Canvas Tip of the Week (19 August 2019)

24/7 Canvas Support

DID YOU KNOW that Touro has 24/7 Canvas support?

Since the beginning of the transition to Canvas, Faculty, staff and students can make sure of Canvas’s excellent support.  There are multiple ways to contact Canvas:

To update your Canvas Profile:

Live Chat:
To chat with a Canvas representative who can answer questions on course set-up and tools within Canvas:
1. Select the on the Canvas Global Navigation menu.
2. Select “Chat with Canvas Support.”
3. Select “Start Chat.”
4. Type your question to a Canvas representative.

Call Canvas Support Hotline:
1. 1-833-255-9716 to chat with a Canvas representative.

Learn more about accessing Canvas help, please revise the video here.


As a reminder, the Canvas team at the Touro College and University Systems level continues to offer webinars on various aspects of Canvas.  Webinars that are coming up this week include:

August 20, 2019, Tuesday
10:00am – Accessibility: Adding Closed Captions to Kaltura Videos (to join the session, click https://zoom.us/j/4529039587 )

August 21, 2019, Wednesday
11:00am – Canvas General Training Sessions (to register click https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rDlSvCU2QeuCOMj5XBP6SA )

You can access the complete training schedule at https://touro-iits-dept.s3.amazonaws.com/canvas/calendar.html

If you have questions, feel free to contact Jim O’Connor or myself.

As a reminder, you can access TUC and TUN specific resources at the Center for Innovative Learning and Teaching website at:

https://western.touro.edu/cilt/canvas/

Michael K. Barbour, Ph.D.
Fellow

This Week’s Post: Ruth Best, Touro College Learning & Teaching Exchange Blog

Dear Colleagues,

Below is a post from Ruth Best, forwarded to me from TCUS. The post discusses her online teaching and asynchronous aspects of the course.

https://learningandteachingexchange.wordpress.com/2019/08/14/distance-teaching-and-learning-group-projects-and-oral-presentations/

As well, this is an introduction to TUCS site where faculty share blogs.

https://learningandteachingexchange.wordpress.com

Jim O’Connor Ph.D.
Director

Canvas Tip of the Week (12 August 2019)

Add A Profile Picture To Your Canvas Account

The picture you select appears when you send messages.

Did you know you can add a picture to your Canvas profile?  The picture selected appears when you send messages and can help to create community among you and your students.  Students and faculty are encouraged to add photos to help personalize discussion boards as well as provide reference when sending and receiving e-mails.

To update your Canvas Profile:

1. Log into Canvas (https://touro.instructure.com/).
2. Select the Account link from the Global Navigation.
3. Select “Profile.”
4. Select the round image to the left of your name.
5. Select to “Upload a Picture.”
6. Select “choose a picture.”

Note: We recommend the use of business professional photos. Select your photo carefully and encourage students to do the same.

7. Select “Save.”

Learn more about adding a profile picture to your Canvas account here.


As a reminder, the Canvas team at the Touro College and University Systems level continues to offer webinars on various aspects of Canvas.  Webinars that are coming up this week include:

August 12, 2019, Monday
12:00pm – What is Universal Design for Learning? (to register click https://zoom.us/meeting/register/d6d868f40dc5d41234538d7d4481ef37 )

August 13, 2019, Tuesday
11:00am – Adding Content to Your Course (to register click https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1kB8ijSrSVejKtketbBj0A )

August 14, 2019, Wednesday
11:00am – Making your Canvas Course Available and Communicating to Students (to register click https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DF0eHwkcSm6x2o8vu5D85g )

August 15, 2019, Thursday
8:00am – Canvas General Training Sessions (to register click https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qUQ8A6kaQ7ylmA4jg7ZtzA )

You can access the complete training schedule at https://touro-iits-dept.s3.amazonaws.com/canvas/calendar.html

If you have questions, feel free to contact Jim O’Connor or myself.

As a reminder, you can access TUC and TUN specific resources at the Center for Innovative Learning and Teaching website at:

https://western.touro.edu/cilt/canvas/

Be sure to check out a recording of last week’s webinar on “Adding and Editing Closed Captions to Kalutra Videos” and new Touro Canvas guides on “Using the Kaltura Capture Desktop Recorder” and “Adding Closed Captions to Kaltura Videos.”

Michael K. Barbour, Ph.D.
Fellow

Canvas Tip of the Week (05 August 2019)

Publishing Course Content

All content within Canvas cannot be accessed by students until it is “published.”

This means that every item created (assignment, quiz, rubric, page, etc.) is in “draft state” until it is “published.” If your students cannot access an item or assignment in your course, check that it has been published and then review date and time availability settings for the item.

Learn more about the publishing content items here(note that this is not an official Canvas guide, but a good resources provided by the University of Minnesota).
Don’t forget, courses need to be “published” too. Be sure to publish your course once it is ready to share with students at the beginning of the semester. 

Learn more about publishing your course here.


As a reminder, the Canvas team at the Touro College and University Systems level continues to offer webinars on various aspects of Canvas.  Webinars that are coming up this week include:

August 5, 2019, Monday
11:00am – General Canvas Training Session (to register click https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GpGENdLeTpitgAlCpguwdw )

August 6, 2019, Tuesday
10:00am – Accessibility: Adding Closed Captions to Kaltura Videos (to join this webinar, click https://zoom.us/j/4529039587 / no need to register)

August 7, 2019, Wednesday
8:00am – Setting Up Your Canvas Gradebook (to register click https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tLsKctsJRCiv4HBEGcWjqA )

August 8, 2019, Thursday
11:00am – What is Universal Design for Learning? (to register click https://zoom.us/meeting/register/a9d43209a44098997510d14dfea9e911 )

You can access the complete training schedule at https://touro-iits-dept.s3.amazonaws.com/canvas/calendar.html

If you have questions, feel free to contact Jim O’Connor or myself.

As a reminder, you can access TUC and TUN specific resources at the Center for Innovative Learning and Teaching website at:

https://western.touro.edu/cilt/canvas/

Michael K. Barbour, Ph.D.
Fellow

Online Course Content and Accessibility

Over the last little while, several of the items I’ve sent out related to Canvas have focused on accessibility.  For example, two of the webinars that are coming up in August focus on accessibility.  There was the self-paced course created by Debbie Millican at TUN on Designing Online Courses for Accessibility that is available for faculty to complete (and you can see the thoughts of one of the TCU faculty that complete the course here).  Today I’d like to share with you two additional resources hat have come across my electronic desk related to accessibility that may be of use to you.

The first is about a report from Blackboard that is largely descriptive of the issue, with some useful tips and examples throughout.  Note that you don’t have to follow the link to download the report it mentions, as I have attached it to this message.  The second is a short online article that provides a good overview of the legal requirements around accessibility in the United States.

As always, if you have any questions about any of these issues, please let Jim or myself know.

Michael K. Barbour, Ph.D.
Fellow


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Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 11:32 AM
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Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Subject: Are you legally required to make your content accessible?

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Should online learning content be accessible?

In short, yes. 

There are two major disability rights laws in the United States – the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act. 

These laws serve to protect the rights of learners with disabilities. If you’d like to learn more about how these laws apply to you, check out our post on accessibility laws for online learning content. 

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Making Your Classroom More Inclusive

Dear Colleagues,

The Chronicle of Higher Education has published a concise guide on “How to Make Your Classroom More Inclusive”

https://www.chronicle.com/interactives/20190719_inclusive_teaching?cid=pm

This is a pithy article full of good advise. With our commitment to diversity at Touro, applying the suggestions in this article are sure to continue to move us forward.

Have a great academic year!

Questions or comments?

Jim O’Connor Ph.D.
Director

Canvas Webinars – Schedule and Sessions for Summer/Fall

To Attend: Please click on the date and time for the webinar(s) for which you would like to attend to join the Zoom session. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Debbie Millican (Instructional Designer in the College of Health and Human Services at Touro University Nevada and Fellow for the Center for Innovative Learning and Teaching) at Debbie.Millican@tun.touro.edu


Accessibility: Adding Closed Captions to Kaltura Videos 

Description: In an effort to move to 100% accessibility with our online courses, adding closed captions to videos is at the top of the list. This webinar will cover how, as an instructor, you can quickly add closed captions to all your videos. You will also learn how to edit the captions when needed. There will be a review on uploading Kaltura videos to your Canvas course. Following this session, participants will be able to: 

  • Add closed captions to Kaltura videos
  • Edit closed captions
  • Upload a Kaltura video to a Canvas course

Dates/Times Offered: 

Accessibility: How to use the Word Accessibility Tool 

Description: This webinar continues to explore accessibility by demonstrating to instructors how to use the Word Accessibility Tool to check all supporting documents in a course for accessibility. Following this workshop, participants will be able to: 

  • Locate and run the accessibility tool in Word
  • Describe steps to take to correct the accessibility errors

Dates/Times Offered:

If you would like to learn more about accessibility, please self-enroll in the Canvas course by clicking on the link below.

https://touro.instructure.com/enroll/J4D6GH

Badges: How to use badges with your Canvas Course

Description: This webinar demonstrates how to use badges to reward your student for completion of assignments or modules in Canvas. Following this workshop, participants will be able to: 

  • Create a badge 
  • Edit modules to add requirements for badges
  • Add a badge to your Canvas course
  • View the status of badge completion by students

Dates/Times Offered:

*Webinar will be recorded and can be viewed on the CILT website.

Canvas Tip of the Week (29 July 2019)

Canvas Link Validator

Make sure your links work!

The Canvas Link Validator is a tool that provides you with the ability to check all links within your course to ensure they are active and working properly.  The Canvas Link Validator is also a great indicator of what items remain “unpublished” in your course.

Note: Despite having this tool, we still strongly recommend that you test all links to ensure they are directing students to the correct location.

To use the Course Link Validator:

1. Log into your Canvas course
2. Select “Settings” from your Course Navigation menu
3. Select “Validate Links in Content”
4. Select “Start Link Validation”
5. Content that is invalid or unresponsive will appear so you can adjust as needed.

Learn more about the Link Validator here.

If you have questions, feel free to contact Jim O’Connor or myself.

As a reminder, you can access TUC and TUN specific resources at the Center for Innovative Learning and Teaching website at:

https://western.touro.edu/cilt/canvas/

Michael K. Barbour, Ph.D.
Fellow

Up-Coming Webinars On Using Video in Your Teaching

Over the past two weeks I have shared a couple of messages related to way of using video in your face-to-face and online courses.  First it was an item focused on different resources for creating instructional videos, specifically using the Kaltura video recorder and editor that is embedded into Canvas.  Second it was a report from Kaltura that provided a guide to the state of video in education.

Below I wanted to pass along notices of two up-coming webinars focused on this theme.  The first is from Kaltura and is actually focused on the report that I shared last week.  The second is from MediaSite, which  thought might be of interest given its use at both TUC and TUN.

As always, if you have any questions about using video or Kaltura in any of your Canvas courses, please contact Jim O’Connor or myself.

Michael K. Barbour, Ph.D.
Fellow


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From: Kaltura <inspire@kaltura.info>
Date: Tue, Jul 16, 2019 at 9:10 AM
Subject: Webinar: Highlights of the State of Video in Education Report

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Webinar: How Educational Institutions Are Using Video – Insights from the 2019 Report
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2:00 PM EASTERN STANDARD TIME
Video is everywhere in education—not only changing the way we teach and learn, but how we communicate, collaborate, build communities, and extend our reach. As today’s digital natives increasingly expect video in every aspect of their lives, educational institutions are rising to meet the demand, using video in ever more effective and creative ways. 

Kaltura released its sixth annual report on the State of Video in Education July 9. The report is based on responses from over 1,400 participants and is the most comprehensive report on the subject to-date; it covers video usage, perception, and trends in education around the world. In this webinar, get a closer look at the report’s highlights and the lessons that can be drawn. With a substantial Q&A session at the end, you’ll have a chance to get all your questions answered. 

PANELISTS:
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From: Team Mediasite <mediasite@sonicfoundry.com>
Date: Tue, Jul 16, 2019 at 8:20 AM
Subject: [LIVE WEBINAR] Here’s Why Video Needs to be Engaging

 
 

 

How to Support Active and Micro Learning in Any Classroom

LIVE WEBINAR: AUGUST 16, 1:00PM CT

Video use in education shouldn’t be a one-way experience. It should be an interactive learning tool that improves student retention, creates powerful faculty-student interaction and empowers students to collaborate.

In this webinar, learn how Mediasite amplifies the video-learning experience with personalized tools that better engage students.

Join us for this free webinar »

 

Presented By:

Tom Irons

Director of Customer Success, Mediasite


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Canvas Tip of the Week (22 July 2019)

Student View

Want to see what your students see?

To see the student’s perspective in Canvas, you can use the “Student View” to view the course, quizzes, discussion boards, etc., as a student. Enabling “Student View” creates a test student within your course, which enables faculty to complete tests, submit an assignment and review these submissions in the Grade Book

Note: Attendance, conferences, conversations, collaborations, differentiated assignments, external apps, groups, peer reviews, and profiles do not work for the Test Student view. You will only see what has been published for students.

To access student view:

1. Log into your Canvas course.
2. Select “Settings” from your lefthand Course Navigation.
3. Select “Student View” on the right sidebar.

Learn more about how to preview your course in “Student View” from the Canvas Instructor Guide located here.

If you have questions, feel free to contact Jim O’Connor or myself.

As a reminder, you can access TUC and TUN specific resources at the Center for Innovative Learning and Teaching website at:

https://western.touro.edu/cilt/canvas/

Michael K. Barbour, Ph.D.
Fellow