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Answers to 3 Common Canvas Questions (and a Bonus)

Answers to 3 Common Canvas Questions (and a Bonus)

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As we Countdown to Classes, here are some answers to common Canvas questions:

1. Where are my new courses? Canvas is set up so that your enrollments will automatically be added to your course, but this means that you must request new courses each semester. It’s easy! Browse to accessau.anderson.edu (Academic) and click “My Schedule” in the Faculty Center. Then select the Add to Canvas button. Your courses will be ready within two hours.

2. Can I reuse my content from last year? Canvas allows you to import content from a previous course in the Settings for the new course. Here’s a quick tip sheet on all the steps.

3. Why don’t I see my new courses? Now that we’ve been using Canvas for a while, your new courses will not automatically appear on the dashboard. You can add a course to the dashboard by going to Course > All Courses and then clicking the stars to the left of the course names. Those with gold stars will appear on the dashboard and those white stars won’t.

BONUS: How do I cross-list my Canvas courses? If you have courses listed across departments or if you have two sections of the same course, you can cross-list your course by following these directions. They are a little confusing, so let us know if you run into any trouble.

Let us know if you have any questions!

Using Inbox Zero to Change Your Thoughts on Email

Using Inbox Zero to Change Your Thoughts on Email

Several years ago I realized that my attitude when I got to work was often driven by my inbox. The number of messages grew every day and I felt that I was always getting burned by some email that I forgot about. I was tasked with giving a workshop on productivity and I began to get the feeling that I was the wrong person to do this. I had thousands of emails just sticking around haunting me and it was certainly taking a lot of time to sort through things, so what did I know about productivity?

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Link to a Specific Place in a Google Doc

Link to a Specific Place in a Google Doc

logo_docs_64pxEvery once in a while I learn something new about Google Docs that I just have to share. This tip comes for the BetterCloud Monitor newsletter and I’m sure it will be helpful to a lot of you.

Have you ever needed to have people get to a single spot in your Google Doc? Have you ever said something like, “It’s on page 31, two paragraphs below the heading and next to the diagram?” Google Docs makes it easier by allowing you to put a bookmark in that spot and generating a link that will take your readers right to where they need to be. Pretty cool, huh?!

For written directions and a video on how to do this, check out the BetterCloud Monitor article: “How to Link to a Specific Paragraph in Google Docs”

The Easy Way to Import Quiz Questions

The Easy Way to Import Quiz Questions

Entering a lot of quiz questions into Canvas one at a time can be a daunting task, but thankfully the IRC has a software that can make the process a lot easier. Respondus 4.0 allows us to take a test or question bank in a formatted Word or Text document and import it into Canvas. We’ve prepared a tip sheet on how to prepare your document and a sample document to get you started. Your prepared document can be sent to Tim or Jodie for import into your class. Just remember to let us know which class it’s for!

What is Instructional Design?

What is Instructional Design?

I had no idea what instructional design was until I decided I wanted to go to back to school to get a Master’s degree. All I knew was that I was looking for something that would combine my love of teaching and technology and I found that in an Instructional Design and Technology program. Not only did it include the teaching and technology that I wanted, but it introduced me to this new concept of instructional design. Before I knew it I found an exciting new career option. I wanted to be an instructional designer.

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