Category: General Tips & Musings

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Communicating and Understanding Notifications in Canvas

Your friends in OLS conducted a faculty survey to see what you’d like clarity or more information on, and notifications/communicating in Canvas were two of the most-cited topics. Since these topics go hand-in-hand, we created this short video to help you understand the way Canvas notifications and communication work. If you like reading better than watching, keep scrolling for more… Read more →

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Importing the Mini Module Into Your Canvas Course

The Course Tools Mini-Module is available to all teachers as an addition to your Canvas course. It can help students be successful by introducing them to the Canvas learning system, and ensuring that they understand how to interact with online course content before the semester is underway. You can import the Course Tools Mini-Module into your course in a few easy… Read more →

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Beginning-of-Semester Checklist: Canvas Edition!

With the transition to Canvas, OLS has spruced up the old beginning-of-semester checklist! Remember that you can still merge your courses in Canvas like you did in Blackboard – for more information on that, check out our guide! 1. Update the Syllabus If your course content has been copied from a previous semester, don’t forget to update any course information!… Read more →

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Canvas Descriptive Links and You!

If you’ve been following my accessibility series, you know that descriptive links are a good way to make content accessible to students using screen readers or other assistive technology, and they make content look snazzier and cleaner to boot. Canvas opens the world of descriptive links up to more than just external website URLs, though: the system lets you create… Read more →

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Academic Twitter: is it worth it?

How can academic Twitter be useful?   Networking: Twitter can be useful for academics to identify and connect with global peers. Connecting with authors of texts or other people working in the same field of interest can be very useful and enlightening. Webinar and conference presenters often share their Twitter handles as well as their email addresses, so it can… Read more →

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EDUCAUSE Research Snapshot: Online Learning Attitudes

In the spring of 2017, faculty and undergraduate students at The College of Saint Rose were invited to participate in EDUCAUSE technology surveys, giving our institution the opportunity to benchmark its technology attitudes, experiences, and preferences with the global respondent pools and to directly compare between faculty and students. Although there is considerable overlap in student and faculty opinions about technology,… Read more →

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Accessibility: Not just a civil right

A recent article published by EDUCAUSE Review makes the case that framing ‘accessibility’ as a civil right is perhaps the most effective way to gain the attention of college faculty, staff, administrators, and students. That’s because a potential civil rights violation is assumed, by many, to be a serious matter that could put the organization’s finances and reputation at risk. While… Read more →