Maple T.A. is an external tool that can be utilized to allow easier grading and assignment distribution, generally enabled within STEM courses.
Curriculum Designers: Setup in a Course
Navigate to modules on the left hand side of the screen.
Under the module where you would like to add the Maple T.A. content, click on the plus symbol at the top right.
Select "External Tool" from the drop down, scroll down to "Maple T.A." and select it, add the name you would like to be displayed, check "Load in a new tab" then click "Add Item".
To create a new Maple TA Assignment, click on an item in Canvas that has been linked to the course's Maple TA page.
Once you have accessed Maple TA, click on the "Content Repository" tab located at the top of the page.
Click the "Create New" button, hover your cursor over "Assignment", then click on the unit that you would like the assignment to be added to.
Give the assignment a name. You can also give the assignment a description and text to show before and after the quiz if you would like.
Now you will need to add questions to the assignment. Click on the "Select Questions" tab.
You have 3 options when adding questions. You can import questions, create new questions, or create a new question group. The New Question Group simply allows you to import or add questions to a question group so only importing questions and new questions will be demonstrated.
When importing a question first click "Import Question".
Navigate to the question(s) that you would like to import to the assignment. Check the box next to the content then click the "Import" button.
Now that we have imported a question, let's create a new one. To continue add questions to the assignment, click on "Add" and select "New Question" to add a new question to the assignment.
Name the question then in the large text box, type the new question.
Next, we need to add an area where the student can answer the question. Click on "Response Area"
Choose the question type (here we will demonstrate multiple choice) then in each text box add a possible answer. Click "OK" when you are done adding answers.
On the next screen, select which answer is correct. Here you can also add in feedback for each question if you would like to do so. Click "OK" to continue.
When you are done editing the question, click the save button.
Continue to add as many question as you wish. When you are ready, click "Set Policies" to add restrictions and specifications to your assignment.
On this page, you can add how long the student has to take the quiz, how many attempts they have, set a passing score etc. Feel free to customize these options that you feel will benefit the assignment. When you are done click "Save & Close" at the bottom of the page.
You will be presented with a page that shows a summary of the assignment. If everything looks correct, click "Save & Close" again.
You have successfully created a Maple TA assignment.
Technical Operations: Linking to an Assignment
Click on the item you just created. You will need to link it to an assignment.
Under the "Create a Link to an Assignment", select the assignment that you would like to link to and click on "Link to Assignment". You can also create a new assignment.
From the Maple T.A. homepage, click on "Gradebook" from the top navigation bar and select "Class Grades" from the drop down.
Hold down the Ctrl button on the keyboard and select the assignments that you would like to export then click the "Search" button at the bottom of the page.
At the the bottom of the page in the "View Panel" section, check the boxes next to the data that are needed in the CSV file. Once you have all the data selected click on the "Export to CSV" button.
Click on "Gradebook" within Maple T.A. then click on "Grade Reports" from the drop down menu.
You will now have to create a new grade report. To do so, click on the "New" button at the bottom of the page.
Give the report a name. A good suggestion is to name it the same as the assignment you are exporting.
Now you need to create a group that contains the assignment you are wishing to export. Click on the "Add Group" button.
- Give the group a name. Again, you can give it the same name as the assignment so there is no confusion.
- Next give the group a weight. 100% is a good idea because then the students' score for that assignment will be based off of 100%.
- Select the assignment you are exporting from the list of available assignments.
- Look at the other options available and decide if you wish to apply any of them.
- Click the "Save" button when you are done.
Click the "Save" button to save your changes to your grade report.
Click on the new grade report you just created then click the "Load" button.
In the "View Panel" section, make sure you have the name information, student ID, and total points selected. Uncheck all other boxes. Change the style to "Percentage" instead of "Numeric".
When you have finished choosing the correct options, click on the "Export to CSV" button.
Now that the CSV has been exported, you will need to convert the data to the correct format so it can be uploaded into Canvas. Instead of doing this manually, you will use a tool that will convert your CSV to the correct format. Follow the instructions on that page to correctly convert your CSV.
Click on this link to access the tool that will convert your CSV:
Importing MapleTA CSV to Canvas
In Canvas click on "Grades" from the sidebar.
On the top right of the screen hit the "Import" button.
On the next screen click on the "Choose File" button and locate the CSV file that you importing. Then click "Upload Data".
If the assignments are not yet in Canvas, mark the assignment as "A new assignment". Next, add in the weight of the assignment which can be found in the Gradebook in Maple T.A. Click on the "Continue" button.
Click "Save Changes".