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ArtsCanisius Presents Student Ensembles

Please join us as we enjoy the wonderful talents of our ensemble musicians and their directors as their end-of-the semester concerts begin on Friday, April 28.

Jazz Ensemble will perform pieces by Sonny Rollins, Jerome Kern and others, under the direction of Russell Scarbrough Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. in Montante Cultural Center.

Next up is the Chamber Orchestra, directed by Ansgarius Aylward, as they perform works by Handel, Mascagni, and Vivaldi on Sunday, April 30, also in Montante Cultural Center at 7:30 p.m.

Then Chorale will perform in Christ-the-King Chapel on Monday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. Under the direction of Bradley Wingert, they will perform pieces composed by Billy Joel, Roland E. Martin, and Amy F. Bernon among others.

All concerts are free and open to the public. Please contact Yvonne Widenor at for additional details.

Submitted by: Yvonne K. Widenor, Assistant Professor and Program Director, Art History and Music Programs, MLLC Department, Director and Studio Art Galleries Director, ArtsCanisius

Final Exams in D2L

With final exams around the corner, it may be useful to review these features of D2L Quizzes and Dropboxes.

D2L Quizzes provides a robust tool to grade quizzes easier and quicker. Some features can help prevent cheating to a degree, like basic question randomization and advanced question randomization. If you want to use questions from a previous exam or quiz, the Question Library lets you copy questions to the exam. Connect your exam directly to the grade book for faster grading. Click here for a tutorial. You can also have your students sign an Academic Integrity Pledge before continuing to the exam. Customize the Quiz Result display, in combination with a faux exam, to show students what questions they got and see where they need to brush up on their studying.

Note that if you allow automatic grading of your exam, D2L will not automatically grade written responses. Those need to be graded manually. Inform your students that the grade they have immediately after completing the exam is not reflective of their overall grade. If you want to see all of the tutorials on the D2L Quiz tool that COLI has compiled, click here.

D2L Dropboxes are a great way to receive student work in various formats but more notably PDFs, Microsoft Office files, JPGs, or PNGs. You can also restrict the types of files the dropbox will accept. Attach the dropbox to the grade book or use a D2L Rubric and attach it to the dropbox for faster grading.

For more information on D2L Dropboxes, click here. For tutorials on D2L Rubrics, click here. Or sign up for one of our many workshops here.

COLI has compiled other resources on the various tool sets in D2L. Click here to access those.