Canvas Tip of the Week (16 December 2019)

Spring is Around the Corner, Are You Prepared to Copy Your Course(s)?

Colleagues,

Once again, not a traditional “Canvas Tip of the Week,” but I wanted to pass along some tips that a colleague from the Canvas Team in New York shared with her faculty.  You’ll see I have added some TUC/TUN specific comments in red for some of the recommendations.

Michael K. Barbour, Ph.D.
Fellow, Center for Innovative Learning and Teaching (Touro University Western Division)


As we approach the end of the fall semester and begin to think forward to the spring term, we would like for you to keep in mind some recommendations when copying your course content from one semester to the next:

Recommendation #1 Use the Select Content Option – When copying a course using the select content button to choose which information you copy over from one semester to the next can eliminate duplication of items, and prevent unnecessary items from being copied over (e.g., old announcements). This option gives you the freedom to choose what content (e.g., modules, discussions, quizzes) you want in your new shell. [MKB – We have a video that describes this process at https://youtu.be/LXP0zOZCZMs.]

Recommendation #2: Adjust (Assignment) Due Dates – As part of a course copy, you can adjust the due dates associated with course events and assignments. You can also shift due dates to a different day or remove all associated due dates. Note that you may still have to make some manually changes to dates.

Recommendation #3Update Your Instructor Contact Info – As always it is important that your students know where and how to contact you. Be sure to update your contact information in the designated Instructor Information area of the course. Also let student know when they can expect to receive a response from you. The typical response time for emails is 24 hours on weekdays and 48 hours on weekends or holidays.

Recommendation #4Review Rubric Standards – The Touro Rubric for Online Education is the guide to setting up your online course. These standards have been put into place to provide online students with the best experience possible at Touro. [MKB – Note this is a useful tool for all online content in Canvas, not just for online courses.]

Recommendation #5: Contact Online Education for Support – The Online Education team is here to help as you conclude one semester and begin another. If you would like support, please reach out by emailing one of our fabulous team members to set up a one-on-one or small-group session:

  • Holly Owens, Assistant Director of Instructional Design, holly.owens@touro.edu
  • Brandi So, Instructional Designer, brandi.so.@touro.edu 
  • [MKB – Holly and Brandi are available to assist any faculty throughout the system with the development of online course content (i.e., anything you’d put in Canvas), regardless if the course is offered online or face-to-face.]

Wishing you a fabulous end of the semester!

Take Care,

Holly 

Holly Owens
Assistant Director of Instructional Design,
Department of Online Education
M: 410-916-5044
holly.owens@touro.eduwww.touro.edu
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Canvas Tip of the Week (05 December 2019)

TurnItIn Interruptions

Colleagues,

Once again, not a traditional “Canvas Tip of the Week” this week, I wanted to pass along some information about one of the tools that we have integrated into Canvas.

The TurnItIn Plagiarism Checker experienced intermittent service disruptions between December 3rd at 09:56 PST and December 5th 06:34 PST.

TurnItIn results for assignments which were submitted during those times may still be in pending status. To get the TurnItIn results, the submissions need to be resubmitted.

The good news is that it’s easy for instructors to re-submit those assignments on their students’ behalf with the click of a button.

Please follow the link below for instructions on how to re-submit assignments for their in three quick steps.

https://touro.box.com/s/8q0gg1577vfxdj8r30jaf5n6e1xljqcz

If you have any questions about this issue, please let Michele Jenkins or myself know.

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, Center for Innovative Learning and Teaching (Touro University Western Division)

Canvas Tip of the Week (11 November 2019)

New Release features 11/16/19

Colleagues,

Not a traditional “Canvas Tip of the Week” this week, but some specific Canvas information that I did want to pass along.  Every third or fourth Friday, Canvas releases a series of updates to their platform.  Most of those updates go unnoticed, and even those that we do notice (such as those new icons by the course menu), don’t impact us that much.

However, this coming Friday the Canvas update will be a little more significant, so I wanted to share this summary with you.  It’s a great release with features that I think will be very helpful.

View video here along with notes below.

Help Menu-New feature

The Help Menu includes a new training portal link for admin-, instructor-, and designer-based roles in North America. This new training portal contains complimentary self-paced training resources and provides one-click registration for Subscription Training Webinars. The Training Services Portal is hosted in Bridge, a tool built and administered by Instructure.

Dashboard-New feature

In the Course Card Dashboard, courses can be removed as favorites from the course card Options menu.

Plagarism Icons in the Gradebook

For plagiarism tools, plagiarism reports display in the Gradebook as below screenshot. The New Gradebook will be released on 1/18/20.  More info to follow as we get closer to the release date

Microsoft Immersive Reader

This feature creates a reading experience that adds accessibility and comprehension for learners of all ages and abilities. 

Rich Content Editor Interface Enhancements

The Rich Content Editor is deprecated. The New Rich Content Editor is available for institutions to enable in their courses. The toolbar includes a condensed, more intuitive look. Toolbar menus are grouped by common icons and interactions.

The following enhancements are included with this feature update:

  • The Rich Content Editor expands to the full width of the browser
  • The toolbar includes a condensed, more intuitive look
  • Toolbar menus are grouped by common icons and interactions
  • The content sidebar only displays when linking to other parts of Canvas, accessing Canvas files, or accessing uploaded media
  • Image and media additions include drag and drop; images include an Unsplash search and content auto-scaling
  • The Keyboard shortcut, Accessibility Checker, and HTML Editor icons have moved to the bottom of the editor next to the word count. Additionally, the Rich Content Editor window can be resized using the Move handle below the window.

Michael K. Barbour, Ph.D.
Fellow, Center for Innovative Learning and Teaching (Touro University Western Division)

Canvas Tip of the Week (04 November 2019)

Canvas Analytics 

Did you know that Canvas offers a diverse set of course analytics?

You can quickly view activity, assignment submissions, and grades within a course, either specific to a student or your course overall.

Course analytics include for sections:

  • Activity by date allows the instructor to see when students view a page or participate in the course.
  • Submissions allow the instructor to view if students submit the assignment on-time, late, or not at all.
  • Grades use a box and whisker plot to show the distribution of grades in the course.
  • Student Analytics shows page view, participations, assignments, and current score for every student in the course.

To review your course analytics:

  • Login to Canvas and select the name of the course.
  • Select “View Course Analytics” in the right sidebar menu.

Learn more about Canvas Analytics here and here.

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 and next week include:

November 04, 2019, Monday
8:00am – Setting Up Your Canvas Gradebook (to register, click https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_i3gP5vHuRxmk7yaIORBzcQ )

November 05, 2019, Tuesday
10:00am – Badges: How to use badges with your Canvas Course (to join, click https://zoom.us/j/4529039587 – advanced registration is not required)

November 6, 2019, Wednesday
11:00am – Canvas General Training Sessions (to register, click https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_l4zJOEvLQX2AArFT2ZQpuw )

November 7, 2019, Thursday
11:00am – Creating Quizzes in Canvas (to register, click https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EpB7TeBqQEaAdb2ENBn5tg )

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 (17 October 2019)

CanInnovate – Free, Online Conference

Showcase creative practices in online teaching and course design in Canvas

As many of you may be aware, Canvas has continued to increase its market share as the learning management system (LMS) of choice for many California-based institutions.  One body that has embraced Canvas in a significant way has been the California Community College system, where all institutions within the system have the opportunity to adopt Canvas as their LMS.  As such, the California Community College system has also become more of the main providers of faculty and staff development related to Canvas in the state.  

Next Friday (25 October 2019), the California Community College system is hosting a day long, free, online Canvas conference.

The conference will feature the following sessions.

9:00 – 9:45 am
Keynote – Integrating Compassion into Your Teaching
Kona Jones – Director, Online Learning, Richland Community College
More info and to register: https://onlinenetworkofeducators.org/webinar/can-innovate19-kona-jones-keynote

10:00 – 10:45 am
Share Showcase – Applying the Peralta Equity Rubric to Promote Connection and Belonging
Chelsea Cohen and Inger Stark
More info and to register: https://onlinenetworkofeducators.org/webinar/can-innovate19-10am-t1/
10:00 – 10:45 am
Canvas Combo – Meet the CCC Canvas Community Home Base!
Logan Murray and Mike Vogt
Canvas Combo – Javascript Magic in Canvas: Randomizing Widgets, No Coding
Laura Gibbs
More info and to register: https://onlinenetworkofeducators.org/webinar/can-innovate19-10am-t2/
11:00 – 11:45 am
Spotlight Speaker – Beyond Canvas: The CVC Exchange and Local POCR
Jory Hadsell
More info and to register: https://onlinenetworkofeducators.org/webinar/can-innovate19-11am-t1/
11:00 – 11:45 am Canvas Combo – Audio Feedback! Instructor Interactions that Motivate Students
Donald Carlisle
Canvas Combo – ConferZoom for Dynamic Student Conferences
DJ Hawkins and Bri Kuhn
More info and to register: https://onlinenetworkofeducators.org/webinar/can-innovate19-11am-t2/

12:00 – 12:45 pm
Mid-Day Fun – Canvas Trivia with Kahoot!
Lené Whitley-Putz
More info and to register: https://onlinenetworkofeducators.org/webinar/can-innovate19-12pm/

1:00 – 1:45 pm
Share Showcase – Quick Fixes Using Tools to Create Accessible Content
Alice Dieli and Leslie Reeves
More info and to register: https://onlinenetworkofeducators.org/webinar/can-innovate19-1pm-t1/
1:00 – 1:45 pm
Canvas Combo – Group Discussions for Increasing Interaction, Engagement, and Equity
Maritez Apigo
Canvas Combo – Data at Your Fingertips: Supporting the Success of all Learners
Kim Vincent-Layton, Armeda Reitzel, and Becky Williams
More info and to register: https://onlinenetworkofeducators.org/webinar/can-innovate19-1pm-t2/
2:00 – 2:45 pm
Share Showcase – Using Flashcards for Self-Assessment
Ed Beyer
More info and to register: https://onlinenetworkofeducators.org/webinar/can-innovate19-2pm-t1/
2:00 – 2:45 pm
Share Showcase – Embedding Quizzes in Video
JoEllen Green and Monique Kelley
More info and to register: https://onlinenetworkofeducators.org/webinar/can-innovate19-2pm-t2/
3:00 – 3:45 pm
Share Showcase – Design 2 Align Camp: A Model for Redesigning Courses in Community
Anna Sterling and Micah Orloff
More info and to register: https://onlinenetworkofeducators.org/webinar/can-innovate19-3pm-t1/
3:00 – 3:45 pm
Share Showcase – Taking the Pain Out of “Group Work”
Pat James and Aloha Sargent
More info and to register: https://onlinenetworkofeducators.org/webinar/can-innovate19-3pm-t2/
4:00 – 4:45 pm
Spotlight Speaker – Stump the Panda
Erin Keefe
More info and to register: https://onlinenetworkofeducators.org/webinar/can-innovate19-4pm-t1/
4:00 – 4:45 pm
Share Showcase – Bringing the CVC-OEI Online Ecosystem to Life Through the MiraCosta College Student Support Hub
Jim Julius, Bonnie Peters, and Karen Turpin
More info and to register: https://onlinenetworkofeducators.org/webinar/can-innovate19-4pm-t2/

All Sessions will be recorded and available as an archive soon after the event.  For more information about the event, please visit https://onlinenetworkofeducators.org/caninnovate19

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 and next week include:

October 24, 2019, Thursday
8:00am – Making Your Canvas Course Content Available, and Communicating With Students (to register, click https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_32RyFCjoRSGQ-Twr-FzCMQ )

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

How to Turn Your Syllabus Into an FAQ, and Why You Should

Dear Colleagues,

In a recent article appearing in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Eric Loepp,  an assistant professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater,
explains a unique way to structure course syllabi by including frequently asked questions using Canvas as the student learning platform.

You can find this quick read at:

https://www.chronicle.com/article/How-to-Turn-Your-Syllabus-Into/247248

Comments?

Canvas Tip of the Week (07 October 2019)

View Student Group Homepages

Did you know that student groups have their own homepage?

As an instructor, you can view what is happening in groups by viewing each group’s Homepage.  Within the group homepage, students are able to collaborate and work on projects, assignments, and other course-related work with the tools found in a normal Canvas course.

To access student group homepages

  • 1. Log into your course in Canvas.
  • 2. Select the People link in the course navigation.
  • 3. Select the Group Set you would like to view.
  • 4. Select the Settings icon next to the name of the group you wish to view.
  • 5. Select the “Visit Group Homepage” link.

When viewing a student group homepage, you can easily switch student groups by selecting the “Switch Group” link above the Group Navigation.

Learn more about how students access and utilize their group homepages here.

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 and next week include:

October 10, 2019, Thursday
10:00am – Managing Quizzes in Canvas (to register, click https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gSgcz5bkSUOXFiD2camq1Q )

October 11, 2019, Friday
8:00am – Turn-it-in Plagiarism Checker (to register, click https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0OEBpyqcS5mBuDmqC45mow )

October 17, 2019, Thursday
8:00am – Canvas General Training Sessions (to register, click https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vkJMIerURsOgPsUo3BgsNA )

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

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