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Academic Technology

Canvas Tips

Included in October 10, 2019 communication.

Did you know that Conferences is the replacement for Blackboard Collaborate in Canvas?

Canvas Conferences enables real-time sharing of audio, video, and screen through a web conferencing system. Through video chat and collaboration, instructors can engage users with interactive public or private chats, uploaded presentations, use whiteboard functionality, shared notes, polling, and breakout rooms. This tool is perfect for virtual office hours or tutoring sessions, student collaboration, or flipped classroom recordings. Sessions that are recorded also show statistics for review.

Use Canvas Conferences to:

  • Connect with your students for online office hours or study sessions

  • Allow students to set up practice presentations in student Groups

  • Broadcast a live event or lecture to the students that can't be onsite

  • Record conferences so students can view them at a later date

  • Invite all course members or select individual members

  • Invite special guests by sending them a meeting invite

To learn more about the Conference tool, search the Canvas Guides or watch the video tutorials available from BigBlueButton at the following link:

For even more, enroll in an FSCJ training course on Conferences - Search for AFPD5320.

Included in October 3, 2019 communication.

Did you know that you can easily provide students with Extra Time and Additional Attempts?

Once you have published a quiz, the quiz sidebar will display a Moderate Quiz link, which allows you to see quiz progress for each student in real time. On the Moderate Quiz page you can view the progress of student submissions and view the number of quiz attempts each has taken. You can also grant students extra attempts, grant extra time for timed quizzes, and manually unlock quiz attempts.

To Access Moderate Quiz:

  1. In Course Navigation, click the Quizzes link, then the name of the quiz.

  2. Click Moderate This Quiz.

The Moderate Quiz page displays a Student’s name, number of attempts taken (and the time it took to complete each attempt), number of remaining attempts (if any), and Quiz score (most recent submission)

*Note, only instructors have the permission make changes in the Moderate Quiz page. If a student has accommodations, please be sure to modify these settings prior to their assessment center appointment.

To learn more about the Moderate Quiz functions, visit the Canvas Guides or the following link:

Included in September 26, 2019 communication.

Did you know that you can easily adjust an assignment’s availability in your Canvas course?

In addition to setting a due date for an assignment, instructors can specify a specific date range when students can view and submit an assignment. This feature is optional, but can be used to prevent students from working ahead, to set a cut off date for turning in a late assignment, and to provide individual assignment settings for students who may need a due date extension or make-up. Note that this feature is available for all types of graded work in Canvas, including quizzes and discussions.

Adjust assignment/quiz availability:

  1. Select an Assignment/Quiz you want to adjust, then select “Edit.”

  2. In the “Assign to” section, specify who the availability applies to by assigning it to everyone or specific students/groups in the class.

  3. Under the “Assign” dialogue box, set the due date, then enter the “Available from” and “Until” dates.

  4. Use + Add to create additional sets of availability dates if necessary.

To learn more about Assignment Availability dates, visit the Canvas Guides or the following link:

Included in September 19, 2019 communication.

Makes sure your links work!

The Canvas Link Validator is a tool that provides you with the ability to check all links within your course to ensure they are active and directing students to the correct location. The Canvas Link Validator is also a great indicator of what items remain “unpublished” in your course. Note: Despite having this tool, we still strongly recommend that you test all links to ensure they are working as expected.

To use the link validator:

  1. Log in to your Canvas course

  2. Select “Settings” from your Course Navigation menu

  3. Select “Validate Links in Content”

  4. Select “Start Link Validation”

  5. Content that is invalid or unresponsive will appear so that you can adjust as needed

To learn more about the Link Validator visit the Canvas Guides or the following link:

Included in September 9, 2019 communication.

Did you know that you can easily adjust an assignmentdue date or event from the Canvas calendar?

You can change the date of an event or assignment in the Canvas calendar (located in the blue Global Navigation area) by dragging and dropping the event or assignment to a different date on the month view or mini calendar on the right side of the screen. To do so, click the event or assignment, drag to the new date, and release your mouse. This updates the due date within the calendar, within the assignment itself, and on the Course Summary area if used.

Ready to import a course into a future shell? Adjust the dates during the process!

As part of a course import, you can adjust the due dates associated with course events and assignments. You can also shift due dates to a different day, or remove all associated due dates. This is helpful when a 15 week class is now a 7 week or when all your Monday/Wednesday assignments will be due on Tuesday/Thursday. For more information visit the Canvas Guides or the following link:

Included in August 28, 2019 communication.

Did you know that you can display your most recent Announcements on your Home Page?

This is a great way to maintain your current course structure and enable students to see pertinent course messages in one space.

To add announcements to your home page:

  1. Select Settings from your Canvas course menu.

  2. Scroll to the bottom and select “more options.”

  3. Select to “Show recent announcements on Course home page.”

  4. Select the “Number of announcements shown on home page” from the dropdown menu.

  5. Select “Update Course Details.”

Learn more about how announcements differ in functionality from Blackboard to Canvas here

Included in August 22, 2019 communication.

Did you know you need to publish your course, as well as each content/module?

When you are ready for your students to have access to your course, you will need to be sure to publish the course. Additionally, content items and modules also need to be published. If you’re still working on certain areas of your course - thats ok! Simply leave those items ‘unpublished’.

Want to allow students early access to a course? 

By default, a course’s start date will be the date the term begins, which comes over from PeopleSoft.If you want your students to have access outside of those dates, you’ll need to adjust the dates within the course’s Settings. There, you can provide students access to the course prior to the term start date – as well as extending the date the course remains open at the end of the term. *Remember, the course still needs to be published to be visible.

*The most frequent Support ticket received during the first week of class is related to unpublished courses.

Included in August 15, 2019 communication.

Did you know you can change your course Home Page?

The Course Home Page is associated with the “Home” link in Course Navigation and is the first page seen for each course. The Home Page can have one of five different layouts:

  • Recent Activity Dashboard

  • Pages (Front Page)

  • Course Modules

  • Assignment Index

  • Syllabus

To change your course Home page:

1. Select your course from your Canvas Dashboard.
2. In the Home Page sidebar, select the “Choose Home Page” button.
3. Select the radio button next to the Home Page layout you prefer.
4. Select the “Save” button.

Learn more about changing your Home Page here:

Included in the August 8, 2019 communication.

Did you know you can organize your Canvas Dashboard?

The Dashboard is the first thing you will see when you log into Canvas and it defaults to the course card view. The Dashboard displays course cards for all your “favorite” courses indicated by a star icon. You can keep your Dashboard organized by selecting which course cards you wish to display.

To add or remove a course from your Dashboard:

Select the “Courses” link from your Global Navigation menu, then “All Courses”. 

To remove a course card from your Dashboard, select the colored star next to the course you wish to remove from your Dashboard. The star will turn black, indicating the course has been removed from your Dashboard.

To add a course card to your Dashboard, select a blank star. The star will turn a color, indicating that the course has been added to your Dashboard.

*Note: all changes will be saved automatically.

Included in the August 1, 2019 communication.

Did you know that FSCJ has 24/7 Canvas Support?

For the first year of our transition to Canvas, faculty, staff and students can make use of Canvas’ excellent support. There are multiple ways to contact Canvas.

Start a Live Chat:

To chat with a Canvas representative who can answer questions on course setup and tools within Canvas:

1. Select the ? on the Canvas Global Navigation menu.
2. Select “Canvas Support Live Chat for Faculty.”
3. Select “Start Chat.”
4. Type your question to a Canvas representative.

Call Canvas Support:

(904) 431-7528 to chat with a Canvas representative.