This is the first 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 M4 step-by-step guide you can reference while watching the video.
In this video, you will learn how to:
Create a syllabus
You have a lot of flexibility when it comes to your course syllabus. You can take full advantage of Canvas’ editor and have your course syllabus display text, video, and other graphical elements. You can also have the dates from your class assignments automatically show up and update at the bottom of your course syllabus. Alternatively, you could continue to create syllabi the way you have been (likely in a Word Processor) and then upload that file to Canvas, thereby skipping their syllabus feature all together.
Design a page
Pages provide excellent ways to include written text, images, and videos for students. Pages can then easily be linked to, as you start to put some organization into your course. Pages can also be included in modules.
Embed external content in a page
Text is a great option for conveying information to students, but so is video. You can use the editor to link to a video that is hosted somewhere like YouTube and it will create a small, embedded version of that video automatically. However, if you want these videos to be displayed larger, use the embed code that is available through services like YouTube and then toggle from the Rich content editor over to the HTML editor and paste them in.
Organize course content using modules
Course modules let you organize your assignments, pages, files, etc. into digital folders. Modules can be focused on a specific topic, or even just grouped chronologically. You can also sequence modules by defining criteria and prerequisites for each module. Students won’t be able to access modules until they have unlocked all their prerequisites. That way you can prevent students from accessing certain content or files until they have, say, gotten at least 75% on a review quiz.
Assess student learning through a quiz or assignment
Being able to gauge students’ learning is vital in our teaching. Canvas has the option of giving a student a quiz to test their knowledge, as well as the ability to leverage assignments in assessing student learning.
M4: Design a Course using Canvas
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