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The size of the goldfish is determined by the size of the bowl. 

Goldfish jumping from one bowl to a larger bowl.

 

*Ok. Scientifically-speaking this is probably due to poor water quality rather than a mysterious spatial awareness.  

I like to think this image is symbolic of limits, especially those limits we have as educators, designers, and students of life. 

 

This image inspires me to ask, "What imaginary limits am I responding to and reinforcing?" and "What conclusions have I reached hastily--for relief--that I may need to revisit in order to grow?"

April Teacher Appreciation Event: Design Tips for Pages

Ever see a super inviting and well thought-out page in Canvas and think, “OoooOoOo! I want to be able to do that!” but then wonder how? Or maybe you have even begun experimenting with visual design in your Canvas courses and just need some tips and tricks to up your game? Well, lucky for you, I just happen to have some pointers for you! Let’s begin...

 

Why Even Think About Visual Design?

A well-designed page will not only complement and enhance the content you’re delivering, but also create an engaging learning space for your students. 

 

Is Accessibility Important?

The answer to this question is always YES! Be sure to design with everyone in mind and always try to make your content accessible for ALL users. WebAIM has a great article, Introduction to Web Accessibility, that "should help you understand how people with disabilities use the web, the frustrations they feel when they cannot access the web, and what you can do to make your sites more accessible." I would also recommend checking out the General Accessibility Design Guidelines which “outline some general best practices when designing a course [in Canvas] for accessibility concerns” as well as the Course Evaluation Checklist v2.0 and Mobile App Design | Course Evaluation Checklist. It’s also important to design with mobile in mind because you never know if users are accessing the page from a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device. The appearance of the page can look completely different across different platforms. 

 

Brainstorm & Plan

Brainstorm & Plan GraphicBefore I even begin creating anything, I find it super helpful to take a step back and figure out how my page will actually be used, what information I plan on including on it, and how I want it to look. Sometimes I even sketch it out on a piece of paper to get a better visual. Think about things like: What resources do you need to incorporate? How are you going to lay it out? Do you want a banner at the top? Do you want to include buttons? If so, what type and how many? Do you need to use pictures and/or icons? etc...

 

Creating/Finding Visual Elements

Once you have your plan, it’s time to add the fun stuff! Below are some of my favorite resources for visual elements. Some of them require you to sign up for an account, but are FREE to use! 

  • Canva is a really user-friendly web-based graphic design program you can use for creating buttons and banners… and SO much more
  • Da Button Factory is a little old school and not technically one of my favorites, but it’s very simple and easy to use to create buttons
  • Flaticon is an awesome source for icons and you can personalize them by changing the colors
  • Icons8 is another good resource for icons 
  • Unsplash is a great resource for free high-resolution photos
  • Pixabay has a ton of images that can be freely used, without attribution
  • Google Draw allows users to collaborate and work together in real time to create images, shapes, diagrams, charts, etc!

 

Save, Save, Save Your Work!

Save Your WorkWhenever you are working in Canvas, whether you are designing a page or creating a learning activity, be sure to save your work frequently! If you try to navigate away from an unsaved page, Canvas will warn you with a pop-up, but if your browser or computer crashes - you’re out of luck and will be very sad that you just lost all that hard work. One neato feature that I love is that Canvas keeps a record of each version of a page that you saved. This way, if you make a mistake while experimenting, but have already hit save, you can easily restore it to a previous version

 

Responsive Image Widths

To make images responsive in Canvas, so that they will change size when the browser window is resized, you’ll want to switch over to the HTML Editor. (I know, I know.. But it’s worth it). Find the image tag (Hint: using Control+F to search for <img might help out) and change the “width” to a % value that you wish (100% is the full width of the page, 50% is half the width of the page, etc) and delete the “height.” Below is an example of what the code should look like:

 

BEFORE:
<img src="https://ocps.instructure.com/courses/1134885/files/83314289/preview" alt="School News Banner" width="2000" height="300" data-api-endpoint="https://ocps.instructure.com/api/v1/courses/1134885/files/83314289" data-api-returntype="File" />

 

AFTER:
<img src="https://ocps.instructure.com/courses/1134885/files/83314289/preview" alt="School News Banner" width="100%” data-api-endpoint="https://ocps.instructure.com/api/v1/courses/1134885/files/83314289" data-api-returntype="File" />

 

Easily Float Text Around Images (without going into the HTML.. you’re welcome)

To float text around an image, start off by typing (or pasting) all of your text in the RCE. Place your cursor within your text where you would like your image to be located (preferably at the beginning of a paragraph or sentence, not randomly in the middle). Insert/embed the image from Canvas, click on the image, then simply click on the “Align left” (or “Align right”) icon at the top of the RCE, and viola!

 

Easy Wrap Text Demo GIF

Text in gif above courtesy of my favorite lorem ipsum generator, Bob Ross Lipsum***

 

Add Padding To Images

Adding padding to an image will create a little space between your image and the other content next to it so they aren’t jammed up against one another. An image without padding can be a bit of an eye sore, amiright? I mean, just look at the difference between the images below:

 

Without Padding WITH Padding

 

To add padding to an image, you’ll want to switch over to the HTML Editor. Find the image tag and locate the image's style attribute (if the image doesn't have one, you can add one by typing style="" after <img). Within the quotation marks after style=, add padding: 10px; (I used 10px for this example, but if you would like more or less white space around the image, simply adjust the number value). If there is another style attribute, separate them with semicolons (style="padding: 10px; float: right;"). Below is an example of what the code should look like:

 

BEFORE:

<img style="float: left;" src="/courses/1143675/files/83319250/preview" alt="Panda.png" width="144" height="183"/>

 

AFTER:

<img style="padding: 10px; float: left;" src="/courses/1143675/files/83319250/preview" alt="Panda.png" width="149" height="183"/>

 


Final Thoughts

There are SO many more tips and tricks that I have stored away in my noggin that I would love to share out! What are some other design tips/tricks/features that you would like to see included in future posts and learn more about?

 

***Some of my other favorite lorem ipsum generators include Pirate Ipsum and Bacon Ipsum. They always give me a good laugh. What are your favorite lorem ipsum generators???

 

 

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. Check out our other Course Design Essentials.

 

Who Are We?

Shout out to my fellow Instructional Designers who contributed to this blog post, Laurie Norris, Tiffany Foster, Lily Philips, and Deonne Johnson. We have loads of Canvas expertise and are passionate about design, pedagogy, and best practices. Let us share how to elevate your 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. 

 

 

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 Deonne Johnson, Manager, Learning Services, via djohnson@instructure.com.

Good UX design is like a good joke.  If you have to explain it, it may not be that good.

As I’m sure you all know, the new rich content editor (RCE) will be the default starting on June 20, 2020, as announced by Instructure.

 

The rich content editor is the formatting toolbar visible whenever you add or edit content in an Announcement, Assignment, Discussion, Page, Quiz, or Syllabus in Canvas.

 

Canvas Admins have the ability to enable it on each of our institution sub-accounts right now if we want. Additionally, faculty have the ability to enable it on any course where your institution has allowed it as an option. For my higher ed institution, we’re going to enable it as the default for all our courses at the start of the Summer 2020 semester.

 

That being said, we’re starting to build awareness of the new RCE to our faculty and campus community and I put together a new shareable help guide linked below. The help guide includes a list of 9 FAQs to learn how to use some common features of the new rich content editor. For each of the FAQs, there's a link to both the Instructor Guide and Student Guide followed by a short animated GIF to demonstrate what it looks like in the new RCE.

 

New Rich Content Editor FAQ 

Download the raw GIFs (~127 MB)

 

In a nutshell, here is what the current (and soon to be old) rich content editor looks like…

Old rich content editor

 

Here is what the new (starting in June 2020) rich content editor looks like...

New rich content editor

 

I really appreciate the streamlined look and functionality in the new RCE .

 

If you find the help guide above helpful, please feel free to share it (or rewash) at your own institution! 

 

 

 

Banner Photo by Crew on Unsplash

jenna scheub

First MasteryPath Module

Posted by jenna scheub Mar 31, 2020

I'm gaining some new skills thanks to covid-19. I just saw the moniker tragi-tunity, which is not meant to minimize the gravity of this event, but rather move towards "making lemonade out of lemons." Here's mine.

 

I teach Ecology at the high school level. We were about to begin a new unit on GIS and so I turned the entire unit into a Module with prerequisites and masterypaths for a choice assignment. I want students to move through the module sequentially, so I chose that option. Additionally, I wanted them to be able to choose an assignment for lesson 4. 


Module View with MasteryPath

 

Module Settings (prerequisites)

 

Sample Student View

Thanks to Kona Jones for her work on the Hacking Mastery Paths and Taking the Mystery out of Mastery Paths posts!

Home Page with banner, sample text, and layoutMarch Teacher Appreciation Event: Home Page & Modules Based Templates

For the March event, we have created two free Canvas templates designed for those instructors moving from ground to online.

 

Do you or someone at your institution have the need to quickly move course content from a ground course to an online environment? If so, we suggest importing your chosen template into a course shell as a launching point. Why? A template turns a blank shell into a fill-in-the-blank Canvas course. Teachers who are already lacking time can begin with a pre-built point of launch. Power users can take and modify the template without needing to start from zero.

 

About The Templates

Home Page Template

  • The home page is designed to provide communication information, course expectations, and access to the learning materials in an easy to follow format.
  • The sample content module includes the layout and formatting for a module overview, presentation, Discussion, Assignment, Quiz, and wrap-up. Instructors can duplicate and edit the module materials in order to customize the content for their learners. Along the way, we provide tips and tricks to enhance the learning experience.

Modules Based Template

  • The Welcome to your Virtual Classroom! Module is designed to provide communication information, course expectations, and access to the learning materials in an easy to follow format.
  • A Monday-Friday based content module supports a weekly curriculum with sample overview, presentation, offline and online practice layouts, Discussion, Assignment, and wrap-up. Instructors can duplicate and edit the module materials in order to customize the content for their learners. Along the way, we provide tips and tricks to enhance the learning experience.

These templates are designed as an aid for those ground instructors who need to get up-and-running in Canvas with short notice. They are not designed to act as a comprehensive course template. To learn more about our Canvas Course Best Practices, please visit the Course Evaluation Checklist v2.0 blog post.

 

Template Access

  1. Select the following link to automatically download a copy of the Home Page & Sample Module Template Canvas export package: Ground to Online Course Home Page & Sample Module Template
  2.  UPDATE 03/23/20: We now offer a free template that is Modules based and aligns with Adapting to Online in a Pinch! Export package access: Adapting to Online in a Pinch Template

 

 

Home Page Based Template Preview

sample Modules page, overview, and discussion

Directions

Part 1 | Importing Content Into Canvas Course Shell

Importing files are explained in the following Canvas Guide: How do I import a Canvas course export package?
  1. Download the template course export file (linked above).
  2. Open the Canvas course in which you'd like to upload the home page template. We recommend that you load these packages into empty course shells in order to prevent the potential overriding of your current course content. If you do not have an empty course shell (or course in which you feel comfortable loading these materials), please contact your Canvas Administrator. 
  3. Select "Settings" from the course navigation menu.
  4. Select "Import Course Content"  from the right-side menu and complete the following:
    1. For Content Type, select "Canvas Course Export Package"
    2. For Source, select "Choose File" and then locate the home page template file you've just downloaded (typically found in the Downloads folder on your computer) and unzipped
    3. Select the file and then "Open"
    4. For Content, select "All content"
    5. Finally, select "Import"
    6. A green box with the words "Completed" will appear once the upload is complete.  The content will now be uploaded to your course!

Part 2 | Customizing Your Home Page Based Template

  1. Selecting the "Home" button will take you to your new home page design. You can edit the page utilizing the Rich Content Editor.

  2. Within the Modules button, you will find two Modules that complement this template. The first Module, "For The Instructor" provides you with links to relevant Canvas Guides. The second Module, "Sample Module" contains sample materials that you can duplicate and customize. Please note, if you choose not to use the module it should be set to unpublished so that students do not see the sample content. 

 


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 Tiffany Foster, Marah Metallo, Laurie Norris, and Lily Philips. 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. 

 

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.

2020 Teacher Appreciation

Contingency Planning Blogs

Thoughts on embedding digital worksheets like this one?

One of the more clever Canvas / Google combinations, imho, is embedding documents. Besides saving paper, 

Advantages

  • Expandable! Paper documents have a finite amount of space. Even with margins set at 1/4" (not great on paper, but fine for Canvas with its built-in whitespace), you're limited in what you can share by your printing budget. Digital sheets can go on for far too long if you're not careful.
  • Links work! Click as hard as you want, the links on a paper document won't get you to any further information on a topic. Digital documents can lead students to many more places, and the students just click — no need to try to type in http://crazyhardlinktotryandtype-probablywithhardnumberstotranspose.com/anddefinitelyslashes
  • Input! You want students to work together to brainstorm? Seeing each other's ideas helps them generate more. A common digital document does that.
  • Ease! Embedded Google docs are easier to change than Canvas content. Once embedded, there's no opening Canvas to Edit, no deleting of old files or uploading of new ones, no saving, no waiting, no worrying that students might have the wrong version. The one they see is the one I want them to see.
  • Last-minute changes! Maybe this is a sub-point of "Ease" but because it's so easy to change, it's easy to correct errors that you caught minutes before (or during) your class.
  • Color! With our budget, color paper copies are a special treat, but with digital sheets I can get as crazy as I'd like.

 

Here's an example of one our documents. You can comment on it if you'd like, but I've set the sharing so only I can edit it:

Disadvantages

  • No Printer Smell! Some people really like the concrete tangibility of a paper copy. At our Active Teaching Labs (the embedded Activity Sheet here is from that program) we do print off 1 sheet for them. Notice that at the top of that sheet are easy-to-follow directions to the digital copy. We direct them to the digital copy so they can more actively participate in the session by clicking on the links that interest them, by sharing resources that they have, and by chatting (Google Docs chat) with other participants about the topic.
  • Control! Because embedded Google Docs can allow participants to actually participate, there's a chance that they will. That means they might want to take the discussion and focus to aspects of the topic that are more relevant to them than what want to blather on about. Giving students agency in their learning is not for the faint of heart.

Technical Tips

 

*ugly because it's more responsive (something to consider).

 

Your Thoughts?

I'll eat my hat if there aren't naysayers in this group. Tell me what I'm missing, how I'm wrong, why I should do something else or something differently. I'm here to learn from you! Thanks!

Accessibility Clips, Tips, & Tricks...Oh My!

The Canvas Instructional Design Team is excited to share accessibility clips, tips and tricks for our February Teacher Appreciation Event.  Our team values creating quality courses that are accessible to learners with diverse abilities. While it is not only the right thing to do, applying accessibility best practices also meet requirements laid out by federal and state laws.  Knowing where to begin can be challenging. To help you get started creating accessible content, we have compiled a variety of resources.  

 

Canvas-ability: Accessible Content in Canvas is a six-minute screencast that dives into designing with high color contrast, segmenting content with proper heading structure, and writing descriptive hyperlinks.

 

Meeting Accessibility in Your Canvas Course: Recommendations and Resources is a document that provides accessibility best practices for layout and design, images, videos, and documents.  

 

Additional Resources:  

 

Now that you have dived into awesome resources, show off your accessibility knowledge by entering our Accessibility Kahoot Contest.  This contest will be open, to the first 100 participants, from February 20th through 22nd.  The top three participants on the leaderboard at the close of the contest will receive Amazon gift cards. We look forward to seeing you battle it out for the top spots.  

 


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. 

 

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.

Surveys are possible in New Quizzes, although you may need some tweaking. There is an article here (FAQ: New Quizzes) mentioning that surveys do not exist in New Quizzes. However, this is not logically correct, since it's possible to create assessments without point values.

Let's first look at the current Quizzes tool on surveys.

 

Old Quizzes

 

Instructions 1

 

As you can see, we have the RCE above as well as the options below.

 

Notice that, in a graded survey, since we have 11 questions in the survey, we made it out of 11 points. Students will automatically receive full credit once they take a graded survey. Also, notice the Keep Submissions Anonymous option below. We'll discuss it later on.

 

Instructions 2

 

In Old Quizzes, students will receive full credit whether or not they answered all the questions.

 

Survey Results

 

New Quizzes

Let's test how this survey is going to be affected by migrating it into New Quizzes.

 

New Quizzes Assignments

 

Hold on! Something's not right here. Some features like Anonymous Grading are missing. You should check with your local educational institution for details on how to enable it so that those survey submissions will remain anonymous.

 

The New Survey Builder

We can look at the newly migrated survey here. All 11 questions were imported successfully.

(You cannot use Load this tool in a new tab when migrating a quiz. This feature hides the Global Navigation bar on the left.)

 

Questions

 

 

Settings are not migrated; you must reconfigure them manually. If you will be reusing this survey, allow multiple attempts. A great example of this is a weekly topic submission form. Since we set all questions to zero points, it is safe to keep the latest submission, in which the latest survey responses will overwrite previous responses.

For Restrict student result view, this needs to be turned on. The only options that can be used in a survey are Show items and questions, Show student response, and Show item feedback.

 

Attempt History will be disabled if Show items and questions is turned off.

 

Settings

 

A graded survey requires that all questions to be multiple-choice and that Vary points by answer is turned on. Using other question types may not return desirable results, as students may not necessarily receive full credit once they submit the survey. To be on the safe side, make all questions zero points each and set Display Grade As to Complete/Incomplete.

 

Survey Preview & Debugging

After running the test, here's the result when Show items and questions, Show student response, and Show item feedback are turned on.

 

As you can see below, one question requires grading. Even though it shows that the student finished the survey in 1:13 minutes, it still shows the Points Possible field blanked out. To be honest, if the Show points awarded/possible options are not checked, it should only show the time taken to complete the survey (only if Show items/questions is checked). If no items are checked, the time taken is not shown.

 

Results 1

 

Results 2

 

Recap

  • When migrating to New Quizzes, we recommend that you make all questions zero points each, since graded surveys do not appear to be viable. From the Assignments page, display the grade as Complete/Incomplete.
  • The only options that can be used in Restrict Student Result View for a survey are:
    • Show items and questions
    • Show student response
    • Show item feedback
  • Preview the survey a few times so that you can check for any errors. We always want quality work when building surveys.
    (When we preview a quiz, it resembles as if we are in the director's seat.)
    • "Lock it up": The teacher clicks the Preview button.
    • "Rolling": Loading screen
    • "Action": The quiz screen comes up
    • "Cut": The teacher clicks the Exit Preview button; can be done before or after submitting the survey
      • Before submitting: When you need to fix errors (i.e., spelling) in questions or the instructions
      • After submitting: When you think the answer is right even though the auto-grader is wrong. Make a note of the affected questions on a piece of paper before exiting the preview.

When I studied the comparison table between Old vs New Quizzes, I thought to myself: If quizzes can be exported, why not individual assignments? They should. Here is a viable solution to export/import a New Quiz.

 

For this blog post, call the old course Course A and the new course Course B.

 

Procedure

  1. In Course A, create a new quiz in Canvas using the +Assignment or +Quiz/Test buttons.
  2. Once you arrive at the New Quizzes Build page, write a custom message in the instructions to let yourself know that the import operation worked.
  3. Unlike Old Quizzes, if you are going to export even a single assignment or page, you must export the entire course. To do so, follow the instructions in this article (How do I export a Canvas course?).
  4. Once the export is complete, download the file (it expires 30 days after the export has completed) and save it to somewhere you remember.
  5. Go to Course B, and follow the instructions there to import your course content (How do I import a Canvas course export package?).
  6. Before you get too far, in the Content section, select the option Select specific content, because you're NOT going to import all of the data. Then click Import.
    Selected content only
  7. After a few minutes, the status will show Waiting for Selection. Now click Select Content to choose the data you want to import.
    Waiting for content.
  8. For this example, since our title is Migrating New Quizzes, we check this option only. Leave all other items unchecked. Click Select Content to continue.
    (Keep in mind, assignment groups will have a folder icon next to it.)
    Select Content
  9. Wait for the import to finish and return a green Completed status. If it is red or orange, read the issues and try again.
    Completed!
  10. Verify that the imported New Quiz appears in the Assignments page in Course B. The process is not over yet! We still need to check if the quiz data has been imported or not.
    Assignments page
  11. After you arrive at the New Quizzes Build page in Course B, you should see the message you created when you made the New Quiz in Course A. That's it!
    Success!

 

Warning

You can only export and import New Quizzes assignments within the same institution. If you have Canvas accounts from different institutions, you cannot use this method to export from one institution and import to another institution, even though it is possible to edit the external tool URL to match that of the other institution, as instructions and questions will not import correctly. I've tested with New Quizzes imported from Canvas Commons that were created by other institutions. Even though the import succeeds, the operation failed, since it couldn't find the valid settings for the New Quizzes LTI link.

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.

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