How to: Add other contact details to Canvas

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Canvas allows you to add extra contact details to your account in order to receive notifications from the system. You may want to do this if you have another email address that you access more frequently than your RMIT email, or you may want to add your mobile phone number for immediate important alerts. Please see How to: Set notification … Read More

How to: View the course access report for a student

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The course access report provides teachers with a summary of a student’s participation in a course.  Note that this report is only a summary, if you wish to access a full specific report, you can do so by viewing student analytics or the interactions report.  To access the report, follow the steps below: The access report will show: 530 – Course … Read More

How to: Get started with Canvas for sessional staff

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Instructure Canvas

Recently we travelled to Singapore and Hong Kong to deliver training we’d developed for sessional and support staff teaching RMIT programs. The training comprised a three hour, face-to-face, hands-on session covering the following canvas functions: It was supported by a series of short pre-training activities designed to demonstrate Canvas functionality from a student perspective, and post-training follow-up answers to questions … Read More

How to: Send a message to students from the Gradebook

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You can send messages to students directly from the Gradebook, based on the status of their assignment or their performance.  This tool can be really handy when marking students’ work.  Please note that the subject of the message will be automatically set according to what how you filter the students with the following available categories: (a) Haven’t submitted yet (b) … Read More

Note: Using Sections in Canvas

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Sections are an administrative tool that separates students into different sets based on the needs of your teaching. At RMIT, sections are being created for class sets (tutorial classes, studios) based on data entered into SAMS. If you have multiple classes or studios your course will come already populated with sections. You can see what sections already exist in your course by … Read More

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: Create a Discussion in Canvas

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Discussions are online forums that allow members of the course to communicate with each other asynchronously. They can be set up as a whole class or a group forum, and they can be graded or ungraded. They’re commonly used for general course questions and answers, as well as conversations around course content. Follow the steps below to set up a … 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