Five Things You Might Want to Know

ALLOWING STUDENTS TO ATTACH FILES TO DISCUSSIONS

By default, Canvas does not allow students to attach files to discussion topics. You can allow them to do so by clicking on the “Discussions” in your course navigation/menu. On the upper right of the screen, next to the blue +Discussion button is a small gear icon. Click on that icon and you will see a pop up menu that controls some of what students can do in the discussion area. You may consider deselecting “Create Discussion Topics” and “Edit and Delete their Own Posts” and selecting “Attach files to their discussion.”

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STUDENTS ADDING FILES TO DISCUSSION TOPIC FORUMS

When students try to add images in Canvas using the “embed image” icon in the text editor they are offered three options. A URL, Canvas, and Flickr. They can find images on the web and use the URL or they can find images on Flickr. They can also add images into Canvas and use those, but they need to upload them first.

To do that they need to select “settings” from the upper right of the screen next to their name. On the far left is “files.” There they will see a blue “upload” icon in the far right. They can browse for the file they want to use and upload it. Once that is complete they can go to the place in canvas they want to embed the file and when they select Canvas, they will see the files they have uploaded.

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ADDING MORE TIME, OR ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO A QUIZ

Canvas does not have a simple Clear Attempt button like we had in Blackboard. To either add an attempt or add more time to a quiz for a student you need to select the “Quizzes” area of your course. Then select the quiz you need to change. In the upper right of the screen you will some buttons. One is Quiz Statistics (you might find that useful) and the one below it is Moderate This Quiz.

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You can see the individual student results by clicking on the student’s name, but to the far right of their name is a grey pencil. Click on the pencil and you will see options for more attempts and more time. Be sure to select “Manually Unlock the Quiz for Next Attempt.”

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COMMENTS IN NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS

Canvas allows students to comment on Announcements you create in your class. In fact, they are actually just like discussions in how students interact with them. You can choose to “close them for comments” by selecting the announcement from the announcement area in your course and use the gear icon at the far right of the announcement name to “Close for Comments.”

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OLD BLACKHAWK LINKS NOT WORKING AND ACCESS DENIED

You may find that some of our links to Blackhawk videos are no longer working. Please make sure class for any links from Blackhawk and sent TeLS the link address. We will upload the video to our new Panopto system and return you a link that will work. Because we are awesome that way.

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Four Things You Might Want to Know

INCLUDING YOURSELF IN EMAILS TO CLASS

By default, Canvas does not email you when you send an email to your class through Canvas. You can choose to have yourself included when you email everyone in the class.

To do so, click on the “Settings” in the upper right of the screen. These are your personal settings as opposed to the class settings in the lower left. Then click on “Notifications” in the right menu. Scroll down to Conversations. Select the options to the right of “Conversations started by me.”

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ARRANGING GRADEBOOK COLUMNS BY DUE DATE

By default, the gradebook in canvas is assignment group. You can drag and drop them and reorder them. And you can make them display by due date.
Click into the grade book in a class. Then select the gear icon next to Import and Export in the upper right. There you choose to have the columns in the gradebook display by due date.


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SPEEDGRADER OPTION TO VIEW BY SUBMISSION STATUS

In the SpeedGrader you can choose to have completed display before students who have not yet completed the work. By default, when you grade a column of work in the Speedgrader you will have to click through students who have not yet posted the work. You can change that so that completed work by students displays first.

When you are in the SpeedGrader, select the small “settings” in the upper right next to “Mute Assignment” and “help.” From there you can choose to have the SpeedGrader see completed work first.

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EMAILING STUDENTS FROM THE GRADEBOOK

You can email students who have not yet completed work, or scored below a certain criteria, directly from the gradebook. In the column header, select the small dropdown menu in the lower left corner and then “Message Students Who…”

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Panopto and Course Tours

But first, three useful things to know.


DON’T FORGET TO CLICK THE PUBLISH BUTTON
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TO OPEN CLASS EARLY, CHANGE START DATE.

To make this happen, go to your course settings and see image below. Make sure the “Users can only participate in the course between these dates” check box is checked.

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PREVENTING STUDENTS FROM CREATING DISCUSSION TOPICS

By default, Canvas allows students to create discussion topics. That is not a bad thing, but for us at Yavapai, Blackboard did not allow students that ability. By default, they can also edit or delete their posts. You can change those permissions by clicking on your course settings and scrolling to the bottom and clicking “More Options.” There are also a couple more options you may want to turn on or off. Make sure to click the blue, “Update Course Details.”

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GREAT EXAMPLES OF YAVAPAI COURSES

The recording below was made with our new lecture capture tool, Panopto. If you would like to know how to use this tool, please give us a call, email, or stop by our offices.

Today for our update we share of few of the courses your colleagues have created! You can play the recording at full screen by clicking on the icon in the lower right corner of the screen.


DON’T FORGET THE BAT PHONE!

Working Bat Phone Acquired by TeLS

batphone2TeLS Acquires Fancy New Technology

You recognize the phone don’t you? Of course, it is the Bat Phone. We just acquired this awesome communication device right here in our TeLS Office. And now you can call it anytime you need help with Canvas!

We offer your our excellent customer service* for the rest of this week and next as we begin our journey with Canvas. Feel free to call any time between 8 am and 9 pm. Any day, including Saturday and Sunday!

Bat Phone number: 928.634.6580

Monday Morning Update: August 17th

One week to go! We hope your courses are looking good and that Canvas is beginning to be more familiar. If you need help, we are here!

How to Open Your Course Early

HOW TO COPY BLACKBOARD CONTENT INTO CANVAS

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GETTING STARTED WITH TURNITIN

To create a Turnitin assignment you follow the same steps as creating a regular Canvas assignment. After you give the assignment a name and directions you need to select “External Tool” from the dropdown menu under Submission Type. When you click into the blank field some text will appear and a new window will appear. Scroll to the bottom of the list and select Turnitin.
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When you have done that you will see that there is a Turnitin assignment which will be mostly blank. There is a settings button that has many of the same options you had with SafeAssign.

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You will want your points in the Turnitin dialogue box to be the same as the points you have assigned in Canvas. There are date restriction, file type restrictions, and you can choose those and other additional settings.

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In Canvas, the assignment will look like other assignments to you students. When they select the link the will be asked to confirm acceptance of the Turnitin Policies and they will be shown a screen where they can upload and assignment.

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If you need further assistance, please contact TeLS or check our training schedule.

GETTING STARTED WITH PANOPTO

You can use Panopto from your office, home or as a lecture capture in any of the old Tegrity classrooms.

To use Panpto you will first need to active the Panopto navigational element in your Canvas Course. To do that go to the course “Settings” (lower left) and select Naviagtion in the upper center tab. There, click and hold on the “Panopto Recordings” element and drag it into the rest of the course navigation directly above it. You can move it like any other element.  Click save.

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Then click on the Panopto Recordings link in the course navigation. You will see the Panopto interface and a green “Create” button. From the dropdown menu select Record video. You will be prompted to either run Panopto or download the Installer.

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If it is your first time using Panopto on the computer you are using, you will want to download and run the Installer. By the beginning of the semester all faculty machines on campus should have the Recorder installed by the IT department. If you are at home, you will have to install it.

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Once you have installed it you can create recordings. Panopto will find your camper and microphone and you can record over Powerpoints or record your screen. You will also see a Panopto icon in you text editor in Canvas. You can use it to embed your recordings into any Canvas module.

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We can help you further if you give us a call or send us an email.

Please let us know if we can help you at this busy time in the school year!