Canvas Updates: May 2016

Summer is a great time to learn more about Canvas and how it can enhance the teaching and learning process.  Canvas hosts free webinars regularly on all sorts of useful topics.  Check out the schedule on their CanvasLIVE website: https://community.canvaslms.com/community/ideas/canvaslive/

The fourth Tuesday of every month, there is a webinar where other Canvas users share their tips and tricks and ways they use Canvas.  Sometimes they share ideas related to the new features that are rolled out every three weeks and sometimes tried and true tips are shared.

If you don’t see webinars that are covering your professional development goals, keep in mind that Linda Macaulay is available for one-on-one and small group workshop sessions all summer!

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Tech Tip: Knowledgebase

Stumped by a technology issue? 

While we can’t be there for you during the summer, you can visit our extensive Knowledgebase. The Knowledgebase is filled with articles that contain step-by-step instructions on how to do many different tasks. From instructions on how to change your network password to instructions for using Skype, the Knowledgebase has it all. Access the Knowledgebase even when you aren’t on campus. It is always there for a little bit of tech support day or night. 

Explore the many features of the Elizabethtown College Knowledgebase

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Canvas Tip of the Week: Due Dates

Did you know that if you enter due dates for assignments one semester and then copy that course to the next semester that any due dates can be automatically adjusted for the new semester?  This is a VERY useful and powerful tool!  If you haven’t been using due dates because you didn’t want to have to constantly update them each semester by hand, it is time to start.  By providing due dates for assignments, students will receive reminders on the “To Do List” along the far right sidebar in Canvas.  It is just one more avenue to be sure students know what they need to do and when.

One caution, however…If you have more than one section of a course, be sure when you assign the due dates to each section, that you make all assignments have either “Everyone” or “Everyone Else” in one of the assignment’s Assign To fields, so the due dates will copy/adjust properly.

Want to learn how to assign due dates for assignments? Check out this help guide from Canvas: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-2642

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Tech Tip: Jayweb Course Registration

It’s the last day to add a May term course! Do you know how to add a May term or Summer term course?

First, log into your Jayweb account. Click the blue Student link at the top of the page. Add-Drop-Search Courses should be at the top of the page.You can search by course code, or add by term. If you select Add/Drop then simply change the term to Summer Session – May Subterm or Summer Session in grey in the drop down box to add courses. If you select Course Search, change the term in the drop down box as well then change the criteria and search.

If there are holds on your account, you will not be able to register for courses. If not, then go ahead!

Good luck! For more information, visit our Knowledgebase article on Course Registration.

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Atomic Learning Summer PD Opportunity

AtomicLearningLogoAs subscribers to Atomic Learning, we are invited to join a special email series that highlights both professional and personal development—and there are prizes involved.

Focusing on self-improvement, Atomic Learning’s Summer Session provides weekly tips to break down critical topics, such as increasing student engagement and shifting instructional practices, into an easy-to-digest format.

And, to encourage learning and reflection, each time a learner shares a takeaway they’ll be entered for a chance to win $300 in prizes!

Ready to get started? Simply visit www2.atomiclearning.com/summer-2016 for details, sign up for your own growth, and then easily share this information with peers and colleagues using this handy printable flyer or on social media with a quick click of your preferred social media – Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest.

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Tech Tip: Get Rid of Start Menu in Office

When you open an Office program such as PowerPoint, Word, Excel, or Publisher, a Start menu is displayed with file templates. This can be annoying, but it is easy to disable. You can certainly disable the Start menu for every program, but you will have to do each program individually. To disable this Start menu and automatically display a blank file, open a program and select Blank Document. Then go to File, and Options. Next go to General, and uncheck the box labeled “Show the Start screen when this application starts.” Then press OK to close Options.  

 

Link to Knowledgebase article: http://helpdesk.etown.edu/helpconsole2012/KB/default.aspx?pageid=get_rid_of_start_menu&SearchHighlight=get%20rid%20of%20start%20menu&condition=exactphrase

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Wireless Network Upgrade

On May 23rd, ITS will begin upgrading the campus’ wireless network.  The system enhancements include:

  • Changing your password will not disconnect devices from the secure wireless
  • Faster & stronger connections
  • Less Interference (uses 5.4GHz instead of 2.4GHz)
  • Increased capacity for high number of devices

At times during the transition, wireless connections will be unavailable, but there will be no impact on the wired network. Contractors will also be entering rooms to replace almost 500 access points.

When the upgrade is completed, devices will need to be connected to the new wireless network. Connection instructions will be provided closer to May 23rd.

Want to learn more about the new technology in the wireless network, check out this video with the fundamentals of 802.11 ac Wave 2.  (https://youtu.be/kjapSG_CvJc)

And if you want even more information, this video from Ruckus Wireless demonstrates how the new devices will work (https://youtu.be/Dvg3ZJTyn4U).

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Tech Tip: Styles and Themes in Excel

Themes allow a user to format an entire document with a certain look. This includes fonts and colors. Editing Themes in Excel can make data easier to read and organize. To edit Styles or Themes, first open a document, then go to Page Layout, and find Themes on the left. By clicking the drop down boxes, you can select pre-made themes, fonts, colors, and effects. You can also create your own Themes and Styles and save them for later if you are logged into you Microsoft Account.

 

Link to Knowledgebase article: http://helpdesk.etown.edu/helpconsole2012/KB/default.aspx?pageid=styles_and_themes

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Recent Canvas Updates: April 2016

The latest updates to Canvas include some extremely useful new features that many faculty and students have been hoping to see.  Check out the screencast that details some of these features or read the full release notes for all of the details on the new features.  Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Calendar – Calendar events that have long names will now wrap to a new line so you can read the entire title.
  • Grades and Course Navigation Menu – The course navigation menu is now available on the grades page.  It is hidden by default to preserve screen real estate, but you can click the three blue lines in the upper left of the screen to expand and hide the course navigation menu.
  • User Account and Logout – The logout button is now near the top of the User Account area in Canvas for quicker access.
  • Gradebook – The gradebook will load incrementally now to improve speed and performance.
  • Inactive Students – Inactive students can now be hidden in the gradebook via the settings cog near the upper right of the gradebook window.

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Subscribe to the Blog!

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Have you enjoyed reading the Newsletter articles this year? Do you want to continue reading articles and Tech Tips over the summer?

Subscribe to the ITS blog and receive notifications whenever an article or Tech Tip is posted! It’s easy. Simply go to the blog, type your email into the box on the right and click subscribe!

While you’re at it, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, too.

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Tech Tip: Scale for Printing in Excel

Printing in Excel can be a little complicated. When working with Excel, the document can become large, and sometimes you may need to scale a large document before printing. To start, open the document you would like to print in Excel. Go to File, Print, and then before clicking print adjust the settings. The setting you may need to adjust including Scaling and Orientation.

By changing Orientation, you can allow more rows or more columns to fit on one page. By changing Scaling, you can fit all the columns or rows onto one page for easy viewing. The viewer on the right will display how your document will print. When everything looks as your would like, click the print icon.

 

Link to Knowledgebase article: http://helpdesk.etown.edu/helpconsole2012/KB/default.aspx?pageid=scale_for_printing

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What Happens for Grads?

What happens for gradsWhen you graduate a lot in your life changes. Everything can be very overwhelming. What happens to your network folders? What happens to your email? How do you forward emails? What do you do with Symantec now that you’re graduating? Well, never fear, ITS is here, and we have you covered.

Your E-town accounts are accessible for one year post-graduation. This includes email accounts, network folders, websites, JayWeb, Digication e-Portfolios, and any other E-town managed service that you log into with your network account.

Any software downloaded free from the college or additional access provided through the college will also be available for a short period of time after graduation. Any software such as Office programs will need to be removed from your computer.

You can have emails forwarded to a new account through Alumni Relations. Visit http://www.etownalumni.com to find out more about forwarding accounts.

You can finally get rid of Symantec! Yes, Symantec Endpoint Protection will no longer update once you are off campus, so there is no point in keeping it around. Be sure to download another valid antivirus software though. Most internet service providers provide free downloads of this software.

For more information about uninstalling Symantec, visit the Knowledgebase and read this article: Uninstalling Symantec

When you graduate, you will receive an email from ITS about graduation policies regarding your account. You will also receive an email one year later informing you that your account will soon become inactive.

For more information about what happens to your account when you graduate, visit this FAQ page all about it: http://www.etown.edu/offices/its/faq/upon_graduation.aspx.

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Canvas Tip of the Week: Keyboard Shortcut for Lengthy Discussions

If you are reading a long discussion thread and need to quickly get back to the top of the page to look at the original post, use the keyboard shortcut  “CTRL + HOME” to scroll up in a discussion board.

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End of Year Information

ITS_Blogpost_summer_facultyLeaving your office for the summer requires some planning. There are a few things that you should keep in mind before heading out for a well-deserved break.

Out of Office Email Response

Setting your email to automatically reply is an easy place to start. This notifies correspondents that you will not be responding to their email right away. It’s always a good idea to include when you will be returning as well.

Alternate Voicemail Greeting

Similar to out of office emails, setting your voicemail to let callers know you are away is a good idea, too. This is called an Alternate Voicemail Greeting. This must be set manually.

VPN

VPN or Virtual Private Network allows a user to access network resources while off campus. This includes private and public folders, class folders, and other software. This can provide a way to access files and software while at home or away. The college provides a secure method for VPN, but you must submit a request for a VPN connection.

If you are planning to use your college-owned computer for the VPN process, you will need to schedule a time with the Help Desk (Ext. 3333) to have the VPN certificate installed.

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For Faculty: Ideas for the Last Day of Class

The end of the semester is fast approaching.  How can you maximize learning and tie up all of the loose ends the last day of class?  This Faculty Focus article has some interesting activities to make the last day of class interactive, engaging and meaningful.  Check it out here!

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