How to: Set up reflective journals in Canvas

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A reflective journal is a learning activity that asks students to engage deeply with the course content by reflecting on its relevance to their own life or learning experience. Reflective journals can be kept as a continuous diary, often useful in WIL and other work placement situations, or at any other time that suits the learning experience. For example, a … Read More

How to: Add other contact details to Canvas

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Canvas allows you to add extra contact details to your account in order to receive notifications from the system. You may want to do this if you have another email address that you access more frequently than your RMIT email, or you may want to add your mobile phone number for immediate important alerts. Please see How to: Set notification … Read More

How to: Add a profile image to Canvas

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You can add a profile image to your account in Canvas which will then appear on any discussion posts, announcements and messages you send. It is useful for students and staff to be able to identify you, and it creates a more personal space. Making your profile picture appear in Canvas is easy. Follow the printable instructions below or watch … Read More

How to: Set up group assignments

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What is a Group Assignment? Canvas group assignments allow two or more students to submit or demonstrate collaborative work, receive shared feedback and grades, or receive individual feedback and grades. Features: Can be used for online text or file submissions. Students can submit one file or text for the entire group. Different groups can have different due dates. Cannot be used ... Read More

How to: Grade an assignment using Speedgrader


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Speedgrader is the Canvas marking tool which allows you to view, annotate, comment on, and grade student assignment submissions online. In addition to grading online submissions, Speedgrader can also be used to provide comments and grades on work that is not submitted online (in-class presentations or paper-based submissions, for example). Speedgrader is built upon the same functionality as the Blackboard … Read More

How to: Moderate a Quiz

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Once a quiz has been published, you will be able to moderate it.  The moderation tool allows teachers to view the following student usage data: Based on the analysis of the information displayed, you can give students extra attempts or extra time to complete the quiz or manually unlock quiz attempts.   To moderate a quiz, follow these steps below: Blackboard … Read More

How to: DIY course intro video: using your smartphone


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The 14 Elements around the Canvas implementation requires that courses contain an introductory video for students (element #4).  This can be a simple thing to create for yourself. Here we show you the basics of creating your own video introduction. The following video series are quick tips to guide you in creating a video using your smartphone. More DIY videos

How to: Make your PowerPoints engaging and interactive with Office Mix

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Office Mix is a free Windows plugin for PowerPoint (Office 2013 and later) that lets you easily add narration, a talking head, annotations, screen recordings and more. It also allows you to add interactivity in the form quizzes and polls. It can then be saved as a regular video file or as an interactive presentation, with flexible online hosting  and … 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: Get Started with Canvas – 5 First Steps


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Canvas is a cloud-based Learning Management System (LMS). Developed by the US-based company Instructure in 2008, it is now used by more than 2000 schools and institutions. Preview student submissions and provide feedback in the same frame Incorporate multiple content and activity types into a single simple learning pathway Integrate external tools for use within the Canvas space Students can create and … Read More