Using Canvas and other external collaboration tools
So, looks like online instruction might be the wave of the future after all. But that’s ok. Our teachers were and are tough. They stepped up to the plate for sure in the very abrupt transition we all just lived through. Anyhow, it seems like this might be the new normal to some extent for at least some of the time. We know you already lived through this shift to online instruction and have the battle scars to show it. Now that we have a little more time, let’s take some time to reflect on what we can do before we start again in the fall (or before we’re in the fall semester and have to go back home again) to take our online teaching game to the next level.
How is it different from a material? How is it different from instruction? Why does this matter? Curriculum, very simply put, is a course of study. A curriculum guides us as teachers and instructional leaders through the scope of what to teach and when to teach it. In traditional public education, we’re relatively lucky in that some of this work is figured out for us by our state-adopted standards.
Hi there! Let’s start with a quick question—what are the things you do in your class every day that make it a “class?” Odds are, it has little to do with thenumber of problems, words, or stories you assign. It’s far more intentional than that. It’s about how you hook and engage the students, how they respond, practice, and connect, and how you find out where they are at in their understanding so you know what to do next.
Today we are going to talk about using rubrics in the online classroom.So, you probably already use rubrics regularly in your traditional classroom. In this video, however, we plan to go over some distinct characteristics of rubrics so that we can ensure we are using a common language of best practice(ASCD, 2013). Then, we’ll talk about how rubrics help instructors and studentsonline and provide you with some tips for creating and using them in your course.
Today we’re going to take a moment to reflect on what teacher presence looks like in the online classroom versus the traditional educational setting. The good news about this topic is that people tend to think at first that talking about teacher presence in online instruction means being on video—something that makes many of us cringe—but that’s really not always the case. The caveat here is that some age groups and some courses do require us to be a little more of an “online celebrity” for the purposes of instruction—teachers of the youngest students, ESOL students, and language students, and several other areas I’m looking at you here.
Getting Started with Canvas as an Instructor
This page will provide you with some essential resources so you can create an account, familiarize yourself with Canvas, create a new course, and add content to that course.
For a visual representation of how to get started with Canvas as an instructor, view the Getting Started with Canvas as an Instructor Flowchart PDF.
To watch a short video series on setting up a new Canvas course, view Set up your Canvas course in 30 minutes or less.
The Canvas Instructor Guide has over 600 lessons that each answer a question that relates to using the Canvas interface as an instructor. Included below is a selection of lessons that will introduce you to the basics of Canvas usage. Each lesson also includes Next and Previous links so you can easily navigate to related content.
Before you can do anything in Canvas, you'll need an account and the URL for your institution's Canvas website. View the lessons below for help with setting up your account, logging in, and managing your user settings.
- How do I sign up for a Canvas account as an instructor?
- How do I log in to Canvas as an instructor?
- How do I change the settings in my user account as an instructor?
Once your account is set up, take a minute to familiarize yourself with the Canvas user interface. The lessons below will show you how to navigate Canvas and use a few of the tools that link across all your courses.
- How do I get help with Canvas as an instructor?
- How do I use the Global Navigation Menu as an instructor?
- How do I use the Inbox as an instructor?
- How do I use the Calendar as an instructor?
Canvas provides several tools that allow you to create a course and add content for your students. View the lessons below for information on setting up your Canvas course.
- How do I use the Course Setup Checklist?
- How do I use the Canvas course setup tutorial as an instructor?
- How do I add a section to a course as an instructor?
- How do I publish a course?
- How do I set details for a course?
- How do I use course settings?
Each course includes various features where you can share course content, hold discussions, assign coursework, grade student submissions, and much more. View the lessons below for some of the basics of Canvas courses.
- How do I use the Dashboard as an instructor?
- How do I create an assignment?
- How do I assign an assignment to everyone in a course?
- How do I use the Course Home Page as an instructor?
- How do I use the Course Navigation Menu as an instructor?
- How do I use the Syllabus as an instructor?
- How do I create a discussion as an instructor?
- How do I use Files as an instructor?
- How do I use the Gradebook?
- How do I add a module?
- How do I create a new page in a course?
- How do I add users to a course?
- How do I edit user roles in a course?
- How do I create a quiz with individual questions? (Classic Quizzes)
- How do I create an assessment using New Quizzes?
- How do I add and modify text in the Rich Content Editor as an instructor?
- How do I add and modify text in the New Rich Content Editor as an instructor?
- How do I get to SpeedGrader from an assignment, quiz, or graded discussion?
- How do I use SpeedGrader?
Canvas Teacher App
Canvas also has a free mobile app available for iOS and Android that is specifically tailored to instructors. View information about the Teacher app below.
- How do I download the Teacher app on my iOS device?
- How do I log in to the Teacher app on my iOS device?
- How do I use the Teacher app on my iOS device?
- How do I download the Teacher app on my Android device?
- How do I log in to the Teacher app on my Android device?
- How do I use the Teacher app on my Android device?
Canvas is built to support online education, allowing teachers to connect with their students to promote learning anytime, anywhere. In the face of recent urgency, educators can leverage Canvas with easy-to-use, effective, and customizable solutions to support students remotely. To help you prepare, we’ve curated a list of recommendations and resources to get the most from Canvas during this time.
Flowchart to help instructors get started in Canvas
How to connect with your student using the Canvas Parent mobile app.