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Pro Tip Tuesday: Canvas has an “Undelete” tool!

Filed in Canvas, didyouknow, HowTo by on September 19, 2017 0 Comments

Did you accidentally delete something? Don’t freak out.. it may not actually be gone forever! Before you panic, try Canvas’ “Undelete” tool.  Here’s how to do it: 1.  Go to the course site where you may have accidentally deleted something 2.  Find the root URL of your course site For a class at WPI a root URL looks […]

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3 Reasons Why You Aren’t Receiving Email from Canvas

Filed in Canvas, didyouknow by on September 15, 2017 0 Comments
3 Reasons Why You Aren’t Receiving Email from Canvas

Your notifications are not enabled. Go to Account -> Notifications and click the checkmark boxes for all 3 types of notifications.  It should look like this: You have an email rule set up to filter out non “@wpi.edu” emails.  Canvas emails will come from the email address “notifications@instructure.com” Instructure is the company that created Canvas, […]

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Canvas Update: September 16, 2017

Filed in Canvas, updates by on September 13, 2017 0 Comments

Every three weeks, Canvas releases new features, updates to existing features, and bug fixes to our platform. In this production release (September 16), course notifications always include the course name as the sender name, course import files expire after 500 days, and Conferences includes several interface and feature updates. Additionally, the student Assignments page includes a small […]

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Pro Tip Tuesday: Student Journals in Canvas – A Workaround

Filed in Canvas, didyouknow, HowTo by on September 12, 2017 0 Comments

Canvas is lacking a native Journal tool.  However, there’s a few ways to get around the journal function because of the flexibility of the Canvas interface! One of the easiest ways I’ve found is to create groups equal to the number of students in the class (so one student per group). Then create a group discussion […]

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Pro Tip Tuesday: Student View in Canvas

Filed in Canvas, didyouknow, HowTo by on September 5, 2017 0 Comments
Pro Tip Tuesday: Student View in Canvas

As an Instructor, you see all options available in your Canvas course, including any pages or files you have hidden. It can sometimes be helpful to view what a student in your course sees to ensure you have the site configured exactly how you want. Using Student View allows you to act as a student […]

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Feature Spotlight: Peer Review in Canvas

Filed in Canvas, features, HowTo by on August 31, 2017 0 Comments

Do you want to allow students to provide feedback to other student’s assignment submissions? You can do this online in Canvas! First, a few common questions about the Peer Review tool: Peer reviews can be assigned to show student names or display anonymously. (Professor and TA can still see who reviewed who, but it is anonymous […]

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Pro Tip Tuesday: Download Gradebook to Excel

Filed in didyouknow, HowTo by on August 29, 2017 0 Comments

Canvas provides a pretty great Gradebook interface to work with directly in your web browser, but sometimes there’s nothing like using good old Excel for calculations.  Here’s how to export your Gradebook to Excel from Canvas, and some pro tips to accompany this task. Open Grades Click the Export button Click the CSV File link When […]

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Pro Tip Tuesday: Validate Course and Web Links

Filed in Canvas, didyouknow, features, HowTo by on August 22, 2017 0 Comments

This one is easy- Canvas has a link checker!  If you have been copying your course content year to year, it’s worth it to run the Canvas link checker to make sure all of your internal links, uploaded content, as well as web resources are active and published. Canvas will check your content and let […]

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Canvas Update: August 26, 2017

Filed in Canvas, updates by on August 22, 2017 0 Comments

Every three weeks, Canvas releases new features, updates to existing features, and bug fixes to our platform. In this production release (Aug 26), SpeedGrader has been optimized for performance in large courses. In DocViewer, Point and Area annotations no longer require comments, and DocViewer displays an annotation session warning before the session is refreshed. For all users, […]

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Pro Tip Tuesday: Mute Assignments in Gradebook

Filed in Canvas, didyouknow, features by on August 15, 2017 0 Comments
Pro Tip Tuesday: Mute Assignments in Gradebook

Grading student work can be a daunting task! Let Canvas help ease some of the burden by communicating with students on your behalf.  In Gradebook, you can let students know that you’ve begun the grading process (or not) by “Muting” an Assignment.  Using the Mute feature is as simple as pressing a button. But what […]

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