Collaboration and Canvas – Twitter hashtags

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Continuing with the series, Collaboration and Canvas, here we’re looking at Twitter hashtags. To display a hashtag Twitter stream in Canvas, you’ll need to install the Twitter application into your Canvas course so that it is available in the content editing toolbar. Once that’s installed, you can add the Twitter stream to any content area: a page, an announcement, an … Read More

Collaboration and Canvas (Editing Wikipedia in Canvas)

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In this episode of the Canvas Collaboration series, we’re looking at a simple activity that asks students to edit a Wikipedia article as a collaborative exercise, and bringing that activity inside Canvas. To quote the Wikipedia in Education program: “…Perhaps you want to be on the cutting edge of using technology in the classroom, or maybe you’re interested in improving … Read More

Collaboration and Canvas (Google Drive, Youtube Live, Canvas Events)

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  In this playlist of 4 videos is a demonstration of how to use Google Drawings or Slides as an interactive whiteboard; Youtube Live and Hangouts on Air for video conferencing; and embedding it all to create a live online collaborative workspace in Canvas. Set up a folder for the collaborative activity and create Google Drawing and Slide files to … 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

Improving Youtube recommendations

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When we create a new Youtube channel, the first thing we notice is that the recommended videos at the Youtube home are far from useful or remotely topical. This is because Youtube doesn’t yet know what our channel is about or what we’re interested in. We can quickly improve what’s there by taking a few minutes to delete the recommendations … Read More

Embed Google Docs and manage with Drive

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Continuing the series on embedding content in Canvas, this time focusing on Google Docs and Drive. The example Canvas course being referred to is at https://canvas.instructure.com/courses/1202385 please feel free to join that course if you’d like to follow it as a guide and step through to setting up your own course in Canvas. To use this method, you need to … 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: 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 Pages in Canvas

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Pages are containers of content that are part of a course.  Pages can include text, video, images, and links to files and other course or group content. All pages in Canvas are Wiki pages by default which means they can function as a collaborative document and will retain a record of the editing history. As a teacher, you can set the permissions as … Read More