Canvas Tips

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Short tips to help work with various Canvas functions and tools.

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Canvas Tip: Publishing a Course

By default, all new Canvas courses are unpublished. While a course is unpublished, the assigned teacher can access and edit the course, but students cannot access or participate in the course.

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Canvas Tip: Canvas Teacher App

Did you know Canvas has a Canvas Teacher app, available for iOS and Android phones and tablets? Canvas Teacher allows teachers to manage their courses and use Canvas more efficiently from a mobile device. Canvas Teacher allows teachers to facilitate their courses on the go, both inside and outside the classroom. This app provides quick access to grading submissions, communicating with students, and updating course content—three of the most frequent course facilitation tasks for teachers—through Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, and Quizzes. Canvas Teacher replaces the existing Android and iOS SpeedGrader apps. Please see the Canvas Teacher Mobile Guides for additional information.

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Adding tags to images in your Canvas course

After you add an image to a course you are not done yet. You can add an image to your course then you need to edit the ‘Alt Text’ tag so it is done right. The Alt Text should describe the image and the importance of the image in context to how it is used in your course. So a banner image could simply say “Banner image Canvas at Moraine Valley.” When an image is used in an assessment the alt text needs to give enough detail so that the student using a screen reader or other aid has the same […]

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Canvas Tip: Page History & “Undelete”

Page History: Looking to undo a mistake you made to a page in Canvas? Did you know you can view a page history and restore to an earlier version by clicking the page settings gear? See the Page History guide for more information. Undelete: Did you accidentally delete an item from your course and want to restore it? Add the text “/undelete” to the end of your website address for a list of items that can be restored. This list doesn’t last forever, so the faster you can “undelete” the better! More Tips and Tricks? Looking for even more Canvas […]

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How do I delete my courses in Canvas?

I heard your question as “How do I manage all these courses?” rather than just “How do I delete those that I don’t want”.  You can delete the master manually created courses that you create. Dashboard Organization Which courses display on your Dashboard when you log in can be managed by clicking the ‘Courses’ icon then selecting  ‘All Courses’. The stars on the left are the way you select which courses you want to see when you log in on the Dashboard. This example “A New Course” will be on the Dashboard and “AA test course shell” will not be […]

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Canvas Tip: Attendance Tool

Did you know that Canvas has a built in “Roll Call Attendance” tool? With the Attendance tool, instructors can keep track of course attendance by taking roll electronically. Instructors can choose to view the tool in a list or grid format and can customize the placement of each student in the seating chart. To enable the Roll Call Attendance tool: Go to Course Settings > Navigation, and drag the Attendance menu item into the course navigation menu and click the Save button. Students will not see this item on the course menu. Note: The first time you take attendance, the […]

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Canvas Tip: Publishing a Course

By default, all new Canvas courses are unpublished. While a course is unpublished, the assigned teacher can access and edit the course, but students cannot access or participate in the course. To publish a course for student access: Open your course and view the Course Home Page. In the Sidebar, click the Publish toggle. See the “How do I publish a course?” guide for more information. Note: Once you have published your course, students will have participation rights in a course during the official course start and end dates. Faculty members can view and override the course start and end […]

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Panopto at Moraine Valley

Panopto is Moraine Valley’s video distribution system. Videos created by any method (with a mobile device, video camera, webcam, Camtasia, etc.) can be added to this system for sharing with others. Features of Panopto include: Video playback on all devices Excellent reporting Customizable privacy settings Text-to-speech captioning Integrated quizzes (with reporting on quiz answers) Built-in video editor Canvas integration Multimedia Services provides information on the use of Panopto through the ITConnect Knowledge Base. For a quick start on using Panopto, view the Learn: Using Panopto document on ITConnect. Panopto also has an excellent support portal with articles on using its […]