Question Banks and Groups

You can create question banks that allow you to organize your quiz questions by learning target. Once you have them organized, you can create question groups in order to pull a random number of those questions into a quiz. That allows you to have multiple forms of your quizzes as well as create comprehensive finals. Lastly, you can align question banks to “Outcomes,” or standards, in Canvas and then using the Learning Mastery Gradebook to see a breakdown of how students are doing a specific Outcome.


Using MasteryPaths, you can create unique learning paths for students. First, students get a score on a graded assignment, quiz, or discussion. From there, you can automatically assign content based on the score they received on that assignment, quiz, or discussion. For example, you could create a pre-assessment quiz and then automatically assign enrichment or remediation assignments based. Differentiation on the fly!

Linking in the Rich Content Editor

The Rich Content Editor is used in many different places in Canvas. One way to make your course easier to navigate is by using the right-hand tools to link to parts of your course (such as a module or assignment) or directly to files.

Assignments Groups for Weighted Categories

Assignment groups are often used by teachers to organize their assignments. Their intended use is actually for grading categories. You can weight assignment groups by percentages in order to have a consistent gradebook compared to Infinite Campus. You can also use these to create formative work that is worth 0% of a student’s grade.

Course Settings

There are a lot of settings that teachers can edit in their courses. One such setting that teachers don’t often use is a checkbox that you will likely want to check. By default, students can create discussion threads unless you uncheck the box that allows students to create discussions.

Grading Schemes

Grading Schemes allow you to determine the grading scale for your course instead of using their default grading scale. Not only can you change my percentages equal a grade but you can name the grades whatever you want (such as Exemplary, Proficient, etc.).


Teachers have the ability to create sections in their courses. Teacher-created sections can be used to assign differentiated content to groups of students for adapted and modified assignments with just one click. Note: any assignments not assigned to “Everyone” cannot be synced to Infinite Campus using their grade passback feature.

Flipgrid/Canvas Integration

The Flipgrid/Canvas integration is incredibly helpful and easy to use. All you need to do is install the app in Settings, get the integration up and running, and then you can easily create Flipgrid topics for your course and grade their submissions in the SpeedGrader. Definitely worth setting up! Below is a video walking you through teacher setup. Click here for a video to show your students how to submit.

Peer Review Assignments

Teachers can create assignments that require students to provide feedback to their peers. Students can anonymously grade each other’s work using a rubric and comments just like teachers can do using the SpeedGrader.

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