Carmen Tips and Tricks

Our 4/6/18 Flash Friday presentation covered a number of CarmenCanvas tips and tricks, including:

  1. A different way to work with default due dates while setting up an assignment
  2. Checking to make sure a rubric will be used for grading
  3. Making sure peer reviews require a submission (even something as simple as a text entry) so students can easily see who they need to review
  4. A note about regrading quiz questions that came from a question bank
  5. Deleting calendar items that don’t have any dates attached to them
  6. How to change a single person’s grade when working with group assignments
  7. Adding your actual syllabus to the Syllabus page
  8. Downloading multiple files at one time

View the recording at

Get your Carmen Gradebook Ready for AU17 Final Grades

You’ll be submitting final grades for AU17 in just a few weeks. Are you ready? Now is the time to double-check your Carmen gradebook setup and prepare it so grade submission goes smoothly. The CON instructional design team presented a Flash Friday webinar on 11/17 on how the gradebook and assignment tools in Carmen are connected and how to organize one to rearrange the other. Find out how weighting grades, dropping grades, muting grades, and bonus assignments/points work in the gradebook in the recording of this webinar at

Additional resources

Flash Friday – Microsoft Sway

Microsoft Sway is a program for creation of online presentations using a combination of text, images, audio, and video. Sway is similar to PowerPoint, but the presentations are easy to create and present on the web. OSU students and faculty have free access to Sway through Office 365, so it is an excellent choice for students to share their course work in an online format. John Pryba covered the basic information you need to get started with Sway. View the recording here.

Panopto – Which link is which?

If you are an instructor and you receive any Panopto “ready to view” emails, you might be wondering which link is which.

Long story short, choose the “View” link. We suggest you actually click on it, make sure it plays fine, and then copy the link from the web browser instead of your email.

Otherwise, here is a breakdown of an example “ready to view” message.

Panopto Ready to View Example

View: This is the link you want to share with students! We suggest you click on it to make sure it works properly. Then copy this link from your web browser and paste it into Canvas (or an email or however you want to share it with others).

Edit: If you know how to make some basic edits to your lecture, this link will take you to the Panopto website. You’ll need to log in if you aren’t already.

Share: Please do not confuse this with the View link! This allows you to check the sharing settings on your lecture.

Additional output formats: You will likely not use this, but if you do, you get different options on the ways your lecture can be viewed. These options are mainly for video and audio podcast versions.

Accessing older CarmenCanvas courses

If you are on the Carmen landing page and are trying to access older courses, here’s a simple trick to make them show up.

Click on the “Load More Courses” button on the right side under Filter.

Load More Courses

Now you’ll see more courses. In this example, the list now includes SU16 and AU16. The search feature will also find your older courses from those semesters.

Hide Added Courses
To go back to viewing more recent courses, click on the same button (which now says “Hide Added Courses”).


College of Nursing Passw​ord Synchronization Frequently Asked Questions

What is happening?

On December 20th, 2016, we will begin syncing computer log in usernames and passwords with Ohio State usernames (lastname.#) and passwords throughout the College of Nursing​.

Why is this happening?

Simplicity! By syncing your computer log in with your Ohio State username (lastname.#) and password, you will only have to remember one password instead of two. In addition, you will only need to update one password every 180 days at

What do I need to do to prepare?

  • You will need to make sure that you know your Ohio State (lastname.#) password so that you may use it when you log in to your computer.
  • It is also recommended that you log off your computer prior to the password sync if you are able to do so.​​

​​How should I change my password in the future?

​Please go to to change your password when you receive the email notification that it will be expiring soon.

What do I do if I forgot my Ohio State username and password?

Visit to obtain your username and password. Please note that only the account owner can request a password reset. Call 8-HELP (4357) or e-mail

Will I still need to put OSUCON\ in front of my username?

For certain applications, yes. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • SharePoint
  • Studentweb
  • Panopto Recorder​ (Not the web page)
  • Nucleus

I’m a VPN user – will it work if I don’t come in to campus first?

The short answer is “it depends”. There are several factors related to your operating system, VPN client version, and domain membership that all work together to create network access.

  • If you connect to the VPN using a personal computer, you will likely only need to update your connection script. Please see the article here for more information.
  • If you connect to the VPN using a CON owned computer, AND you plan on connecting over break (before you are able to bring the laptop back in to Newton Hall), please contact us. We will work with you to make the transition as smooth as possible.

If you have trouble accessing documents remotely over break via the VPN, please try using the CON Remote Desktop Server as a temporary workaround. For questions, please contact us at

Grading Schemes in Canvas

Here is how you can choose what grade scheme you want to use before sending your final grades to the Faculty Center.

1. Go into your course and click on Settings.

Click on Settings

2. Under the Course Details tab, scroll down until you see Grading Scheme.

3. Check the box next to “Enable course grading scheme” (if it’s not already checked) and then click on “view grading scheme”.

Enable course grading scheme

4. The grading scheme that you’ll see is a default in Canvas that does *not* follow the OSU scheme. So, click on “Select Another Scheme” to choose something else.

Select Another Scheme

5. On the left side is a list of schemes. Choose the OSU Standard Scheme if you don’t plan on rounding up grades. There is also an S/U scheme if you want to use that. If you want to round up your grades, click on OSU with rounding. Regardless of which scheme you choose, make sure to click on “Use this grading standard”.

Use this grading standard

6. If you have chosen the scheme you want to use, click on Done.

Click on Done

7. IMPORTANT! Make sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Update Course Details”.

Update Course Details

Flash Friday – Randomized Quizzes in Carmen

If you are thinking about moving a paper quiz into Carmen, or if you’re simply concerned about student “collaboration” on an existing quiz intended for individual completion, join John Pryba for this quick virtual demo. He’ll show you, step by step, how to make Carmen display your quiz questions in random order and also display the answer choices for each question in random order. Learn when randomization is an appropriate strategy and when it may cause problems, and find out how easy it is to make Carmen facilitate the quizzing workflow for both you and your students.

View the demo.

Large Mail in Outlook

If you receive a notice saying your mailbox is almost full, here is a way to reduce the amount of space you are taking up without having to resort to archiving email.

Note: You’ll need to use Outlook (not Outlook Web Access) in order to get this to work.

1) Right click on Search Folders (lower left portion of the screen) and choose New Search Folder.

Right click and choose New Search Folder

2) Choose Large Mail from the list (you will have to scroll down a bit to see this) and click OK.

Choose Large mail

3) Click on Search Folders to expand it and then choose Large Mail to perform a search. The results should show up with the largest on top. Here is an example:

Large mail search results example

4) You have a variety of options to deal with these larger emails. For some, you may end up deleting them because they are duplicate emails with large attachments or emails you don’t really need to keep (such as pics of someone’s baby or pet).

You can also save the attachment somewhere on the network and then right click on the attachment to remove it from the email. Then this will preserve the email, but it will not be large anymore because the offending attachment is gone.

If you find you need more space, you may still need to archive some of your older email. You may also contact 8-HELP to see if they can provide you with more storage.

Faculty Voting Process in Checkbox

In an attempt to streamline the voting process at CON faculty meetings, we have been placing password-protected surveys on Checkbox. To better prepare faculty for this, we have created a test survey open to anyone with a CON username and password. Faculty may access it at and take it as many times as needed to ensure it works on all of their computers, tablets, and mobile devices.

Here are some further instructions.

First, for Internet Explorer usersChoose About Internet Explorer

If you are using Internet Explorer, it will *not* work properly if it’s version 11.

To check on this, click on the little “cog” (usually on the top right of the window) and choose About Internet Explorer. (If you see a Help menu, you can also click on that and look for About Internet Explorer.)

If it says 11, please use another web browser (such as Firefox or Chrome).

Vote early, vote often…

1) When we give you a link to a survey, you’ll need to log in to vote.

Here is the link to the test survey mentioned earlier:

(Unlike the actual votes for faculty meetings, you may “stuff the ballot” for this test survey. Try it out on whatever devices you may think you’ll bring to a faculty meeting.)

2) Your username is your CON username, *without* osucon\

Put in your password, and then click on the Log In button. Pressing Enter on your keyboard will not work.

Enter username, password, and click on Log In

3) Place your vote (approve or do not approve the item in question) and click on the Finish button.

Choose an option and click on Finish

Please get in touch with us at if you have any questions about this.