This is the second in a series of videos to help you use Canvas in your teaching.
While it isn’t necessary to have it in front of you, there is an M2 step-by-step guide you can reference while watching the video.
In this video, you will learn how to:
View a home page
First impressions really count. Canvas lets you decide what your students’ first impression of your class will be, as you determine what you want your home page to be… You can go with a more utilitarian approach and list all assignments for your class, or even provide a graphical representation of some of the key concepts in your course.
Inspect course modules
Canvas provides modules, which are like folders we can use to organize our classes. You can then group items, such as pages, quizzes, or discussion boards into a module, and even name your modules according to weeks or topics.
Review the syllabus
You can enter your syllabus text into Canvas, or provide a link to a PDF of your syllabus, stored somewhere on a cloud service (such as Microsoft OneDrive, or Dropbox). As you add assignments, quizzes, and other date-related items into your course, they automatically show up on the bottom half of your syllabus. The best part is that when you go to teach the same class at some point in the future, Canvas can adjust the course dates to be relative to the new start date of the semester.
Examine an assignment
An assignment in Canvas can be something that a student might turn in electronically (such as a traditional academic paper that you want checked for originality, using the built-in integration with TurnItIn). It can also be something that students turn in hard copy, or even as some type of performance (such as playing an instrument, or giving a speech). When you enter assignments, they provide a means for you to give students’ feedback in one place and better keep track of their progress in your course.
Students can be assigned quizzes that are graded or are just for practice. You can also create a survey within the quizzes engine, which does not necessarily have right or wrong answers, but can be graded, or non-graded.
Assess course settings
Seeing how a course will look from a student’s perspective is an important part of using Canvas. The student view can be found under a particular course’s settings. Other options include copying an existing course to a new course, importing a course or quizzes into an existing course, or resetting course content (when you want to start fresh with a blank slate).