• Canvas,  Educational Tools,  Teaching & Learning

    Microsoft Teams and Canvas Roundup

    Reading Time: 2 minutes With Zoom soon going away, now’s the perfect time to do a brief recap of everything we’ve talked about so far with Microsoft Teams. Teams provides an easy replacement for Zoom – it’s integrated directly into your Canvas course, and you can access many helpful Microsoft products from inside a meeting. Let’s review some of the most pertinent information you’ll want to refer to as you get up and running with Teams.   Setting up the Integration and Creating Meetings  The first thing you’ll need to do is turn on the integration in your course from the settings page. After that, you’ll be able to create meetings…

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    How Can I Quickly Adjust Multiple Canvas Assignment Due Dates and Times?  

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Previously, Canvas has made it easy to adjust due dates for all assignments in a course. You’d go to the assignments page, click that little “three dots” icon in the top right to expand a menu, and select “Edit Assignment Dates.” Canvas would display all assignments from the course and any dates associated with them currently. From there, you could either manually change dates or use the checkboxes and “Batch Edit” button to update multiple dates at once.   But with these, you were stuck with whatever times were associated with an assignment. And if there wasn’t a time associated with an assignment, Canvas would default…

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    Canvas Feature: Microsoft Immersive Reader

    Reading Time: 3 minutes We’ve talked a lot about the Canvas/Microsoft partnership and how more Microsoft products and features are being incorporated into Canvas. Today, we’re revisiting one of those features – the Microsoft Immersive Reader.   The Microsoft Immersive Reader is now available through more of Canvas. Initially only released on Canvas pages, it’s now also available on the syllabus, assignments, and a course’s home page. This reader presents the page text in a more accessible format where the user can choose the text preferences, grammar options, reading preferences, and to have the page content read to them.  To launch the reader, click the “Microsoft Immersive Reader” button at the top right of a…

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    Using Rubrics for Grading in Canvas 

    Reading Time: 2 minutes We’ve talked before about some aspects of adding and using rubrics in courses. As a brief refresher, Canvas has excellent resources on creating and adding rubrics to assignments as well as creating and adding rubrics to discussions. We’ve also talked about how to add existing (already created in Canvas) rubrics to an assignment or discussion.   Today we’re turning our attention to a setting that’ll make your grading life easier – using a rubric for assignment grading. You may think that you’re doing that by default, and in some ways, you are. The rubric is still tied to the assignment, and you can give scores and comments…

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    How Can My Students Join Teams Meetings Scheduled through Canvas?

    Reading Time: 2 minutes If your students can’t see scheduled Teams Meetings in the “Microsoft Teams meetings” Canvas navigation link, there are four ways they can access those meetings. Before we dive into those, we have two quick notes: If you have created a repeating meeting, the join link will be the same for each scheduled meeting. To ensure students get all notifications and can join meetings easily, they should download the Microsoft Teams app.  Without further ado, let’s look at the different ways students can join your scheduled meetings.   Through an email notification  When you create a Teams meeting (or series of meetings) inside Canvas, each student who…

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    Three Tips to Start Your Semester Strong

    Reading Time: < 1 minute Welcome back! We’re about a week into the spring semester already – time flies! Across this semester, we’ll be digging deeper into Canvas features, offering tips, and sharing educational best practices as well as information shared by your colleagues. But today we’re going to pause and review a couple tips to help you start the semester strong.  1. Be aware of Canvas Announcements and use them Announcements allow you to communicate quickly and easily with your students. Sending an announcement is the best way to get in contact with your entire class in one fell swoop (and it doesn’t entail making a list of email addresses).…

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    Teams Meeting Features: Live Captions, Polls, and Attendance Report

    Reading Time: 3 minutes We’ve looked at some Teams meeting features before when we talked about screen sharing, breakout rooms, and background options. Today we’ll look at three more features inside a Teams meeting — live captions, polls, and attendance reports.   Live Captions  Microsoft Teams can detect what you say during a Teams meeting and present it as real-time captions at the bottom of the screen. The captions are the most accurate when one person at a time speaks slowly and clearly and is in a place with little background noise.   To turn on captions, click the three dots menu in the meeting settings bar and select “Turn on live captions.” Teams will now display captions at the bottom of the window. If…

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    Teams Meetings Features: Sharing Screen, Breakout Rooms, and Background Options

    Reading Time: 2 minutes We’ve talked previously about how to create Teams Meetings from Canvas and how to join those meetings. Today we’ll look at some of the features available inside of a meeting, such as sharing your screen or dividing participants into breakout rooms.   Sharing Screen  Teams makes it easy to show files, apps, content from a secondary camera (like a document camera), or even your entire desktop in a meeting.   In the top right corner of your meeting window, you’ll see an icon of an arrow inside a rectangle. Click that to open the share options. Here, you can choose how the content should look (e.g., whether you want to appear along with the…

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    Preparing for Finals: How TurnItIn and Proctoring Exams Can Help

    Reading Time: 2 minutes We’re quickly approaching the end of the semester, so it’s time to make sure you have all the info you need to finish strong. Today we’re going to be talking about finals, and make sure you check out our post about reviewing your gradebook and submitting your grades as you prepare to do that.   Because of the unique challenges of this year, your finals may look different from the norm. Whether you’re having your students write a final paper or take an exam, here’s a few features to consider as you make your plans.   1. Use TurnItIn for written final projects  TurnItIn integrates seamlessly into Canvas assignments – you only need to select “TurnItIn” from the…

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    Microsoft Teams and Canvas: Using a Microsoft Team with a Course

    Reading Time: 3 minutes We’ve spent the past couple weeks talking about the Microsoft Teams-Canvas integration — setting up the integration and creating meetings as well as the basics for joining and recording Teams Meetings through Canvas. Today we’re going to pivot and look at Microsoft Teams itself and how you can leverage it to use in your course.   Teams allows you to have a secondary space for communication or collaboration in your course. You can create channels and assign members to them, so you could have a channel for your entire class and separate channels with only specific students assigned to them. Student groups could then use those smaller channels for group collaboration work, chatting back and…