How to: Configure a higher education program shell

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Go straight to the guide. What are program shells? Program shells are used across the University to provide a space within Canvas for program managers, teaching teams and students to communicate and share information at a program-level that would otherwise have to occur via email or other platforms. They’re not formal teaching spaces. Assessments, learning activities or other experiences that … Read More

Cleaning, Maintaining and Organising files in a Canvas Shell

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It has been more than 2 years since RMIT adopted Canvas and its learning management system; and it can be said that almost every course taught across the university currently has a presence in Canvas. Although the last 24 months have been dominated by the adoption of the 14 elements and ensuring that all courses meet the criteria set out by RMIT Studios, little thought has been given to how teachers can maintain, organise and clean their Canvas shell.

Podcasting Resources

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This step by step guide will equip you with the technical skills required to create your own podcast. Good podcasting practice involves the use of storytelling techniques. We are in the process of creating storytelling resources that you can use to create impactful podcasts. Subscribe to our blog to receive updates. If you would like to produce your own podcast … Read More

Developing Instructional Video Tutorials with Travis Hart

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Video tutorials provide an important content-delivery tool in many face-to-face, flipped, blended, and online classes. They are known for being highly effective and powerful educational tools which can be part of a productive learning experience. Instructional videos, especially when demonstrating the use of a computer application can provide learners with a level of affordance than other mediums do not provide. … Read More

Rubric examples

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Rubric examples Word versions of the example rubrics are below. You can also import the complete set into your Canvas site if you follow the instructions below. Once they are in your Canvas you can adapt and modify for your assessments. Action Research Critical Reflection  Essay Infographic  Portfolio  Presentation These example rubrics follow principles of good rubric design and will help … Read More

How to: Create a rubric in Canvas

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A Canvas rubric is a matrix of assessment criteria that attempt to communicate expectations of quality for an assessment task or activity.  A well designed assessment rubric is a key element in providing good assignment feedback. It enables students to understand what is required, what the priorities are, and what will get a good response from you, the assessor. It enables … Read More

How to: Embed a document in Canvas with file preview enabled

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In Canvas you can embed a document (.docx, .pdf, .pptx, etc.) in the page so the document appears within a frame as a file preview. It looks like this: You can choose a file you’ve already uploaded to Canvas, or you can upload one in the same process. For further information: DLDSC Resource: How to: Structure your content in CanvasCanvas Doc: What … Read More

Are your assignments set up correctly?

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After the initial flurry of activity around Semester go live, it’s a good time to draw breath and do a quick check on your assignment settings before students start submitting work. Here are a few common Assignment setup issues that are worth checking: Common Assignment set up issues Assignments that say they should be submitted online, but do not have … Read More

Canvas Cheatsheet

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Most times what you need is a quick reference guide like this Canvas Cheatsheet based on https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-3476 ________________ Announcements Create an Announcement Course > Announcements > + Announcement * Import External RSS Feeds to create new Announcements * New Announcement notifications can be received via multiple channels ________________ Assignments Create an Assignment Course > Assignments > Add Assignment Group > … Read More