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Academic Technology


Change to Canvas Log-in Method!

LMS, NewsRobyn Reese

Throughout the Fall Semester, FSCJ’s Information Technology Department is slowly implementing a new single sign-on process, called OneLogin, for all of the online systems at the college. Before the implementation of OneLogin, when accessing college systems on the web, you were required to sign in multiple times when moving from myFSCJ, Canvas, and your college emails. Once the OneLogin single sign-on is fully set up though, you will simply need to sign in with your college credentials the first time that you access a college system and, so long as you are in the same browser session, you will be able to move from one application to another without the hassle of re-entering your username and password!

Two Communities - an abundance of great Canvas information and resources!

EdTech, Faculty Content, LMSBrandi Bleak

Do you feel connected to your Canvas Community? Are you an engaged citizen in Canvasland? Much as we love technology and believe in its power to make great learning experiences, the actual process of working in the LMS can sometimes be kind of isolating, especially if you are an adjunct or working from home—who do you reach out to in order share your challenges and celebrate your successes?

Restricting Files and Folders in Canvas

LMS, TutorialThomas Lewis

Teachers can edit permissions for all items in the Files section of Canvas, including setting the state of the file (published or unpublished), restricting file access to students unless they have the link/image, or scheduling availability dates for the files.  This feature is relevant for all faculty that would like to keep their Files tab on the Course Menu available to students, while giving a specific permission to the different types of files based on their purpose or sensitivity.

How to Set Restrictions on Files

Remember, this isn’t relevant if you are currently hiding your Files tab from Students.

First, navigate to the Files section in your Course Menu.

After navigating to your files, you’ll notice that all files that have been uploaded are published by default. To change this options for a file or folder, click on that status icon (default green check). You will then see the options.

In top-down order you will see [1] published, [2] unpublished and schedule student availability and [3] unpublished.

In top-down order you will see [1] published, [2] unpublished and schedule student availability and [3] unpublished.

Published and Unpublished

This function operates as the rest of the published and unpublished content in Canvas. When the content is published, all students can see this content, view and download from the files area (if the Files navigation is not hidden). If the content is unpublished then the student can not see the file in the Files section (any links or images to the file in the course will not able to be accessible to the student).

Not Visible in Student Files

When the link restriction is set (only available to students with the link or image), the file can only be viewed if they are given the direct link to the file. However, this option only allows files to be hidden from students in Course Files. This functionality is not valid outside of the Files feature. For instance, if a file with a link restriction is added to a Module or Assignment, the file can always be viewed by students.

Schedule Student Availability

When the student availability date restriction is set, students cannot view the file in Course Files outside of the restriction dates. If the file is linked in another area of Canvas (such as Modules or Assignments), students will be able to see the name of the file, but if they click the file, they will see a message stating that the file has been locked and cannot be viewed until the specified date. This is similar to the From and Until function in our Assignment Due Dates.

Using Announcements in Canvas

EdTech, Faculty Content, LMSRobyn Reese

For our Blackboard power users, the Canvas transition has produced some confusion around announcements because of the slightly different way that they are set up, migrated, and shared with students within our new LMS. Here are a few facets of Canvas Announcements that you should be aware of and, where possible, some ways that you can work around them.

Displaying your Syllabus in Canvas

Faculty Content, LMSBrandi Bleak

If you need some suggestions for the best way to post your syllabus to Canvas, it’s good to know that the process is relatively similar to the way that it was done within Blackboard. However, now you have some slightly different options for where you would like your students to view it within the course—but the final decision about how to display your syllabus is totally up to you!