Seriously, did you know that Word has a template for MLA and APA format? I'm not talking about it setting up your bibliography or Works Cited page for you. I mean an honest-to-goodness (I dare say) fool-proof template. I totally have to give the credit to this find to Associate Professor, Gene Shriver. I knew … Continue reading What the What? Word has an MLA Template?
Do You Use the "Announcement" Feature in Canvas? Beware: Your Students May Not Be Getting the Messages You Think They Are Using announcements are easy. You just click on that easy little navigation button on the left side of your class, click +Announcement and boom, you could use pictures, videos, attachments, text, etc. Then, click … Continue reading Using Announcements in Canvas – Do Students Get These?
Are you surviving winter quarter? Here are a few tips and reminders that should make things easier. Advising - You can set up a Canvas course for your advisees. Then, you can message all your advisees at the same time in the Canvas messenger or put all the information on the classes or deadlines they … Continue reading Winter Quarter Survival Tips
Have you heard of Screencast-o-matic yet? It is a free screen recorder for instant screen capture and sharing. You can use it right in your browser without installing anything. Or you could download the program and run anytime you want to on your mac or pc. Watch this video created by YouTube user MsMagic Submitter … Continue reading Have You Heard of Screencast-o-matic Yet?
I went to an amazing session at the Washington Canvas User's Group conference (WACUG) right before spring quarter and I heard the MOST AMAZING statement from a faculty. They said, "I found that the more of me I put into my classroom, the more my students engage." The context was that this was a session … Continue reading “The More of Me I Put in My Classroom, the More My Students Engage”
Here's a list of more apps available in Canvas and how you can use them. Click here if you missed the first edition, or click here if you missed the second edition. Voicethread This is a cloud based application that requires no software to install. It does require an up-to-date version of Adobe Flash. This … Continue reading Focus On Apps in Canvas – 3rd Edition
Julie Priday, you bloody brilliant woman! So, we received a call this morning from Julie Priday and she said she didn't think students were getting her announcements. So, she said, "You know how you make a video or audio recording announcement..." Wait, hold the phone, WHAT? Yep. Bloody brilliant. If you go to your announcements … Continue reading Make Audio or Video Announcements in Canvas
Prepare to have your mind blown. Have you ever been in one of your Canvas courses and wanted to make a copy of a quiz (or discussion forum or ???)? You totally can. In your Canvas class that has the item (s) you want to copy, go to "settings" in the left hand navigation. Then, on the … Continue reading Can I Copy My Quiz In Canvas? Yes!
Here’s a wonderful blog from Kathy Brooks on the in’s & out’s of Draft State in Canvas. Get in the know before July 5th.
Draft state allows an instructor to create content in a “draft” or unpublished state. Content in a draft state is not visible to students and not included in the gradebook.
When will Draft State be turned on for all Canvas courses?
July 5, 2014
What if I don’t want to use Draft State?
Sorry, it’ll be the default and only choice available beginning July 5th.
Can I turn on Draft State before July 5th?
Yes. Enter a course, Settings, Feature Options tab, find the row for draft state and click on the “On” button at the far right. That’s it! But please, if you do turn it on, leave it turned on. Flipping back and forth from on to off gives unpredictable results. When in doubt, turn it on in a practice course first.
What can I *not* do with Draft State?
Even with draft state…
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Say What? A reoccurring issue with course design whether you're face-to-face, hybrid or completely online is student engagement. Even though you think underwater basket-weaving off the coast of Tunisia is the most fascinating thing since the invention of sliced bread, students may not be as excited about it as you. They can be fickle creatures that … Continue reading Embedding a Twitter Feed into Canvas