This is the third of a series of videos to help you get started using Canvas.
While it isn’t necessary to have it in front of you, there is an M3 step-by-step guide you can reference while watching the video.
In this video, you will learn how to:
Communicate through announcements
One great way to stay in touch with students when they are not in person with you is through announcements. You can post them right after you compose them, or even schedule an announcement to go out at a specific time in the future.
Subscribe to a calendar
Many of us have come to rely on electronic calendars (such as Outlook or Google calendar) to keep our time organized throughout our day. You can subscribe to your Canvas calendar in whatever calendar you use, so you see your Canvas dates alongside your other meetings and events. Here’s how to subscribe to a calendar in Office 365. If you use another calendaring system, search your preferred tool’s help menu for subscribe to internet calendar.
Connect using conferences
When you want to connect live with a student, but geographic or other barriers make meeting in person problematic, you can leverage Canvas’ conference feature. A popular video conferencing system, Big Blue Button, is built into Canvas and offers the rich connections that can occur when we can hear the inflection in each others’ voices, observe each others’ body language and facial expressions, along with sharing our screens to show how to perform a certain task or a set of PowerPoint slides.
Create a collaboration
If you want to be able to see students’ writing as it transforms from those first few sentences into a final paper, you might find the collaboriation feature useful. You must first have and set up a Google account within Canvas. Your students must do the same thing. Once everyone is “plugged in” with Google, you can create collaborations for crowd-sourced exam study notes, group writing projects, or other collaborative writing projects.
Grade an assignment with SpeedGrader
One of Canvas’ most powerful features is SpeedGrader. It is a separate application, built from the ground up to make grading faster and to provide richer feedback to students. The ability to video yourself talking through your feedback on a paper, or even just record your voice, gives students a better ability to comprehend your feedback and put it into practice.