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

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

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

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

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.