Posts By: dholton5

Backup Your Canvas and Blackboard Courses Now

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Here are scenarios that have actually happened, to help convince you that you should regularly download backups of your Canvas and Blackboard courses: An instructor was working on building their course in their Canvas CRN real course space (not a sandbox space).  The department made changes to who is teaching what CRN, and suddenly the […]

How Your Students can Submit Handwritten Work with CamScanner or FlipGrid

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Especially if you are teaching an online STEM-related class like math or science, you may find it difficult for students to submit homework online.  They either have to enter their formulas and equations using an online tool, or you have to use multiple choice or fill-in-the-blank type questions.  You don’t get to see the work […]

Using the Unicheck Plagiarism Checker in Canvas

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The Unicheck plagiarism checker has been enabled in Canvas to allow instructors and students to check papers for similarity and originality.  This video walks through how to enable the Unicheck option in Canvas assignments and how to access and interpret the reports that it generates.  See also this handout on how to use Unicheck in Canvas that Amanda Molina […]

Canvas Start of the Semester Checklist

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Use this printable Start of the Semester Canvas Checklist to make sure your course is ready is ready when the semester starts. There is also an online version of the start of the semester checklist with clickable links to learn how to do all the things in the checklist. The checklist is adapted from an […]

A Smorgasbord of Ways to Learn Canvas

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Valencia College is switching to the Canvas learning management system in May, just about 100 days from now.  But fear not, there is now a virtual smorgasbord of courses, webinars, videos, and people available to help you learn Canvas and get your courses ready.  Here’s a rundown of what’s available to you: Learning Canvas For […]

Integrating Publisher Materials with Canvas

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If you are using a publisher website for materials and assessments in your course, you may be able to ‘pair’ your Canvas course to the publisher course site so that students can connect to the publisher site from Canvas without having to create a separate login account.  Some publishers also allow for ‘deep integration’ (or […]

Checking your Canvas Course for Errors

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We’ve learned in the Canvas pilot that sometimes students will notice issues with a Canvas course that weren’t visible to us when we built the course.  Links or images may be broken, for example, or an assignment may not be visible, or a page may be unreadable on mobile devices. Canvas has some built-in tools […]

Getting off to a Quick Start in Canvas with Sample Courses from the Commons

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Building a course from scratch in Canvas (or any learning management system) can be very time consuming, and importing from Blackboard into Canvas may ultimately end up costing time after all the clean up work.   Additionally, the new Rubric for Online Competencies (ROC) adds numerous standards for effective online course design & delivery, including a […]