Introducing the CCC Accessibility Standard

Standards wordcloudCalifornia’s Community Colleges (CCC) are designed around the remarkable idea that higher education should be available to everyone. As such, the CCC system is committed to ensuring equal access to instructional materials and technology for students of all abilities.

To assist and accelerate this process, the CCC system has adopted a new Accessibility Standard and will be supporting districts in their accessibility efforts. Read more…

Related: Looking for ways to ensure the accessibility of your own content within Canvas? Read more…

QUICK TIP: View Gradebook History

spiral clockInstructors can view a complete record* of every grade entered and changed by accessing the Gradebook History.  The log can be filtered by student, grader, assignment, and date.

This can be useful for confirming a grade change, verifying a date of entry, or recovering an earlier grade.

See the Canvas Guide:

How do I view the history of all grading changes in the Gradebook?

* Grade history is available for the previous 365 days.

QUICK TIP: Copy Items From One Course To Another

Duplicate item graphicCreating content in Canvas can take time.  If you teach more than one section of the same course, it can be much more efficient to import the content from another course rather than recreate it.

The same Import Course Content feature used to copy an entire course between semesters can also be used to copy only a few items at a time by choosing the Select specific content option.

See the Canvas Guide:

How do I select specific content as part of a course import?

Canvas Commons

Commons iconCommons is learning object repository created by Canvas users.  Faculty can import shared learning resources into Canvas courses, and share their own content with others in the community.

 

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QUICK TIP: Add A Course Card Image

Sample of course card with imageInstructors can add an image to the course card displayed on the Dashboard.  This image adds interest, and will help students and instructors visually distinguish one course from others.

Only instructors can add a course card image, which will be visible to all users in the course.

See the Canvas Guide:

How do I add an image to a course card in the Dashboard?

Canvas Release Notes Highlights (February 17, 2018)

Canvas is updated every three weeks.  Each update typically includes a variety of small fixes and minor improvements, but occasionally there are more substantial updates to specific tools, or new features added.

Highlights in the 2018-02-17 Release Notes:

  • Student View button (Home Page)

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QUICK TIP: Try The Canvas Teacher App

Canvas Teacher mobile app iconIf you use Canvas for more than posting the syllabus, the Teacher mobile app can give you easy access to grading, communicating and updating your courses.

It’s easy to install, simple to use, and adds a convenient way to manage content and stay connected with your students.

See the Canvas Guides:

What is the Canvas Teacher app?
Canvas Teacher App – iOS Guide
Canvas Teacher App – Android Guide

Download the app (mobile devices only):

iOS App Store    Google Play app store

New Gradebook

NEW!Canvas recently introduced a new Gradebook, with a variety of updates, including new menus and filters, Late Grade policies, and improved functionality.

During Spring 2018, instructors can choose to enable the new Gradebook on a per course basis (see instructions below).

Beginning Summer 2018, the new Gradebook will be automatically enabled in ALL courses.

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Use 3C Media In Canvas

3C Media Solutions3C Media Solutions provides a free video hosting/streaming/captioning service, available to all faculty and staff of the California Community Colleges System.  

Some highlights of the service include:

  • personal account for uploading and storing media
  • embed media in Canvas or other pages
  • ability to share media privately or publicly
  • request video captioning in a few simple steps
  • and much more!

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QUICK TIP: Excuse An Assignment

Dog eating paper homeworkInstructors sometimes need to excuse a student from a particular assignment, so that it does not count toward the final grade. 

To excuse an assignment, simply enter EX for the grade, and that assignment will be ignored for that student.

See the Canvas Guide:

How do I excuse an assignment for a student in the Gradebook?