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Peer Reviews

Use Peer Reviews in Canvas to Facilitate Learner-to-Learner Feedback The feedback you provide to students on their submitted work is critical to their success in your course, but students can also benefit from feedback provided by their classmates. Peer reviews can be a valuable exercise, both for the reviewer and the recipient. Reviewers get experience […]

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Knowledge Checks

Knowledge checks using MS Forms in Canvas can be a great way to check student comprehension. Have you ever wondered how to help your students develop better study skills? Students can spend a great deal of time reading or viewing material but merely reading material does little to help students learn or help students direct […]

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Monitor Student Progress with New Analytics

Use New Analytics to monitor student progress and evaluate your online course content As an instructor, you may find yourself wondering if students are engaging with course content and keeping on top of their coursework. Fortunately, Canvas provides New Analytics, an excellent tool that helps you see how your students are progressing. You can also […]

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Using Sandboxes

When creating or editing a course, having an unpublished location to test out various tools and settings without fear of altering or deleting content in a live course is beneficial. This location is known as a Sandbox as it is a “playground” for content creation. In addition, Sandboxes can also serve as a backup location […]

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Improve Student Engagement Using the Rich Content Editor

Creating content and readings for students is a fundamental way to provide information and context for your course. When teaching online, you should ensure the content you provide is engaging and complete for students to go through on their own. In Canvas, there are myriad tools you can use, and one of the most essential […]

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Deliver Quizzes in MS Teams

Use Teams for Informal Quizzes In a synchronous online course, there may be times when you want to assess your students’ understanding without administering a graded quiz through Canvas. Maybe you are looking for a quick poll, a casual pop quiz or wish to check general comprehension. One way to do this during your synchronous […]

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Share Content With Other Instructors

Building a full course from scratch can be quite an undertaking in terms of both time and effort. Converting Open Education Resources (OER), building pages, and writing quizzes and assignments are an investment in time and resources that may compete with other priorities (such as interacting with your students). This can be a lot to […]

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Best Practices for Holding Virtual Office Hours

Connect Virtually with Students Outside of Class Time Office hours are key resources for your students to seek additional help and instruction. In-person office hours are a time-tested system, and these benefits carry forward when you provide an equivalent virtual experience. For a small investment of time and effort to set up a virtual office […]

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Update Your Course for the New Term

As an instructor preparing your course for a new term, you may find yourself balancing several different tasks at once. Even with existing course content from a previous term, you will still need to customize and make changes to content, due dates, and in some cases, technology, to keep your course relevant for a new […]

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Finalize Your Course for End of Semester

Finalize Your Canvas Course and Prepare for the Next Semester The end of a semester can be a stressful time for you and your students. Looming deadlines and preparations for the coming semester can be challenging. This Canvas spotlight will cover some end-of-the-semester housekeeping functions in Canvas that you can use to bring your course […]