With the start of fall term just around the corner, here are some tips to make the most of Canvas and help you get off to a smooth start.
- Create your courses in Canvas. Why wait? Most courses will be available for you within Canvas immediately.
- Publish your course. Students can’t see your course until you publish it.
- Review the latest updates made to Canvas - Note that Canvas has enabled the enhanced gradebook by default.
- Attend a Canvas training. We have several introductory Canvas classes, grading and quiz trainings, and workshops on maximizing student engagement and collaboration. In addition to the live scheduled sessions, many of the trainings are available as on-demand videos that you can watch when you need them.
- Review these student-centered course design tips as you build your course.
- Consider using iClicker to engage your students in class. Register for training or find more information at the CUClickers website.
- Verify TA Enrollment. TAs are generally added to your Canvas course automatically. You can also add TAs using their email address, IdentiKey login name, or Student ID. Ensure that your TAs are enrolled in the correct sections. TAs can only view student data, such as grades, dropbox assignments, etc., for the sections they are enrolled in.
- Add Classroom Capture videos to the Canvas navigation bar. After requesting Classroom Capture recording you will be sent a video channel URL. Follow the how to add a Catalog instructions to add the video channel URL to your Canvas course navigation bar.
- Access Zoom directly from Canvas. Instructors and students can efficiently perform most Zoom functions from inside Canvas, including scheduling meetings, viewing upcoming meetings, accessing cloud recordings and other Zoom functions.
- New YuJa video platform to replace Kaltura by the end of fall 2024. OIT is excited to announce that the transition from our existing enterprise video platform, Kaltura, to our new platform, YuJa, will begin this fall semester, and is planned to conclude by the end of fall 2024. More information about YuJa and the transition can be found in OIT's news story.
- The Turnitin AI Detection tool preview is available through the end of fall 2023. Be aware that tools like this can be responsible for false positives that can disproportionately impact various student groups, such as ESL students. Remember to discuss your guidelines for the use of AI in your course with students at the start of the semester. Check out this semester’s Academic Instruction Guidance edition for further tips on how to articulate your standards for the use of AI in your course.
- Review the Canvas Accessibility page, and take advantage of campus services like SensusAccess, to make your content accessible.
- Visit the Start of Term Canvas FAQ for answers to the most common questions.
- Take advantage of our Canvas support resources.
- Check out the Canvas Quick Reference Guide from OIT’s Academic Technology Consultants.
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