Create New Content
Design great Pages:
- How do I design a Page? (recorded training 82 minutes)
Use Existing Content Across Multiple Courses
Importing Content into Spring Courses
Did you know that you can re-use the same Canvas content that you used last semester with only a few simple clicks? Check out the following Canvas user guide for step-by-step instructions on how you can quickly and easily copy content you have already created in one course to your new Spring course shells:
Did you know you can automatically apply changes you make in one course to all of your courses using Canvas? Using a Blueprint course, you can add, edit, remove, and create new content in one course and then synchronize that content with all of your assigned courses. To get started, please email Tracie and/or Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org with a name for the Blueprint course as well as the CRNs for all courses that you want linked to the blueprint course. Note: Only unpublished courses should be linked to blueprint courses. Otherwise, early progress made by students will be lost.
Are you teaching more than one section of the same course and want to save time by modifying content once as opposed to two or more times? If so, you may want to consider cross-listing your courses. Cross-listing merges your separate courses into one Canvas shell, thereby making it easy to modify and/or add content in one convenient location. To get started, please email Tracie and/or Michael at email@example.com with the CRNs for all courses that you want cross-listed. Note: Only unpublished courses should be cross-listed together. Otherwise, early progress made by students will be lost. Additional settings may be recommended for FERPA compliance.
New Rich Content Editor in Canvas
Canvas has a new Rich Content Editor (also known as the toolbar found in the “edit” view of a Canvas item) that will look a little different from what you may be used to. However, all of the same functions you are familiar with and dependent on are still present in the new Rich Content Editor. To familiarize yourself with this new feature, enter the “Edit” view of any course item (page, assignment, quiz, etc.).
Additionally, you may want to consult the Canvas user guides below for more details and information:
- Canvas Release: New Rich Content Editor (2020-01-18)
- How do I use the menu bar in the New Rich Content Editor as an Instructor?
- How do I record media using the New Rich- Content Editor as an Instructor?
- How do I create hyperlinks to course or group content in the New Rich Content Editor as an -instructor?
- How do I upload a document in the New Rich Content Editor as an instructor?
- How do I use the HTML view in the New Rich Content Editor as an instructor?
Review Assignments, Quizzes, and Discussions
- Verify activities to be used in the course are published.
- Verify dates. Due dates are added to the calendar and the syllabus and serve as reminders to students. “Available from” and “Until” dates will unlock and lock the activity.
- Verify instructions are accurate and well formatted.
- Verify the submission type (assignments only).
- Verify number of attempts is correct (quizzes only).
- Verify assignment groups are set up correctly. See: How to use Assignment Index Page.
- Verify assignments are weighted correctly, if using a weighted grading system. See: How to Weight Assignment Groups.
- Verify discussions are ordered logically on Discussions list page.
- Verify Quiz “Options” are correct. See: Canvas Quiz Options.
Review Course Details
- Verify total points possible in the gradebook is correct. To verify Download the Gradebook or within Canvas Student View navigate to Grades.
- Review Syllabus for accuracy.
- Verify all links. See: How to Validate Links.
- Customize course navigation links. Keep only the links that are necessary. For example, in most cases the following should be hidden: Files, Pages, Outcomes, Conferences, and Collaborations. If using Modules you can hide even more links to simplify navigation for students. See: How to Reorder and Hide Course Navigation Links.
- Verify Modules are logically ordered and published, if using them.
- Verify Module “Lock until” dates are correct, if using them. See: How to Lock a Module.
- Verify Module requirements and prerequisites are set correctly, if using them. See: How to add Requirements to a Module and How to set Prerequisites for a Module.
- Verify the course home page is setup correctly. See: Home Page Layout Option and How to Change the Course Home Page.
- Use “Preview” option in each quiz to check for errors.
- Use “Student View” to review the entire course. This is a good time to verify that all of your content is available in an accessible format. See: How do I view a course as a test student.
- Publish your course when you are ready for students to have access to it. This typically is on the morning of or before the official course start date. See: How do I publish a course?
- Especially for online and hybrid classes, send a Welcome Letter to your students through your Canvas Inbox. Include resources and how they can access their courses on Canvas.
- Provide your students with an online Canvas Orientation.
- Canvas email (Inbox/Conversation) messages will not be sent out if the course is unpublished.
- Pay attention to the time stamp on anything you have placed a date on. 12:00 means the very first minute of the selected day. For end dates, it is often best to choose 11:59 PM to ensure you are setting it up on the correct date.