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Get Started with New Discussions in Canvas

Asynchronous, online learning can sometimes be a solitary endeavor. Separated from their classmates and instructor, students miss out on the collaborative experience of a classroom setting. Increasingly, online instructors have turned to discussion forums to create a space for students to engage with their peers. The recent update Canvas made to their discussions tool creates […]

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CTLD Rapid Ready Training

Did you know that 75% of MSU Denver’s students take at least one online course? Or that 98% of all students access their online/hybrid courses from a laptop and 45% access their courses from a mobile device? While many of us have become comfortable or even highly skilled in teaching online, there are simply too […]

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Course Showcase – GWS 1001- Support for Beginning Students

Know thyself (γνῶθι σεαυτόν) is an ancient Greek maxim. It speaks to the importance of analysis of self and the connections made with others. When designing a course, it is equally important to know thine audience. Is the course for learners new to higher ed? Is it a capstone project? Will it fit the lives […]

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MSU Denver Canvas Blueprint

A blank page is always a little daunting. Where to start, what to say?  One way to overcome this kind of writer’s block is an outline of what you want to write. You can apply that same idea to your Canvas course. The MSU Denver Canvas Blueprint provides that structure for you. Packaged in every […]

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How do I clear a Canvas shell of all content?

While you can delete individual items from a Canvas course, you may want to delete everything in the course at once. This usually happens when a mistake is made while copying the course and the wrong material is imported. You can request that ITS reset your Canvas shell by using the Canvas Course Reset ticket.

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Canvas Tools Quizzes/Tests

Turn a Classic Quiz into a Question Bank

Question Banks are an excellent tool to use when creating Classic Quizzes. You can add questions to a bank, edit them if you like, and then add them to any Classic Quiz. You can use Question Banks to reuse questions and set up randomized pools of questions, for example. You may want to add several […]

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How do I prevent students from editing their discussion replies?

By default, all replies a student posts in a Discussion in Canvas can be edited or deleted by that student. You can disable this feature, if you like, on a class-wide basis. This can be done to ensure greater academic integrity in your course, as a student cannot post an incomplete reply and then revise […]

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Canvas Tools Quizzes/Tests Self-Help Tutorials

Print a Canvas Quiz

Canvas Quizzes are great tools for assessing students online, but you may want to deliver a Quiz created in Canvas in-person. For instance, you may be teaching a course you usually teach online in a classroom and want to reuse your material. In cases like this, you can print quizzes directly from Canvas to distribute […]

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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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Prerequisites, Requirements, and Locking in Canvas Modules

Guide student progression in your Canvas course A successful Canvas course typically involves a great deal of content for your students to navigate. Establishing the order in which you wish your students to progress through the course and then defining prerequisites, requirements and timeframes for that progression can help students understand your expectations and stay […]