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how to publish your course, make it available to students prior to the beginning of the semester, and then to check for unpublished content.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.

TUC and TUN Training Schedule

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

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

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 […]

TC SHS – Summer 2019 Workshop Offerings via Zoom

April 17, 2019

ALL TIMES LISTED IN THIS MESSAGE ARE IN PACIFIC TIME Summer 2019 Workshop Offerings Registration Instructions: Please click on the date and time for the webinar(s) for which you would like to register, and then complete the registration form. You will be sent a confirmation email following completion of the registration form. All webinars will […]

Canvas Tech Tip!

April 9, 2019

If you would like to use the New Gradebook in Canvas, go to your Canvas course and then down to Settings on the course menu. Click on the Feature Options tab, and turn on New Gradebook as shown below. There are many great options added to the new gradebook and are explained at the website […]

Final Countdown: End of Blackboard Use @ Touro

April 1, 2019

We are about 90 days away from the end of Blackboard use at Touro. This means that after June 30, 2019, you will no longer be able to access your Blackboard courses. Although all your course content will be saved by the TCUS IT in a secure location, these files will only be accessed in […]

Canvas Tip of the Week – Time Zones

January 25, 2019

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been informally reviewing different courses in Canvas – often when you, the faculty, have asked questions about why X is happening in your course or how to do Y in your course. One of the things that we have noticed is that many of the courses, and many individual […]

Webinar: Demonstrating Student Mastery with Digital Badges and Portfolios

January 23, 2019

One of the trends that is beginning to creep into higher education is the use of badges as a way to measure competency, as opposed to the use of discrete grades.  Badges represent that a learner has demonstrated mastery of specific, granular skills and competencies that are expected to improve future performance. The demonstration of […]