Canvas’s New Gradebook

This January, the current gradebook will be automatically converted to the New Gradebook

Canvas is depreciating the old gradebook on January 18th and it will automatically be switched to the New Gradebook. Grades will not be changed/removed during the transition. Please note: This does not affect the student’s view of their gradebook.

A teacher's view of the New Gradebook is fully adjustable.

What can the New Gradebook do?


Can I switch early?

Yes! We recommend switching as soon as you’re comfortable to ensure no disruption for your teaching process. You can enable the New Gradebook through the New Features option within your course.

The New Gradebook is available now under “Settings” – “Feature Options”.

Enable the New Gradebook under Feature Options in Settings.


If you have any questions, please let us know!

Faculty Showcase: Simplifying VR in the Classroom

Assistant Professor Jeff Kim, Building Science

Using VR in the classroom does not need to be complicated or expensive. In fact, you can start a simple setup for as little as $5 per student and there’s lots of VR content free on the Internet to get you going. In this showcase, I’ll demonstrate various complexities of VR that can be setup for most classrooms.


Additional videos can be viewed at the Faculty Showcase Showdown page.

Faculty Showcase Spring 2018

Incorporating instructional technologies into your course can enhance student learning. But with so many options out there, it can be overwhelming to select a tool(s) that works best for your goals. Below is a sampling of the faculty who participated in the Showcase Showdown of Spring 2018. We hope their innovative use of instructional technology will inspire all of us to rethink both the tools we already have and the tools emerging in academia.

Using the Zoom App for Active Learning
Kodithuwakku Indika (College of Sciences and Mathematics)

Zoom, Panopto Video

This presentation demonstrates using Zoom meetings to share the iPad screen during lectures. This allows the instructor to walk around the class and write on the screen from anywhere in the room. Zoom can be set up within a minute in any classroom with internet, without special requirements or prior preparation. Students can see what is written via their computer screen if needed, and even can participate in the class from anywhere in the world (with internet).


World Climate Simulation
Karen McNeal (College of Sciences and Mathematics)

World Climate Simulation, Panopto Video

The World Climate Simulation is a role-playing exercise of the UN climate change negotiations for groups. This interactive computer model rapidly analyzes the results of the mock negotiations during the event. This technology can be used to build climate change awareness and enable our students to experience some of the dynamics that emerge in the UN climate negotiations. All the materials and tools for World Climate are available for free at the World Climate Website and many are available in multiple languages.


Teamwork Skills Inventory
Paris Strom (College of Education)

Teamwork Skills inventory, Youtube video / playlist

This presentation will explain the purposes and process for using the Teamwork Skills Inventory to assess teamwork demonstrated by each student in a group of 4 to 6 members. The system is web-based and is being offered for use for free to Auburn University faculty to be used with their students in courses that make use of periodic team-based learning, cooperative learning, and similar approaches.

For more information, Auburn Faculty may contact Paris Strom at or read more information online at the Teamwork Skills Inventory website.



Interested in Student Feedback Throughout the Semester?

We ask our students to provide meaningful feedback at the end of the semester through course evaluation. Although this feedback helps enhance your teaching for next semester, it has limited impact on those who are giving the feedback in the current semester. The Biggio Center is happy to announce a way for students to provide timely, anonymous feedback right through Canvas! The Feedback Box is an LTI integration that you can be enable in your course, providing students a simple, direct way to submit feedback while they are learning.
Once enabled, students click “Feedback” on the left and then start typing! This feedback is completely anonymous and immediate. After submission, the text will be available to you through the same link.

Canvas Feedback Box, Student View


We are working with oVote, the creators of Feedback Box, to add a few features that will expand the usefulness of this tool, such as the ability to reply, to opt-out of e-mail notifications, and to report/block abuse. We are helping shape the Feedback Box experience for you and your students, which means we want your feedback on Feedback Box!

Canvas Feedback Box, Teacher View


We are looking for faculty who are interested in allowing students the opportunity to provide feedback throughout the semester. Since this is a pilot program, we want faculty to know there may be a few hiccups during the experience. However, we believe that empowering students results in better learning.

Biggio Tech is offering two workshops on the tool, covering how to use it while also providing guidance on how to receive meaningful feedback from your students. If students give feedback throughout a semester, then they are prepared to answer the end of semester evaluations more thoughtfully, leading to a better learning experience for everyone.