Canvas Tip of the Week: Finding Help

Need Help With Using Canvas?

HelpMenuWe have 24/7 chat, phone and web-based support from Canvas 365 days a year. All you need to do is click the “Help” tab located in the top right corner of your user dashboard.

There, you can access the Canvas User Guides, or even speak with a Canvas employee via Live Chat or their Canvas Support Hotline, which you can reach at (855)-488-3228.

If something in Canvas isn’t working as you would expect, you can also use the “Report a Problem” link to file a support ticket with Canvas.  The Canvas employees are always looking for more ways to improve their website and will be more than happy to assist you with whatever problem you may have.

 

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Canvas Updates – May 2015

We have a few courses running during May Term in Canvas and then all of the Summer courses onward will be in Canvas.  The buttons that linked to Blackboard on the Current Students and Faculty and Staff E-Town websites will be updated to link to Canvas on or around June 1st.  Until then, be sure that you are logging into Canvas at http://etown.instructure.edu with your usual username and password.

Workshops on Canvas will not be scheduled regularly over the summer, but if you want training, please email macaulayl@etown.edu to schedule a time to learn how to use Canvas. Linda works all summer so please don’t hesitate to contact her for training!

We continue to archive courses from Blackboard and import them into the new Canvas courses.  If you are ready to begin working on your courses for Summer or Fall and do not see your content there yet, contact macaulayl@etown.edu and we can bump your course to the front of the “archive and import” line.

 

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Summer Learning with Atomic Learning

Before you head out for break, join Atomic Learning’s Summer Session!

Created especially for faculty and staff, this free informational email series begins mid-June, and includes weekly emails focused on helping you learn something new this summer—like using Google Maps to plan a road trip or capturing memories with Digital Photography Basics!

And, each time you share a takeaway of what you learned on a Summer Session email topic, you’ll be entered for a chance to win over $500 in prizes—for both you and your school!

Sign-up today at http://al.atomiclearning.com/summer

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Canvas Tip of the Week: Due Dates

Managing Due Dates in Canvas

So, you want to assign due dates, but you’ve chosen not to because it becomes a challenge to continually update them for each class? Worry no more! In Canvas, if you set dates in your course, the next time the course is copied, it can automatically roll over the dates for the new semester.  So, if you set an assignment to be due on Thursday night of the first week, it will automatically roll over from the start date of the new class.  Including due dates for assignments helps students stay organized so that the assignment appears in their “To Do” list as well as on the syllabus (home) page of the course.

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Insert a Symbol or Diacritical Mark in Word

Symbols such as hearts, arrows, diamonds, triangles such as ♥ → ♦ Δ or diacritical marks such as Ᾱ may be easily inserted in Word on a PC or Mac. The symbol is inserted at the cursor in a line of text and acts like a character. You can delete, enlarge or reduce the point size of the symbol the same way you do with a letter or word.

Insert a Symbol-PC

Insert a Symbol-Mac

KᾹV was never so easy to type! But it all starts with knowing how to insert a symbol. Check out the ITS Knowledgebase for instructions on both a PC and Mac.

Insert a Diacritical Mark-PC

Insert a Diacritical Mark-Mac

If you frequently type a word that uses a diacritical mark, add the word to the AutoCorrect list. You’ll type the word without the diacritical mark and AutoCorrect will automatically change it.

Add to AutoCorrect-PC

Add to AutoCorrect-Mac

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Reasons to Use Styles in Word

15 minute Webinar from Microsoft Office Blogs

Presented by Doug Thomas, August 19, 2013

“Yes, you can format headlines with different fonts, but using Styles allows you to do so much more. In this week’s webinar, you’ll learn the benefits of Styles including quickly moving text and creating an instant table of contents.”

WdStylesDougThomasNote: we are using Word 2013. For Word 2010, look in the main ribbon for the Change Styles button to change Style Sets. Look in the Page Layout tab for Themes. These are both under the new Design tab in Word 2013.

What you will learn:

  • What Styles do
  • Using Styles vs. changing fonts
  • Move text with the Navigation Pane
  • Making a Table of Contents

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Congratulations to Our Graduating ITS Student Workers

This year, we have three of our ITS student workers who are graduating.  Want to know more about them and what they will be doing after graduation?  Need a break from studying or grading?  Check out this fun video that highlights our talented students!

 

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Canvas Tip of the Week: Announcements

Sending Announcements Versus Emails

Announcements on Canvas are a great way to virtually communicate with your whole class. Canvas allows users to reply to any announcements that are sent,  so you may want to consider using Announcements for all course-related communication and save emails for communicating with individuals or groups of individuals.  That way, all class communication resides where students have access to it.  (And, if they want to have the announcements emailed to them, they can choose to do so in their notifications settings.)

You can also set up RSS feeds directly into the Announcements so that content from blogs can be posted directly to announcements for all to read.

More information on announcements is available here:  http://guides.instructure.com/m/4152/l/40297-what-are-announcements

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Using Presenter View in PowerPoint

16 Minute Webinar from Microsoft Office Blogs

Presented by Doug ThomasPPTDougThomas

“If you give presentations, you need to know about the tool in PowerPoint that offers you a second screen to give you more control over your talk. In this week’s webinar you’ll learn how to use Presenter View in PowerPoint, and we’ll dish out expert advice on presenting.”

 What you will learn:

  • Using Presenter’s View in PowerPoint
  • Using the Notes section In PowerPoint
  • Tips for presenting in a conference room
  • How PowerPoint is like your resume

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Three Favored Students to Graduate

Elizabethtown College is proud to announce the graduation of three of the most beloved and well-known students on campus, Bb Fake Student 1, 2, and 3. Attending classes completely online certainly was a challenge for these plucky undergrads but they have finally made it. Only 15 years after their entrance into the College’s virtual campus, the triplets are ready to graduate this May.

Bb Fake Student 1 will be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Film Studies with a concentration in Black and White film on VHS tapes. Her favorite memory of Etown is from only a few years ago when the power went out on campus over Halloween weekend and she got to spend two days in the snow. She plans to live in New York City and work at an art museum, preferably the Met.

Bb Fake Student 2 will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Turf and Golf Course Management with a minor in Water Ballet. He is excited to be graduating after changing his major thirteen times and his minor a record twenty-seven times during his years here at Etown. He plans to open his own 15-hole golf course, The Fake 2 Put-O-Rama, in Jot-Em-Down, Texas.

Bb Fake Student 3 will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Theme Park Engineering. He will be getting married this fall and plans to live with his family in Hershey, PA. Although he has no plans for a job yet, he hopes to someday design roller coasters for theme parks all over the world.

Although their cousins, Fakette Estudiante and Blank Canvas plan to attend Etown in the fall, they do not plan to take any online courses. “After how long it took my cousins to graduate, I’d like to stick to the traditional classroom setting,” Estudiante said in a telephone interview, ” Although to be honest, I’m not sure that enrolling in a bunch of classes all at once wasn’t their trouble.”

Etown is happy, and a little sad, to see these wonderful students go but excited to usher in a new online course management system. With the deployment of the new Canvas online system, we must bid adieu to Bb Fake Students 1, 2, and 3.

Happy End of the Year!

Credit to Jon Rudy for his suggestion on the announcement.

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Your Devices, Electronic Boogeymen

Commonly known but often ignored, electronic screens before bed time have a negative impact on your health. However, that “one more episode,” which turns into three, could be slowly killing you. Light-emitting screens can be electronic boogeymen by keeping you up later than you should and making falling asleep difficult. So, what is affected by screen time at bedtime and how you can combat it?

Effects Resulting Problems
Harder to Fall Asleep than Usual Continued lack of sleep can contribute to health problems and serious conditions later down the road. It also can affect your mood, relationships with others, and ability to think clearly.
Staying Up Later than Planned Not only does staying up later affect the quality and quantity of sleep, it also can throw off your circadian rhythm (also known as your sleep cycle) which can have you feeling unsettled or grumpy for more than a week.
Sleepy and Less Alert the Next Day If you can’t focus you may not teach/learn as well as you normally do or you’ll miss critical information in a meeting/email. Even more alarming, if you’re not alert on your way into work, there could be serious consequences involving pedestrians or other drivers.

 

What Counts as “Screen Time before Bed Time?” 

Any device which utilizes a light-emitting screen such as, but not limited to, eReaders, laptop, nook, tablet, iPads, smartphones, and TV counts toward screen time. Using these devices can affect your sleep even if you put it down as much as twenty minutes before sleeping.

 

What Can I Do?

The obvious solution is to stop using electronic screens for at least thirty minutes before bed. If you need something stimulating before bed, read an actual paper book. A study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston did a direct comparison between using a light emitting device and reading from a printed book which found health problems relating to sleep issues  were more likely in participants who read from a light emitting device.

 

But I HAVE to Grade Papers/Read My E-Book/Watch That Last Episode

If you must use screens before bed, or simply don’t wish to change your current routine, try using a filter application which limits the amount of blue light emitted from the screen. Previous studies have shown that blue light is the most affective light emitted and can harm the quality and quantity of sleep users receive. Popular apps for filtering blue light include Bluelight Filter for Eye Care on Android devices and F.lux on laptops (both PC and Mac). If nothing else, remember to dim the lighting on your device to its lowest setting at night.

 

The Take-Away

It is critical to reduce the amount of screen time utilized before sleeping in order to reduce negative impact on time slept and quality of sleep. Avoid screens by reading printed books  and if you have to use a screen before bed, filter out blue light. Above all, put a premium on a good night’s sleep; it not only has an effect on you now, but in the long term as well.

 

Information adapted from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/23/reading-before-bed_n_6372828.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063

 

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Student Password Change

Before You Leave

Now that finals week is upon us, it’s a good time to change your account password on the school network. Why? Because you’ll have enough time to get used to the new password before summer hits and this will ensure your password doesn’t expire over the summer. This makes it less likely that you’ll forget it and get locked out of your accounts. There are some handy links below for changing your password on all of your devices before summer.

 

Email

You can easily change your password in OWA. If you receive College email on your phone, you’ll need to update your settings. Click on the links below for step-by-step instructions.

Email (OWA)

Email on Your Phone

 

Phones

If you use JAYNET_LOGIN for WiFi on your phone, you’ll need to reconnect to the WiFi network with your new password settings. Click on your device below for instructions on updating your password.

iPhone

Android

 

Laptops

In order to continue using JAYNET_LOGIN on your laptop, you must reconnect using your new password. Click on the link below for your laptop to find instructions on updating your password.

PC Laptops

Mac Laptops

 

Remember: you must change the password on ALL of your devices otherwise you will get locked out of your account.

For a refresher on what criteria a new password must meet in order to be accepted, click here. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the ITS department at helpdesk@etown.edu or x3333.

The ITS Department wishes you a fun (and safe!) summer. We can’t wait to see you back here next semester.

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Excel – Multiple Sheets, Add ‘Em Up on a Summary Sheet

Excel2013LogoKeeping track of a budget by department or ledger number using Excel? And you want to put each department or ledger category on separate worksheets? Now how do you add up all that information by department on a summary sheet?

Knowing how to rearrange, copy and delete sheets, group them together so that what you do to one sheet you do to all will make finding and tracking those numbers easier.  Then summarize the information on all the sheets by adding a Summary sheet and create linking and 3-D formulas. You can even create hyperlinks to the individual sheets from the summary sheet so you don’t have to scroll across the bottom of the Excel windows to find just the sheet for which you are looking.

Want to know more? Watch a video, attend a workshop or request a consultation.

*Atomic Learning Video, login with your college username and password.

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Canvas Tip of the Week: Course Analytics

Understanding the Value of Course Analytics

Once you log into Canvas, be sure to check out the Course Analytics page to monitor student activity and see what your students have been up to. On this page, you can easily see who in each of your classes has logged in, and at what time. (This is especially helpful for tracking students’ attendance records.)  See the following two links for more info:

https://guides.instructure.com/m/4152/l/66790-how-do-i-view-analytics-for-a-course

https://guides.instructure.com/m/4152/l/66792-what-will-analytics-tell-me-about-my-course

As you’ll see, there’s a whole lot more information on these pages regarding how to keep up with what’s happening in your classes and who’s doing what in each course.

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Excel PivotTables – Summarize Data, No Writing Formulas and No Worries About Losing Information

Pre2PivotTable

If you have many rows of data and then have to summarize by, for example, department and date, Excel makes it very easy with PivotTables. PivotTables leaves the source data alone and creates the formulas for you. So experiment to your heart’s content, no information will be lost.


Want to know more? View the video, attend a one hour workshop or request a consulting visit.

 

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