, bookmark, or note at the beginning of the semester. They can include the URL (mba.instructure.com) as well as their login information. You might want to try saving your information this way, too!



How to use the test banks to create unit/semester exams?

See related FAQ article: How Do I Build a Quiz Using the Question Banks?



How can I use the Learning Center to prepare for competition?

The MBA Learning Center offers tons of tools to help your students prepare for CTSO competitive events. Here are just a few:

  1. Test item bank:

  • Access thousands of standards-aligned test items
  • Create your own custom exams
  • Replicate the competition experience

To learn how to use the test item bank, click here.

  1. Content that matters:

  • Teach with 300+ in-depth lesson modules
  • Align curriculum with what students need to know

To see a full list of LAP modules available in the Learning Center, click here.

  1. Role plays, performance-based activities, and case studies found within LAP modules:

  • Give students real-world experience
  • Build confidence through practice

To learn how to add a rubric to an activity, click here.



How do I edit the features and settings of a quiz in the MBA Learning Center?

Open the quiz or test that you want to edit . Select “Edit” in the right corner.  Under the "Details" tab, you can set a variety of options in a quiz.  You can change the name of the quiz or update the quiz instructions. You can also change the quiz type; whether you want the quiz to be graded or treated as a survey.  Additionally, you can select whether you want to shuffle answers, set a time limit, or allows students to take the quiz multiple times.

Choose to either allow or disallow students to see their responses and/or correct answers. You can choose when students are allowed and not allowed to see the correct answers. Also, select whether or not students can see the entire quiz or just one question at a time. Be sure to save when you are finished.



How can I set restrictions on a quiz in the Learning Center?

You can set restrictions to protect a quiz so it can only be taken in specific situations. This can help you prevent cheating and academic dishonesty.

Open an existing quiz and select “Edit”.  Under the "Details" tab, scroll down to the “Quiz Restrictions” section.  You can restrict the quiz in two ways:

1. You can require students to enter an access code to take the quiz.  Create a code, and then, your students will be required to enter it in order to take the quiz.

2. You can filter IP addresses and require students to take a quiz from specific computers on a network. To do so, enter the IP address(es) in question. Enter each IP address separated by commas.

Here are some instructions to find your IP address:

 



How do I assign a quiz?

You can assign a quiz to an individual student, course sections, or the entire class. This is useful when you want to differentiate instruction or prevent cheating by administering multiple versions of an assessment.

Open a quiz and click “Edit”. Scroll down to the “Assign” section. By default, every student in your course will be assigned the quiz, so you will see "Everyone" in the "Assign to" field.

To assign the quiz to an individual student or course section, first remove the current selection by clicking the remove icon next to "Everyone" . Then click on the "Assign to" field and make a new selection from the drop-down menu, either select an individual student or course section.  Tip: You can add multiple student names in the same "Assign to" field. Next, change the due date and/or available date range.

Note: You need to have course sections set up to assign the course to different groups of students. Click here to see how to setup course sections.

If you want to create another set of due dates or available date ranges for a different course section or different student, you can do so by clicking on the “+ Add” button.  Then another set of assignment details will appear.  You can create as many assignment groups as necessary.

Did you know? You can assign an assignment in a similar manner.



How do I edit quiz questions?

Open an existing quiz, and click on “Edit”.  Select the “Questions” tab. From here, you can edit the existing questions.  

To edit a question: mouse over the right side of the question, and then click the pencil icon to edit it. You can change the type of question, the point value, and the text of the question and answers. You can also edit the answer key by mousing over it and selecting the pencil in the right corner. To save your changes, click the "Update Question" button at the bottom of the question.

To delete a question: mouse over the right side of the question, and then click the X icon.  

To rearrange the order of the questions: select the drag and drop handle (two rows of dots in the left corner). Then drag and drop the question where you want it.

Tip: If your questions are numbered, be sure to adjust the numbering sequence if you delete or rearrange questions. 



How do I add new quiz questions to an existing quiz?

To add a new question or question group, open an existing quiz, and click on “Edit”.  Select the “Questions” tab.

To write your own new question, select “+ New Question”.  Select the question type, and write the questions and answers. Assign a point value, then click the "Update Question" button to save changes.

The next two options help you choose existing questions from the question banks. The question banks include thousands of test items aligned to performance indicators that you can add to existing quizzes. You can either add a group of questions based on performance indicator, or you can select individual questions.

  • To select a group of questions, click “+ New Question Group”.  Name your question group and then click “Link to a Question Bank”. Scroll to find the performance indicator you want, and then click “Select Bank”. Then, decide how many questions you want to include in the quiz, and assign a point value. The quiz will randomly pull questions from this performance indicator for the quiz. Click "Create Group" to save the question group.
  • To find individual questions, click on “Find Questions”. Then, scroll through to find the performance indicator(s) you want. Choose any or all of the available questions. When you have selected the questions you want, click “Add Questions”. You can then edit and rearrange the questions you selected. 


How do I archive old courses?

When you no longer want to use an existing course, you can archive it so that it does not appear on your Dashboard. Archiving courses preserves the data rather than deleting it. This will prevent you from modifying grades, but you will still be able to access the data.

To archive a course, open it and click the "Settings" link. Then, click on “Conclude this Course” on the right side menu.  To find your archived courses, click the "Courses" link on main navigation menu and then click on “All Courses".  Your archived courses can be found under the “Past Enrollments” section.



How can I access LAPs in other formats (PDF and Word)?

Each LAP in the MBA Learning Center is available in multiple formats so you can modify them and use them in the best way for your classroom.  The formats available for download can be found in the “Downloadable” section and the "Instructor Section" of each full LAP module.

To access the downloadable files, open your course, find the LAP you want, and then scroll to the appropriate section in the LAP.  Here's what to look for:

Student Handout BW: This is a black and white PDF version of the LAP.  Find it in the “Downloadable” section of the module. Click on the item to open it, and then click on the link above the PDF viewer to download the PDF. 

Student Handout Color: This is a color PDF version of the LAP.  Find it in the “Downloadable” section of the module. Click on the item to open it, and then click on the link above the PDF viewer to download the PDF.

Word documents: The Word documents of the student narrative, activities, tests, and other parts of the LAP can be found in the "Instructor Section".  Open a LAP, and scroll to the “Instructor Section”. Click on an item to open it, and then click on the link above the viewer to download the file.

Tip: You can also access and download these files by clicking the “Files” link on your course navigation menu.  Scroll to find the file or use the search bar to find a file. Click on a file to preview.  To download, use the Download icon in the toolbar, or click the Options icon to the right of the item and select Download. Read more here.

Related topic: How do I access PowerPoint presentations in the Learning Center?



How do I delete a course from my account?

First open the course. On the side left menu, click “Settings”. Then, on the right side menu, you will see the option to “Delete this Course”. You’ll be asked to confirm course deletion. When you delete a course, you won’t be able to access it anymore. Make sure you truly do not need to access any data from the course before you delete it. Click “Delete Course”.


How can I help students with login issues?

Many login issues are related to students going to the wrong website or entering the wrong username or password.

There are many Canvas sites, so students need to use the correct URL to access the MBA Learning Center (Canvas): mba.instructure.com

Caution: Do NOT Google search “Canvas” to log in. Google search will direct students to the main Canvas site, which is different from MBA Canvas. The login for MBA Canvas will not work on the main Canvas site and vice versa.    

If the student is accessing the correct site but still cannot log in, here are a few more tips:

  • Verify that the username is correct. This is the email address used to enroll the student in the course.
  • Verify that the password is correct. Passwords are case-sensitive.

 

If the website, username, and password are correct, but the student is still unable to log in, have the student use the “Forgot Password” link on the MBA Learning Center login page to request a password change. An email will be sent to the student to have him/her reset the password.

Finally, if the student does not receive an email, and is still unable to log in, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance.

Note: Even though teachers have Account Admin access to Canvas, they are not able to reset the student’s password. Password reset is a System Admin privilege so the password can only be reset using the “Forgot Password” link or by the Help Desk.


How do I preview a LAP in Commons?

The Canvas Commons preview screen has a new look and updated features. Users can now preview the entire content of a LAP (or other resource) in Commons before importing the LAP into a course.

Here’s how to do it:  Open Commons. Locate a LAP (or other resource) by using the search field. To preview the LAP, click the LAP title. There are now three tabs with information about the LAP: Preview, Details, Version notes. The “Preview” tab is the default view.
To preview the LAP content, click a section in the sidebar on the left of the screen. The content of the section is listed in the preview area of the screen. To preview a content item, click the item title.

Content item previews can include the item's title, description, submission requirements, points possible, links, and attachments. Information provided in the resource preview depends on the type of content previewed.

To see a description of the LAP, click the “Details” tab. The “Version notes” tab gives a history of updates made to the LAP; this tab is grayed out if there are no updates.

Click here to learn more about previewing resources in Commons.


How to remove an assignment or quiz from the Gradebook?

To remove an assignment from the Gradebook, you will need to edit the assignment and change the "Display Grade as" field to "Not Graded". 

Click this link for instructions: How to edit details in an assignment?

If the assignment is a quiz/test, you will need to edit the quiz and change the "Quiz Type" to "Practice Quiz".

Note: Although a practice quiz may be graded in Canvas, practice quizzes are not included in the Gradebook.

Click this link for instructions: What options can I set in a quiz?

Unpublishing an assignment or quiz, will also remove the item from the Gradebook; however, students will not be able to access unpublished items. Therefore, if you want students to complete an assignment/quiz, but you don't want the item to show in the Gradebook, you will need to use the methods described above.

Get more help with the Gradebook here: Canvas Instructor Guide - Grades


How do I create a course join link?

You can enable self-enrollment in your course and create a course join link to allow students to sign up for a course.  Self-enrollment can be enabled for a course whether or not the course is publicly visible. 

Click the “Settings” link from your course navigation menu.  Click the “Course Details” tab. At the bottom of the page, click the “More Options” link.  Select “Let students self-enroll by sharing with them a secret URL.”  Click the “Update Course Details” button to save changes.  The URL (join link) will now appear at the bottom of the page. Copy and paste the join link and distribute to students.

Note:  Only students with an existing Learning Center (Canvas) account can self-enroll.  New students will not be able to self-enroll; you will need to manually add them to the course (see instructions here).


How to set Availability dates for an assignment or quiz?

The Availability dates in Canvas allows the instructor to set a specific date range when students can submit an assignment or take a quiz. The instructor may use the availability dates as an alternate way to lock a quiz.

To view/edit Availability Dates: Open the assignment or quiz, click the Edit button, and scroll to the “Assign” section (at the bottom of the page). Adjust the “Available from” and “Until” date fields to your liking. You may choose to set one or both fields. Be sure to save your changes.

  • Available From: the date and time when the assignment or quiz will become available to students. If no time is set, this date defaults to 12:00 am for the course time zone.
    • If you want to keep students from submitting an assignment (or taking a quiz) until a specific date, set an Available From date.
  • Until: the date and time when students can no longer access the assignment or take the quiz. If no time is set, this date defaults to 11:59 pm for the course time zone.
    • If you want to allow students to submit an assignment until a specific date (or prevent students from taking a quiz after a specific date), set an Until date.

 

Note: By default, Canvas sets the availability date fields to blank. When the assignment/quiz is published, blank availability date fields allow the assignment to be viewed throughout the entire course.  If you want to keep an assignment/quiz open throughout the entire course, do not set any availability dates.

Learn more in the Canvas Instructor guide:  Availability dates

Did You Know? You can also lock a quiz using the “Lock this Quiz Now” feature. See topic: How do I lock/unlock a quiz?.


How do I fix a broken link error on an assignment?

A broken link error may occur when a file for an assignment is missing or mislabeled. There are a couple ways to address this issue: 1) Re-add the file to the assignment, or 2) Reload the assignment to your course.

1) Re-add the file to the assignment:

Search the “Files” section of your course to see if the file exists. Open the course; select “Files”. It’s possible the file may have been renamed, so search carefully. If you find the file, then link the file to the assignment using these steps:

1. Open the Assignment.
2. Click Edit.
3. Delete the reference to the file shown in the Text Editor.
4. On the right side of the screen, click the “Files” tab.
5. Click on the filename to add it to the Text Editor.
6. Save the Assignment.

If the file is not listed in the “Files” section and you have the file saved to your computer, then upload the missing file to the course. Click here for instructions to upload the file. Then follow the steps above to link the uploaded file to the assignment.

OR

2) Reload the assignment to your course:

Is the assignment part of a MBA Research LAP? Then reload that assignment to the course. First, download the LAP from Commons to your computer. Next, import the LAP to your course using the Course Import Tool. Be sure to choose the option to “select specific content” and then select only the assignment that you want to reload. Click here for detailed instructions.

If you are still having problems with a broken link error after trying these steps, or if the broken link is due to an erroneous website link, please contact us for help.


How do I view my favorite courses on the Dashboard?

Is your Dashboard getting too crowded? Do you wish you could easily find your favorite courses? If so, you can remove infrequently used courses from your Dashboard by marking favorite courses. Your Dashboard must be in Card View to view favorites on the Dashboard.

To mark favorite courses: from the Global Navigation Menu, click the "Courses" link, and then click the "All Courses" link. Next to each course is a star icon. To favorite a course, click the star next to a course. Courses with filled stars show the course is a favorite. Uncheck a star icon to remove the course as a favorite.

Marking favorite courses affects the Dashboard course cards and the Course list under the Courses link. Once you have selected at least one course as a favorite, only your favorite courses will appear on the Dashboard and in the Courses list. Read more here: Customize the course list

Note: You may also archive a course to remove it from your Dashboard, but maintain the course in your “All Courses” list. Removing a course from the Dashboard does not permanently delete a course. At any time, you can view all your courses by clicking the “Courses” link, then “All Courses”.


How to download a LAP directly from Commons?

You can download LAPs directly from the MBA Learning Center Commons. This is one way to access the downloadable content without first importing the LAP into your course. You can also download a LAP for use in another Learning Management System (LMS), such as Schoology, or a different Canvas system. The LAP download will be either an IMSCC or ZIP file, so be sure that the platform in which you wish to use the LAP can accept these file formats. See our FAQ for how to use our content in another Learning Management System.

To download a LAP: Open Commons. Use Search to find the LAP you want to download. Click on the LAP title to preview it. Click the blue “Import/Download” button on the right side of the preview screen. Click the “Download” button. Depending on your web-browser settings, you may get a pop-up box asking you what to do with the file. Save the file to a folder of your choice. Alternatively, if your browser is setup to automatically save, check your Downloads folder (or the default location set in your browser) for the file.  Note: The downloaded file name will be a system-generated alphanumeric name. You can rename the file if you prefer.

Did You Know? You can download our preloaded courses using the same steps above.

See our FAQ for more details on downloadable content and how to access the downloadable content.


Tips for using the Canvas Dashboard in a web browser vs the Teacher Mobile App 

What you do on the Canvas Dashboard in a web browser will affect what you see on the Canvas Teacher Mobile App and vice versa.

Here are some tips when using the Dashboard in a web browser versus in the Mobile App:

Web browser Dashboard:

  • By default, Canvas automatically adds course cards to the Dashboard.
  • You must be a teacher on the course for the course card to appear on your Dashboard.
  • You can mark favorite courses.  See topic: How do I view my favorite courses on the Dashboard?
  • When you favorite at least one course, the Dashboard will only display favorited courses. Canvas will also continue to automatically favorite new courses.
  • If the Dashboard is setup to only display favorite courses, you can view all your courses by clicking the “Courses” link, and then click the “All Courses” link.
  • If no courses are marked as favorite, all your course cards will display on the Dashboard when accessed using a web browser.

 

Mobile App Dashboard (Courses link):

  • If no courses are marked as favorite, the Mobile App Dashboard (Courses link) will be empty.
  • If the Dashboard is empty, click the “Add Course/Group” button to mark favorites.
  • If the Dashboard has some courses, but you are not seeing the one you want, click the “See All” link in the upper right corner.
  • Courses that have been “Concluded” cannot be viewed in the App. However, courses from Past Enrollments can be viewed.
  • Courses for which you are enrolled as a “Student” cannot be viewed in the Teacher Mobile App; you must download the Canvas Student App to view.
  • To add another course to the Dashboard as a favorite, click the Edit icon (pencil) in the upper right corner of the Dashboard.
  • When you mark favorite courses in the Mobile App, this also marks them as favorites in the web browser Dashboard, so the next time you access Canvas using a web browser, only those favorited courses will show on the Dashboard.

How do I use a rubric to grade an assignment?

You can add the rubric to an assignment and use the rubric for grading and adding comments.

Edit the rubric:
1.  Open the assignment that has the rubric attached to it.
2.  To edit the rubric, click the Edit icon (pencil) in the right top corner of the rubric.
3.  Scroll to the bottom of the rubric, and select the “Use this rubric for assignment grading” checkbox.
4.  Click the “Update Rubric” button to save changes.
5.  You may get a pop-up message about assignment points; click “Change” to use the rubric’s point system.

Note: If you do not select the rubric specifically for grading, you can still use the rubric to evaluate an assignment but the score will not update automatically.

Next, grade the assignment:
1.  Open the Gradebook: click on the “Grades” link.
2.  Click on the student’s name.
3.  Find the assignment and click on the assignment name to view the student’s submission.
4.  In the upper right corner, click “Show Rubric”.
5.  Fill out the rubric assessment and click on the comment box to add feedback.
6.  Click “Save Comment” to save assessment and feedback.
7.  The grade will appear in the upper right corner and in the Gradebook.
8.  Repeat these steps for each student.

Alternatively, you may choose to use SpeedGrader for easier grading. Click here for instructions.


How to mute or unmute an assignment in the Gradebook?

By default, when you grade assignments, Canvas allows the student to immediately see the grade.  In some cases, you may wish to hold student grades until all assignments have been graded, and then release grades to all students at the same time.  To temporarily hide student grades, you can mute an assignment. Students will still be able to see and submit a muted assignment.  Muting is a temporary block that should not be used longer than necessary. 

To mute an assignment:  In course navigation, click on “Grades” and hover over the name of the assignment. Click the drop-down menu. You will see the option to mute the assignment; click the "Mute Assignment" link.  You will be asked to confirm; click the "Mute Assignment" button to confirm.  You will then see the mute icon (a bell with a slash through it) next to the assignment name, indicating that the assignment has been muted. You can unmute assignments the same way.  Also, the Total column in the Gradebook displays a mute icon, warning that your grade view is different from the student's grade view because of the muted assignment.

You can unmute an assignment following the same steps.  In thd drop-down menu, click "Unmute Assignment" and confirm your changes.

Read more about this topic here


How do I view analytics for my course?

Course analytics will show you activity, assignment submissions, grades, and students. 

Open your course, and then click the “View Course Analytics” button on the right side of the page.  The Analytics button only displays once students have been enrolled and students have started to participate in the course. By default, analytics are shown in a graph format, but you can switch to table format by toggling the Analytics icon at the right top of the page.

The Activity by Date shows all course activity for all enrolled users, including page views and participation.  The Submissions graph allows you to see the status (On Time, Late, and Missing) of each assignment in the course. The Grades graph shows the median, high, and low scores for an assignment.  Finally, you can see analytics by individual student, including number of page views, participations, submissions, and current grades.

Read more about course analytics here


How do I use the Conferences feature in the Learning Center?

A conference can be used to hold virtual meetings or host virtual speakers within the Learning Center.  As an instructor, you can create new conferences, start conferences, and manage concluded conferences.

To create a Conference, open your course and click the “Conferences” link. Click the “+Conference” button in the right corner. Name your conference, set a time limit (or select the “No time limit” option), decide whether to record the conference, and add a description.  Next, invite users to join your conference. By default, all course members will be invited. To only include certain members of the course, uncheck the box next to “Invite All Course Members.” A list of users will appear; select the checkboxes next to the members you would like to invite. Finally, click “Update” to save the conference.

Read more about the Conferences feature here


How do students view rubric results for an assignment?

Students can view their rubric results for an assignment in the Grades page. In Course Navigation, click the “Grades” link. If an assignment has a rubric, the assignment will display the rubric icon (it looks like a clipboard). To open the rubric, click the Rubric icon. Then, students can view the rubric results for their assignment and any comments from the instructor. To close the rubric, click the “Close Rubric” link at the top of the rubric.

Related topic: How do students view the rubric for a graded discussion?


What should I do at the end of each term?

The school year has ended, now is the time to do some clean up in your Learning Center account before the summer break!

Courses and Grades:

  • If you have been using the Learning Center to track student grades, make sure all assignments have a graded value. For example, a score of 0 or default grades for all ungraded assignments.
  • Download a .csv gradebook for backup. Click here for instructions.
  • The term dates will specify when the term ends. If the term dates are set correctly (i.e. you did not use “Default Term”), the system will automatically conclude a course (archive) at the end of the term. You can change the course dates if the course needs to extend past the term dates.
  • Declutter your Dashboard and Courses List:

Student Accounts:


How do I adjust the course term dates?

The term dates will specify when the course starts and ends. When you create a course and use one of the predefined terms set by MBA Research (do not use “Default Term”), your course will inherit the term dates set by MBA Research, which are July 1 of the start year to June 30 of the end year. However, as an instructor, you may need to change the start and end dates for your course. Dates can be shorter than or overlap the predefined term dates.

To adjust the course term dates: Open your course, click the “Settings” link. Under the “Course Details” tab, you will see the “Starts” and “Ends” fields. Click the “Starts” calendar icon to select a new start date. Click the “Ends” calendar icon to select a new end date. You can also type a date into these fields. Then click the “Update Course Details” button at the bottom of the screen.

Note: The “Starts” and “Ends” fields can be blank. If the fields are blank, the course will start and end based on the predefined term start and end dates mentioned above.

Read more information on course term dates here.


How to access the downloadable content from a LAP or preloaded course?

Note: If the LAP is already loaded to your course, you do not need to take the steps below.  Instead, see related topic: How can I access LAPs in other formats (PDF and Word)?

Some content in our LAPs and preloaded courses are available in downloadable formats (PDF, Word, PPT). You can access the downloadable content by either importing the content into your course, or by downloading the content directly to your computer.

First, find the LAP or preloaded course in the Learning Center Commons. Then, use one of these methods to access the content:

1) Import the LAP or preloaded course into your Canvas course. Next, open your course. Scroll to the “Downloadable” and “Instructor Section” and then click on an item to view and download the item to your computer. 

Note: If Modules is not your Home Page, when you open your course, click the “Modules” link, and then scroll to the appropriate sections. You can also access and download these files by clicking the “Files” link on your course navigation menu. Read more here.

OR

2) Download the LAP or preloaded course directly from Commons (click here for instructions). Depending on your web-browser, some modules may download with .IMSCC file extension. When this happens, you will need to change the file extension from .imscc to .zip and treat it as any other ZIP file. You will find the downloadable content in the “web_resources” folder in the ZIP file.


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