Canvas Tip of the Week (23 September 2019)

Guides To Getting The Most Out of Canvas

Did you know that both TCUS and Instructure have student and instructor guides for you to use?

Outside of the 24/7 tech support offered by Canvas, they offer a series of helpful guides available for faculty and students. Guides are updated regularly and review the key features within Canvas that faculty and students use.

Student Guide – https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10701-canvas-student-guide-table-of-contents

Instructor Guide – https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10460-canvas-instructor-guide-table-of-contents

We strongly encourage bookmarking these sites to help troubleshoot any questions you or your students might have as you work within Canvas. It is also a good idea to include a link to the student guide in your syllabus.

In addition to these Canvas guides, the TCUS Canvas team has created courses in Canvas to guide faculty and students through the key components of course setup. These courses are organized by topic and offer a review of the key features and used used for delivering or supporting courses in Canvas.  The TCUS teamare constantly updating these courses and that content reflects useful tips and tricks we discover in our experience with Canvas.

Log into Canvas at https://touro.instructure.com/ and select the “How to Use Canvas: A Guide for Teachers/Students” course from your dashboard.  For each topic, there are 3 to 8 minute videos that describe and show how to use each feature.

Please note that all of the Canvas Tips of the Week are archived on the CILT website at https://western.touro.edu/cilt/canvas/#tips


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:

September 23, 2019, Monday
11:00am – Adding Content to Your Course (to join, click https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_w5IkAF-YRdmaTrI7y_s16w

September 24, 2019, Tuesday
11:00am – Setting Up Your Canvas Gradebook (to join, click https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2ImkUV-qTO-6NyLlD4pgKQ

September 26, 2019, Thursday
0:00am – Canvas General Training Sessions (to join, click https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AaIsxK4CQZqe3uuHH6eEGw

September 27, 2019, Friday
8:00am – Using Assignments to Collect Work Form Students: And how to Grade Them (to join, click https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WGJ7XYSZS7upsbwoVCpdVw

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

Finally, I wanted to bring to your attention a free, online faculty development event entitled “Can•Innovate,” which will showcase creative practices in online teaching and course design in support of California’s 114 community colleges that use Canvas.  However, anyone is able to sign up for one or all of the sessions.  The full schedule and list of topics, as well as links to sign up for individual sessions, are available at:

https://onlinenetworkofeducators.org/caninnovate19/caninnovate19-full-program

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

Teach Students to Think Through Problems — Not Google Them

Dear Colleagues,

Are you encouraging students’ higher order thinking and problems solving skills?

“Everything I do is a platform of my teaching,” Aswath Damodaran says in an interview with EdSurge. Among other topics, he explains why preparation is the majority of teaching, how students should attempt to develop conclusions through problem-solving before Googling answers, and why he makes his thought process clear when explaining the solutions to questions, rather than simply answering. 

Here is a link to the article:

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-09-09-teach-students-to-think-through-problems-not-google-them

Comments?

Jim O’Connor Ph.D.
Director

Canvas Tip of the Week (16 September 2019)

Undelete Content

Did you know that you can undelete anything in your course?

If you have accidentally deleted an item in one of your Canvas courses, see the steps below to undelete:

1. From within your Canvas course, take a look at the web address of the course and look for the course ID number. It’s the number that comes after the “courses/”. So in the example below, the course number is 149

https://touro.instructure.com/courses/7542/ (sample).

2. If there is anything following the course number, delete it. Then add /undelete. The new URL should look like this:

https://touro.instructure.com/courses/7542/undelete (sample).

3. Hit the Return or Enter key on your keyboard. Voila! Any recently deleted items will be listed.
4. Click on ‘restore’ to restore the item(s) you accidentally deleted.

NB: You must be a teacher or editor on a course to undelete items.

There is a useful one page guide that is available here.   Additionally, click here for a short video on this process. 

Please note that all of the Canvas Tips of the Week are archived on the CILT website at https://western.touro.edu/cilt/canvas/#tips


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:

September 17, 2019, Tuesday
11:00am – Accessibility: How to use the Word Accessibility Tool (to join, click https://zoom.us/j/4529039587 – advanced registration is not required)

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

Canvas Tip of the Week (09 September 2019)

Check For Accessibility

Did you know that Canvas has a feature to “Check Accessibility”?

The “Check Accessibility” tool will review content within a Canvas page for readability. This ensures content created is accessible to screen readers.

To check page accessibility:

1. Log into your Canvas course
2. Select “Pages” from Course Navigation.
3. Select “View All Pages.”
4. Select the page you would like to edit.
6. Select “Edit.”
7. Select the “Check Accessibility icon to review accessibility errors identified within the page.
Note: When an issue is detected, a sidebar displays the accessibility attribute and an explanation of the error.
8. To correct an issue, complete the task as noted in the sidebar and select “Apply.”
Note: When all issues have been fixed, the sidebar will close automatically.
9. Select “Save” to save the changes made

Learn more about checking your Canvas course accessibility here.

Also, be sure to enroll in this short, self-paced, asynchronous course on Designing Online Courses for Accessibility.


Please note that all of the Canvas Tips of the Week are archived on the CILT website at https://western.touro.edu/cilt/canvas/#tips


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:

September 9, 2019, Monday
11:00am – Making your Canvas Course Available and Communicating to Students (to register, click https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AapSTJPvTcO4CYhpUzEzFA )

September 10, 2019, Tuesday
8:00am – Adding Content to Your Course (to register, click https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_E2JFW0eESqmgLL4RaixbMA )

September 11, 2019, Wednesday
11:00am – General Canvas Training Session (to register, click https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_y5706uZlS_S1fGW4Xi2p6Q )

September 12, 2019, Thursday
8:00am – Setting Up Your Canvas Gradebook (to register, click https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__sAfKS-wRkORLMdZRkViTA )

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

Understanding Emotional Intelligence

Dear Colleagues,

Some of you may be familiar with the concept of Emotional Intelligence (EI).

For health care and education professionals, the development of EI seems very important in developing to skills to work with patients, clients and students.

In the article linked below, Harvey Deutschendorf , an emotional intelligence expert, author and speaker, provides an overview of the key elements of EI.

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/emotional-intelligence-is-the-real-secret-to-getting-promoted-faster?utm_source=pocket-newtab

Comments?

Jim O’Connor Ph.D.
Director

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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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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