How to: use Collaborations in Canvas

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Collaborations allows students to work collaboratively on tasks by integrating web-based tools, such as Google Documents, Spreadsheet and Presentations into Canvas.  Currently, as an instructor at RMIT you can start a new collaboration using the Google LTI and Google Docs. Please note that if you require students to collaborate on Google Documents only, you will need to start a collaboration … Read More

How to: use Conversations in Canvas

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To start a conversation in Canvas follow the steps below: [1] Reply to a conversation [2] Reply-All to a conversation [3] Archive conversation [4] Delete a conversation [5] Forward, star or mark as unread The Course Messages function under Course Tools allows instructors to create and send private and secure messages to course members only The Send Email function allows … Read More

How to: Use Announcements in Canvas

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Announcements allow you to post messages to students and staff in your course. You can also optionally receive responses to posts, via replies or likes, essentially enabling a  simple polling or acknowledgement function. In addition to the announcement posts within a course, users can receive notification based on their personal notification settings, including via RMIT email, alternate email and or SMS … Read More

How to: Communications in Canvas

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One of the strengths of Canvas, is the opportunity to promote engagement and learning between staff and students and between students themselves, with a range of communication options. Discussions, Announcements, Conversations (email), Collaborations, Conferences, Calendar, Gradebook, and Speedgrader all offer communications functionality. Some of these are suitable for general class or group communications, and others are great for feedback and … Read More

InstructureCon0017: Connecting with the Canvas Community in Colorado

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We recently returned from the Canvas conference in Colorado. As well as enjoying the stunningly beautiful locale with white marquee tents highlighted against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, we had the opportunity to connect with other Higher Ed users of Canvas both in the States and in Australia. As an organisation just beginning our Canvas journey it was interesting … Read More

How to: Use the calendar in Canvas

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In Canvas, every course and every individual has an associated calendar. You can see all the calendars you have access to by selecting the Calendar link in the global navigation menu. Use the calendar function to keep track of course related events and assessment dates. Features: The Canvas Calendar does not allow instructors to: 528 – Calendar Overview from Canvas LMS on … Read More

How to: Using Canvas Commons

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Commons is a learning object repository.  You can think of Commons as a digital library that allows Canvas users to find, import and share learning resources with other users around the world. The resources available in Commons are: courses, modules, assignments, quizzes, discussions, pages, documents, videos, audio and images. Yes! When clicking on Commons you will be taken to the … Read More

How to: Structure your content in Canvas

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In Canvas, content can be organised using files, pages or modules, or a combination of these. Features: Structure: an overview from the University of Washington (Open Canvas Module) More help with Files [Canvas Community resources] How do I create a page? More help with Pages [Canvas Community resources] How do I create a module? More help with Modules [Canvas community documentation] How do … Read More