How to: Get Started with Canvas – 5 First Steps

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Canvas is a cloud-based Learning Management System (LMS). Developed by the US-based company Instructure in 2008, it is now used by more than 2000 schools and institutions. Preview student submissions and provide feedback in the same frame Incorporate multiple content and activity types into a single simple learning pathway Integrate external tools for use within the Canvas space Students can create and … Read More

How to: Transfer content from Blackboard to Canvas – what we know so far

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Any one Blackboard or Canvas site may include many different types of content. Some content types can be imported directly from Blackboard to Canvas via export/import with no functional change. Other content types require some management and modification, and still others are not recognised or handled in the same way in Canvas as they are in Blackboard, and need to be … Read More

DSC Canvas Early Adopters

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This year RMIT’s Learning Management System will begin a transition from Blackboard into Canvas. Those of you who attended the Project Rewire launches would have heard Martin Bean and Belinda Tynan talking about the impact that Canvas could have on Learning and Teaching at RMIT University.  For any organisation, transitioning into a completely new system is a major undertaking, one that … Read More

Symposium On Stylus Enabled And Cloud Technology

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If you are interesting in learning more about using pen-enabled devices and cloud technologies to drive student engagement and improve learning outcome, signup and join RMIT University and Microsoft Australia for the symposium on “Stylus enabled cloud-based learning and teaching in STEM”. The symposium will cover: Research into technology’s impact on teaching and learning Best practices from other Tertiary Educators … Read More

How to: Saving a PowerPoint presentation to Video

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Adding audio narration to a PowerPoint presentation and then converting it to video can be a simple method for making a lecture accessible to people who couldn’t attend the live event, or who need to preview or review the presentation. NB. If you don’t use PowerPoint, consider using a screen recorder to create a video instead. Depending on whether you’re … Read More

How to: Structure your content in Canvas

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In Canvas, content can be organised using files, pages or modules, or a combination of these. Features: Structure: an overview from the University of Washington (Open Canvas Module) More help with Files [Canvas Community resources] How do I create a page? More help with Pages [Canvas Community resources] How do I create a module? More help with Modules [Canvas community documentation] How do … Read More

How to: Set notification preferences in Canvas

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In Canvas you can control how and when the system notifies you about different activities that are happening in your courses. Default notification come by email, but you can change that to include SMS or a number of other web services. Features: However it differs in that: How do I set my Canvas notification preferences? If you have any examples … Read More

How to: Canvas Announcements

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A Canvas announcement is a function that allows instructors to communicate with students at a course or group level, to notify them of new content, approaching deadlines and other important course information. Canvas announcements also offer the functionality of student reply to course posts, as well as post and reply to their group posts. However it differs in that: How do … Read More

How to: Canvas Assignments

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A Canvas assignment can be any graded item; papers, quizzes, or even an in-class presentation. It can be anything you wish to record for a student. Create Assignment Groups to categorise work or tasks such as attendance, discussions, papers, quizzes, etc. All groups can be used to create a weighted total for the final grade. Customise submission types from students (you … Read More

Analytics: Improving the Student Experience through Feedback

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This project encompassed four areas of activity with the aim of both impacting students through the feedback of learning data; and impacting teaching staff through methods for designing student feedback which in turn feeds back into learning design. Knowledge in design methods for developing a feedback experience for students was gathered, as well as technical expertise in xAPI standard for … Read More