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.

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QUICK TIP: Add A Profile Picture

blank profile picture with question markThe online environment can sometimes seem distant and impersonal.  Adding a photo to your own Canvas profile can help your students feel just a little more connected to you and your class.

Add an existing photo, or take one on the spot using your webcam or mobile device.

Take a look at the People section of your class to see how many of your students have added their own profile photos.

See the Canvas Guide:

How do I add a profile picture in my user account as an instructor?

How do I use the People page as an instructor?

Canvas Release Notes Highlights (November 18, 2017)

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 2017-11-18 Release Notes:

  • Front Page Removal Option (Pages)

 


Front Page Removal Option
Users can remove a page as the Front Page in a course. This feature allows instructors to remove the Front Page designation and allow the Pages Course Navigation link to direct to the Pages Index Page.

Remove as Front Page screenshot

 


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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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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: Message Students Who…

Blue message bubbleInstructors can easily send a Message about an assignment to students directly from within the Gradebook.  You can choose to send a message to students who have:

  • not submitted an assignment
  • not been graded
  • scored higher/lower than a particular grade

This is a quick an easy way to communicate with all of the students who meet a particular criteria.  Instructor contact is one of the keys to student success!

See the Canvas Guide:

How do I send a message to my students from the Gradebook?

Canvas Release Notes Highlights (October 28, 2017)

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 2017-10-28 Release Notes:

  • Accessibility Checker (Content Editor)
  • Discussions Duplication (Discussions)

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QUICK TIP: Speed Up SpeedGrader!

speedometerSpeedGrader can be an efficient and powerful tool for viewing, annotating, commenting and grading student work.  But a few tweaks can fine tune it for faster instructor performance!

 

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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?