Canvas: First Look

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>> I'm going to switch up the screen on you one more time here in just a second but first tell you a little bit about who we are and what we're up to this is the canvas first look webinars This is our introduction to canvas so if you need a little help getting oriented with it we're going to do that for you today as I said My name is Peter and I work with I teach training we have centers in Bloomington and Indianapolis and we're here to deliver all of the.

I T. training that you might need for any of the programs that you offer so if you are teaching a class and you want to help your students use Excel to make charts and graphs you can contact us we can do special requests for that kind of thing or if you're just a faculty wanting to learn how to use some of these tools better or staff we have all kinds of training for all of the Microsoft products all of the Creative Cloud stuff tons of resources for you and I'm joined today by Renee poetry and she works with one of the teaching centers and I'm going to let her introduce yourself and tell you a little bit about what they don't explain or I guess so my name is right and I work at the Teaching and Learning Center at I you south east and you're now at the Institute for Learning and teaching excellence and there's a Teaching and Learning Center and every single campus they all have different names and what we provide are consulting faculty and that includes both just general pedagogy classroom issues as well as technology and one of the Course technologies that a lot of people rely on is of course this so your Teaching and Learning Center is where your campus administrator and your canvas trainer or your campus will be if you are interested in contacting your teaching and learning center I've got a.

I've got a link here to all the contact information and look at you that again in another point but you can always contact the one who goes to your particular campus and remember every single campus has teaching and learning centers with consultants ready to help you as you build your course in campus and learn about campus.

Rates and I can speak from personal experience having used those resources at the teaching learning centers that they are awesome so much help conceptualizing the class making sure the assignments match the objectives you're trying to get so helpful so they are a great resource for you if you need them I am going to go ahead and change the classroom are our layout here one more time so if you see things flying around don't worry we are in complete control and I'm going to go ahead and share my screen now so that I can show you a few things Powerpoint.

Great postpone the update excellent So here's a little brief overview of what we're going to be looking at today I should mention at the outset that canvas is a very powerful interface that has tons of tools and we're not going to look at everything today we're going to look at the basic stuff that will just kind of help you get going so you can see there that we're going to look at what to do with a new canvas site we're going to take a bit of a look at assignments how they're kind of the engine of canvas that makes the whole thing run we'll take a look at the syllabus how you can work with your home page and customize that for your needs We'll take a quick look at the calendar another very cool tool in campus and finally we'll have time for questions I should also mention that if you have any questions at any point during the weapon are feel free to throw them in the chap Pod and i will try to keep an eye there maybe Renee can also answer your questions there as well so it's a pretty loose.

Set up today were very informal So yes feel free to shout out any questions any time you have them and we'll be happy to address those so as I mentioned one of the great things about canvas is this assignment tool and so we're going to give you a quick overview of what that's all about and I'm going to throw that over to Renee to talk us through.

With a silence tool and what we have right here I think a screenshot of me assignments where we'll show you. More live version after we do a little bit of this talk through so this is what you might see when you're looking at a canvas assignment that you have already created because of its tool of this central I like the way Peter said the engine of canvas that really makes everything else go and so what we start with is an assignment title and that's essay on Roman life that's the title given the assignment and then you can give your assignment a due date and so we've just picked a date here it shows up at the bottom.

And that do you date not only does it populate in the assignment but this little screenshot here shows you the syllabus tool and the syllabus tool is created from all the assignments so the students can see it within campuses syllabus It also appears in their calendar and in their To Do list they get a to do list when the students logon So it's great for keeping our students on track with what they need to do the other great thing about assignments is all the ways that you can add descriptions about what the students need to do so here we've told them to write this essay but we haven't just given them text based descriptions we can actually directly link files into the assignment description so maybe if you use on course our previous system you said go to the resources and find the file and download it right here there is this great thing called the content selector that pops up and you can just click a button and that file is automatically put in the next thing is the ability to embed video now this video that's embedded here you can just see the top of this little cartoon it's from You Tube but you can embed video that you made yourself or many other sources right there into the assignment file you can also embed still images graphs charts or images that you find online or on from your other materials so all of that is in one spot or the students.

Then the students can submit electronically if you don't want them to submit electronically you could still just have them turn in the assignment on paper but give them the details of the canvas and this little screen shot off to the side here shows you. Coolest tool it's called the speed reader and speaker allows you to make comments on submissions mark things and even use rubrics to grade and then when you add up the grade in that speech greater it will automatically populate to the grade book because every time you create an assignment in canvas and it's a great assignment it appears in the great book so you see there about that fourth column of the great book is The essay on woman life so we didn't have to make a separate grade book column none of that it's all integrated all put together right there for the students and that's one of the greatest things that the reason why you chose campuses how well it works and how it reminds students and lets us go to one place and then get everything done for our students.

Now once you have set up your canvas course you're going to want to take some time to let your students know just how you've organized the course because there are a lot of options in campus we just showed you a brief view of the. Of just the assignments area but you may choose to structure things very differently and there's not a specific rule of how you have to structure your campus site so be aware that you should let your students know where you're going to put things just like you would have let them know what's on course and if you want to give students an orientation to campus itself there's lots of resources within I teach training there is help there's the support center but if you want to tell them a little bit more about specifically how you structured your course and how you've chosen to use these tools that would be a good idea.

OK great thank you very much Renee and my screen is doing something crazy here getting ready to go live here we have it. OK great so I have what I've done here is opened up a blank canvas site if you were teaching a course and had to go to the register or if you've created your own course this is what you see at the beginning and just a few updates to the layout here.

Some of the show you a few things just to get you a general orientation if you notice on the left hand side here we have several tools these are all global tools with that means that they apply to all of your classes so your account is going to set up your preferences for how you want to receive notifications from campus about when students have submitted work or if there are announcements going out and the dashboard here I will click on this to show you.

This gets us see some of the Select classes that we're working with most currently so I have to set up now so that I have five classes here and you can choose the ones that you want here if you go to the horses here this is show you go to all courses you see I have a giant list of courses that I'm involved with and if i start of these guys starts what makes them show up under my dashboard so that's a handy trick to kind of organize all of the various things you have going on campus we also have your house yes since we're on the dashboard we just had a request from Robert to show how to start a practice course and since that exists on the dashboard while we're in the neighborhood I'd like you to go ahead and show him that sure if you go down here the dashboard right here to start a new course in the bottom right hand side and click on that you can start your own course.

And you'll get a little pop up and it'll let you select a few things and one thing I always advise folks is. It gives you this option at the bottom to select an academic unit and it will ask you where you want the Course to be created you really want the Course to be created when in your.

With in your own academic you know there's an option for manually created courses you don't want that you want to actually create in your academic unit everyone's list is going to look different based on their academic unit but you want to create it within yours because it will give you all of the menu options that go toward your academic unit in particular so that's a great question thank you Robert I'm glad you're able to.

Yeah great. All right moving back to the dashboard here a few other things that we have the calendar if I open this up you'll see that it is just me the calendar for all of my classes so any dates that are due for any of the classes that I'm involved with you see here there's an essay due last Friday for essay one and one of the super cool things about canvas that I got to show you right now just because it's so exciting is as we mentioned these tools are all integrated to the assignments and the syllabus and the calendar are all integrated so if I want to if my students say hey we have too much stuff going on can we have an extra weekend to work on this essay assignment I can change the due date just by dragging and dropping that thing which is a lot of fun and makes life a lot easier so that's a cool trick with the calendar moving on here we also have our inbox which is going to be your e-mail for canvas again this has all of your courses here so you can filter by the course that you want to see correspondence for and all the typical kinds of e-mail features that you used to hear you can star certain e-mails you can mark things on read all that kind of stuff but this is only for your campus classes and you need to make sure that your students understand if they're sending how you want them to send you messages whether it's to your own e-mail with you this canvas tool here as well we have the comments here this is a way that you can share campus pages and sites that you've made with other people assignments with other people you can also download assignments that others have created if they work for your course that's really handy and then down here at the bottom we also have the help and click on the to see if you can see how much help you actually have here we have the search the campus guides there are a ton of information here pretty much any question you could have about any of the tools is available here just by clicking on it and we'll take a look at that again at the end you can also if you're having a problem in the middle of the night and you need help doing something and you need a law.

Live Person You can click on this ask for help and it'll give you the contact information for you at sport you can send them an e-mail or call them. And then this little thing up here this Aster instructor question if your students click on this it's going to send a message directly to you into your campus inbox here so that's a quick way for them to get help from you and again you need to make sure that they understand whether you actually check this this box or whether they should email you directly so that's a quick look at some of the the main tools here you go back to the dashboard.

This new view you have two options here this is the kind of tiled view if you click on this button here it takes you back to the way it used to look which to teach you a list of your most recent activity kind of thing but I prefer the style view because it's a lot more colorful gets me right into my classes I noticed in the poll that several of you are more familiar with on course and have been teaching your classes in there so I'm going to go ahead and jump into a class and show you a few things some terminology things that have changed that might help you out so if you're used to on course you're used to seeing a button for tests and quizzes and here tests and surveys on course calls those guys quizzes right here so any kind of tester survey on Course calls it a quiz and that's how it deals with it via discussion section appear this is equivalent to the forums to Will in on course works very much the same way just a new name for it.

If you're looking for your roster of students you want to look at people this is the new name for that roster tool and there's actually a really cool add in that you can get which will allow you to see your students' photos in the people section here so if you're a person who likes to have a name connected to a face you can have that done through campus and it'll grab their photos from their registrar profile I imagine.

And then lastly another important one here is Files this is the equivalent of resources so any readings or images or movie files that you want your students to have access to you can put them here in the style section if you want to have specific U R L's that you want websites you want your students to go to I would actually recommend using this page as tool to create a list of all the you are Els and that works a little better than storing them directly in the files.

A few other things there is an attendance tool here we actually recommend that you avoid using this because it's we've had a few problems with the attendance tool sort of messing with the great book a little bit depending on how it's set up so you might want to be wary of that.

Lastly since there were several of you who are familiar with on course and probably have your classes set up in on course there is a way to import migrate your material from course over to canvas and we don't have time to go into that today but if you want to do that all you need to do is contact your local teaching center and they can help you out with a few other questions going on here in the chap Pod let me take a moment to check these out looks like Rene has got them covered Thank you Renee.

OK problem. I just want to say that to detail Robert's question a little bit file is not the same as Dropbox so the non course there was a tool called Dropbox and people often put student work in progress into that section this files to list specifically for faculty so the best way to do work in progress would be to have them submit as an assignment and maybe have multiple assignments where they could submit.

Cement ongoing drafts and then they can submit as many times as they want as well and continue to give rowing feedback over that process so thank you for that question Robert Yeah and that's actually a good time for us to take a quick look at that helped. Well that I mentioned earlier So let's say you're starting off your class and you have a question about the syllabus I would say go to search the campus guides.

And then I would just type in here. Like they're sort of us search. And you'll see that you get a whole list of kind of figure only ask questions about how to use the syllabus so there's a great resource here if you click on one of these it'll walk you through with.

Screen grabs of what things look like how to do any kind of thing you need to do with the syllabus so this this campus guides very robust guides very helpful if you have any questions like you're in the middle of setting up your class OK Moving on here.

We have talked a little bit about some of the opening tools and you mentioned earlier how important the assignments are so let's take a look now at making an assignment just a few more things actually before I move on before I forget so when you set up initially you're going to see this these two buttons here for unpublished and published as long as you're on published students will not be able to see your assignment any of the work you've done here so when you want this to go online you need to go ahead and press this button which will give us a little green image here and then you'll actually be available to everybody so in that part of when you're just creating your your site and setting everything up you can leave it unpublished there there's also a handy feature here with the set up checklist so if you click on this it's going to walk you through all of the things you need to do to set up your site so if you have any sort of what do I need to do next if you walk through this this will get you through the basics of the process again a very handy tool.

OK let's jump in and check out the assignments tool you'll notice right now that it's kind of greyed out here on the screen This doesn't mean that it's not functioning in canvas when these tools are great out. It means that there is no content in them yet so when we jump over to assignments.

You'll see that I don't have any assignments yet. So that's why it was great out but it's easy enough to make a few You'll notice also that it starts off automatically with this default group of assignments so if I say if I want to make an assignment it's just going to dump it in here we can actually add other groups of our own so I'll go ahead and show you how to do that.

This gives you another way to kind of think about many sometimes in your classes you might group things by the type of assignments that we have five tests so just tests go ahead save that and then make another group for us here and we'll make this one. Quiz it's.

And I'll give us myself another group or. So now I have three groups and when I make an assignment I can choose which of these groups I wanted to be associated with and the reason you're going to want to do this is because you can wait these groups so you can give different kinds of assignments different weights which reflect how they are.

Evaluated within the syllabus so if I go up here to this little gear setting which is you'll see this throughout campus and this means you have some options that you can tweak here if I go to this I can say I want to wait my final great based on the assignment groups and let's make tests about thirty percent of the grade let's make quizzes thirty percent of the great let's make essays forty percent of the grade and you notice that automatically tallies up what my grades are down here.

And I can also leave something blank so if I want to have assignments that don't necessarily count towards points I can state that for zero and that's no problem you could also theoretically add things up to more than one hundred percent I would caution against doing this because it can mean.

The great book again a little unclear how things work but that would be one way to include some extra credit if you want to so I'm going to go ahead and save this and now you can see here that my totals are reflected so I can see that relationship with the syllabus.

And let's go ahead and make an assignment here really quickly so there's a couple ways you can do that although me show you one other thing wants to hear you can edit these guys so instead of calling this assignments I might call this readings and these it's not going to count for a grade but I can tell my students when you know what they have to read each week and it'll be clear from here this will show up in their syllabus as this is what you need to read this week and I can you know attach a P.D.F. that they're supposed to read all of that right here it's a very hit let's take a look here now at making assignments I'm going to go ahead and make a test.

And it's asking me what kind of things is going to be we're going to just go ahead and say it's an assignment we'll call this. Test them but one. Will give it due dates yes you know it's going to really quickly about I want to point out to people there's a bunch of different plus signs on my board on that page that he clicked on there's a plus a sign at the top there's a plus in each group when you click the button each group you get in the little box that he got but then there's a more options when you click the plus assignment at the top you get the full version so there and there is and if you're just making small things but a great book and you don't want to put a lot of detail and they're just clicking up cloth on an individual group it's fine but for some of you who want to add a lot of detail to your assignments you might want to put up with a Simon button at the top so you can actually go lots of different ways and it's just whatever works the best for you absolutely just to show what she's talking about here you can get you can add your Saima directly into this group through there and there's also more options here allow us to do even more things with our assignments that's getting just a moment of us and this is yeah we'll get here just once a care.

Let me go back a step. And I just want to show you how these assignments go directly to the. Syllabus and the great book here so I'm going to go ahead and give us the due date and today is the ninth so let's make it do tomorrow and let's go ahead and make it worth one hundred points and you'll see here we have two options for save and save unpublished if I save this assignment it's in there but my students are not going to be able to see it because it hasn't been published yet but I can still see it and added there and so let's go ahead and do that by publishing the sky so it's there and now let's check the calendar and you will see.

That it has magically appeared. On me and we moved earlier where I got to get my here we go so the buttons over here determine which of the classes I want to actually see appear on my calendar so I created that assignment in my empty webinars demo class and because this wasn't clicked I couldn't actually see it but now that it's there I can see where it is and it's populated here right on May tenth where we said it would be and again if I want to move this thing around I can move it over a day.

And now if I go back to my class and I look at my syllabus. You'll see that it has automatically because I created that assignment it's automatically put it here in the list of assignments for this class and it's already updated the date here so you can see that kind of integration between those three tools working really well.

Let's go back to that assignment and take another look at some of the things you could do to it go ahead and click on it and here it's been published if I want to do any changes here I'm need to click at it so I will do that.

And here we have. Have how we would edit our assignment so we have our title up here and then here we have what's called the rich content editor and this is a really great tool for those of you who are familiar with course one of the best things about this tool is that if you have a description that you've written in Microsoft Word and you copy and paste that and throw it into here it comes out looking perfectly If you how many of you who have used on course have had that problem of copying pasting something from word sticking it into your on course description and then when you open it up there's a ton of code in there that used to be a real pain in the neck for me but now campuses solve that problem so you can just stick text directly in here you know as we have all the typical formatting features that you see in most word editors like Microsoft so I could say here are the instructions this is a really hard test.

To your best. And I can if I want to. Mark those up a little bit so that kind of formatting there you can also if you need to add a table in here we caution against this if you have to do a really big table tables don't work so great in campus because of where they work funny campus but they're difficult for.

People with disabilities who are using a screen reader tables give them a lot of trouble so maybe avoid the tables you also have the ability here to link directly to outside. Websites using a link to you R L You can embed an image and you can also use the culture of media too which is something that.

It's sort of a You Tube service directly for I you know I think I mentioned that earlier when I was talking about videos if you have a video and one way to use a video would be to put it in your files however videos are really big and they take up a lot of your available memory so what you can also do is used my media tool which doesn't.

Up here but I can show you how to find that and then you can load your video to calculator and link directly to the Torah from this space right here so that's a very handy trick as well another of these tools it's worth looking at is this record and upload media but this is one of the most interesting things about canvas I think so if I click on this it's going to ask me if it wants to if it can take control of my webcam and if I let it do that I can record either an audio message or an audio and video message of myself giving the instructions and when students open this page still actually seen me talking and explain things to them so you can imagine if you were giving a foreign language course this would be a great way to test oral communication because you could give the instructions in the foreign language Interestingly you can also have students upload their responses using this tool so any time you create an assignment that has a text box here they have this option as well so if you want them to be you know give their answers orally you could have them record their videos here and send it to you and you could review their work like that so this is a really cool tool that is a lot of fun and gives a lot more kind of dynamic content to the campus experience here I'm going to close that I mentioned that you could include some files so I want to show you how you might do that on this right hand side here we have this insert content into the page and you have a lot of different ways that you can insert content so the first one I guess me here is links if I go to files it's going to open up money course files and I don't have anything in there right now so if I wanted to get a picture into this test I would just click this upload a new file and I can go to choose a file.

And let's look at my desktop and I believe I have. A picture here that I can. So I'm going to upload this it's going to stick it in my course files. And then we have it there so when students open I save this and students open it up they'll actually be able to preview this image directly from the assignment description.

Easy way to get images into your files and I believe once I have it in there I can also. Still graph everything just. Let me do it it's not right. You can also if you have images in your. File There you can go here we go by graphics it should so it automatically just puts the picture in there if I'm using it from images Kev it's going to read that this is a j peg and it throws it right in there for me so that is a nice feature as well.

And it's back to our links you can also if you want to link to. Any of the other parts of your campus site so if you want to link to a specific quiz you have already built you could link directly here of course this is an empty site I don't have any quizzes yet but you could link the quiz here some students open the assignment they just click on that link and it takes them straight quiz so that is a really nice feature as well Renee is there anything else about this rich content editor that I should add that you'd like to add.

I just think that it's so easy for folks here remember that it's called the rich content editor if you're looking for candidates help and that little box on the on the side there where your peers been clicking to insert images they call about the content selector So if you are looking for can't top and you can't remember what it's called the term you're looking for is content selector and it does make it super easy because you just click things and insert them in and you don't have to learn any age team hour and yeah great and so similarly if I had a reading associated with this test if I upload the reading.

Into my files section I can just drag and drop the P.D.F. here and students will be able to access it right there so very handy so I've created something for my assignment I'm not going to go into too much more detail about this because we do have a really great weapon are called assignments and grading that I highly recommend that goes through all of this in much greater detail but just to show you a few more things after you can set up you know which group you want the assignment into how the points are going to do you can change the submission types of if I want students to have to submit something online I can click that and then I have these options here canvas is really good at dealing with multiple file formats so you can upload.

You can have students upload pictures J pegs and then you can actually work with those pictures in the speed greater It's a very cool if you use this text entry students will get a rich content editor similar to the one up here when they submit so they have all those all that functionality there and if we go down here all the way to the bottom we can give ourselves the due date we can figure out when the assignment will be available for students to look at and if there's a cut off date for it Another nice feature you can control who designed it goes to here could be to the entire class or could be to a specific group of students lots of possibilities there and lastly.

A big take home about campus is that at the almost everything you do here you need to save a lot of times you think you've done it all but you've got to scroll down to the bottom to save to capture all of those features so here you see this is yes.

Really quickly Peter can you go back into the edit button because we had a question in the chat Pod and I just want to show and I do want to let everyone know that if you do have time this afternoon at two o'clock. Grading webinars happenings if you want to spend more time with the assignments tool and get into more detail on the speed greater as well as the great book.

Two o'clock today same. Log back in under peer reviews Robert had asked about about ways for students to peer by which and there is a button in assignments for requiring here abuse and there's a lot of options there they may be able to get into it a little bit with assignments and grading today but I would actually recommend that you talk with your campus Teaching and Learning Center about this because there's a lot of different ways you can use it they can be anonymous they can be not anonymous but it is it is a nice robust tool it might just take a little bit of training for you and for you to help your students learn how to use it since it is a new feature of that we didn't have an encore so I did want to show you that that's where it is just to make sure that we answered Robert's graph from great and that's an excellent question Robert this is a very interesting tool again you can have it sort of manually canvas rules redistribute who's supposed to look at who's paper or you can do that yourself and then there's also the ability to do peer reviews anonymously so that students don't know who's checking up their work it's cool feature as well so let's imagine that we have created our assignment here we love it it's ready to go we've assigned it students have done it and they have submitted their assignments online let's take a look at what that will be like from your perspective as a teacher so I'm going to go over here and of course.

They go into a little Roman history. And we're going to take a look at our assignments. And take a look at this one on the essay on Roman life. She's right here. And so you see here on the right hand side we have two out of three submissions graded so we know how many students actually turn stuff in and let's open up the speed greater tool here and Renee maybe you can walk us through a little bit of why speed greater so popular.

So a couple reasons let's be greater is been really popular with my faculty. One is that you're not carrying around packs of papers anymore any time you're logged into a computer and you have a moment you can just grade one paper you no longer have to download and upload the paper and Additionally you're not waiting for class to give the feedback back to the student when you're done grading your student can access their feedback immediately so they can immediately attend to that feedback and then be ready for it before the next time a meeting class and so those are some of the really great how to go tickle reasons if you look in the center you'll see that comment but in this turned on there are multiple different ways that you can comment on the assignment you can draw highlight you can add additional tax you see here there's a strike through that's been done highlighting you can make a little post it notes so when when Peter makes a box here it's going to pop up a post a note and it'll say that they'll give the name of whoever's grading it and you can actually type information in there to let your students know what you want you want them to do the students can actually respond to the post and know what you posted I'll give you a reply box so you can continue to have a conversation with your students about their work yes the greater is amazing all kinds of cool things here and different ways that you could attach feedback to this if you have sort of the an answer set that you want to show students just upload that here they would get it you can record your feedback to them using your your webcam microphone so you can do your feedback orally as well all kinds of great tools years so again if you're interested in learning more about the assignments of grading check out that weapon art that's happening this afternoon or you can go to the I teach reading website and watch the web in our previous version of the weapon arts and they're.

Excellent so that gives us an. Idea of the speed greater tool here we're going to. Go back to our previous class here and I want to talk a little bit about the syllabus so let's look at the syllabus for this or the home page for this guy. Here.

Talks a little bit through the syllabus and how campus gives teachers some new options for how to think about is. OK yeah so the syllabus here if you scroll down you start to see where it has been filling out based on assignments that are creating see the date and the details there so this can actually replace maybe that big calendar you might have created at the base of your syllabus saves you a little bit of time in building that each semester but let's think about what about things that you have in your syllabus Now if you want to type something in the top Pod let us know what you include in the syllabus at this point when you're building it for your course says we can talk a little bit about how campus might change the way that we choose to there's not that information to our students.

See if you can type in here. Again on the second to get their comment that. Yes plagiarism everyone's favorite. Chevys also has a speaking of plagiarism campus also has an integration with Turnitin dot com so you can make assignments and you can make assignments that automatically when students upload their essay you will send it to Turnitin dot com so you can check out.

How much they've copied from the internet or other sources. And turn it in of course is also a great learning tool formative tool for teaching students about proper citations there is a new integration the way that campus and turn it and play together has changed slightly so I do want to let people know that that is something you might want to check with your teaching and learning center you've been using it recently All right well.

I look at some of the things most of said we've got Course goals or are your learning outcomes. We've got some things that fall into policies like plagiarism late work attendance how are you going to be graded What is your point allocation and then also you know your daily readings and your your problems and your record sixty videos and I know exactly who that is that someone from my campus I've worked with that person before God to have you here today.

And so what we think about what the syllabus is look at some of the places where all this information is already available to the right assignments weighted by if you were already putting your course great scale and waiting it's built right off to the right right there and then your assignments down below are all listed so if you wanted to you could use the interactive portion of campus and you wouldn't have to spell out some of those things if you look up above.

You've got some contact information for the instructor but then you've got a link to a file called policies if you wanted to you could break out the syllabus into an interactive area where you simply have links to the different policies and this will bring up a preview or the student can click to download it so when you're looking at different things that you could put together for your syllabus you might want to think about the different ways that you could integrate this into canvas and if you want to go old school and just have one link to the file click here to download your paper syllabus you can absolutely do that too if you look in the am going to have Peter scroll up for a second you see that button right there it says click here in that edit syllabus description button on the upper right if he clicks that it gives them that's rich content editor right there again you've got that rich content editor again and all you have to do is click and add the file that is your syllabus and save it with the update button and you are done so it's just that same way that you've been putting So before you just use that selector opt to the side add to sell.

You can do that as well so there's a lot of really cool options here. You do not have to get super integrated if you don't want to but it is available to you as Yes Excellent thank you so much so again if I make any changes here I always have to update my syllabus so that it saves all of that kind of thing.

Terribly frustrating to do a bunch of school work and then click to another page and have it all be lost which has happened to me more times than I care to talk about so let's take another quick look here at this idea of the home page on canvas the canvas is basically you're creating a little website for your course and so the home page is where your students are going to land when they first get to the course and maybe.

You could talk a little bit about what the home page is here I'm actually going to go so it's a different page options. Other seized in might think of doing. So is just a great way to create some. Sense of relationship with your students a lot of students are logging in to campus before they ever come to class so even if you're not teaching online you some will think that's just for teaching online you could create a scene people create just a picture of themselves our picture of their favorite place on campus and just give a welcoming message to let students know how to contact them and there's other things you could have here I know people who change their home page every week to say here's what we're working on this week or post some reminders to their students so you have a lot of different options on how you could structure that not just a custom area there's a different one these are if you want to learn about the topics they're going to discuss in the course they've used photographs and images to set up those different topics and each one of those is a clickable link that's one of the cool things about Camp is it can allow you to integrate.

It makes me think that take you to different parts of the course and so I've seen a lot of people do great things with a home page in hybrid confidence but we online classes and in their face to face classes just to personalize the page to be a little more about you and not just a basic course with no information so this can be Course related bits can be about you about your teaching whatever you want to it's a lot of ability it just to show you how you would change the home page so let's imagine the first week of class you have that little Welcome to the picture of yourself who are now students to contact you and maybe the second week of class you know that you're going to be getting into this unit on geography so you want students to go right there you can go to choose home page here.

And it's going to give you these different options to course activity stream we'll just talk about the assignments that are due and what's coming up. This is will show its plans in just a moment you could also link directly to the course modules if you have your class set up using the modules tool which is a way to control how the order in which students moves through material and again if you're interested in using modules you have a whole webinars that's just about modules that you can check out you could also have students go directly to the assignment list with the syllabus but if you want to change this one we can go to change and it's now taking me to the pages to a which is this guy over here these are all the different pages that I have created over the course of setting up my classify I want students to go to the geography page this is that's the unit we're doing I would click on this little gear setting here and say use is front page.

When I go back home she takes me straight to the geography page so that's how you would change your home page there musings little page but. Excellent anything else we should say about the home page there Renee. If you get it used by. Again everyone had a question about announcements appearing on the home page that course activity stream option the first one what I would do is show when there are new items in the course now it's not going to show a list of every announcement with the content which I know is something we kind of had on course.

But it is going to show students when there is new material and I do want to let you know Allan that announcements are generally automatically sent to students e-mail unless they opt out and at that point they opt out that it's kind of on them to keep track of their course material that's that's actually a great segue to what we're going to talk about next which is ways that you can communicate with your students course so if you go up here to this account setting this deals with your account and not all of your students this is just how you interact with campus so you can set up your profile you know your picture what it says about you but if you go to this I think it settings here if you go to settings you have the option to add e-mail addresses here so if you want canvas to send send an e-mail to your G.

Mail account or some other non Indiana dot edu kind of account you can add that here you can also add under this other contacts you can add your cell phone number here and canvas will send you text messages whenever depending on how you've what you want to be notified of but you can enter in this information here and then you get little bits throughout the day when students are submitting things and let me show you a little bit about how to do that if you go to this notifications here.

I see this list of all the things that happen in campus and how I want campus to contact me so for example if I want to canvass as a student if I want to know any time a new announcement has come out a student could go here and they could say notify me right away or just in the some little text message or email at the end of the day of all the new announcements you could do it weekly or you could say please don't send me anything.

And you may find when you start a course if you have everything set to you know send me e-mails right away that very quickly realize some of these you don't need to see all the time to click this do not send me anything and if I had added my cell phone number on that previous page it also showed up here as a column and I could control how I got messages from.

Campus. A really cool tip some faculty members want students to get their notification and they're offering extra credit if students show them a screenshot that indicate that they have added their cellphone number and that they are getting. And getting announcements and when grades are posted sent to them immediately.

And students actually seem to really like it and people are finding that students are more engaged with the course content because they get a cell phone notification of a grade and then maybe they'll use the speed greater to comment back to the instructor I was confused about this can we talk about a little bit more you can actually ask them questions and create a conversation about their work yes absolutely So the main thing here with the communication and campus is that you need to get very clear with students about where you're going to be looking for messages from them whether it's Candice or whether it's your personal e-mail and you also want to make it clear to students how they should be sending messages or how you should be sending messages to them where they should be looking as well whether it's this inbox their own e-mails you just have to kind of set up a game plan before you get started and I love the idea of setting the screen shots but some responsibility on the students.

Rate we took a look at this calendar early let's take one more quick look at it here. So again we have a great ability to filter our courses so we can see what we're actually looking at here using these buttons here and we can look at things of course week of the month and one thing that's super cool here too is to statue a tool.

Renee maybe you could talk about when you get used to stitch. So I know we have at least one person who teaches writing in the workshop today and the scheduler is great if you say need to do some one on ones with your students to go over their drops or you need to schedule out some office hours or even oral examination the scheduler allows you to create a time block and have students sign up for it and then it will appear on the calendar letting you know when the students are coming by.

This is this does not integrate with your Outlook calendar by the way I know some people have asked that question before but it will appear on campus and then it will pop up with reminders to the students and their to do with that they need to come by your office during this time so you say OK here are my office hours and I can do fifteen minutes with each person and you let them know that they need to sign up you can assign it to under the calendar area you assign it to particular courses so maybe you have two sections of the same course or you have office hours and year and you teach at a lower level and an upper level and they all need to come meet with you well you can actually assign it so that students from either group could sign up to come in this is a great way to set up when you want to meet with your students and if you want more information on that definitely talk to your your teaching and learning center about using yes and it's Robert said this is a super cool tool it's really really had no more of that you know putting a sign up sheet on your door and having students with a long line of people outside your office door they can know when to come up.

Also what we have just a few moments here another tool I want to show you. Here. So the arrangement of these tools here you have some control over this you can control what students actually see and to get access to you do that by going to the settings tool down here in the lower left and we have several options here just a few recent Again if you go to that Simon says rating you can control the kind of rating scheme here.

Some pre-set options for you know what whether the classes just pass fail or whether you can allow pluses and minuses and all that kind of thing sure that there but if we go to this navigation tool this shows us which tools are currently available to students and if we go down a little bit we have all of the other tools that we could add into the class so I mentioned earlier about culture is a great way to do you can use any video in your class I recommend it's your own video I recommend uploading it to counter us so if I want to get that tool available all I have to do is just drag it into my class here and if I want to get rid of any of these tools obviously I can also just drag them out of here.

Have that ability so this is how you control the things that are going on here and as always you have to go down to the bottom and save. When I do that now you'll see that the tour has shown up by the state schools so that's a handy thing sometimes you don't need students to see that if you're not going to use modules you could just take this out so it doesn't confuse anybody.

Great we are rapidly nearing the end of our presentation here just to review before we go a few important things to get if you need more help we recommend going to the teaching and learning centers you have there available during business hours and they can help you with the kind of details of some of the things you've talked about today or bigger issues about how to set up your class and the kinds of things you want to do there's also the Help feature here in the lower left hand corner that will let you contact us whenever you need to you just click on that and if we click on ASK FOR HELP you can send them an email right away there's also a phone number for us which is a new to me right now because it's early on a Monday morning.

And then we also have the search the canvas guides we looked at earlier so most of the information we're going to need is probably in here already and there's also lots of. Knowledge Base documents just you can do concerts K.P. I see Eveleigh saying can I upload a quiz previously created on course absolutely you can migrate all of your course material that you did it on course to canvas and again if you want to do that we don't have the time to do it today but if you want to do that you see here I have put content into discourse and this would allow me to get stuff.

And then they put up the link to that migration record for you Evelyn So if you want to do that you can also create as you did and of course if you create a bank of test questions when you create quizzes you can just drag and drop questions that you've already created to make a new quiz it's very.

Jennifer's asking. And I yeah I just posted the migration recording which talks about the migration to an overview and it lets you know how to bring things over to campus it can bring over your resources as your test and surveys tool into quizzes so that's how I want to bring her quiz over it can bring over your assignments.

And the modules tool and Jennifer is asking about the dropbox unfortunately that Dropbox tool does not have similar tool in campus so there's not a way to sort of the way I think about the migration tolls it's like a forklift it goes to lift it up and moves it over to another area but there are ways to get things out of the dropbox by downloading them as a Zip I believe because of the way it's structured so if you want to work with your teaching and learning center and how to get your your Dropbox material out that would be one way to do it.

I think one of the other reasons that Dropbox does not migrate is that many times it's got student work in it so things that would hold student work the student work does not move over this just moves over your course material so your quizzes the assignment settings things like that but not.

Actually the student one of the students. Read a few more other little tips you might enjoy here from this setting this option again on the right hand side if you click the student view this is going to allow you to see what the students are seeing in your campus site so the things that have been published will be available and you'll be able to see that kind of that view in this.

Section here and you'll know that you're in the student view because of this very bold pink banner at the bottom so we can if you need to get out of this to go back to our regular teacher if you leave the student view. It's shifted me back to the home page I want to show you one more thing on the settings tool some other cool stuff with canvas is that it does a great job of allowing you to see statistics so even with your quizzes grading you can check out you can if you do a quiz you can look at how many people missed Question number three and what the most common wrong answers were and you can see all of that kind of thing in statistics form and here with course statistics you can also take a look at how often students are engaging with the course how much time they're spending in the course of that also can be a great way to monitor student engagement and that you know what parts of your class are working and what what parts might need some more movement as well.

All right I think that is about anything else you'd like to add Renee. I was going to say I'm going to go ahead and give people a lesson of upcoming Whiteman argument chap Pod and everyone wants to know how to turn off his stick RAM and and so if you could just get out of the settings Peter going to show her whereabouts that's located.

Or course detail works and the navigation so remember when you're in setting up there are multiple different areas here to get settings navigation we need to move over to course details and if we go down to the bottom you have some additional options you're going to have to choose more op.

And I believe it's right here so see the great distribution graps high grade distribution graph from summary that is going to hide the average grades histograms from the great book and that's going to be all assignments not just a particular tast Yeah great question. All right I am going to change our view here one last time and put us on our closing menu.

And turn off the music. Drives everyone a little nuts. And. There with it's. OK And I want to point your attention very quickly to this pod up here in the top left that says evaluation and closing instructions if you have a few moments you would love to get your feedback on what we had we did today what we did well what we could improve so if you take a moment and click on this web in our evaluation it just takes a minute or two it gives us a little feedback of how we can improve what we're doing there's also some links here to other resources that we've talked about so if you need to contact a teaching learning center you can do that here is a great K.B. documents that has lots of things in it.

And it has been our pleasure to help you guys today we're going to hang around in the room a little bit more so if you have any questions you can throw them there in the chap but if not that's the end of what I have to tell people Renee do you have any parting shots.

Just wanted to say thanks again and remind everyone that there are some more upcoming webinars you've got one this afternoon on assignments and grading and then tomorrow morning our mind to turn communication strategies so that's going over some more details about the inbox announcements and other ways that you could communicate with your students rate so thank you very much for attending have a wonderful afternoon and if you do have a time take a moment that webinars evaluation for us and we will see you sometimes we hope to care everybody.

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Learn more about transitioning from Oncourse to Canvas in this recorded session.