Canvas

Touro University's learning management system, Canvas, is at the center of many instructional technology activities. Canvas enhances teaching and learning by providing students with improved access to assignments, course materials and grades; while making communication with students, tracking student progress, and grading easier for faculty.  The learning management system is supplemented and enhanced by tools that support a range of instructional objectives, such as tools for online collaboration, quizzes, lecture capture, synchronous meetings, and electronic portfolios.

Faculty Resources

Canvas Guides

Institutional Policies Related to Canvas

How to Videos

Getting Help

Ways To Get Help in Canvas

  • In this video we outline the variety of ways that you can seek help with figuring out how to do something in Canvas.

Importing and Exporting

Exporting Content From Blackboard

  • In this video we describe the process for exporting content from an existing Blackboard course.

Transferring Content From Blackboard to Canvas

  • In this video we describe the process for exporting content from an existing Blackboard course and importing that content into Canvas.

Importing Select Content from Blackboard or Canvas

  • In this video we describe how to export content from Blackboard or Canvas, but then only import selected items from that export file into a new Canvas shell.

Importing Select Content into Canvas

  • In this video we describe how to import only select content into Canvas, particularly if you are using a Blackboard export file.

Exporting Content and Importing it into Another Shell

  • In this video we describe the process for exporting course content from one Canvas shell and then importing it into another Canvas shell.

Export Your Course in Canvas, But Only Import Certain Content

  • In this video we describe how to export your course in Canvas, but only import certain content. This is particularly important for faculty and staff at Touro University California to ensure that you do not write over the current blueprint with the old blueprint.

Publishing Content

How To Make Your Course Public And Available To Students

  • In this video we describe how to publish your course, make it available to students prior to the beginning of the semester, and then to check for unpublished content.

How To Make Your Course Available To Students

  • In this video we describe how to make your course available to students prior to the beginning of the semester.

How To Publish a Page

  • In this video we describe three ways a faculty member can publish a page to make it available to students.

Files

How to Managing Files

  • In this video we describe how to review files, manage your space, and delete files in Canvas.

How to Linking Files from Box into Canvas

  • In this video we describe how to upload a file to Box, make that file shareable, and then link that file to a page in Canvas.

Kaltura

Using Kaltura To Add Videos

  • In this video we outline how to upload videos to Kaltura and then embed those videos into a "page" in Canvas.

TurnItIn

How to Use TurnItIn to Check Your Own Manuscripts

  • In this video we describe how a faculty member can activate their Canvas-associated account directly at TurnItIn and then use the tool to check their own manuscripts.

Using ExamSoft with Canvas

How to Synchronize ExamSoft With Canvas

  • In this video we describe how to synchronize ExamSoft so that it will pull in the student roster from Canvas and allow a single sign-on between the two systems.

Account Management

Hiding Courses From Your Dashboard

  • In this video we describe the process for hiding courses from your dashboard in Canvas.

Change The Course Time Zone

  • In this video we demonstrate how to change the time zone of each of your courses in Canvas from Eastern to Pacific.

Touro University California Blueprint

Personalizing the Touro University California Blueprint (Spring 2019)

  • In this video we outline the three specific items that instructors need to update in the Touro University California blueprint that has been applied to their course during the Spring 2019 semester.

Personalizing the Touro University California Blueprint (Summer/Fall 2018)

  • In this video we outline the five specific items that instructors need to update in the Touro University California blueprint that has been applied to their course during the Summer 2018 and Fall 2018 semesters.

Administrative Functions

Making Crosslisted Courses Available To Students

  • In this video we outline how to make crosslisted courses available to students prior to the beginning of the semester or after the semester has concluded.

Feature Hand-Outs

Canvas Guides

How to Videos

Setting Up Your Canvas Account

  • In this video we provide an overview of some of the steps that students should take when they first login to Canvas.

Update Your Canvas Profile

  • In this video we provide an overview of how students can update the settings of their profile, add ways for Canvas to contact them, and then update their notification settings.

Canvas Tips of the Week

Canvas Training

Recorded Zoom Training Sessions

Getting Started with Canvas as an Instructor - This session covered how to get started in a course that is already built in Canvas; global and course navigation, due dates for assignments, discussions, and grading.

How to Upload and Manage Files - This session covered uploading files and managing files, including creating folders, moving files, etc..

How to Use Google Docs to Collaborate within Canvas - This session covered creating a Google account with your Touro email and registering the service so you can create collaborative projects for your students in Canvas.

How to Use Interactive Content in Canvas - This session covered using some of the interactive content that is integrated into Canvas (e.g., H5P and VoiceThreads).

How to Collaborate in Groups (FOR STUDENTS) - This session covered how to collaborate with your group members after your instructor has assigned you to a group in Canvas.

How to Add Closed Captions to Kaltura Videos - This webinar covered 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.

Accessibility: How to use the Word Accessibility Tool - This webinar explored accessibility by demonstrating to instructors how to use the Word Accessibility Tool to check all supporting documents in a course for accessibility.

Badges: How to use badges with your Canvas Course - This webinar demonstrated how to use badges to reward your student for completion of assignments or modules in Canvas (download hand-out).

TUC and TUN Training Schedule

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

Asynchronous Training Opportunities

Designing Online Courses for Accessibility: As ALL online content that is posted in a learning management system – like Canvas – should be compliant with both ADA and 504 according to federal law, this course explores strategies to make your content to be both Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant. To register, go to https://touro.instructure.com/enroll/J4D6GH


Self-paced Training Courses in Canvas: All new instructors are automatically enrolled in Canvas training course. This course contains dozens of 2-minute to 11-minute videos that will help you get oriented and learn about some of the most commonly used features in Canvas.

News and Updates

Your Guide to the State of Video in Education

July 15, 2019

Last week I sent out a message focused on specific “resources for creating instructional videos,”  earlier today I received this message in my inbox.  Some of the items I found interesting in the report mentioned below related to students include: Students increasingly expect video to be part of their educational experience.  82% see students’ expectations […]

Resources for Creating Instructional Videos

July 8, 2019

Last week the TUC Provost e-mailed me a copy of an article entitled “Raising the Bar for Academic Video.”  What I found most interesting about this article was that it described the process that one should take when working with an instructional designer to create an instructional video.  However, I would argue that faculty should undertake this process […]

Final Blackboard Reminder

June 25, 2019

A quick reminder to everyone that our contract with Blackboard ends at midnight Eastern on Sunday, 30 June 2019. While the IT team at TCUS has archived all of the courses and organizations that contain student data for compliance reasons, I must once again remind faculty and staff that you do not have access to […]

Rewarding… Reflections on Completing “Designing Online Courses for Accessibility”

June 4, 2019

You know that feeling when you complete something and reflect on how rewarding it was? Well I just finished the online canvas course titled, “Designing Online Courses for Accessibility.” I really liked it.  I took about 4 hours total to complete and taught me so much.  I loved how it was presented and the content […]

Faculty Development Opportunity – Designing Online Courses for Accessibility

May 20, 2019

Good Morning All!I wanted to bring to your attention a self-paced course that was created by Debbie Millican, an Instructional Designer for College of Health and Human Services at Touro University Nevada. The course looks at strategies to make online content to be both Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans With Disabilities Act […]

Only Two Months Remain In Our Blackboard Contract!!!

May 1, 2019

Just a reminder that today is the first day of May.  That means that you have exactly two months left before we will no longer have access to Blackboard. A screen shot from the CILT website (see https://western.touro.edu/cilt/canvas/ ) Please note that the Canvas team – both in New York and locally – have been taking […]