Digital formative assignments and feedback

This page covers the following tools


Canvas Assignments

With the Assignments feature in Canvas you can create and give assignments. You can give points, choose from several submission types, make the assignment count towards the final grade, make it a group assignment, require peer reviewing and set a due date or availability period.

You can use Canvas Assignments for:

  • Creating assignments;
  • Set options for grading, submission type, groups, peer review and due date.

How to get access?

You can login with your UvAnetid and password here.

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Canvas Quizzes

With the quizzes feature in Canvas you can create and administer online quizzes, exams, and surveys. In addition to providing feedback on quizzes (general, correct, or incorrect answers), you can set availability periods by date, time, or number of attempts allowed. You can also provide individual students with extra attempts, extra time, or access to the quiz on next attempt regardless of its lock date.

You can create question banks with multiple types of questions (multiple choice, true/false, fill in the blank, matching, or essay)  which you can align to standards/rubrics. There are also multiple options to combat cheating, as well as ways to intervene when a student is struggling.

You can use Canvas Quizzes for:

  • Creating a mastery path for each individual student.
  • Formative assessments with automated feedback.
  • Sending automated surveys.
  • Question banks, with alignment to rubrics.

How to get access?

You can login with your UvAnetid and password here.

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SOWISO

SOWISO is a stand-alone personalised learning environment for Math & Science but can also be used as a module in Canvas. You can provide your students with immediate personalized feedback while they are solving exercises. By delivering step by step feedback you can implement test based learning in your course. It is possible to ask open mathematical questions, because SOWISO is based on a computer algebra system, which understands open mathematics answers of students. You can use questions with dynamic parameters, which means that every time a question will be delivered to a student it will be a different question on the same mathematical concept.

You can use SOWISO for:

  • Formative assignments with open mathematical questions
  • Creating an adaptive learning path for each individual student

How to get access?

Please contact the SOWISO project group here.

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CodeGrade

CodeGrade is a stand-alone learning environment designed to suit the needs of modern programming education and that can also be used as a module in Canvas.  It makes grading and handing in programming exercises more insightful and effective for students and more efficient for teachers, by providing a variety of tools to enhance the handing in and grading processes in an intuitive environment.

CodeGrade was designed by former Computer Science students from the University of Amsterdam in response to challenges encountered by both students and teaching assistants.

CodeGrade offers:

  • An intuitive grading environment which allows for automatic grading, line by line feedback on specific parts of code, and rubrics; · Plagiarism checks; · A filesystem to locally grade assignments in your editor of choice; · An online code viewer that supports over 200 programming languages.

How to get access?

CodeGrade is available in Canvas and the CodeGrade team can be contacted via info@codegra.de.

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Turnitin

Turnitin is a module for Canvas that can be used for students to hand in their papers/assignments and check for plagiarism. When students hand in their papers through Turnitin you can use Grademark or Peermark. With Grademark you can quickly correct papers digitally. Grademark allows teachers to save standard remarks and reuse them. PeerMark facilitates peer review so that students can evaluate each other’s work and learn from their classmates. Turnitin offer the ability to create (together with colleagues) response models and to give ‘standard’ feedback to place elements in the text of students. Turnitin is integrated in the digital learning environment Canvas.

You can use Turnitin for

  • Checking for plagiarism
  • Grademark
  • Peermark

How to get access?

Turnitin is available in Canvas.

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Feedback fruits

FeedbackFruits offer a range of (peer)feedback tools that are available in Canvas. The most common cases where lecturers at the Faculty of Science use this tool are:

  • A peer review, in which students review work written by other students
  • Group member evaluations, in which students in a group project evaluate the skills and contribution of the other members
  • The addition of interactive elements to documents and videos

The most important benefits of using FeedbackFruits over Canvas in teaching and learning in the cases mentioned above is that FeedbackFruits is specially designed for these cases. It offers more options and automates various aspects that would otherwise be impossible or require a major time investment.
If you wish to use FeedbackFruts in your course in Canvas and you don’t know how to do it, you can contact teaching-science@uva.nl. There are many practical questions already answered in the FeedbackFruits help center (https://help.feedbackfruits.com/en/). You can also get in touch with the FeedbackFruits support by pressing the chat icon in their help center or in a FeedbackFruits assignment.

Join the UvA FeedbackFruits Users group on Canvas and meet other users there and share your own experiences if you have them!
To become a member of the UvA FeedbackFruits User group you first need to become a member of the UvA Teaching and Learning Centre Community Page on Canvas and then request to join the User group FeedbackFruits.
Go to Canvas, and then select the ‘FeedbackFruits Group’.

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