Tech Tip of the Week: Extending a Due Date for a Particular Student in Canvas

Extending a due date for a particular student in Canvas

Did you know you can extend a due date for an assignment for a particular student within your Canvas course? To extend an assignment due date for a student, follow these instructions:

  1. Go to the assignment you would like to extend for the student.
  2. Click Edit. Scroll to the bottom of the page until you see the Assign section.
  3. Click +Add.+Add
  4. In the new area that appears, type in the student’s name you wish to extend the assignment for in the Assign to box. Put in the desired due date. Enter when the assignment will be available if you wish to limit their availability to access the assignment. Assign to
  5. Click Save at the bottom of the page. Now when you look at the assignment, it should show the separate due dates for the class and the particular student. Assignment view

You can also view these same instructions on the iSchool wiki page here.

Tech Tip of the Week: Bulk Downloading Student Assignment Submissions

Bulk Downloading Student Student Assignment Submissions

Did you know you can bulk download student submissions for assignments? As an instructor, Canvas allows you download all student submissions for an assignment as a single ZIP file.

You can use bulk downloads for multiple submission types, including file uploads, text entries, website URLs, and Google Docs submissions.

Canvas has a whole page dedicated to walking you through bulk downloading assignment submissions here, and if you have any questions, please reach out to the Help Desk!


Tech Tip of the Week: Giving Feedback on the Canvas User Interface

Giving Feedback on the Canvas User Interface

Canvas isn’t always the easiest to navigate, and there may be times where you would like to address certain bugs in Canvas’s interface. The Help Desk can find workarounds where possible, and we are always happy to help answer Canvas questions you may have! While the Help Desk cannot change certain aspects of Canvas, you can still improve Canvas by providing feedback directly to Instructure and adding to already existing conversations within Instructure. Directions and details on how to provide feedback for Canvas via Instructure can be found here.

As always, the Help Desk is here for you, and Canvas related questions are always welcome!

Tech Tip of the Week: Managing Course Navigation Links in Canvas

Managing Course Navigation Links

Did you know you can tailor your course navigation so students can only see and access certain navigation links?

Canvas has great documentation on how to hide, enable, and reorder different course navigation links like announcements, modules, pages, people, grades, and more. Instructions for managing course navigation links can be found on Canvas’s community site here.

Please reach out to the Help Desk if you have any questions!

Tech Tip of the Week: Group Work in Canvas

Canvas Tech Tip Series Group Work in Canvas

Making groups within your course in Canvas is a great way to facilitate group projects, collaboration, and participation. Please watch our video tutorial to learn how to make and edit groups in Canvas, what the student view of groups looks like, and more!

You can view our Group Work in Canvas walk-through video here.

Some important things to note about groups in Canvas:

  • As an instructor, make sure to add your course number to each group name for ease of access for students.
  • Students can be still be graded individually for assignments set in groups. (Reach out if you have any questions about your gradebook in Canvas!)
  • Any group member can create an announcement when in their Canvas group, and members can subscribe to announcements, mark as announcements as read, etc.

Please reach out to the Help Desk if you have any questions!

Tech Tip of the Week: Immersive Reader for Canvas

Immersive Reader for Canvas Canvas Tech Tip Series!

This week’s Canvas Tech Tip is about Immersive Reader on Canvas. We have a short video that walks you through enabling Immersive Reader, how to use it, and how to personalize it for your needs!

You can view our Immersive Reader walk-through video here.

Please reach out to the Help Desk if you have any questions!

Tech Tip of the Week: Where to Forward Spam Emails

iSchool Help Desk Tech Tip Where to Forward Your Spam

What Can We Do with Spammy Emails?

Perhaps during your time at the U of I you’ve received a spam email. Maybe something about giving money to a prince in a faraway land so that together you can unlock a fortune he will someday receive? First off, good work recognizing spam when you see it! Second off, there’s a step you can take going forward with that message. Please forward it to University Technology Services so future emails from that source will automatically be designated as spam. The address to forward spam to is To avoid having your email being marked as spam as well, please forward the spam email as an attachment. To do this, click on the three dots next to the arrow icon, and from the sidebar that appears, click Other reply actions. Another sidebar will appear, and you will want to select Forward as attachment. This will attach the email. By doing this, hopefully we will all receive fewer spammy emails!


Tech Tip of the Week: Jamboard

With so much instruction and meetings taking place online, it can be helpful to know how to use collaborative tools to make class and meetings more engaging. Jamboard is a great resource to do just that!

Jamboard is an online tool owned by Google that allows you to collaborate in real-time. Whether it is for an in-class activity, school group meeting, or collaborative and interactive group discussion, Jamboard can be a great way to share and organize ideas. Jamboards can also be saved and shared, making it easy to refer back to for future use. 

For more information on how to use Jamboard and all its amazing features, please check out the Jamboard page on the iSchool wiki here.

iSchool Help Desk Tech Tip of the Week! Jamboard