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!
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?
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edit permissions for all items in the Files section of Canvas, including setting the state of the file (published or unpublished), restricting file access to students unless they have the link/image, or scheduling availability dates for the files.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.
Published and Unpublished
This function operates as the rest of the published and unpublished content in Canvas.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 If the content is unpublished then the student can not see the file in the Files section (any links or images to the file in the course will not able to be accessible to the student).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.
Instructure will perform its monthly release of new features to Canvas on Saturday, September 21. This month’s feature release is intended to increase grading efficiency for teams of instructors who administer large classes—the ability to SpeedGrade by group.
Now that you’ve added all of your course content to Canvas, you may realize that PowerPoint files can often use up a big portion of each Canvas course’s size limit of 500 MB. Depending on the kind of PowerPoint that is being used, there may be other storage options to consider, which don’t take reduce your storage quota and may even provide a better experience for your students.
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.
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!
This year at Convocation, Informational Technology and Educational Technology will be available to provide updates and answer questions about the projects we have underway, including Canvas.
Now that we’re so very close to a full transition over to Canvas, many people have begun asking exactly how long they will have access to Blackboard and how to archive that content.
Instructure will perform its monthly release of new features to Canvas on Saturday, August 17. This month’s feature release is going to affect both Canvas Conferences and the Course Card…
If you are an avid follower of Canvas news (and who isn’t??), you may have heard the term SaaS (pronounced “sass”) thrown around to describe the system. What does SaaS mean?
Canvas releases new feature updates to their system on a regular basis, about once a month, and these can have varying impacts on the user experience. This means that the product may change more often than we were used to with Blackboard as Canvas is constantly evolving.
As we approach the Fall term, and our full Canvas transition, Educational Technology will be present at many campus events to offer assistance when and where you need it so that you can best prepare…
As of August 3rd of 2019, Canvas will no longer support the Internet Explorer 11 browser. This includes any previous versions of Internet Explorer as well.
Training Opportunities, User Guides & Support
Welcome to Arc! We hope you’re enjoying the new system. Here are details on some of the most popular Arc features - including how to find, add closed captioning and sharing your videos.
Need to know more about Blackboard Collaborate’s replacement tool? It’s called Canvas Conferences, and we’ve got tutorials, webinars and more to introduce you to this brand new tool in Canvas.
As was the case with Blackboard, Fall course shells will be created automatically 90 days prior to the course start date. This has been our process for course shell creation since Spring 2018.
Join us for Canvas Days! Whether you have a last-minute question about Canvas or you’re not even sure how to access the system – this event is for you!
March’s chat will focus on the organization of course content, specifically working within the modular structure that Canvas offers, and what options instructors have when preparing to migrate content.