• Canvas Support: LMS Quick Start Guide

    This course was developed in direct response to the needs of Canvas clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Join this session for a quick start guide that will cover what we consider the essentials of getting an “on the ground” course into Canvas. Watching this will give you an upper hand on supporting students and teachers as they transition to digitally facilitated distance learning.

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  • Canvas Support: Overview (Instructors)

    In this video, you will learn about navigating through Canvas and managing your dashboard and sidebar. Video overviews reflect current feature functionality in Canvas; they are updated based on workflow changes, not on minor or non-functional interface enhancements. Depending on your institution's Canvas theme, the Canvas interface may display differently than shown in this video, but the functionality is the same.

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  • Canvas Support: How to Use Assignments in Canvas LMS

    Need help setting up, using, and understanding assignments in Canvas LMS? Join one of our powerhouse consultants to better understand the following: how to create an assignment, how to create LTI assignments (with things like Google and Turnitin), how to create an assignment that is assigned to a specific section, and how to create extra credit assignments.

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  • Canvas Support: How to Create Quizzes in Canvas LMS

    Need help setting up quizzes in Canvas LMS? Join one of our powerhouse consultants to better understand the following: how to create a quiz, managing quiz settings in Canvas, creating specific question types, using questions from a questions bank, and more.

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  • Canvas Support: How to Use Gradebook in Canvas LMS

    Need help understanding and using Gradebook within Canvas LMS? Join one of our powerhouse consultants to better understand the following: how to read Gradebook icons, how to export Gradebook, how to use gpb/sync, how to excuse assignments, how to leverage Gradebook settings

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  • Canvas Support: Canvas for Math Instructors

    The Instructional Design team launched their first Ready-Made Template in September 2018 to "help reduce stress load, encourage growth, and help course creators design an engaging Canvas experience by turning a blank course shell into a fill-in-the-blank Canvas course." It’s been a tremendous success and users across the board have loved this addition to the Instructional Design services. Templates are intentionally designed to incorporate best practices (aligning with principles from the Course Evaluation Checklist v2.0) and are easy to use. To learn more about Ready-Made Templates, join us for this session.

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  • Canvas Support: Elementary Centers in Canvas Courses (aka Station Rotation)

    Centers (or Station Rotations) are often a go-to strategy found in elementary classrooms. Join us to learn how you can implement this strategy in an online learning environment. We will be showing best practices, ideas, and considerations when it comes to creating digital centers in Canvas.

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  • Canvas Support: LMS Virtual Best Practices with The Canvas Pros

    Join us today, as we discuss best practices with some of the Canvas Community Pros -- Rosie Santiago, Sky King, Beth Crook, Jonathan Yoder, and Chris Giles. You won't want to miss this chance to learn from some of the best!

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  • Canvas Support: LMS Best Practices for Canvas Course Design

    Join one of the co-creators of the Canvas Course Evaluation Checklist to discuss best practices for Canvas courses. Deonne Johnson has a PhD in Instructional Technology and is passionate about helping educators create aesthetic and engaging courses as efficiently as possible.

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  • Canvas Support: How to Import Course Content into Canvas LMS

    Need help importing course content into Canvas LMS? Join one of our powerhouse consultants to better understand the following: how to copy all of the specific content from a previous course, importing courses/content from other LMS', how to share a copy of a course, troubleshooting

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  • LCS Micro-PD S1: Video 1: Who's Afraid of the Online Classroom?

    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.

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  • LCS Micro-PD S1: Video 2: Curriculum in the Online Classroom

    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.

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  • LCS Micro-PD S1: Video 3: Pacing and Timing in the Online Classroom

    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.

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  • LCS Micro-PD S1: Video 4: Rubrics in the Online Classroom

    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.

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  • LCS Micro-PD S1: Video 5: Teacher Presence in the Online Classroom

    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.

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  • LCS Micro-PD S1: Video 6: Cognitive Presence and Online Classroom Engagement

    Today’s Micro-PD session is going to be a little different. The focus is on cognitive presence and student engagement online. We’re going to start this out by defining our main academic terms: Cognitive Presence, Engagement, and Cognitive LoadCognitivePresence is the level of ability one has to make meaning and communicate meaning from interacting with a medium.Engagement, when we talk about the classroom, is the degree of interest, curiosity, or attention a student has with knowledge.

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  • LCS Micro-PD S1: Video 7: Communication in the Online Classroom

    Communication and the Online ClassroomIn today’s video we’re going to talk briefly about what communication with parents looks like in the online classroom. To begin, let’s just think about what we know about communication in any environment. Basically, we know that whenever people are “in the know” we all start to work better.

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  • Canvas LMS Tutorial - Using Modules to Build a Course

    Learn how to build your own course in Canvas by using the Modules page to organize and build your course content. Using Modules is the easiest and most logical way to build your Canvas course. If your school or district has signed up to use Canvas, or if you've decided to use the Canvas Free for Teachers account to create your courses, this video covers what you need to know to get started!

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  • Canvas LMS Tutorial - Setting the Homepage

    Learn how to setup your course homepage in the Canvas LMS. In a previous video I showed how to create a Canvas LMS course using modules, but in this short tutorial I show how to determine what the students see as the the course homepage.

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  • Canvas LMS Tutorial - Locking and Unlocking Modules

    This Canvas LMS tutorial shows you how to lock and unlock modules so that your students only see your Canvas content that you want them to see, and when you want them to see it. You can make it so that modules automatically unlock when certain conditions are met.

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