How to: Get started with Canvas for sessional staff

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Recently we travelled to Singapore and Hong Kong to deliver training we’d developed for sessional and support staff teaching RMIT programs. The training comprised a three hour, face-to-face, hands-on session covering the following canvas functions: It was supported by a series of short pre-training activities designed to demonstrate Canvas functionality from a student perspective, and post-training follow-up answers to questions … Read More

How to: Send a message to students from the Gradebook

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You can send messages to students directly from the Gradebook, based on the status of their assignment or their performance.  This tool can be really handy when marking students’ work.  Please note that the subject of the message will be automatically set according to what how you filter the students with the following available categories: (a) Haven’t submitted yet (b) … Read More

Note: Using Sections in Canvas

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Sections are an administrative tool that separates students into different sets based on the needs of your teaching. At RMIT, sections are being created for class sets (tutorial classes, studios) based on data entered into SAMS. If you have multiple classes or studios your course will come already populated with sections. You can see what sections already exist in your course by … Read More

How to: Create Groups

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The group function in Canvas is a collaborative tool which allows you to organise students so they can work together on projects and assignments. In order to create groups, you must first create a group set.  A group set is a container of groups, inside which you create the groups.  Creating the group set Creating the groups manually It is almost … Read More

Note: Canvas user roles at RMIT

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User roles in Canvas provide the permissions that control who can do what in a Canvas course. As a teacher you can assign people different user roles to depending on  how you expect them to engage with the course. Users can have more than one role in any given course. If this is the case, that person will have the … Read More

Collaboration and Canvas – Twitter hashtags

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Continuing with the series, Collaboration and Canvas, here we’re looking at Twitter hashtags. To display a hashtag Twitter stream in Canvas, you’ll need to install the Twitter application into your Canvas course so that it is available in the content editing toolbar. Once that’s installed, you can add the Twitter stream to any content area: a page, an announcement, an … Read More

Collaboration and Canvas (Editing Wikipedia in Canvas)

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In this episode of the Canvas Collaboration series, we’re looking at a simple activity that asks students to edit a Wikipedia article as a collaborative exercise, and bringing that activity inside Canvas. To quote the Wikipedia in Education program: “…Perhaps you want to be on the cutting edge of using technology in the classroom, or maybe you’re interested in improving … Read More