• Canvas

    How to Transfer a Course to a New Semester in Canvas

    Reading Time: < 1 minute It’s still the ideal time to be thinking about your courses in Canvas for next semester. If you need to start from scratch or work from a Moodle backup, check out our post on Three Tips to Quickly Build a Course in Canvas. But what if you have a course already in Canvas that you want to reuse?  Canvas makes it simple to transfer content from one section (or semester) to another using the Course Import Tool. With this tool, you can transfer all of the content from a course, or you can pick and choose which pieces you want. After you’ve decided what content…

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    The Four Types of Assignment Comments in SpeedGrader

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Canvas SpeedGrader allows you to annotate student submissions to provide feedback. You can use a variety of tools (including a highlighter, text annotation, and a pen tool) directly on the document to thoroughly explain your comments to a student. For more information about using those tools, check out Canvas’ information on adding annotated comments in SpeedGrader. But did you know that you have options for how you leave overall feedback comments to students in the “Assignment Comments” section? You have four options on the comments you leave there: text comments, file comments, media comments, and text comments via speech recognition.  1. Text comments Use this feature…

  • Educational Tools,  Teaching & Learning

    How to Use Google Drive More Efficiently with Drive Priority

    Reading Time: 3 minutes If you’re anything like me, you use Google Drive pretty extensively to keep your work organized. Drive is so easy and convenient to use – it doesn’t matter where I am or what device I use. I can always access my files. The tricky part about using a system that extensively is it eventually can take more time to find the file you need. With Drive, the search feature does work well to help you find what you need. But Google has introduced two features that make using Drive even easier: Quick Access and Priority.  Quick Access Google Drive now shows a banner of files at…

  • Canvas,  Teaching & Learning

    Three Tips to Improve Accessibility in Your Course

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Let’s make sure we all start on the same page by defining our terms. When talking about “accessibility” related to the web or course materials, it’s easy to think about it in a context of screen readers and disability accommodations. But it’s more than that. According to the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative, accessibility means that products are not only designed in a way that people with disabilities can use them but also people who have “situational limitations” (being in a location where they cannot use their device as they typically would) or “temporary disabilities” (an injury that affects how they handle their devices).  Today we’re going…