Learning Canvas: Using Canvas Help

One of the most common questions I get from faculty and staff as they are learning to use Canvas is:

“How do I do X in Canvas?”

One of the nicest features of our Canvas license, in my opinion, is the access to the Canvas support options.  Canvas technicians are available to us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  We have recently added an instructional video on the Center for Innovative Learning and Teaching’s (CILT) website – see https://western.touro.edu/cilt/canvas-transition/ – that describes the different ways that you can access Canvas support.  You can access the video directly by clicking on the image below.


https://youtu.be/AELPe8Xwbpo

In addition to figuring out how to do X in Canvas, this video also describes different aspects of the “Canvas Community” – which is a group of thousands of higher education and K-12 instructional users of Canvas that are willing to help you explore questions like:

“I’d like to try Y in Canvas, but I have no idea how to go about it?”

“I do this in my face-to-face teaching, but is there a way that I can do something similar in Canvas?”

“In the past I have used this software to do Z, is there a way to do that inside of Canvas?”

So be sure to check it out.  And if you have any questions please contact Jim O’Connor or myself.

Michael K. Barbour
Fellow

TUC – Getting Your Canvas Courses Ready For Spring 2019

We just wanted to remind you that both the Spring 2019 courses have been created in Banner and the TUC course blueprints have been applied.  Like in previous semesters, there is an instructional video on the Center for Innovative Learning and Teaching’s (CILT) website – see https://western.touro.edu/cilt/canvas-transition/ – that describes the three areas of the Spring 2019 blueprint that should be personalized by the individual faculty members teaching the course.  You can access the video directly by clicking on the image below.

https://youtu.be/xGNBAEy7W-o

For faculty in the School of Nursing and the Graduate School of Education (i.e., the two programs involved in the original Canvas pilot), if you want to use the content from your Spring 2018 Canvas shell in your Spring 2019 course there is a specific procedure that you need to follow when it comes to exporting and importing your content to make sure that you don’t overwrite the new blueprint.  There is a second instructional video on the CILT website that outlines this procedure.  You can access the video directly by clicking on the image below.

https://youtu.be/LXP0zOZCZMs

As always, if you have any questions please contact Jim O’Connor or myself.

Michael K. Barbour
Fellow

Improve Your Learning!

The Chronicle of Higher Education published an interesting article entitled:

How One University Uses ‘Sneaky Learning’ to Help Students Develop Good Study Habits

“Colorado State University has been experimenting with the role that science and technology can play in breaking those bad habits. Anne M. Cleary, a psychology professor who studies human memory, has helped develop a number of those efforts, including the creation of a course called “The Science of Learning,” which is open to all undergraduates. The primary message, says Cleary, is don’t trust your gut. Learning is not intuitive. Research shows a disconnect between what people think are the best ways to learn and the habits that actually lead to true understanding and retention.”

The bottom line is that what we might think are effective ways to learn may not be. Rather than doing what you think is best, consider using best practice from cognitive science and learning theory.

Here’s the complete article:

https://www.chronicle.com/article/How-One-University-Uses/245265?cid=trend_right_a

Jim O’Connor Ph.D.
Director

End-of-Semester Course Checklist

As the semester draws to a close, I wanted to share with you this resource from Holly Owens of the School of Health Sciences.

Michael K. Barbour
Fellow


End-of-Semester Course Checklist

Description: This checklist has been provided as a reference to make sure your course(s) is/are ready for the end of the semester. Tasks are divided into three sections: required, recommended, and optional. Short tutorials and other resources are linked for most tasks. If you have any questions, please contact the SHS ID, Holly Owens, at holly.owens@touro.edu.

RECOMMENDED-(highly encouraged)

  • Send a course closing (announcement or email) to students thanking them for a great semester.
  • Finalize grades in your Canvas Gradebook (make sure all items are graded)
  • Enable the Zeros grading feature in Canvas Gradebook (anything that has not been submit or graded will be counted as a 0)
  • Export your Canvas Gradebook and save it to your hard drive or other source
  • Review student course evaluations and modify content as desired

REQUIREDTasks that MUST be completed

OPTIONAL-Preparing for the Next Semester

  • Review your content and course materials for accuracy and relevance
  • Import course content into the new semester’s shell(s)
  • Request a Sandbox to work in if you are in need of course staging area-send email to Holly at owens@touro.edu to request a Sandbox course
  • Sign up for Canvas Trainings at edu/canvas

How To Set Up Group Appointments In Canvas

Please see our latest resource “How to set up group appointments in Canvas.”  This tool is very useful for setting up office hours and/or student presentations.

Debbie Millican
Fellow

Canvas Training Recordings

In addition to help guide some of the future trainings that we provide here within the Western Division, as well as the sessions provided by the TCUS team in New York, one of the things that was suggested or asked about in the second open ended question was the availability of recording the webinars so that people could review the content if they weren’t able to attend the sessions live.  To date these sessions have not been recorded because there is already a recording of the content of each session available within the “How To Use Canvas: A Guide For Instructors” course that is available on your dashboard in Canvas.
For example, say you were interested in the webinar on “Assignments and Gradebook.
If you go into the “How To Use Canvas: A Guide For Instructors” course you would see that one of the learning modules is focused on “Assignments and the Gradebook.”
And if you go into that module, you’ll see a series of videos there that would comprise the same content that is included in the webinar.
Even if the topic you are interested in isn’t listed as a module topic, the content from the webinar is still in the “How To Use Canvas: A Guide For Instructors.”  For example, say you were interested in the webinar on “Discussion Forums.”
The content for that webinar is contained in the
The only difference between the recorded content in the “How To Use Canvas: A Guide For Instructors” course and the live webinar is that you have the opportunity to ask questions during the live webinar (and the presenter may include material in the live session that is tangential to the topic because of those questions).  However, if you were watching a recording of the live webinar you wouldn’t have that ability to question the presenter, so the more focused content provided in the recorded videos in the “How To Use Canvas: A Guide For Instructors” course give you the same information.
 
Hopefully this answers some questions as to why the live webinars are not recorded, as well as provides folks with some additional opportunities to access Canvas training on specific topics that are of interest to them.

Canvas Training Sessions

Hello everyone…

First I wanted to thank you for taking the time to complete the Canvas training survey that I had sent out. The results will be very useful in working with the team in New York, whom I have already met with, to plan out future training that is convenient based on our time zone.

One of the things that I noticed in the survey was that several of the highly rated sessions are actually already on the schedule – and some even scheduled for times later in the day. For example, the session on Canvas Rubrics that was selected by many individuals at TUN is scheduled for the following times:

Individuals at TUC also rated these two sessions quite highly:

Discussion Forums
Student Group Assignments

Admittedly, some of those times would be an early rise for us in Nevada and California, but not outside of the realm of what is possible (and some of the times are actually quite reasonable).

Be sure to check out their full schedule at https://touro-iits-dept.s3.amazonaws.com/canvas/calendar.html – just remember the times listed here are all in Eastern.

The most popular recommendation in the survey was the session on “8 Things You Probably Did Not Know You Can Do in Canvas.” This is a session that was (and is still being) offered by Holly Owens, an instructional designer with the Touro College, School of Health Sciences in New York. As this is unlike the other sessions, which are mainly delivered by the TCUS Canvas support team, Holly has provided some support materials for her sessions that may be of interest to many folks:

So hopefully some of these resources will be of use to you as you continue your journey with our new learning management system.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Michael Barbour
Fellow

TUN Canvas Training Sessions – Your Input

I wanted to ask for your assistance in shaping future training sessions provided via Zoom by the TCUS Canvas team. To date, the team has provided or scheduled 117 different sessions on 13 different topics.

As we continue to move forward, I want to give TUN faculty and staff the opportunity to help guide what training the TCUS team provides in the lead up to the Spring semester, as well as early in the Spring semester. So, I would like you to take two minutes to complete the following two question survey to see if there are specific topics that have already been offered or if there are other topics that should be added.

https://tuc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bIbteLVF2YAbNPL

These results will be shared with the TCUS team, and all efforts will be made to ensure that sessions that were identified as TUN priorities are offered during times of the day that make them accessible for us here in Nevada.

Be sure to check out these resources. If you have any questions about Canvas or the transition, please contact Jim O’Connor or myself.

Michael Barbour
Fellow

TUC Canvas Training Sessions – Your Input

I wanted to share some resources that have recently been updated, and I also wanted to ask for your assistance in shaping future training sessions provided via Zoom by the TCUS Canvas team.  To date, the team has provided or scheduled 117 different sessions on 13 different topics.

As we continue to move forward, I want to give TUC faculty and staff the opportunity to help guide what training the TCUS team provides in the lead up to the Spring semester, as well as early in the Spring semester. So, I would like you to take two minutes to complete the following two question survey to see if there are specific topics that have already been offered or if there are other topics that should be added.

https://tuc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bIbteLVF2YAbNPL

These results will be shared with the TCUS team, and all efforts will be made to ensure that sessions that were identified as TUC priorities are offered during times of the day that make them accessible for us here in California.

Beyond this survey, I also wanted to share with you new support resources for students and faculty that the TCUS team has recently added.

You can access the Training Calendar and sign up for any of the November and/or December sessions by going to http://www.touro.edu/canvas and click on the “TRAINING CALENDAR” option (note all of the times listed on the calendar are in Eastern).

In addition to the TCUS resources, a reminder that we also have created a Canvas transition website for the Western Division – see https://western.touro.edu/cilt/canvas-transition – which contains the transition plans for TUC and TUN, a training schedule, and faculty and student resources for using Canvas (that are specific to the issues and procedures within TUC and TUN).

Be sure to check out these resources.  If you have any questions about Canvas or the transition, please contact Jim O’Connor or myself.

Michael K. Barbour
Fellow

TUN Canvas Training Follow-Up

I want to thank those who were able to attend the Canvas training sessions this past Monday and Tuesday.  It was a pleasure meeting each of you, and I look forward to continuing to work with you throughout the Canvas transition.  For those you were unable to attend, the session that I provided was similar to the “General Canvas Training Session” that is provided via Zoom by the TCUS team.  You can sign up for this session, or any of the other sessions listed, by going to http://www.touro.edu/canvas and click on the “TRAINING CALENDAR” option (note all of the times listed on the calendar are in Eastern).

The TCUS team has also added new support resources for students and faculty:

In addition to the TCUS resources, we also have created a Canvas transition website for the Western Division – see https://western.touro.edu/cilt/canvas-transition/ – which contains the transition plans for TUN and TUC, a training schedule, and faculty and student resources for using Canvas (that are specific to the issues and procedures within TUN and TUC).

Be sure to check out these resources.  If you have any questions about Canvas or the transition, please contact Jim O’Connor or myself.

Michael K. Barbour, Fellow