Course Content

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: Duplicate Content Items

Duplicate stampDid you know many content items in Canvas can easily be copied?  Instructors can use the Duplicate feature to make quick copies of existing content, such as pages, discussions and assignments.

One of the most effective ways to use Duplicate is by developing templates for commonly used content items.

Create a single Page or Assignment with basic headings, instructions and other common elements, then use Duplicate to create a copy and customize as needed.  This can improve consistency in your content, and provide a more efficient workflow.

Modules menu - Duplicate

Canvas Accessibility Checker

Accessibility iconAccessibility is an important part of using Canvas.  Any content you create or include needs to be accessible to all students, including those using assistive technologies.

The Accessibility Checker built into the Canvas content editor makes it easy to detect and correct the most common accessibility issues, such as missing text headings, alternative text for images, and color contrast.

NOTE: Only checks content created in the Canvas content editor.  Uploaded files and external resources must be examined separately.

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CCC Accessibility Center Help Desk

Accessibility means ensuring that all users can benefit from the same content, regardless of their individual abilities.  But making content accessible can be complicated and confusing, and even with a wide range of available resources, sometimes it’s helpful to have someone to ask.

The CCC Accessibility Center is here to help!

“The CCC Accessibility Center Help Desk provides answers and information regarding web accessibility issues common to California Community Colleges.  Ask questions about web sites, online videos, web applications, or mobile app accessibility to get a response from accessibility subject matter experts.”

Examples of accessibility questions could include:

  • What is the purpose of headings in a web page and should I include them?
  • When is it appropriate to not include a text description for an image?
  • How do I support accessibility for mobile devices?
  • What steps should I follow to include captions for YouTube videos?
  • How can I check accessibility in my Word documents?

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CCC Accessibility Center Help Desk

 

QUICK TIP: Assignment Muting

Do you use assignments in Canvas?  Mute iconStudents are normally notified of new assignment grades and comments immediately, which means one student gets their grade first, and another gets their grade last, sometimes with many days in between.  By “muting” and assignment, instructors can delay these student notifications until all submissions have been graded.

To deliver grades back to all students at the same time, mute an assignment while grading and commenting, then unmute it after grading is complete.

See the Canvas Guides:

How do I mute or unmute an assignment from the Gradebook?

How do I mute or unmute an assignment from SpeedGrader?

QUICK TIP: View Page History

Canvas includes the ability to review past revisions to a Page, and revert to an older version, if needed.

From any page, click the gear icon to reveal the option to View Page History.

Use the gear icon from any Page to access the option:

 

Revision History provides access to past versions, and revert if needed.

Pages - View Page History (revisions)

See the Canvas Guide:

How do I view the history of a page in a course?

QUICK TIP: Validate Course Links

404 Page Not Found errorIf you have added links to web sites in your Canvas course, it’s a good idea to ensure they are still active and accurate, particularly before a new semester.

Fortunately, you don’t need to go through an entire course and click every link to make sure the site is still there.

Use the Validate Links In Content tool to automatically check web links throughout the course, and review a report of any unresponsive sites.

See the Canvas Guide:

How do I validate links in a course?

QUICK TIP: The Undelete Trick

Blue arrow - undoDid you know you can see a list of deleted content in a Canvas course, and recover it?

This undocumented feature does not include every change made in a course, but most items can be restored from the hidden ‘undelete’ page:

Here’s how to find it:

  1. On the home page of any course, note the URL.
    EXAMPLE:
    Undelete trick - URL 1
     
  2. Add ‘/undelete’ to the end of the URL, hit Enter
    EXAMPLE:
    Undelete trick - URL 2

The Restore Deleted Items page will display a list of items in chronological order, including a restore button used to recover deleted content.

Preparing For A New Semester – Checklist

Back To School - image of books and chalkboardEach new semester brings changes.  After copying over content from a previous semester, take the time to go through your courses and update any old or irrelevant information, clarify things that might have generated questions last semester, remove unused or unwanted content, fix typos, and generally make improvements. 

Are there changes to the syllabus?  New edition of the textbook?  Are you ready to try using a new tool in your Canvas course?  Want to try SoftChalk?  How about integrating with publisher content?  Need to improve any assignment instructions?

Make changes before the new semester begins, so your students have the most accurate and effective content!

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Preparing For A New Semester – Adjust Dates

Harold Lloyd hanging from clock tower.Dates are an important part of any course, and must be updated to reflect the timing and schedule of a new semester.  Due dates affect when students are allowed to submit work, and content Availability dates allow instructors fine control of student access to content.

Canvas at Butte College includes  Adjust-All, a third-party tool that adds the ability to manage and adjust dates throughout a Canvas course from a single page.

With Adjust-All you can:

  • edit Due dates
  • edit Availability dates
  • edit Module lock dates
  • change dates for Assignments, Discussions, Quizzes and Announcements
  • bulk Publish or Unpublish modules and content items

Adjust-All is available in all courses, and can be accessed from the Course Menu.

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See: Adjust-All User Guide

NOTE: The Adjust-All menu item is NOT visible to students.