Canvas Tip of the Week: Course Availability

When you access Canvas, you may wonder if a course is available to students.  Here are some general guidelines.

1. Students only see courses two weeks prior to the semester beginning if the instructor publishes the course to make it available to students.

2. An instructor may choose to allow student access to a course during a different time frame than the actual course term dates via their course settings.  See this help guide.

3. When a course ends (term end date is reached), it is now is accessible via the “View All or Customize” link under courses in a “read-only” state.

Note: Until a course is published, notifications are not sent and email conversations can’t be sent via the Canvas Inbox.  If you need to communicate with students before the course is published in Canvas, use the email feature in Jayweb.

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Canvas Tip of the Week: Peer Reviews

Building Engagement Through Peer Reviews

Consider building student engagement in your courses by using peer reviews.  You can make it so that your assignments automatically assign peer reviews once the students have submitted their assignment—whether it’s a draft or a final product.  Only you and the student who is being reviewed can see all of the comments; other students can simply see what they reviewed.

Here is some additional information on using the peer review tool in Canvas: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-2656

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Canvas Tip of the Week – Recent Updates to Canvas

Canvas makes updates and enhancements every three weeks.  The most recent update includes some very useful features that have been requested by the Canvas User Community.

Take a look at what is new:

Video Overview: https://community.canvaslms.com/videos/1609

Full Overview: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-4224

 

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Atomic Learning: Ten Ways Faculty Can Use These Videos

E-Town has a campus-wide subscription to Atomic Learning training videos.  This service provides over 10,000 videos on common technology and teaching topics and now also includes web-based assessments for many of the video series.  Are you wondering how other faculty are using this rich resource?  Take a look at this Top Ten List.  Need help integrating Atomic Learning into a Canvas course?  Contact Linda Macaulay for help.

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Canvas Tip of the Week: Notifications and the User Profile

Setting Up Your Notifications and User Profile

We recommend that you and your students set up your user profile and identify how and when you would like to receive notifications from your courses. Adding a picture to your profile will help increase engagement because it becomes a more personal way to identify each other.

Also, you can choose to receive notifications (emails from others, discussion board posts, turned in assignments, etc.) that will go right to your contact method of choice (email, text message, LinkedIn, etc.)

Note that if you choose to receive notifications outside of Canvas, you will still see them as unread when you log into Canvas. You will need to manually delete them, so you may want to be judicious about what notifications you receive.

One section of the notification preferences that is worthy of special consideration is the “Conversations” area.  If you want to receive copies of the messages that you create via the email inbox in Canvas or if you wish to receive a notification when someone sends you an inbox message in Canvas, be sure you have the “Conversations” area configured to receive notifications so you don’t have to log in to Canvas to see them.

Converssations

Finally, the inbox is located at the user level, meaning that you access it independently of each of your courses. This is different from Blackboard where email was part of each individual course. Remember, you can forward emails from Canvas to an external email, but not the other way around. So, you will still get college-related emails in whatever email address you have on file with the school, rather than in Canvas directly.

For more information, take a look at the following help guides:

https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-1286

https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-1865

https://community.canvaslms.com/videos/1074

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Canvas Tip of the Week: Discussion Board Responses

Eliminating Discussion Board Responses That Use Others’ Responses

Sometimes, students want to view others’ responses before they provide their own in a discussion board. While you may sometimes want to give your students this option, there may be other times where you want to encourage critical thinking and have them come up with their own answer first. Canvas allows you to code each discussion to do this. More information is available here: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-2775

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Canvas Updates – July 2015

You have probably noticed that the college website has a Canvas button now so that you can easily log into Canvas.  But if you ever just want the direct web address, it is http://etown.instructure.com. Now that we have fully transitioned to Canvas and archived all Blackboard courses with content since Fall 2013, we have decommissioned the Blackboard server.

We will continue to offer training so that faculty and staff can learn how to use Canvas.  The next training session is scheduled for Tuesday, July 7th from 10:00-11:00 AM in Hoover 108.  Come learn how to get started designing a course in Canvas.  In this session, we will cover:

  • Navigation and Organization of Canvas
  • Utilizing the Course Setup Checklist
  • Customizing the Home Page
  • Customizing Personal Settings
  • Adding Course Files
  • Creating Course Content (Assignments, Discussion, Quizzes)
  • Communicating with Students (Announcements, Email)

Please register for this workshop here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/canvas-basics-registration-17007721553

There is also an online, self-paced version of this workshop content. You can self-enroll in this Canvas course by visiting https://etown.instructure.com/enroll/K48EPB and using your usual E-Town username and password to login.

Can’t attend this workshop, but want to meet with Linda to learn Canvas at another time? Email your available dates and times and another session can be scheduled that meets your needs.

 

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Canvas Tip of the Week: File Access in Courses

AlthoCanvasLockFilesugh the files button in the left navigation bar is hidden from student view in Canvas, students can still possibly access files in other areas of the course without the instructor realizing it.  So, it is critical that instructors take a moment to be sure that all files they only want students to be able to access from an assignment or link posted in a module or discussion board are locked in Canvas.  Here is the help guide for how to do this. It is highly recommended that you restrict access to all files and make sure you see the yellow cloud icon next to the files/folders to be sure they will only be accessible to students in the modules where they are linked.

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Canvas Tip of the Week: Images

Adding Images

Want to make your sites and posts more visually appealing?  Easy!  Use readily available images from the flickr commons photo repository that is right in the Canvas text editor.  Find out how to do that here:  https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-1858

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Canvas Tip of the Week: Small Groups

Creating Small Groups

Canvas allows you to create small groups in your courses for various activities. With these groups, students can collaborate to work on assignments and projects together. To find out more information on how to set up groups and what they can be used for, check out this guide: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-2793

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Excel-Change Uppercase to Proper Case

If a column of names is in all UPPER case but you need it in Proper case, instead of retyping everything, add a column, and then in the new column, write a function that changes the data.

The function is =PROPER(cell address).

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Canvas Tip of the Week: Turnitin

Using Turnitin

Remember that you can use Turnitin for all written assignments or research papers to help students understand the need for citations and paraphrasing.  Canvas makes that a whole lot easier because the two are integrated.  Here are some links that provide some further information on what that looks like:

https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-1799

https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-3120

https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-2860

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Canvas Updates – June 2015

We are just under a month away from saying “goodbye” to Blackboard and having all courses in Canvas.  In fact, every summer course is now being taught in Canvas.  All Fall 2015 courses have been added to Canvas and existing content from Blackboard has been copied into these courses.  We continue to archive Blackboard courses that have content from Fall 2013-Spring 2015. Please take a moment to login to Canvas and check if your Fall courses have content in them.  If they do not and you do have content that currently lives in Blackboard that you want imported, please contact Linda Macaulay right away so we can get that content moved over.

There is now a link to Canvas on all of the college websites and the Blackboard button has been removed.  If you need to get to Blackboard for any reason, the direct link is http://blackboard9.etown.edu.

Just this week, Canvas announced some really awesome new features that will take effect on June 6th.  Take a look at the screencast that overviews these exciting features.  My favorite is differentiated assignments!

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Canvas Tip of the Week: File Size Overload

Managing File Size Overload

When uploading different types of files onto Canvas, be mindful of how much storage space you’re using in Canvas itself.  If you’re posting videos or other data-heavy items, consider posting them on an external site and then providing the link in Canvas, rather than the file itself.  For example, if you have videos you want to share, try uploading them to YouTube or Vimeo and then provide that link to your students.  (And, you can change the privacy settings to ensure that your videos aren’t seen publicly.) You can also try using Dropbox (for which there is an upload link in every Rich Content Editor in Canvas) or, in some cases, Google Docs. Learn more about using YouTube or Vimeo in the ITS Knowledgebase.

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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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