Canvas Tips & Updates

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Short tips and product updates related to various Canvas functions and tools.

Canvas Product Update

Canvas Updates: February 3rd, 2018

In this release:

Canvas Interface – Menu Design Updates
DocViewer – Free Text Annotation Backgrounds and Text Size
DocViewer – Pagination Links
Rich Content Editor – Decorative Image Checkbox

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By default, all new Canvas courses are unpublished. While a course is unpublished, the assigned teacher can access and edit the course, but students cannot access or participate in the course.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