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!

In Case You Missed It: Videoconferencing

In Case You Missed It: Videoconferencing

In case you missed the Videoconferencing: Google Hangouts and Canvas Conferences Workshop (or even if  you were there), here’s an outline of what we covered and some links to additional information:

Tim shared a number of tips on how to approach videoconferencing, including:

  • Use a headset with microphone for best sound quality and eliminate feedback: When sound travels from your speaker and is picked up by your microphone then an echo loop can form creating an unpleasant audio experience for all.  If you do not have a microphone headset, then you can mute your microphone when not speaking
  • Speak naturally but slow and clear: No need to shout.
  • Place a light or lamp in front of you to illuminate your face: If the light source is behind you it will cause you to silhouette such that your face is dark and not clearly visible.
  • Be Yourself.
  • You will need to grant permission for the video conferencing platform and the browser (Chrome or Firefox) to have access to your camera and microphone before you begin.
  • IRC has equipment for videoconferencing. Equipment for faculty use, including a webcam and group microphone/speaker, can be requested via email at its@anderson.edu.

Tim walked us through the process of using Google Hangouts and Canvas Conferences:

  • Google Hangouts is a personal video conferencing solution that is part of our Google Apps for Education suite. It can be used with people both inside and outside of the university. Online documentation for using Google Hangouts is here.
  • Conferences is a video conferencing tool built in to Canvas. It can be used only with people in the university system. Online documentation for using Canvas Conferences is here. Scroll down to the section on conferences to become familiar with using this tool.

As always, if you have questions or would like to sit down and learn more, feel free to reach out to us via email (its@anderson.edu) or stop by the IRC office in Decker 45.

In Case You Missed It: 12 Tips for Being More Productive with Google Apps

In Case You Missed It: 12 Tips for Being More Productive with Google Apps

In case you missed the 12 Tips for Being More Productive with Google Apps Workshop (or even if  you were there), here’s an outline of what we covered and some links to additional information:

Gmail:

Calendar:

Drive:

Docs:

Sheets:

Slides:

Forms:

As always, if you have questions or would like to sit down and learn more, feel free to reach out to us via email (its@anderson.edu) or stop by the IRC office in Decker 45.

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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In Case You Missed It: Advanced Canvas Workshop

In Case You Missed It: Advanced Canvas Workshop

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In case you missed the Advanced Canvas Workshop (or even if  you were there), here’s an outline of what we covered and some links to additional information:

As always, if you have questions or would like to sit down and learn more about Canvas, feel free to reach out to us via email (its@anderson.edu) or stop by the IRC office in Decker 45.

Quizlet: Gamify Your Canvas Course

Quizlet: Gamify Your Canvas Course


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Adding a Quizlet to a Canvas allows students to study with digital flashcards or play games to memorize terms.  Embedding a Quizlet into Canvas is as easy as adding the app in Canvas (settings>apps>scroll to Quizlet and click to add the app).  Once added, you will find the icon everywhere you find the rich content editor in Canvas.  Click on the icon, search for a topic, then embed the deck (see below).  If you want to embed a Quizlet you create, a free account must be setup at quizlet.com.  Click the card below to see the answer or change the study mode to something fun like “Space Race”.

In Case You Missed It: Intro to Canvas Workshop

In Case You Missed It: Intro to Canvas Workshop

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In case you missed the Intro to Canvas Workshop (or even if  you were there), here’s an outline of what we covered and some links to additional information:

As always, if you have questions or would like to sit down and learn more about Canvas, feel free to reach out to us via email (its@anderson.edu) or stop by the IRC office in Decker 45.