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

How to: DIY course intro video: using your smartphone

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The 14 Elements around the Canvas implementation requires that courses contain an introductory video for students (element #4).  This can be a simple thing to create for yourself. Here we show you the basics of creating your own video introduction. The following video series are quick tips to guide you in creating a video using your smartphone. More DIY videos

How to: Apply adaptive release on modules

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This blog assumes that you already know what modules are, and how you can set them up in Canvas.  If you are not sure, we recommend you to read our blog on How to: Create and Manage Modules in Canvas first and then return to these instructions. When working with Modules, Canvas allows instructors to release course content based on prerequisites and … Read More

Canvas Early Adopter interviews – Kerin Elsum and Nat Bates

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Midway through 2017, RMIT took nominations for a small group of people to use Canvas in the second semester and to report any issues and ideas back to the teams working to set up Canvas for the whole university to use in 2018. As this group of Early Adopters prepared to start teaching their courses, a quality assurance framework was … 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

Canvas templates: jump start your course build

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All of the Schools now have Canvas templates, developed to support the transition to the new learning management system. As part of the migration process, the Project Rewire Canvas Champions will apply a template to every course they work on. However, you can edit these or choose to apply another if you prefer another format. The templates were designed to help … 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