Posts By: dholton5

The Case for Open Textbooks: Research & Data

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The Open Textbook Alliance created a nice handout explaining The Case for Open Textbooks.  Open textbooks are textbooks that are free for students to use and openly licensed so that instructors are free to revise and redistribute them, with attribution. Below are some arguments for open textbooks explained in more detail and updated with more recent research […]

Using FlipGrid Video Discussion Boards in Canvas

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FlipGrid is a free video discussion tool that allows for threaded video discussions in your Canvas course.  It’s become very popular in both K-12 schools and college classes lately, possibly even more popular that Kahoot 🙂  And Microsoft recently bought FlipGrid and opened up all the premium features (such as maximum video length, now 5 […]

How Ready are You to Teach Online in Canvas?

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Are you prepared to teach online courses in Canvas?  Take this Canvas Online Teaching Readiness Self-Assessment to see for yourself.  At the end of the survey, you’ll receive links to resources related to each of the questions.  This survey is being used in the Boot Camp for Online Instruction PD course.  You can also download and import […]

Evidence-based Teaching Strategies in Canvas

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Here is a resource in Canvas Commons with some examples of brief, research-based teaching strategies implemented in Canvas, such as: transparent assignments, minute papers, values affirmation, social belonging, goal setting, student testimonials, nudges, discussion protocols, wrappers, and midterm student feedback.   You can preview this resource here. Evidence-based teaching refers to teaching strategies and principles for which there […]

Short Links to Canvas Resources

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Here are some quick & short links to various Canvas resources available to you, if you find them useful. And here’s a short link to a printable version of these short links 🙂 bit.ly/valenciacanvaslinks Canvas Start of the Semester Checklist  bit.ly/startcanvaschecklist Request a Canvas Sandbox  bit.ly/valenciasandbox Copy a Canvas Course  bit.ly/copysandbox Rubric for Online Competencies […]

Keeping Up with Canvas Updates and Community

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Once a year, Instructure hosts the InstructureCon conference in Colorado where folks can share tips and news about the Canvas learning management system.  This year’s conference starts today, and our very own James May is attending.  This year’s conference has a carnival theme, hence the “InstructureCarn” label. You can watch the keynote speakers live online […]

Images Not Showing Up in Canvas? Here’s What You Can Do

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Occasionally you may notice that one or more images do not appear to be loading on a page in Canvas – especially pages that have a lot of images.  Usually this is just a temporary issue and reloading the page fixes it. Why does this happen? There are various reasons why this may happen – […]

How to Fix and Prevent Accessibility Issues in Your Canvas Course

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Below are some tips for fixing accessibility issues in Canvas after the fact, followed by tips for preventing issues from arising in the first place.   You can learn more about accessibility & universal design at webaim.org & cast.org. A short link to a handout version of this resource is at: bit.ly/canvasaccessibility How to Fix Accessibility Issues […]

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 Canvas Start of the Semester 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 openly licensed checklist […]

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 […]