Our campus piloted Canvas for 2 semesters and due to a number of reasons we decided "Not" to adopt the platform. We had about 40 classes and the instructors using Canvas now wanted to retrieve their materials and assessments from Canvas and put them back into the campus LMS, Moodle. Just as a side note Canvas was actually built out on an earlier version of the open source code from Moodle. This is where the dilemma begins. Apparently, no one else has decided to walk away...as we did. There is no way to easily remove your materials or your student work from Canvas once it goes in. Institutions need to maintain students records and the artifacts associated with their grades. This is a giant mess and I feel compelled to let the rest of the community know exactly what you are getting into. I think that this is the new model for LMS companies as I believe Bb also is making extraction of content and data out of their system difficult as well. So, be forewarned and check your options before taking that leap of faith!
UNLV's Office of Online Education is looking for an Instructional Art Manager! Please share or apply using the link below if interested.
ROLE of the POSITION
The Instructional Art (IA) Manager works to develop a campus culture that embraces digital teaching and learning by supporting instructional artists as they engage faculty in online and hybrid course development and revision. The IA Manager uses a growth mindset (Dweck, 2007) to help the instructional art team function as members of a supportive OE team. The IA Manager has strong pedagogical knowledge, art expertise, online education experience and collaborative supervisory skills that promote best practices in instructional art. The Manager supports instructional artists and faculty through the course design and development stages; evaluates OE courses for consistency with art standards and best practices; identifies and organizes resources for skill and knowledge development for OE instructional artists; and brings research-based perspectives to the art and science of instructional art. The IA Manager collaborates with the instructional design and instructional applications programming staff. The IA Manager also supports OE by working on issues, programs or projects at the request of the Director.
Best of luck,
It is now possible to connect Hypothesis, a free and open source collaborative annotation tool, with your Canvas course. You could use this for activities in which your students collaboratively comment or annotate web sites, documents, and other items. See this tutorial for how Hypothesis works, and here are some quick start guides for teachers and students.
This saves you and your students time by allowing for single sign-on use of Hypothesis:
The Hypothesis LMS app automatically provisions accounts for all students enrolled in any course using the app. This means that students can navigate to a Hypothesis-enabled reading and begin annotating without ever creating or logging into a separate account. Even better, the entire course roster of students and teachers will all be joined and annotate by default in an automatically-created private Hypothesis group that matches the course in the LMS.
Gradebook integration is a feature planned for the future.
Here are some video tutorials recently posted by Hypothesis:
Have you ever wished there was a resource you could reference when setting up a Canvas course? Well, good news...now there is one! The Training Services department shared all of their collective experiences working in education and training clients for years to build this collaborative resource that instructors will hopefully find useful referencing when creating their courses in Canvas.
Review the Beginning-of-Course checklist to ensure your course is ready to publish for students
Reference the End-of-Course checklist to help wrap up your course before the term concludes
Share with your colleagues so they can also benefit from the checklists
The checklist resource is available via Google Docs "Make a Copy"
Feel free to leave us comments about this resource or share the practices you use at the beginning and end of a course in Canvas.
The Training Services Department at Instructure is committed to supporting any training needs at your Institution. Reach out to your CSM if you are interested in learning more about this resource, additional resources or any of our training offerings.
Our higher education institution has been working with Canvas for just over a year. During this time, this community was very helpful in our doubts and so we would like to share our curated community links.
Thanks to all of you who share your discoveries and experiences with Canvas, all have been very valid.
Nossa instituição de ensino superior trabalha com o Canvas há pouco mais de um ano. Durante esse período, essa comunidade foi muito útil em nossas dúvidas e, por isso, gostaríamos de compartilhar nossa curadoria de links da comunidade.
Obrigado a todos vocês que compartilham suas descobertas e experiências com o Canvas, todos foram muito válidos.
Analytics in Course Design: Leveraging Canvas Data: https://learn.canvas.net/courses/1176
Domain paths (Caminhos de domínio):
MC_Canvas_Instructor_Orientation: https://ursinus.instructure.com/courses/2850 (part.3)
Badges for Learning: https://canvas.instructure.com/courses/904071
Gamify Your Canvas Course with Badgr Open Badges: https://learn.canvas.net/courses/1628
Experience Points for Canvas: https://canvas.instructure.com/courses/1015875
Canvas Network Training Course: https://learn.canvas.net/courses/553 (módulo 6)
Canvas for Online Learning: https://uen.instructure.com/courses/404288 (módulo 10)
Canvas for Online Learning: https://uen.instructure.com/courses/404288 (módulo 9)
Canvas Course Design: https://canvas.uw.edu/courses/866251
Keep Your Canvas Clean: https://uen.instructure.com/courses/368335
Canvas Instructor Training: https://richland.instructure.com/courses/1911107
Design Tools User Guide: https://cidilabs.instructure.com/courses/102
Canvas HTML Editor: https://llu.instructure.com/courses/1131728
Canvas Gallery: https://ucdenver.instructure.com/courses/336339
Canvas Tutorials: https://lakeland.instructure.com/courses/1455362
Org: Canvas 101: https://fsu.instructure.com/courses/63
Peter Wiarda Sandbox: https://slcc.instructure.com/courses/377550
Canvas + _______ = Engaging Experiences: https://esc11.instructure.com/courses/4271
Canvas Extended: https://canvas.ewu.edu/courses/1028360
Pauleds / resources: https://canvas.instructure.com/courses/787387
Teaching Resources Hub: Teaching Resources Hub
Courses that inspired us (Cursos que nos inspiraram):
Overview of various courses (Visão geral de vários cursos): https://learn.canvas.net/search/all_courses
Technical Mathematics for Industry: https://learn.canvas.net/courses/256
Design Thinking for K-12 Educators: https://learn.canvas.net/courses/931
Canvas Template Basic – Emory: https://canvas.emory.edu/courses/30202
Canvas Tour for Students: https://canvas.fau.edu/courses/6269
Chemistry I: Elements and Compounds and their properties: https://learn.canvas.net/courses/1109
Teaching Flipped: https://learn.canvas.net/courses/765
Open Mic Songwriting: https://learn.canvas.net/courses/535
Supporting Girls in STEAM: https://learn.canvas.net/courses/892
Biometric Technologies: Identification for the Future (September 2015): https://learn.canvas.net/courses/552
Empowering Yourself as a Digital Citizen: https://learn.canvas.net/courses/591
Intro to Geology: https://resources.instructure.com/courses/11/pages/course-home-page
Canvas Teacher Community: https://cuesta.instructure.com/courses/108
Online Education Center Orientation: https://deanza.instructure.com/courses/1106
Canvas Instructor Tutorials: https://lakeland.instructure.com/courses/740304/pages/setting-up-the-mastery-gradebook?module_item_id=13176394
Learning Outcomes & Rubrics: https://canvas.vt.edu/courses/27/pages/learning-outcomes-and-rubrics#Learning
Completing the quest by unlocking content: https://community.canvaslms.com/thread/9783
Dynamic page flow with course menu navigation: https://community.canvaslms.com/thread/9238
Minimalistic template design: https://community.canvaslms.com/thread/22184-minimalistic-template-design
Templates: Responsive Design for the Mobile Web: https://community.canvaslms.com/groups/cmug/blog/2018/06/28/templates-responsive-design-for-the-mobile-web
Home Sweet Homepages without Tables: https://community.canvaslms.com/groups/designers/blog/2015/05/22/sweet-home-pages-without-tables
Share UDL Course Design Tips, Tricks, and Techniques: https://community.canvaslms.com/groups/accessibility/blog/2016/06/08/share-udl-course-design-tips-tricks-and-techniques
Developing Course Pages Using Bootstrap: https://community.canvaslms.com/thread/13567-developing-course-pages-using-bootstrap
Flexbox Grid tips and guides: https://community.canvaslms.com/thread/2767
Video Carousel: code-snippet: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-3497-video-carousel-code-snippet
Element Toggler: https://community.canvaslms.com/thread/24219-element-toggler
Basic Clickable Image Map: code-snippet: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-3294
Canvas Scrolling Side Menu: https://community.canvaslms.com/groups/canvas-developers/blog/2018/06/27/canvas-scrolling-side-menu
Columns Without Tables: code-snippet: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-3289
Easy Slideshow or Gallery in HTML: https://instructure.jiveon.com/groups/designers/blog/2016/02/20/easy-slideshow-or-gallery-in-html
Improve Threaded Discussions with CSS: https://community.canvaslms.com/groups/designers/blog/2016/05/26/improve-threaded-discussions-with-css
Teacher Appreciation 2018 | Home Page Templates: Teacher Appreciation 2018 | Home Page Templates
Learning Mastery (Domínios de aprendizagem):
How is your school using Learning Mastery?: https://community.canvaslms.com/thread/23957-how-is-your-school-using-learning-mastery
Course Progress (Progresso no curso):
Help Students Monitor their Course Progress: https://firstname.lastname@example.org/blog/2017/05/11/help-students-monitor-their-course-progress
UDL (Universal Design for Learning)
Implementing Universal Design for Learning on Canvas: https://community.canvaslms.com/groups/designers/blog/2017/10/16/implementing-universal-design-for-learning-on-canvas
Teaching Effectively in Canvas (Please share ideas & advice!) : https://community.canvaslms.com/groups/designers/blog/2017/05/02/teaching-effectively-in-canvas-please-share-ideas-advice
Style Guide: https://canvas.instructure.com/styleguide
Thinking in Canvas: Using pages to make your unit come alive: http://sydney.edu.au/education-portfolio/ei/teaching@sydney/thinking-canvas-using-pages-make-unit-come-alive/
Tips for Designing for Mobile Devices: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1mMJLQs9eMf3BqKmky-wDoqEdig9Z1cmyEs_xMHu5500/edit#slide=id.p39
Progress bar in Instructure Canvas: https://learntech.imsu.ox.ac.uk/blog/notes-on-instructure-canvas/
ARCHIVED: Adding enhanced interface components in Canvas content: Adding enhanced interface components in Canvas content
UDL (Universal Design for Learning)
In response to the Disappearing Graphics and related posts here, as well as related questions from my own faculty, here are some tips for what you might try doing if you run into a situation in which some or all of the images do not appear to load in Canvas. Feel free to add your own suggestions, corrections, etc. in the comments below.
Occasionally you may notice that one or more images do not appear to be loading on a page in Canvas - especially pages that have a lot of images. In my experience (been using Canvas since 2011), this is just a temporary issue and reloading the page fixes it, and usually the cause is my school network, not the Canvas servers or my computer or browser.
First, make sure you are not using an old computer with insufficient memory/RAM or an out of date operating system or browser. Canvas will not work correctly with Internet Explorer, for example. Try the Chrome, Firefox, or Safari browser instead.
Make sure also you have a decent Internet connection. If you are trying to connect over a poor wifi or cellular signal, that may also cause the issue. Run a speed test to see how fast your Internet connection is.
You can also check the status of Canvas servers, but that is rarely the issue.
If images are not showing up in one course but they show up fine in others, it may be because you (or the course builder) copied and pasted images into the course rather than uploading images into the course. Copying and pasting images from one course to another does not work. The pasted images are still being loaded (or not loaded) from a different course that you may not have access to. Run the link validator in Canvas to check for and fix broken images and links.
If none of those are issues in your case, try one or more of the options below, starting with the first:
If a simple reload of the page does not appear to be fixing the issue (control-R or command-R on macs), try control-shift-R (or command-shift-R on macs) to reload the page and force everything to re-download. Your browser keeps a cache (store) of images and files it has downloaded before. Control-shift-R should tell the browser to re-download everything.
That usually fixes the issue for me, but if things are still not working and you don't think it is poor network connectivity, there are some "stronger" options below that you can try.
Sometimes it is necessary to empty that cache first to force all images or other files to be downloaded again.
In chrome, you can hit control-shift-i (or command-shift-i on macs) to open the developer console pane on the right. Then right-click (or control-click on macs) on the reload button and select Empty Cache and Hard Reload, as pictured below. Hit control-shift-i again to close the developer tools pane.
In Chrome, you can clear all the images and files stored by your browser. Click the 3 vertical dots on the top right of Chrome, go to Settings, and scroll to the bottom and click on Advanced. Click on Clear Browsing Data. You can also get there directly by going to this URL: chrome://settings/clearBrowserData
Clear recent images and files from your browser like so:
Reload the Canvas page to see if that fixes the issue.
See this Clear browsing data page for more details.
Another option is to install the Clear Chrome browser extension for Chrome. It adds a button in the toolbar that will clear your cache any time you press the button (and optionally it will reload the page for you, too).
I would recommend not using very large images in your Canvas pages, and not too many images. You might try to keep your individual images under 100kb and the total size of all images on your page under 1 megabyte.
Try an image editor like Pixlr to resize your images to be smaller in file size (go to Image -> Image size to resize).
I recently attended a webinar called “Student Device Preferences for Online Course Access and Multimedia Learning”, and it tied in nicely to my presentation from this past summer about using mobile devices to increase student engagement in the online classroom. The research that was completed at Oregon State University’s Ecampus has some interesting results from its 2035 respondents such as . . .
I am inferring from the study too that students seem to understand that the Laptop and Desktop are more effective; however, they would prefer a mobile device such as a tablet or smartphone for the convenience and perhaps ease of use.
I am not sure that this is overwhelmingly new research in this study, but it does seem to be a nice reference as it is recent research and a leading online program. Perhaps more mobile learning environments will be created in the future to accommodate the preference. If you would like to learn more about the study, please refer to the attached PDF or Oregon State's Ecampus reasearch team.
I have been asked to share this research, and I welcome any feedback.
We've loaded our templates with modules that include sample pages, assignments, support materials, and more. Banners, buttons, icons, and other design elements are included and can easily be customized and re-used.
Watch the following short clip to preview a template designed for Secondary students:
I'm starting to lose track of all the different rubrics and checklists related to course design that I've come across, and some new ones have come out very recently, so I'd thought I'd list them here. If you know of others, please comment below. Thank you
I've shared a resource in Canvas Commons with some examples of brief, research-based teaching strategies implemented in Canvas, such as: transparent assignments, minute papers, values affirmation, social belonging, goal setting, student testimonials, nudges, discussion protocols, wrappers, and midterm student feedback.
You can preview this resource here. You can also download an export of the Canvas resource in the attachment section below if you do not have access to Canvas Commons.
Evidence-based teaching refers to teaching strategies and principles for which there have been research studies indicating their effectiveness at improving student learning, engagement, attitudes, or other factors related to academic success.
This resource is not meant to be comprehensive. As detailed in the table below, there are many different types and scopes of evidence-based pedagogical strategies and principles, and this resource only begins to tackle just one small part of this space.
And this is not to suggest that only evidence-based teaching strategies are useful or valid. Just as in medicine, science, and other disciplines, we must constantly experiment with strategies when teaching, even when there is not, or especially when there is not, a solid research base to help inform decisions.
|Briefer, Targeted Strategies||Broader or More Comprehensive Techniques|
|More Concrete Strategies|
These are some of the strategies covered in this Canvas resource:
Examples of some face-to-face in-class strategies (which are not addressed in this Canvas resource):
Many of these broader teaching techniques derive from discipline-based educational research and development.
|More General Principles/Techniques|
These are some strategies that primarily derive from cognitive psychology and mainly apply to practice and memory.
These are links to more comprehensive Canvas-related resources on effective teaching practices.
Feel free to comment below with suggestions for other activities to include or improvements to make to these samples. Or share your own examples on Canvas Commons, like the Metacognitive Awareness Inventory survey Kyle Heatherly shared and that I copied in this Canvas resource.
Have you ever wanted the ability to know which files from the Canvas Files section are being used in course content or where they are being used? How about the ability to identify and delete unused, irrelevant files?
Read below about a tool we have built to to solve these problems at Utah State University.
We have been using Canvas since the Summer of 2011 and one of the challenges is the accumulation of significant amounts of unnecessary and unused files in the files section as courses are copied forward. Some of those irrelevant files are past syllabi (i.e. syllabus-2011.pdf) or files from past years or duplicate files that were never used. Up until recently there was no way to identify which files were being used or not.
We brought the problem to our data analyst Meghan Lewis who was able to use Canvas Data to look at data on every file across our courses and determine whether there was a link to that file or not from the Canvas content. Given that some instructors choose to make the files section visible to students we filtered out that data to determine what percentage of files were being used.
From that data we found that only 32.7% of the files in those courses were being used. In other words, over 67% of the files in those courses were no longer being used!
Old irrelevant files in courses in the files section are problematic for a number of reasons:
With an understanding of the problem, we set out to provide a solution to help instructors better understand how their course files are used.
To address the challenges around file management we have build a "File Cleanup LTI Tool" that allows faculty and instructional designers to identify and delete unused files and empty folders and see how files are being used.
The reception to this tool has been very positive on our campus and we are excited to share how it works to measure interest on whether there might be interest from others to merit the development work that would be needed to make the tool available for use by others. If you are interested take a moment to review the tool below and leave a comment with any feedback or to us know if this is something that would be helpful to your institution!
The File Cleanup LTI Tool is installed at a course level and is visible to instructors from the course navigation:
This section of the tool provides brief instructions and a chart that shows what percentage of the files in the course are in use. There is also a note at the top of the tool that shows when the information displayed in the toolwas last updated - we currently Canvas data that is updated nightly, but hope to use Canvas Data Live Events in the future.
Below the instructions we present a warning that the tool is still in beta and a conditional warning that shows up when the instructor has made the files section available to students:
The first warning for courses that display the files section makes sure that those instructors know that some files may be used by students even if there are no links from Canvas content. The second beta warning lets the users know that we are currently unable to determine if there are links to content from a limited type Canvas data (outcomes, rubrics, conferences, calendar items and quiz question answer submissions). We hope to remedy this with the move to Canvas Data Live Events.
Now the good stuff - the default view of the tool that lists all of the unused files from the course with the ability to preview, search, select, and delete those files:
Instructors can quickly select all unused files and delete them or click on the file name to preview an individual file, sort by file name or date created or search for an individual file by file name or file type (i.e. all PDF files). Files can be deleted individually or all at once. When you delete a file an "Are you sure" message pops up:
Then a confirmation message appears showing how many file were deleted:
Once the files are deleted the list of files updated and the chart at the top of the page is updated to show how many unused files are in the course.
You can also view a list of all files in a course including those that are in use:
Note in this view there is a link for files in use that users can click on to go to the page where the file is used.
We found that deleting files left a number of empty folders, so we recently added a tool that identifies those empty folders so they can be deleted individually or all at once. This tool is updated live rather than relying on the nightly Canvas Data dump.
While we are still gathering feedback from users and continuing to add features and improve the user experience there has already been significant interest and use of the tool by instructors excited to be able to clean out their files. Our Disability Resource Center has also greatly appreciated the ability to work with professors to clean out old files and focus their work on files that are being used in the course. At an institutional level it has been great to start to see the number of useless files start to go down instead of up and instructors copy their courses forward each semester.
If you have questions or interest in using this is a tool, please leave a comment below. Follow this post for updates on the availability of the tool in the future.
Below are some Canvas ideas and other resources that also may be of interest:
When Shauna Vorkink - Content Services Director first approached me about collaborating on a Course Evaluation Checklist with Erin Keefe - Training Team Lead and Deonne Johnson - Consultant, I was beyond thrilled. I knew this was something I could utilize in my current position as an Instructional Designer for Instructure, but even more importantly, it would provide the framework to ultimately help millions of Canvas users.
The checklist is available via Google Docs "Make a Copy" so you can customize for your institution. Please select the following link for access: Course Evaluation Checklist Editable
Note: We ask that you maintain our Citation list located at the bottom of the document.
This checklist is now available in Spanish! Please select the following link for access: Lista de Evaluacion del Curso
Members of the Content Services team collaborated with Canvas mobile app guru, Ryan Seilhamer, to create another go-to resource to help you understand mobile app design considerations. Please be sure to visit the Mobile App Design Course Evaluation Checklist blog post to access this additional resource!
Please comment below. We’d love to hear from you!
Our Instructional Design team offers full Course Evaluations. Course evaluation services provide insight into best practices. Recommendations will focus on aligning course objectives, accessibility, and overall creation of an enhanced user experience. If you would like to learn more about our services, please contact your CSM or Shauna Vorkink - Content Services Director at email@example.com.
Thanks for the likes, tweets, and feedback regarding the Course Evaluation Checklist! Members of the Content Services team collaborated with Canvas mobile app guru, Ryan Seilhamer, to create another go-to resource to help you understand mobile app design considerations.
This checklist focuses on design principles for mobile app users. Examples are built directly into the checklist so you can quickly see how incorporating these considerations creates a dramatic difference for students. We hope you'll find this checklist to be a simple and illuminating glimpse into the mobile app.
This checklist is available via Google Docs "Make a Copy" so you can customize for your institution. Please select the following link for access: Mobile App Design Course Evaluation Checklist Editable
Note: We ask that you maintain our Citation list located at the bottom of the document.
Our Instructional Design team offers full Course Evaluations. Course evaluation services provide insight into best practices. Recommendations will focus on aligning course objectives, accessibility, and overall creation of an enhanced user experience. If you would like to learn more about our services, please contact your CSM or Shauna Vorkink - Content Services Directorsvorkink@instructure.com
We feel that a well-designed course home page can inspire students to engage more deeply and quickly with learning materials. In appreciation for all that you do, we have created two customizable home page templates that you are free to use in your courses as-is, modify as desired, and share with others.
|Grades K5||Grades 6-12|
Select the following link to automatically download a copy of the K5 Home Page Template export package:
Select the following link to automatically download a copy of the 6-12 Home Page Template export package:
Please note: For an optimal experience, please view this video using Google Chrome. Written directions are also available below the video.
Part 1 | Importing Content Into Canvas Course Shell
Importing files are also explained in the following Canvas Guide: How do I import a Canvas course export package?
Part 2 | Customizing Your Home Page
Pro Tip: We recommend loading files only into empty course shells in order to prevent overriding any of your current content, or impacting your students' course experience.
If you have any questions, please reach out to your Customer Success Manager.
Please comment below. We’d love to hear from you!
If you would like to learn more about our services, please contact your CSM or Shauna Vorkink - Content Services Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.