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Hi,

I am finding my way to Canvas and I would like to share this community this canvas template that I have built upon another template that some one shared to the Commons (I can't remember the author now, but thank you who ever you were).

 

Canvas doesn't have allow the creation of  navigation panel unit by unit, like Moodle or Blackboard Learn so I create a table in the frontpage and also use the menu 'Modules' on the left hand side. I don't think that the 'Module' links can be hidden?

 

Any feedback/comments for my template are very welcome.

Mari Cruz

As we move into the month of love, I'd like to share my love and appreciation for the CanvasCasters podcast (anchor.fm) . It's amazing to hear such great Canvas stories from fellow Canvas users. Perhaps you've read my previous blog listing the special guests from some of the 2019 episodes 1-8: CanvasCasters Podcast: Have Ears, Will Listen... & Subscribe .

 

If you've enjoyed the podcast, you will familiar with one of their closing questions asking their guests their big 3 things they love about Canvas or what's in their Canvas backpack? So without further ado.

 

Episode & GuestTop 3 Loves (Canvas Backpack)

1: Megan Tolin

  • Speedgrader- Using rubrics
  • Speedgrader > Options- Sort by submission status, so that when grading you can grade all that submitted back-to-back versus skipping over students who haven't submitted yet 
  • Speedgrader- Audio/video feedback to students
2: Paul Towers
  • Tapping into "New" Analytics
  • Present live from your Canvas course
  • Modules/pages
3 & 4: Kona Jones
  • Gradebook > Message Student Who
    • "New" Analytics - message students who haven't view a Page
  • Gradebook > Notes Column
  • Canvas Community
5: Chris giles
  • Community & Twitter: Connect with people/video chats
  • Teach faculty how to use Canvas Calendar
  • Canvas Tier 1 Support
  • Admit what you don't know; it's okay

6: Eddie Small Marcus Painter

  • (Admin) Global Announcements
  • Using Canvas for Professional Development hosting
  • Studio/Arc
    • Easy to learn and use; integrated into Canvas
    • Student engagement and content creation; integrated quizzes
7: Kyle Beimfohr
  • Canvas Media Recorder, student content creation and instructor feedback
  • Up-to-date Canvas Guides & step-by-step documentation
  • Potential of New Quizzes, variety of type of questions
8: Scott DennisRenee CarneyRenee shared about the Canvas Advocate (changed name from Canvassador) program. Share your Canvas passion with other users. Both Scott and Renee spoke about the Canvas Community and invite users to join.
9: Kevin Self
  • Blueprint 
  • Groups
  • New Gradebook

10: Amanda Kitchell & Amanda_Wilkerson

  • Canvas Conversations/Inbox messages, accessible after-hours
  • Modules
    • Embed everything students need within Canvas
    • If students miss class/poor weather days, they don't miss content
  • Studio, integrated quiz feature with video (hidden markers)
11: Mixtape Volume 1
(2019)
You can also read more about the CanvasCasters podcast in their recent post on the Instructure blog.
12: Announcement
(2020)
Guess who is coming to instcon; that's right your favorite unofficial Canvas podcast! Meet Marcus & Eddie in Nashville; who knows  ... there might be a live show? instructurecon2020
13: Monica Burns

Monica provides an overview of the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) in lovely Miami, FL. She shared how to approach your next conference and a few accounts/organizations to follow.

14: Stevie Frank
  • Rubrics/Speedgrader
  • Student View, great to show "HOW TOs."
  • Modules
15: Khaled Al-Ankar
  • Canvas Studio, media content is easiest way to create & consume, especially for visual learners.
  • Canvas Guides, great to provide to others especially for those who want to print out for step-by-step guide.
  • Quizzes.Next, can migrate from old quizzes to new quizzes is a good feature. Extremely powerful especially with hot spots.
16: Van Bardell & Ryne Jungling
  • "Sandbox" class, not tied to any course or students; great for testing stuff out - saves time.
  • Modules, great for organized instructions & student navigation.
17: CanvasCastersDiscusses how education is being impacted by COVID-19.
18: Travis N Thurston, PhD
  • Discussion Forums, so flexible. Digital Powerups: talk about a concept; choose 2-3 (of 5-7) prompts to enter into discussion/commentary.

 

Give them a listen and if you think it's panda-tastic; subscribe! You can find CanvasCasters in a variety of ways:

 

Keep Learning,

Sky V.
Senior Instructional Designer, FIU Online
Adjunct in Marketing & Logistics, FIU

A colleague and I researched Project Management Strategies for Instructional Design Projects and applied the research to our Course Design and Development processes. She's in Florida, I'm in Michigan, and both of our institutions use Canvas and subscribe to Quality Matters. I thought that our research may be helpful to others in the Canvas Community. By the way: for designers who work at QM institutions and use Canvas, it's exciting that a New Partnership Brings Canvas to Quality Matters.

 

We placed our research resources into an open Canvas course as we read and discussed the articles, ebook, presentation, processes, and flowcharts and then made the resource course available to the public at bit.ly/ID-PM. If anyone has an instructional design process or flowchart that we can add to the research resources, please share!

 

We presented our application of the research last month to the ID2ID program sponsored by Penn State and EDUCAUSE. The recorded webinar is included within the research resources. Also, in case it's helpful to anyone, here's our presentation from a pre-conference workshop we facilitated at Quality Matters “QM Connect" last October.

 

This image shows a sample of the articles and other content available at bit.ly/ID-PM:

bit.ly/ID-PM

Yet another benefit of online courses.

Author Thomas Royce Wilson, PhD. @Captain Big Idea – Free "cognitive cartoons" about learning and living with technology 

 

*Shared with permission. 

2020 Course Design Essentials  

Monthly Canvas Community Event Launch

The Canvas Instructional Design Team is launching our 2020 Course Design Essentials monthly event. These events will include blog posts, live events, free design assets, how-to screencasts, and tips and tricks that focus on Canvas course design fundamentals to help you elevate your course design. 

 

Who Are We?

We are Instructure’s Instructional Design Team! More specifically, we are Kristen Andersen, Tiffany Foster, Marah Metallo, Laurie Norris, Lily Philips, and Paola Sanchez. Between the six of us, we have over 36 years of Canvas experience! Within Canvas, we have been students, teachers, admins, trainers, and instructional designers. We have created fully-online, hybrid/blended and face-to-face courses for learners ranging from preschool through post-secondary and everything in between.

 

Why Are We Launching This Event?

We utilize the Canvas Community on a regular basis to position instructional design resources! We understand the impact and power of the Instructional Designers space within the Community and want to give back. We are excited to collaborate and share tips and tricks about our Canvas Design Best Practices. 

 


Button Samples

January Teacher Appreciation Event: Seasonal Home Page Button Giveaway

For January’s event, we have created free, seasonal-themed home page button images for your course! You can choose from photography or illustration-based designs. Just like changing a bulletin board in your classroom to reflect a season change, you can update the design of your Canvas home page buttons. Be sure to check back in the Community in the coming months for other seasonal button sets. 

 

Each of the buttons can lead to course essential topics: Learning Modules, Resource Materials, Question Forum, and Teacher Contact Information. Link your buttons to relevant materials in your course to give your students easy access to commonly needed materials. 

 

Button Preview

January Home Page Button Preview

Button Access

 

Button Installation

  1. Select the link above to download the button PNG files. 
  2. Upload the button image files to your Canvas Course Home Page and insert ALT tag to ensure accessibility. 
    1. Canvas Guide: How do I insert course images into the Rich Content Editor using the Content Selector as an instructor?
  3. Select each button to link to the appropriate course content while still editing the page.
    1. Canvas Guide: How do I insert links to course content into the Rich Content Editor using the Content Selector as an instructor?
  4. Save your changes.
  5. Test your new buttons to ensure links are functional. 
  6. Enjoy! 

 

Please comment below. We’d love to hear from you!

 

Our Instructional Design team offers templates, consultation, badging services, course evaluations, workshops, and more. If you would like to learn more about our services, please contact your CSM or Sallie Michalsky, Senior Manager of Content Services sallie@instructure.com.

In New Quizzes, one of the things that you may have not noticed is setting the seconds in the time limit. Here's how you can work it out.

 

From the Settings tab, turn on the time limit feature. In the Minutes box, delete any other values. Now, enter a decimal point, followed by the amount you want to put in. When we tested this feature, we noticed that when attempting to enter 3 seconds (0.05 minutes), the decimal point disappears after entering the 0. In order to successfully enter it, we first must enter .5, then move the cursor left and type a 0 to get .05 in the Minutes box.

 

You can only enter the Minutes in 0.05 increments. A 422 error is generated if it is not a multiple of 0.05.

    

 

In this example, because we called this blog post "Who's Got the Fastest Finger?", we set the time limit to 30 seconds (0.5 minutes).

 

Time Limit Decimal Minutes

30 seconds on the clock

 

Why call it "Fastest Finger First"?

You might remember the world's most popular game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, where contestants play one question before the real game begins. The contestants have only 20 seconds to enter the correct order on the keypad, and answers cannot be changed after pressing Submit.

(In New Quizzes, we set the time limit to 30 seconds, due to the fact that time limits can be only set in multiples of 3 seconds, and there are loading times of around 3-7 seconds after pressing Begin.)

 

Fastest Finger First

 

The options are randomized every time the Fastest Finger round begins. Answers 1-4 shown above correspond to A-D below. The order of A-D depends on the order the answers appear once the round begins.

 

Fastest Finger Question
Put the following artists in the order they're going to perform at the 2018 KSCS Country Fest in Grand Prairie, TX.
A: Cole SwindellB: Dustin Lynch
C: Travis DenningD: Harper Grace

 

After submitting, or once time is called, the below screen appears, showing the number of seconds taken to complete. Students will NOT immediately see if they got it right or not. We'll show you why in the next picture.

 

Completed

 

 

The host reveals the correct order, one answer at a time. He/she will give out a brief description of why that item fits in that order.

(This was taken from October 2018.)

 

Show Answer

 

Once the order is revealed, the results are shown.

 

In this example, from the WWTBAM game show, 4 out of 6 players got the question right (in green boxes). Heather got the answer correct in 1.95 seconds. Only correct responses will have the completion times shown.

 

 

If NO one gets the question correct, another question is played. If there is a tie for the fastest time, the fastest students will play again while all the other students sit out. The process repeats until a student gets it right in the FASTEST time possible.

 

Whoa there! There seems to be a problem here in New Quizzes.

(Ignore the times and scores below, all Fastest Finger rounds are limited to 30 seconds, and scores can only be 100% or 0%.)

 

The teacher will take a few minutes to review the times and correct statuses.

 

 

The time is shown whether or not he/she gets the question right. The main problem is: what if there are two students who got the question right AND finish in 11 seconds, or even ALL students got the question right in the SAME number of seconds?! We don't want to go to a sudden death round or play a game of rock paper scissors! The only thing that I want to see in New Quizzes is showing the hundredths of a second in the Time column (if the Time Limit is set to one minute or less) so that instructors can accurately tell who is correct in the FASTEST time. For example, if Student A finishes in 11.45 seconds, and Student B finishes in 11.50 seconds, Student A wins by only 0.05 seconds.

 

Another problem to know here is: how to enter ordering questions quickly? A more viable approach is to press the numbers 1-4 that correspond to the items in the right order and tap Submit, but this has not been implemented in New Quizzes yet.

 

ANOTHER METHOD

If you use Chrome with touch screen enabled devices (Chromebook, iOS, Android, Windows), make sure you enable Touch Initiated Drag & Drop in the Chrome Flags menu (chrome://flags). However, this will require you to press and hold the item for at least one second in order to move it, which wastes precious time. You should tap the dots to the left of the item and move it up or down.

 

Chrome Flags

 

Best Practices

In the education world, Fastest Finger First is used to give students something like a daily warm-up when class begins. The question types are not limited to Ordering questions, but other types are possible without issues (excluding File Upload and Essay questions).

In the example below, students will need to click on the note that answers the question of what that singer's peak vocal range is.

 

Peak Vocal Range

 

 

Tips & Tricks

You can combine minutes and seconds together; however, there is a catch. To do so, first enter the decimal, followed by the main minutes. For example, to set 28 minutes and 15 seconds, first enter .25 (15/60) (this shows up as 0.25), highlight the 0, and enter the desired minutes.

 

Sorry about that, the hundredths got cut off here.

 

Time Trick

After entering 28.25 minutes, we get:

 

28 min 15 sec = 28.25 min

 

And that's how you fine-tune the quiz timer! One more thing to note. In the past, the sky was the limit; you can set a time limit as long as you want, like days, weeks, months, or even years, but that is no longer the case with New Quizzes. Now, the maximum time limit you can set is 168 hours (or 7 days). The only way to increase this further is from the Moderate tab.

 

7 day maximum

 

168 hours

 

Caution

We do not recommend setting below 30 seconds, as the "Time is up" message appears if it takes too long to load. The longer it takes to load, the shorter the time limit will be.

 

If you submit before the question is loaded, a foul will occur. Even though the time shows 0.00, the score will not count.

 

Foul!

You may have noticed today there is a new look in Free-For-Teachers. The new responsive layout is here! This layout ensures that the Canvas website looks great on ALL devices, even on smartphones and tablets! See this link Canvas Release Notes (2020-01-18) for more info.

 

According to the release notes, Canvas provides a more responsive experience for content scrolling according to web accessibility initiative guidelines. This ensures Canvas continues to meet accessibility guidelines for all Canvas users regarding the vertical and horizontal display of course content.

 

Local institutions implementing custom JavaScript or CSS through the Theme Editor should review the WAI reflow standards and their current code to ensure no conflicts exist with Canvas pages.

 

This responsive layout change is enabled by default in the beta environment, but it can also be optionally tested in the production environment until February 2020 with the Responsive Layout feature option in Account Settings.

 

This feature option is now enabled for Free-For-Teacher accounts at this moment and will be enabled for all other accounts in the production environment by default starting this February.

 

Here's a sneak peek of what's to come with the Responsive Layout.

 

Dashboard

The dashboard will look similar to the one in the Canvas mobile apps. Options to start a new course and view your grades are shown at the bottom.

Dashboard RV

 

Navigating the Menus

The Global Navigation bar (How do I use the Global Navigation Menu as an instructor?) can be accessed from the hamburger menu at the top left. Some items include dropdowns that you can click to expand their menus.

 

Global Nav RV

The Course Navigation Menu is shown as a down arrow next to the course name.

 

Course RV

Clicking it will reveal the Course Navigation Menu. Items are clearly marked with their corresponding icons. LTI tools will be denoted by a plug icon.

(We do seem to have issues with the Free-For-Teachers version, where it only shows the first 18 items.)

 

Course Navigation Menu

 

Remember, Responsive Layout is available now in the beta environment and will be released to production this February (for all other accounts).

 

I did not expect the Responsive Layout feature to be released to production that early for Free-For-Teachers, but it makes Canvas more intuitive to use!

 

What to Work On

Tables still need to adapt to the responsive layout, but we'll get into that later.

 

We hope you continue to enjoy Canvas as the Winter/Spring 2020 semester begins!

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