Canvas Early Adopter interviews – Kerin Elsum and Nat Bates

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Midway through 2017, RMIT took nominations for a small group of people to use Canvas in the second semester and to report any issues and ideas back to the teams working to set up Canvas for the whole university to use in 2018. As this group of Early Adopters prepared to start teaching their courses, a quality assurance framework was … Read More

Embed Google Docs and manage with Drive

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Continuing the series on embedding content in Canvas, this time focusing on Google Docs and Drive. The example Canvas course being referred to is at https://canvas.instructure.com/courses/1202385 please feel free to join that course if you’d like to follow it as a guide and step through to setting up your own course in Canvas. To use this method, you need to … Read More

Embed video in Canvas using Youtube Arc or Google Drive

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This screen video explains how to embed video into Canvas, using Youtube, Arc and Google Drive. Its a good idea to embed video in Canvas, rather than upload the videos directly into Canvas. You’ll have a lot more flexibility, as well as access to additional features functionality. Flexibility and features such arranging videos in a Youtube playlist, sharing videos with … Read More

Creating (and sticking to!) a communication plan for your course

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Photo credit: Emma Yench on Flickr Chances are if you’re a course coordinator or teacher, your communication pattern with students over the course of the semester looks a bit like this. Hilly, beginning with a steep climb, levelling off to a slightly uncomfortable level until assessment is due, then ratcheting back up to unmanageable as students bombard you with email … Read More

How to: add weighting to assessment items in Canvas

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In Canvas you can use assignment groups to set up percentage weighting for the assessment items in your course, which then tells Canvas how to calculate students’ progress in the course, and automatically calculates grades for you. First you must create your assessment items (called Assignments in Canvas) – For further assistance with this, refer to How to: create an … Read More

How to: use Pages in Canvas

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Pages are containers of content that are part of a course.  Pages can include text, video, images, and links to files and other course or group content. All pages in Canvas are Wiki pages by default which means they can function as a collaborative document and will retain a record of the editing history. As a teacher, you can set the permissions as … Read More

How to: use Gradebook in Canvas

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Gradebook, accessed via Grades in the course menu, is the Instructors view for all students grades. Instructors can view the whole cohort’s grades, or filter by section. Students view of grades, will only display their own grades. In addition to viewing student grades you can use the gradebook for a number of purposes including: Watch the video below for an overview … Read More

How to: Create and Manage Modules in Canvas

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Modules is the function in Canvas that allows teachers to structure the content for their course.  Modules can be used to organise the content of a course by weeks, topics, lessons, project or any other structure.  Modules can contain different types of items including: assignments, quizzes, files, content pages, discussions, text headers, external URLs and external tools.  When working with modules, … Read More

How to: Create a Discussion in Canvas

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Discussions are online forums that allow members of the course to communicate with each other asynchronously. They can be set up as a whole class or a group forum, and they can be graded or ungraded. They’re commonly used for general course questions and answers, as well as conversations around course content. Follow the steps below to set up a … Read More

How to: Import content into your Canvas course

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The Canvas course import tool allows you to import content into your course from a variety of sources. This includes importing content (in part or in whole) directly from another RMIT Canvas course, or a Canvas course export package and/or export packages from other Learning Management Systems (LMS)s. This will probably be most useful for copying content from one course … Read More