Creating (and sticking to!) a communication plan for your course

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Photo credit: Emma Yench on Flickr Chances are if you’re a course coordinator or teacher, your communication pattern with students over the course of the semester looks a bit like this. Hilly, beginning with a steep climb, levelling off to a slightly uncomfortable level until assessment is due, then ratcheting back up to unmanageable as students bombard you with email … Read More

How to: add weighting to assessment items in Canvas

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In Canvas you can use assignment groups to set up percentage weighting for the assessment items in your course, which then tells Canvas how to calculate students’ progress in the course, and automatically calculates grades for you. First you must create your assessment items (called Assignments in Canvas) – For further assistance with this, refer to How to: create an … Read More

How to: use Gradebook in Canvas

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Gradebook, accessed via Grades in the course menu, is the Instructors view for all students grades. Instructors can view the whole cohort’s grades, or filter by section. Students view of grades, will only display their own grades. In addition to viewing student grades you can use the gradebook for a number of purposes including: Watch the video below for an overview … Read More

How to: use Conversations in Canvas

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To start a conversation in Canvas follow the steps below: [1] Reply to a conversation [2] Reply-All to a conversation [3] Archive conversation [4] Delete a conversation [5] Forward, star or mark as unread The Course Messages function under Course Tools allows instructors to create and send private and secure messages to course members only The Send Email function allows … Read More

How to: Use Announcements in Canvas

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Announcements allow you to post messages to students and staff in your course. You can also optionally receive responses to posts, via replies or likes, essentially enabling a  simple polling or acknowledgement function. In addition to the announcement posts within a course, users can receive notification based on their personal notification settings, including via RMIT email, alternate email and or SMS … Read More

How to: Communications in Canvas

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One of the strengths of Canvas, is the opportunity to promote engagement and learning between staff and students and between students themselves, with a range of communication options. Discussions, Announcements, Conversations (email), Collaborations, Conferences, Calendar, Gradebook, and Speedgrader all offer communications functionality. Some of these are suitable for general class or group communications, and others are great for feedback and … Read More

How to: Make your PowerPoints engaging and interactive with Office Mix

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Office Mix is a free Windows plugin for PowerPoint (Office 2013 and later) that lets you easily add narration, a talking head, annotations, screen recordings and more. It also allows you to add interactivity in the form quizzes and polls. It can then be saved as a regular video file or as an interactive presentation, with flexible online hosting  and … Read More

Art Study Tour to New York

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Each Year Robyn Kingston runs a study tour to New York for students and others interested to get a unique insight into the New York art world. Robyn worked as an artist in New York for many years and has contacts and access to studios and galleries not otherwise viewable. The tour fills easily each year with students reporting it … Read More

How to: Use Turnitin in Canvas

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Turnitin is a text-matching software that assists students to demonstrate academic integrity in their work. It also allows instructors to easily provide feedback to students and assess their work quickly. Through Feedback Studio, instructors can engage students with targeted feedback. There are two ways to set up a Turnitin assignment, however in order to ensure that the assessment is listed under … Read More