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    Canvas Transition: Adding Teaching Assistants to Your Course

    Reading Time: < 1 minute As you’re getting your courses off the ground for the semester, you’re probably going through your standard course prep. For some instructors that means making sure your teaching assistants are added to your sections. Thankfully, Canvas makes it easy for you to accomplish this task yourself. Check out Canvas’ information on how to add users to a course. When assigning a role, you’ll want to give your assistants the “TA” role defined in our system. As you’re working through this process, remember that you have Canvas Support available to answer your questions and help you if you get stuck! You can access chat support through…

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    Canvas Transition: Top 3 Ways to Use Announcements

    Reading Time: < 1 minute Summer is almost upon us and for many that means summer school. While the full transition to Canvas will not be completed until this fall, many of you have opted to facilitate your summer courses in Canvas. As you embark on your summer journey, here are three uses of the announcement tool to help support you and your students. Manage your students’ expectations regularly If you want to do more than provide textual guidance, you can use the Canvas Media Recorder. Providing a video or audio announcement adds a personal dimension that many students enjoy. Finally, you can pre-program your announcements and then delay them…

  • Teaching & Learning

    Dos and Don’ts of Quiz Creation

    Reading Time: 3 minutes As educators, we can agree that assessments are essential to the learning process. Quizzes are a popular method for assessing learners’ understanding of material and mastery of knowledge. The real question is – are we quizzing effectively? In this post, we explore some best practices for quiz creation to ensure effective assessment of student mastery in course learning objectives. We will review some Dos and Don’ts for quiz creation. Do Set clear objectives. All assessments – quizzes and otherwise – should be directly related to a course or module learning objective. This helps keep learners (and instructors) focused and goal-oriented in a productive learning environment. When…

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    Canvas Transition: Do All Your Links Work in Your Course?

    Reading Time: 2 minutes You’ve brought your course over to Canvas from Moodle, and you’ve finished preparing it for the upcoming semester. In previous semesters, you’ve either had to check each link in your course manually to ensure it works or wait until a student finds a broken link. But you don’t have to do that anymore with Canvas. Canvas’ built-in link validation feature will search the content in your course for invalid or unreachable links and images. The link validator has some limitations and can turn up results that Canvas can’t view but students still can. For example, in our online courses, we embed each syllabus into the course…