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CTLD Course Development Cycle

Do you want to design a new course, whether synchronous, asynchronous, hybrid, or hyflex? How about revamping a course you’ve already designed to improve functionality and accessibility? Have you been looking for some collaboration on best practices and tools to ensure your course meets your goals and the university’s pedagogical standards? The CTLD Instructional Design […]

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Copy a Canvas Course

The start of a new semester can be a stressful time for instructors. Fortunately, there is one major part that is quick and painless: copying forward your Canvas course into a new shell. With just a little preparation, you can copy your course into the new semester; the whole process only takes about 10 minutes! […]

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CTLD Support Services at a Glance

Need help? Simply put, that’s what we are here for. CTLD is the one stop shop for all of your teaching and learning needs. Staying up to date on the various instructional techniques, theories, tools, technology, and best practices is an important aspect of being an effective educator. Looking for help setting up your course […]

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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

Using MS Forms in Canvas 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 their studying efforts. Knowledge checks can be […]

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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 […]