Canvas Spotlight

Course Showcase – PSY 1001: Introductory Psychology

The old saying that multiple minds are better than one has never been more true than when it comes to developing courses. Members of our Center for Teaching, Learning, and Design – Instructional Design team (CTLD ID) recently collaborated with expert faculty members from the Department of Psychological Sciences during the Spring 2022 development cycle. […]

Group Work/Collaboration Integrated Apps Readings/Content Self-Help Tutorials Timely Tutorials

Set Up Hypothesis Documents and Assignments in Canvas

In your course, you may want students to review a document and annotate it to show their understanding and interpretation of the material. This can be done collaboratively in Canvas through the third-party tool, Hypothesis. This tool enables students to review a PDF or web page, leave annotations and comments on it, and view and […]

Canvas Spotlight Integrated Apps Readings/Content Timely Tutorials

Use Hypothesis for Collaborative Annotations on Documents in Canvas

Create documents that you and your students can annotate together Reading is often an essential pedagogical tool to engage, inform, and empower learning for students. The problem is often, how can you get your students to read more? The time has come to consider using social annotation to promote critical thinking, community, and create a […]


How do I Use MS Teams for Synchronous Communication?

Teaching in an online format doesn’t mean you have to lose your instructor-student contact. Microsoft Teams is our institutionally supported application for synchronous communications, including live class sessions and office hours. Teams provides you with a variety of options for creating virtual meeting rooms, organizing classes, and collaborating with your students using integrated tools. Note: […]


Create Pages that are Editable for Students

Pages within Canvas create a visually dynamic and editable place to present your lectures, videos, and content without losing any important context. Pages can be easily placed within modules to create an efficient movement for students from topic to topic. They can also be assigned as a to-do item for students. Typically, pages are static […]

Assignments Group Work/Collaboration Integrated Apps

Use is an app within Canvas that lets your students participate in social reading by collaboratively annotating course readings. By enabling students and faculty to add comments and start conversations in the margins of course documents, the app brings class discussions directly to the course content. Collaborative annotation engages students more deeply in course […]

Group Work/Collaboration

Use Microsoft OneDrive

OneDrive may be the least obvious solution but can be effective in providing your students with the materials they need to complete group activities. Due to its “shared” nature, your students can easily collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, or presentations within OneDrive. Directions Create a Shared Folder for Students to Access Go to Faculty and Staff […]


Conduct a Discussion in Microsoft Teams from a Web Browser

Microsoft Teams allows you to host live video sessions that you could use to facilitate discussions in your course. You could use this tool to have real-time conversations about course content, current events, or other important topics just like you would in your face-to-face course. Directions Go to the Faculty and Staff Hub. Click Email (Office […]

Discussions Group Work/Collaboration

Set Up Small Group Discussions

You can use the Canvas Group Discussions feature to create identical discussion topics for different groups in your class. Students will only be able to see posts from other members of their group. Consider using this feature to group students by interest, create a more intimate environment by reducing the discussion group size, or implement […]

Communication Lectures

Schedule a Recurring Meeting in Teams

One of the easiest ways to keep your course running smoothly is to schedule a recurring meeting in Teams. This will enable you to meet with your students for live lectures, discussions, or other class activities. Follow the steps below to schedule a meeting for your course team. If you still need to set up […]