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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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Canvas Tips & Tricks: Volume 1!

We here in Online Learning Services get asked, from time to time, for some Canvas “tips and tricks,” or, in simpler terms, how to use Canvas more effectively. Here’s a roundup of some of these ideas! This will likely be the first in a series. Attendance tool (Roll Call) Roll Call/Attendance Points Did you know you can change the amount… 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 →

Chalk & Wire Guide for Students (Canvas)

This article is intended to assist users accessing Chalk & Wire through a Canvas course. GETTING STARTED: The general process for using Chalk & Wire consists of two steps: Upload your work / add content to the assignment page, which you access through the link in your Canvas course. Submit it to your instructor. Please watch the following very short video, demonstrating the… Read more →

Canvas Course Merge

Why Merge Courses? The purpose is to simplify your life by merging section enrollments into a course so that content may be shared. Generally, but not always, all students in the merged course can see and participate in all of the same content.  If you are uncertain about your end goal or desired results, ask us before submitting this request – we’re… Read more →

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Motivations for Learning & Teaching Online

Post by: David Rice, Associate Professor of English and participant in the Learning Community on Online Teaching & Learning When the topic of online teaching comes up among faculty, inevitably some colleagues question the wisdom of delivering their content online. Though many teachers find the idea of online teaching intriguing or even inspiring, the question “why teach online” is a… Read more →