|Title||Start Date & Time||End Date & Time|
|Service Issue Reported: WEPA Printers (Campus Cash)||Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 2:30pm|
|Service Issue Updated: Networking Outages Impacting: International English Center & Ski Hut||Friday, September 6, 2019 - 7:51am|
|Service Issue Reported: OIT Networking ITP Resource Tool||Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 8:44am|
|Service Maintenance Scheduled: Enterprise Applications Including Campus Solutions & Portals||Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 6:00pm||Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 11:59pm|
|Service Maintenance Scheduled: Lynda.com||Monday, September 23, 2019 - 12:01am||Monday, September 30, 2019 - 8:00am|
|Service Maintenance Scheduled: Network Switches - Building-by-Building||Monday, September 23, 2019 (All day)||Tuesday, January 28, 2020 (All day)|
Cidi Labs Design Tools is a suite of tools available within Canvas. It expands design options in Canvas to create more engaging and aesthetically pleasing online course environments in the Canvas LMS.
OIT made this tool available campus-wide based on positive feedback and recommendations from faculty participants in the Cidi Labs Design Tools pilot during Fall 2018.
Cidi Labs Design Tools are available to all Canvas users who have editing access in a course (e.g. instructors, TAs, and course designers).
Launch the Content Editor Toolbox using keyboard shortcut alt+shift+d for Windows or option+shift+d for Macs. To automatically launch Content Editor tools after first activation, select the gear icon at the top of the Cidi Labs toolbar, then change the top setting to Automatically launch Design Tools.
Enable Multi-Tool from the Navigation tab in your course Settings. Scroll to the disabled items area, find Multi-Tool, and drag it to the enabled menu items at the top of the page. Reorder the menu as you'd like it to appear, then save changes.
The Upload/Embed Image tool is located in the Canvas Rich Content Editor toolbar under More External Tools (blue downward arrow icon). Please Note: The Upload/Embed Image tool is also available to students anywhere they have access to the Rich Content Editor.
Faculty participants in the Design Tools pilot used the Content Editor Toolbox to style various course pages in Canvas.
“I used Cidi Labs to design elements of the Canvas site for my graduate course in the Masters of the Environment program titled, “Contemporary & Emerging Issues in Public Lands Policy & Management.” My goal in utilizing the design tools was to make the course material more easily and quickly accessible for students, instead of uploading .pdfs of, for example, the syllabus and instructions for assignments. I appreciate being able to use different color schemes on the pages as well as highlight text. The use of headings to delineate different sections of the syllabus is also helpful. I look forward to continuing to use the design tools and becoming more proficient with them in future courses!”
“My favorite part of using Cidi Labs Design Tools, as of right now, has to be the ability to do accordion tabs. My ‘Week by Week - Readings and Assignments’ button takes the students to a page of tabs - one for each week. When they expand the tab they see the week’s readings, assignments, videos to watch, etc. The format is clean and easy to follow. Students know how to get back to previous readings if they need to access them without going through a long list of files.”
“My inspiration for my design was ‘simplicity.’ I wanted students to have as few clicks as possible to find what they were looking for. My favorite elements are the tabs, expanders and CU-colored themes. I also rather like the way it brings a boring table to life.”
Cidi Labs offers several accessibility features to help you create universally-designed courses, including:
The Cidi Labs and Accessibility guide provides more information on how each tool works.
From the Get Help panel in the Content Editor Toolbox, you can access several resources created by Cidi Labs. The Cidi Labs User Guide Canvas Course uses modules and content pages to guide you through each Design Tools feature. From the Get Help panel, you can also send your questions and feature requests directly to Cidi Labs and see recent release notes.
The Course Homepage Design Considerations guide contains tips to help you design welcoming, accessible, and informational home pages.
Learning Technology Consultants in OIT are available to offer individual and group instruction on using Cidi Labs Design Tools.