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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:  https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-1801

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