Course 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? 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.

Preparing For A New Semester – Import Course Content

Don't wait until tomorrow!Faculty can reuse course content from one semester to the next by simply importing content from an old course into a new course.

Official courses (with students enrollments) are created two weeks before the first day of each term.

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Embed YouTube Video In Canvas

logo_YouTube_medInstructors can embed most YouTube videos directly into their Canvas courses for ease of access by students.

This be a powerful teaching and learning tool, and embedding the video directly in your course puts the content within the course context, eliminating the many distractions on the YouTube web site.

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Allow Extra Time for Quizzes (DSPS Accommodation)

stopwatchStudents registered through the Butte College DSPS office may have permission to request extended time for coursework, such as timed quizzes.

Faculty are typically notified by DSPS of students who require accommodations, but in some cases students may self-identify. Contact DSPS for more information if you have questions about any of your students’ accommodation needs.

Instructors can add extra time to existing Canvas quizzes for specific students.  Accommodations are added per quiz, as there is not currently a means of providing a course-wide adjustment for a student.

See the Canvas Guide:

Once I publish a timed quiz, how can I give my students extra time?


Add A Publisher Integration To Your Course

Laptop with graphics coming out of screenSeveral major textbook publishers provide the ability to integrate their content and services with Canvas courses.  For example, assignments provided by the publisher can be linked from within a Canvas module, and grades from the assignment will be automatically pushed back to the Canvas gradebook.


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Add Your Syllabus


One of the most fundamental elements of a course is the syllabus. This is a good starting point for faculty just learning Canvas, and an essential asset for students.


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Import Content From Another Course

import_stampImporting content (which is simply anything you build in a course) is an essential task when using Canvas.

An instructor will always need to copy content from one course to another for a variety of reasons.

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Content Editor Basics

word_magnetsIn Canvas, the Rich Content Editor is used in many, many places to enter and format text.  

You will use the content editor on Pages, assignment instructions, quiz questions, Announcements, and more.

Knowing how to use the content editor effectively is an important part of using Canvas.

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