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Remote Learning: The Next Level

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Once you’ve worked through the tools we talked about in Remote Learning: The Basics, you’re ready for the next step. These items will enhance your course – they make content easier to find for students, grading easier for you, and improve accessibility in your videos. 

Linking Canvas content together

We’re going to start off with one of the coolest features in Canvas: linking to items within the course from a page, discussion, announcement, or anywhere else that the Rich Content Editor is used. This is especially helpful if you’re sending an announcement out to students where you reference a page or assignment – you can link directly to it! Check out “How do I insert links to course content into the Rich Content Editor using the Content Selector as an instructor?


If you have rubrics, you can add those into Canvas and use them when grading. You can add rubrics to either discussions or assignments inside your course and use them when working in SpeedGrader. Check out How do I add a rubric to a graded discussion? and How do I add a rubric to an assignment? for more information on how to start using rubrics in your course. 

SpeedGrader Annotations and Comments

If you’re used to having your students turn in hard copies of papers and giving feedback on them by hand, you’ll love SpeedGrader. SpeedGrader allows you to digitally annotate and mark up student papers within Canvas. Check out Speeding Up Grading with the SpeedGrader Annotation Tools and The Four Types of Assignment Comments in SpeedGrader for more information on how to use the tool. 

Captioning videos

If you are giving a lecture where you go through a presentation, both PowerPoint and Google Slides make it easy for you to caption your lectures in real-time. Check out our video on Live Transcription with PowerPoint and Google Slides. Please note that this video demonstrates the process for using PowerPoint using the Mac version of the program. For a PC, follow the instructions in Present with real-time, automatic captions or subtitles in PowerPoint

Note: edited January 6, 2021 to update the link in the “Linking Canvas content together” section to reflect the change to the New Rich Content Editor

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