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From Theory to Practice: Streamlining Flexible Assessment with Canvas

May 31, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This event is part of the CTLT Spring Institute, taking place from May 29–June 1, 2023.

Are you tired of the traditional approach to grading, where instructors decide how much each assignment or exam is worth? Do you want to empower your students to take charge of their own learning by giving them control over how their grades are weighted? In this session, we will introduce a new Canvas app created by the Faculty of Land & Food Systems Learning Centre that streamlines the process of implementing flexible assessment in your courses.

We will begin by exploring the theory behind flexible assessment, how it benefits students, and why it makes sense to use this approach. We will then show you how the app works, and demonstrate how easy it is to set up and use in your courses. With this app, your students can decide which assessments they want to prioritize, and how much each one is worth. After grading is done, the app will also recalculate students’ grades based on their choices.

By the end of this session, you’ll have a clear understanding of how flexible assessment can improve student engagement and performance, and how the Canvas app can streamline the process for you as an instructor. Join us to consider how adopting a flexible assessment approach could promote a more personalized learning experience for your students.


  • Gabriel Smith, Learning Analyst, Faculty of Land & Food Systems Learning Centre
  • Candice Rideout, Associate Professor of Teaching, Food, Nutrition and Health, Faculty of Land & Food Systems

This event will be hosted on Zoom.