Canvas Tips

Welcome Back – Fall 2016

Highlighted feature changes since Spring 2016:

  • Discussion Tool: If you use the discussion tool and want students to be able to attach files, please make sure that this setting is turned on.
  • Student Groups: Students will now be able to form their own Canvas groups within a course site, giving them file space and collaborative writing space. This feature may be turned off within Course Settings.
  • Course Site Dashboard: Steps to view "all courses" and customize your dashboard with the refreshed interface
  • See our resources to become familiar with the new interface

Updates on two outstanding issues from Spring 2016

  • Speedgrader Crocodoc inline comments were not appearing for all group members – Resolved
  • Using modules and timed release - Resolved for most recent app; to ensure that students will not have access to materials prior to the specified date and time, it is recommended faculty use the Draft State.

About the new Canvas User Interface (UI)

On Saturday, June 11, at 7 a.m. the new UI for Canvas will take effect. The new interface focuses on optimizing Canvas for use on all types of devices. See our resources to become familiar with the new interface. Note: Changes to the Canvas user interface will not impact the management of course content or student interaction with the system. Core Canvas functionalities such as course building, assignment submission, and communications will remain the same.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Digital Learning Team at dlc@hws.edu, 315-781-4420 or stop by our office hours.


IT Tech Faculty Discussion

Student Engagement and Achievement through Technology Discussion

Thursday, May 5
from 10:30-11:30 a.m.,
in the Rosensweig Learning Commons, Learning Studio 2,
Warren Hunting Smith Library


Course Sites Available

Maymester, Summer Session, and Fall 2016 Canvas Course Sites are currently available.

  • Canvas is updated daily at 6 a.m., 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 6 p.m. from PeopleSoft. Additions and deletions to Canvas rosters will occur at those times. To check your official roster for any course visit the HWS PeopleSoft Web site.
  • Directions are available for copying materials from previous course sites. Remember to adjust due dates for time sensitive materials and don't forget to publish your course site to make it visible for students.
  • You can change the home page of your Canvas course site to a wiki page, the syllabus page, or course modules.
  • Use the Registrar's Office form to add student collaborators (ex. Teaching Fellows) to a credit-bearing Canvas course.
  • Not seeing courses for upcoming semesters? Look at the "View All Courses" List and star any courses you want to see in your "Courses" drop down menu.

Collaborative Writing, Wiki Assignments, and “Pages”

Canvas Pages

Canvas offers multiple options for students to create and collaborate on Wikis. One of the options is Pages.

What You Get

Limitations

  • Allows for asynchronous editing only
  • Commenting must be done in-line

Setting up Pages for Student Editing

Pages setup
  • Create a new page
  • Under Options, Change "Teachers Only" to "Teachers and Students"
  • Click "Save & Publish"

Interested in best practices or have questions? Contact the Digital Learning Team at dlc@hws.edu or 315-781-4420.


Welcome Back – Spring 2015

As we start into the new semester the Digital Learning Team would like to update you on a feature enhancement within Canvas: the Files re-design. If you have any questions or want more information contact the Digital Learning Team at dlc@hws.edu or stop by during our office hours.

Update to Files

Instructure updated the Files with a new look and new functionality. Below are some ideas for new ways to use the files:

  • Unpublish files
    You can load all your files in advance, keep them unpublished and then publish them when you are ready for students to view them, for instance lecture slide decks.
  • Restrict access to files by date
    You can set up times the students will have access to certain files. This could correlate to an assignment, such as a video or problem set answers.

For more information on how to use the new files check out the "How do I use Files" help guide.


Copy of Announcement to Sender

Faculty can now enable the ability to receive a copy of all announcements sent to students via the Canvas announcements tool. To enable this feature:

  1. Canvas top right nav bar Click Your Name in the top right navigation bar
  2. Canvas left nav bar Click Notifications in the left navigation bar
  3. Under Course Activities, look for Announcement Created By You
  4. Canvas notifications Hover over the notification delivery time to change. The options are:
    • ASAP
    • Daily
    • Weekly
    • Never
    Note: This will apply to all of your courses.

Draft State

Canvas cloud

Canvas has implemented some system feature enhancements. In particular, you now have more control over releasing specific assignments, pages, quizzes, discussions and modules via a "draft" state. You will notice new icons within these tools (little clouds) to prompt you to publish specific items for your students. In sum, this new functionality will allow you to privately build within some tools even after you've "published" the course site itself and then intentionally publish specific objects for students as you deem appropriate.

View a four-minute overview of the new features.


Welcome Back

The Digital Learning Team would like to update you on some feature enhancements within Canvas. In particular, the Canvas course design resource page, draft state, course status bar, group tab and ability to switch grade display from percentage to points.

The Digital Learning Team is also offering one-on-one consultations Tuesdays at 2 p.m. on: Aug. 12, 19 and 26 in the Digital Learning Center in the Library Learning Commons. The times are open to anyone looking for help with Canvas but there are limited seats. To guarantee a Digital Learning Consultant please let us know in advance if you are going to attend.

In addition to Tuesdays at 2 p.m. the Digital Learning Team offers drop-in office hours throughout the week. View the schedule.

Draft State:

Canvas cloud

Canvas has implemented some system feature enhancements. In particular, you now have more control over releasing specific assignments, pages, quizzes, discussions and modules via a "draft" state. You will notice new icons within these tools (little clouds) to prompt you to publish specific items for your students. In sum, this new functionality will allow you to privately build within some tools even after you've "published" the course site itself and then intentionally publish specific objects for students as you deem appropriate.

View a four-minute overview of the new features.

Canvas course nav

Group Tab:

There is a new and easy way to create groups in Canvas via the "People" tab. Creating groups in Canvas provides students with space to share files, brainstorm, co-author materials and have asynchronous discussions.

Canvas groups

Gradebook:

Canvas has added a new feature into the gradebook which allows a Faculty member to switch the total points view from percentage to points. This will also change the view for students so there won’t be any confusion as to their grade.

 

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