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Below you'll find infographic guides to some of our most frequently asked questions/concepts.




Where to Get Help graphic


Directions:

  1. Visit https://www.msudenver.edu/ctld/ready/ for help with questions related to how best use Canvas or for best best practices for teaching online.
  2. Visit https://www.msudenver.edu/technology/helpdesk/ for help with particular softwares, programs, or technologies. They can also help with any login
  3. issues into MSU Denver systems and whether or not your publisher content is accessible.
  4. Visit https://www.msudenver.edu/accessibility/contactus/ to discuss with experts whether your content meets the accessibility requirements.
  5. Email your chair for help with your course migration status, if you have a section of a larger course, or the ACT-20 stipend status.

While the global pandemic may mean your course is moving to an online format, this does not mean you have to eliminate all 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.

MS Teams Sync Communication

Directions:

Download Microsoft Teams

  1. Navigate to: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/microsoft-teams/download-app
  2. Click Download for Desktop.
  3. Open and run the installer
  4. Open the Teams app on your computer.

 

Create a team/channel for your class

  1. Open the Teams app on your computer.
  2. Click the Teams icon from the global navigation menu on the left. 
  3. Click the Join or create team button.
  4. Click the Create team button. 
  5. Select Class from the Team type options. 
  6. Type the Class name and Description in the input boxes. 
  7. Click the Next button.
  8. Search students by email address in the input box labeled Search for students.
  9. Select the students you want to add. 
  10. Click the Add button.
  11. Click the Close button.
    • Note: Your class has now been created. From the home page of your newly created course, you may add class materials, files, and assignments, although this may not be necessary since these are stored in Canvas.

 

Set up Class Meetings

  1. Open the Teams app on your computer.
  2. Click the Calendar icon from the global navigation menu on the left. 
  3. Click+ New meeting button on the top right. 
  4. Type a meeting title in the input box. 
  5. Click the input box labeled Add required attendees.
  6. Type student name or email.
  7. Click the student name to add to this meeting.
  8. Edit the meeting start and end times.
  9. Click the dropdown menu labeledDoes not repeat. 
  10. Keep Does not repeat selected for an individual meeting.
  11. Select any other option from the dropdown menu for recurring meetings. 
  12. Click the input box labeled Add channel.
    • Select the Class you would like to associate this meeting with. 
  13. Type details in the large input box. 
  14. Click the Save button on the top right. 
    • Note: if you added attendees, this button will say “send” instead, although it serves the same function.

 

Adjust Meeting Settings

  1. Open the Teams app on your computer.
  2. Click the Calendar icon from the global navigation menu on the left. 
  3. Click the meeting card you would like to adjust settings for.
  4. Click meeting options at the top of the page.
    • Note: This will open a new page in your web browser. This option will not appear unless you have invited participants. 
  5. Select Who can bypass the lobby from the dropdown menu.
  6. Toggle the slider next to Always let callers bypass the lobby if you prefer to eliminate the lobby.
  7. Toggle the slider next to Announce when callers join or leave to enable/disable notifications for when users leave or join the meeting.
  8. Click the dropdown menu next to who can present to allow/disallow student sharing. 
  9. Click the Save button.

 

Collaborate with students

  1. Click the meeting card for the meeting you would like to enter. 
  2. Click the Join button to enter the meeting.
  3. Select from the following collaboration options. 
    1. Click the Screen Share icon (a box with an upward pointing arrow) from the in-meeting menu to share your screen with students.
    2. Click the Files icon (a piece of paper with a folded corner) from the global navigation menu to upload and share files with students.
    3. Click the Show conversation (a dialogue box) from the in-meeting menu to open the chat.
    4. Click the More added apps icon (3 horizontal dots) from the global navigation menu to connect more apps for collaboration.
      • Note: Apps have varying levels of functionality and integration depending on the publisher. We recommend you use Office 365 apps including OneNote, Wiki, or Stream.

Course Content Journey graphic


Directions:

  1. Did you have a Blackboard course migrated during the Tier 1 process? If you don’t know, check with your chair!
    1. If the answer is YES, you will have a K16 course. This is an unpublished course containing content migrated from Blackboard during the Tier 1 process. Work in this course if you want to work from existing materials. If you wish to work in a K16 course, the next steps are:
      1. Refer to the Post Migration Guide in Canvas to learn about common migration problems and solutions.
      2. Clean up your imported content.
      3. Focus on building in Modules, not on changing settings.
      4. You will learn how to import content from K16 to your Fall course during hte Capstone training.
    2. If the answer is NO, then you did not have a Blackboard course migrated during the Tier 1 process. Instead, you can work in a Sandbox course. This is a blank unpublished course with the blueprint applied. Work in this course if you don’t have a K16, want to migrate Blackboard content via the Tier 2 process, or want to try out new things. If you want to start your course from scratch, you can work in a Sandbox or work directly in your Fall course. If you wish to work in a Sandbox or start from scratch, the next steps are:
      1. Transfer Blackboard content, if desired. If you want to do this, follow these steps:
        1. Contact ITS to import content from Blackboard via the Tier 2 process.
        2. Refer to the Post Migration Guide in Canvas to learn about common migration problems and solutions.
        3. Clean up your imported content.
        4. Focus on building in Modules, not on changing settings.
        5. You will learn how to import content from the Sandbox to your Fall course during the Capstone training.
      2. Or, if you are starting from scratch, create new modules and content. Remember to focus on building in Modules, not on changing settings.
  2. Eventually, you will transfer content into your Fall course. This is a published course with the blueprint applied. Import content from K16 and/or Sandbox courses as described in the Capstone traning. (This step is not necessary if you have been building from scratch within the Fall course shell.) Lastly, check all settings and dates.

Copy content from your K16 or Sandbox course into your published Fall course shell.

Course Copy Guide graphic

Directions

  1. Log in to your published Fall course shell in Canvas.
  2. Locate "Import Course Content" within the course settings.
  3. Type the name of the K16 or Sandbox course you want to copy content from.
  4. Choose which Specific Content to copy.
  5. Wait for the transfer to complete.
  6. Use the Post-Import Checklist to check that your content copied over correctly.
  7. Congratulations! You have successfully copied content into your Fall course.

Many courses at the university have several sections, taught by several different instructors. Still, we want to create a consistent experience across sections of a course so students all receive a similarly excellent learning experience. There are several ways you as a department chair or course facilitator can share your lead course or the relevant content within, with those instructors teaching different sections of the course.

Note: Any of the following methods can be used to deploy a lead course to other courses once they are ready. These methods require familiarity with the self-help tutorials at https://www.msudenver.edu/ctld/ready/self-help-tutorials/

Lead to Recipient Course graphic

Terminology:

  • Lead Course - A course developed specifically to be distributed to multiple instructors. (Previously called template, master, etc.)
  • Recipient Course - A course that will receive content from a lead course. (Previously called child course, templated course, etc.)

 

Method 1: Send an export (.zip) of the lead course

Course Facilitator Steps

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the lead course you’d like to export.
  5. Click Settings in the course navigation menu on the left. 
  6. Click Export Course Content from the menu on the right.
  7. Navigate to the Export Type section.
  8. Click the radio button labeled Course.
  9. Click Create Export. 
  10. Navigate to the Content Exports section.
  11. Click the newly created link to download the exported .zip file.
  12. Save the .zip file  to your computer
  13. Send the .zip file to recipient instructors by attaching it to an email, or sharing via OneDrive.

 

Recipient Instructor Steps

  1. Download the .zip file that has been sent to you.
  2. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  3. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  4. Log in to your Canvas account.
  5. Select the course shell you’d like to import content to.
  6. Click Settings in the course navigation menu on the left. 
  7. Click Import Course Content from the menu on the right.
  8. Click the Content Type dropdown. 
  9. Select Canvas Course Export Package.
  10. Click the Choose File button. 
  11. Select the .zip file you previously downloaded.
  12. Click the radio button next to Select Specific Content.
  13. Select options, such as Adjust due dates, as necessary.
  14. Click Import.
  15. Navigate to the Current Jobs section.
  16. Click Select Content next to the course you just imported.
  17. Check boxes for the following course elements:
    • Modules 
      • If listed, deselect the Course Information Module and Sample Module to avoid importing duplicates. If you put information in these modules, copy and paste them to your new course post-import
    • Assignments
    • Quizzes
    • Question Banks 
    • Discussion Topics
    • Announcements
  18. Click Select Content in the lower right to begin running the import.

Method 2: Enroll all recipient instructors in lead course

Course Facilitator Steps

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select one of your Sandbox Courses to copy content to.
  5. Click Settings in the course navigation menu on the left. 
  6. Click Import Course Content from the menu on the right.
  7. Click the Content Type dropdown. 
  8. Select Copy a Canvas Course.
  9. Search for your lead course in the input box labeled Course Name.
  10. Click the radio button next to Select Specific Content.
  11. Select options, such as Adjust due dates, as necessary.
  12. Click Import.
  13. Navigate to the Current Jobs section.
  14. Click Select Content next to the course you just imported.
  15. Check boxes for the following course elements:
    • Modules 
      • If listed, deselect the Course Information Module and Sample Module to avoid importing duplicates. If you put information in these modules, copy and paste them to your new course post-import
    • Assignments
    • Quizzes
    • Question Banks 
    • Discussion Topics
    • Announcements
  16. Click Select Content in the lower right to begin running the import.
  17. Enter the sandbox course you just imported content to. 
  18. Click People in the course navigation menu on the left.
  19. Click the + People button on the top right.
  20. Search users by email address.
  21. Click the Role dropdown menu.
  22. Select teacher role.
  23. Click Next. 
  24. Click Add Users. 
  25. Send instructors a link to the Course Copy Guide available here: https://www.msudenver.edu/ctld/ready/self-help-tutorials/canvas-introduction/

 

Recipient Instructor Steps

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course shell you will be teaching from.
  5. Click Settings in the course navigation menu on the left. 
  6. Click Import Course Content from the menu on the right.
  7. Click the Content Type dropdown. 
  8. Select Copy a Canvas Course.
  9. Search for the sandbox course you were just added to in the input box labeled Course Name.
  10. Click the radio button next to Select Specific Content.
  11. Select options, such as Adjust due dates, as necessary.
  12. Click Import.
  13. Navigate to the Current Jobs section.
  14. Click Select Content next to the course you just imported.
  15. Check boxes for the following course elements:
    • Modules 
      • If listed, deselect the Course Information Module and Sample Module to avoid importing duplicates. If you put information in these modules, copy and paste them to your new course post-import
    • Assignments
    • Quizzes
    • Question Banks 
    • Discussion Topics
    • Announcements
  16. Click Select Content in the lower right to begin running the import.

 

Method 3: Recipient instructors enroll the course coordinator in their recipient course

Course Facilitator Steps

  1. Email all recipient instructors and request you be added to the recipient course as a teacher.
  2. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  3. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  4. Log in to your Canvas account.
  5. Select the recipient course you will be transferring content to.
  6. Click Settings in the course navigation menu on the left. 
  7. Click Import Course Content from the menu on the right.
  8. Click the Content Type dropdown. 
  9. Select Copy a Canvas Course.
  10. Search for your lead course in the input box labeled Course Name.
  11. Click the radio button next to Select Specific Content.
  12. Select options, such as Adjust due dates, as necessary.
  13. Click Import.
  14. Navigate to the Current Jobs section.
  15. Click Select Content next to the course you just imported.
  16. Check boxes for the following course elements:
    • Modules
      • If listed, deselect the Course Information Module and Sample Module to avoid importing duplicates. If you put information in these modules, copy and paste them to your new course post-import
    • Assignments
    • Quizzes
    • Question Banks 
    • Discussion Topics
    • Announcements
  17. Click Select Content in the lower right to begin running the import.
  18. Instructors may now teach from this course.

 

Recipient Instructor Steps

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the recipient course you will be teaching from.
  5. Click People in the course navigation menu on the left.
  6. Click the + People button on the top right.
  7. Search for the course facilitator by email address.
  8. Click the Role dropdown menu.
  9. Select teacher role. 
  10. Click Next. 
  11. Click Add Users. 
  12. Your course facilitator may now copy content to your course shell.

You probably have a published course ready and waiting for deployment this term. But how do you get content into that course? To copy content from another course or sandbox within Canvas, consider using the following infographic to guide your process.

Cleaning and moving a course graphic: all relevant information is duplicated in the steps below.

Directions:

  1. Login to your Canvas account.
  2. Select the Post-Migration Guide from the course dashboard.
  3. Read the intro.
  4. Click Modules.
  5. Click What Happened?
  6. Click next on each page to navigate through the course.
  7. Click on Dashboard from the global navigation menu.
  8. Select the course you would like to review.
    • Note: this is the course you want to modify content or create content in before copying that course into your fall course. You can select a K16/Blackboard migrated course or a Sandbox course you’ve built from scratch.

 

Cleaning up a K16 Course

  • Review the following areas to check for broken links, missing images, incorrect formatting, titles, etc.:
    1. Module contents
    2. Assignments
    3. Discussions
    4. Quiz content
    5. Image, Video, Web, Course Links
      1. Run Course Validator
      2. Replace video files with embed codes
    6. Gradebook
    7. File migration
    8. Migration Exception Log
      1. Found in pages
    9. An external tools

 

Cleaning up a Sandbox course

  • Review the following areas to ensure all content, links, images, and formatting is correct:
    1. Syllabus
    2. Course Information Module
    3. Module Contents
    4. Assignments
    5. Discussions
    6. Quiz content
    7. Image, Video, Web, Course Links
      1. Run Course Link Validator
      2. Embed videos
    8. Gradebook
    9. Any external tools

 

Moving your cleaned up course to fall shell

  1. Select the published fall course that you wish to move content to.
  2. Click Settings from the course navigation menu.
  3. Click Import Course Content on the right.
  4. Click Content Type drop down list.
  5. Select Copy a Canvas course.
  6. Type the name of the course you want to copy content from. 
  7. Click Select Specific Content.
    • Note: Do NOT select All Content.
  8. Click Import.
  9. Click Select Content next to Course Copy under Current Jobs.
  10. Select specific checkboxes on the window that appears:
    1. K16 Courses
      1. Modules
        • Deselect Course Information Module and Sample Module
      2. Assignments
      3. Quizzes
      4. Question banks
      5. Discussion topics
      6. (Optional) External Tools
        • Do not select YuJa and Report an Accessibility Issue
      7. (Optional) Announcements
      8. Rubrics
    2. Sandbox Courses
      1. Syllabus Body
      2. Modules
        • Deselect Course Information Module and Maple Module
      3. Assignments
      4. Quizzes
      5. Question Banks
      6. Discussion topics
      7. (Optional) External Tools
        • Do not select YuJa and Report an Accessibility Issue
      8. (Optional) Announcements
      9. Rubrics
  11. Click Select Content.

 

Review the Post-Import Checklist

  1. Access the course in Canvas.
  2. Review and update content copied:
    1. From a K16 Course:
      1. Announcements
      2. Syllabus - you will need to copy and paste info into this page from your external syllabus.
      3. Course Information Pages
        1. Create content in Overview (Read me Frist)
        2. Copy info into Grading Policy
        3. Add your instructor introduction
      4. Assignments
        1. Rubrics
        2. Due Dates
        3. Group Settings
      5. Quizzes
        1. Test questions
        2. Values of questions
        3. Due dates
      6. Module pages
        1. Published
        2. Videos and Images
        3. Links
      7. Groups
        1. Need to build them (optional)
      8. Wikis, Blogs, and Journals
        1. Recreate alternative assignments
      9. External Tools
        1. Placements
        2. Links
        3. Add Instructions
      10. File
        1. Storage
    2. From a Sandbox course: 
      1. Announcements
      2. Syllabus
      3. Course Information pages
      4. Assignments
        1. Rubrics
        2. Due Dates
        3. Group Settings
      5. Quizzes
        1. Test questions
        2. Values of questions
        3. Due dates
      6. Module pages
        1. Published
        2. Videos and Images
        3. Links
      7. Groups
        1. Need to build them (optional)
      8. Wikis, Blogs, and Journals
        1. Recreate alternative assignments
      9. External Tools
        1. Placements
        2. Links
        3. Add Instructions
      10. File
        1. Storage

This infographic compares the two types of Canvas quizzes: New and Classic. Each type of quiz has its own benefits and limitations. For example, New Quizzes offers more question types, but Classic Quizzes has a more robust Rich Content Editor and allows for third-party app integration. The information below lists major features and settings that are unique to each type of quiz.


 

The information in this infographic is reproduced in the steps below

 

  1. Quiz Features
    1. New Quizzes
      1. Use additional question types: categorization, ordering, stimulus/passage, hot spot
      2. Search content within a question bank
    2. Classic Quizzes
      1. Use the Rich Content Editor to record audio and video; check accessibility; integrate third-party apps and LTI tools, such as YuJa; insert media iframes; edit HTML; and more!
      2. Create a survey
      3. Bookmark question banks
  2. Settings & Workflow
    1. New Quizzes
      1. Duplicate quiz from “Quizzes” page
      2. Import content into individual quiz
      3. Require waiting period between quiz attempts
      4. Shuffle questions and answers per question
    2. Classic Quizzes
      1. Integrate third-party apps
      2. Enable designer and observer roles
  3. Grading & Reports
    1. New Quizzes
      1. Give an individual student extra time on all quizzes for the entire course
      2. Access quintile performance reports
    2. Classic Quizzes
      1. Grade one question at a time in Speedgrader
      2. Access Student Analysis reports as a CSV file
      3. Access quizzes using API
  4. Major Limitations
    1. New Quizzes
      1. Limited Rich Content Editor functionality
      2. Limited ability to integrate third-party apps and LTI tools
      3. No accessibility checker
      4. Reports may take up to 24 hours to generate
      5. Not all planned features are currently available; updates will continue to roll out through July 2021
    2. Classic Quizzes
      1. Fewer question types
      2. Workflow limitations, such as no built-in duplication feature
      3. You can migrate from Classic to New quizzes, but not from New to Classic quizzes
      4. Classic quizzes will be officially deprecated in February 2021. Students will not be able to access Classic quizzes beginning in July 2021

Knowing many students and instructors are new to online learning this Fall, MSU Denver has contracted with TutorMe to provide 24/7 virtual tutoring to supplement existing internal academic support available through the Tutoring Center, Writing Center, and Math Tutor Lab. TutorMe covers nearly all disciplines and can be accessed through an individual’s Canvas “Profile” or within the “Help” button. Being new to online learning, new to Canvas, and potentially teaching larger classes are all good reasons to lean on TutorMe as a resource in addition to a faculty member’s instruction and in-class support.

This can be enabled by following the directions below:

  1. Open the course for which you'd like to enable TutorMe.
  2. Click on Settings in the left Navigation panel.
  3. Click on the Navigation tab at the top of the page.
  4. Find TutorMe (Online Tutoring) in the list further down the page.
  5. Click on the 3 buttons to the right.
  6. Click on Enable.
  7. Click on Save, at the bottom of the page.
  8. TutorMe (Online Tutoring) should now be in the navigation panel to the left of the page.

Features of Canvas and Blackboard

The table below provides an "at-a-glance" overview of the features of Canvas, as compared to Blackboard. It also provides more information about the tools within Canvas.

CanvasBlackboardHow is Canvas different?Helpful Tutorials
Publish Course Make Course Available
  • Canvas shells are automatically published
  • To add content to a current term course, copy content from a previous course, Sandbox, or K16 course
Announements Announcements
  • Users receive notifications via MSU Denver email, by default
  • Can add other notification emails or phone number under Notifications
  • Students can comment or like an announcement if the instructor allows
  • Announcements appear on the course home page
Files Files
  • Hidden from students, by default
  • Everything you upload or link within Canvas automatically appears in Files
  • You can create folder to organize materials
  • Drag and drop files into folders
  • All files can be downloaded as a .zip file
  • You can upload .zip file to this area and Canvas will unzip it into the folder
Pages Blackboard Content Pages
  • Pages, on the navigation menu, is hidden from student by default
  • Pages are editable spaces for content, video, images, files
  • You can allow students to edit a page
Discussions Discussion Forums
  • Discussions, on the navigation menu, is hidden from student by default
  • Can require students to post to the discussion before viewing other replies
  • Users can receive notifications about responses
  • Can be assigned to groups and integrated into student groups pages
Messages Send Email
  • Messages can be sent to individuals, courses, and sections
  • Messages can include attachments, video, images, links, and files
  • Users receive notifications of messages in their MSU Denver inbox, by default
Assignments Assignments
  • Assignments, on the navigation menu, is hidden from students by default
  • When assignment is created, it is added to the Assignments page, Course Summary on the Syllabus page, and Calendar. All are updated simultaneously
  • You must create an assignment to create a column in Gradebook
  • You can limit the type of file allowed to be uploaded
  • You can leave multimedia comments or attachments to feedback
  • Peer Review assignments can be created
Quizzes Tests/Quizzes/Surveys
  • Quizzes, on the navigation menu, is hidden from students by default
  • Creates ungraded quizzes, graded quizzes, graded surveys, and ungraded surveys
  • Can be limited by time, with adjustments made for students with acommodations
  • Instructor can also allow for additional attempt in the creation of the quiz or after
  • Quizzes can be edited after student submissions and are automatically regraded
  • Instructor can add Fudge Points
  • Questions and answers can contain audio, video, or images
Grades Grade Center
  • Accessible from Grades on Course Navigation Menu
  • You must create an assignment to create a column in the Gradebook
  • You can access SpeedGrader from the assignment in the Gradebook
  • Grades can be weighted. Set this up on the Assignments page by creating groups
  • Easily sort column by due date or assignment group
  • Curve grades by assignment
  • Set up automatic grading policies for late work or missing assignments
  • Students can enter "What-If" grades to calculate hypothetical grades
SpeedGrader No Equivalent
  • Grade and give feedback on all submissions for an assignment, quiz, or discussion in one place
  • Add annotations or marks to submitted file with edit tools
  • Able to download file submissions
  • Add audio and video feedback, as well as attach documents to feedback
  • Use applied rubric to generate grade
Rubrics Rubrics
  • Created within the Rubrics navigation menu
  • Can be applied to assignments, discussions, and quizzes
  • Integrates with SpeedGrader to allow for easy and quick grading
  • Grade produced by rubric can be overridden
  • Viewable by students
Navigation Modify Course Menu
  • Available under Settings in Course Navigation Menu, select Navigation
  • Items can be disabled, enabled, moved, or hidden from student view
  • Can be rearranged, though no new links can be created
Calendar Calendar
  • Anything with a due date appears automatically in Calendar
  • Drag and drop items on calendar to change their due dates. Any changes made will automatically update anywhere the assignment appears
  • Users can see multiple courses on one calendar
  • Each user has a personal calendar, which does not appear in their course
  • Appointment times can be scheduled or set up from the Calendar
  • Calendar feed can link into any calendar app that takes iCal feeds
Modules Learning Modules/Learning Units
  • Organizing feature of content within Canvas, appearing under Modules
  • Similar to Folders, Learning Modules, Lesson Plans in Blackboard
  • Can set Module prerequisites and completion requirements
  • Can require students to work through Module sequentially
  • Modules can be locked until a given date
Groups Groups
  • Created within People in the course navigation menu
  • Assignments can be assigned to groups
  • Students in a group have their own page within Canvas with many similar course tools: Announcements, Pages, Files, Discussion
Recent Activity Notification Dashboard
  • Appears in the course home page
  • You can expand, remove, or navigate to that item within the course
 
Notifications No Equivalent
  • Accessible through Account on the global navigation menu
  • Set the frequency of communication from Canvas about specific Course Activities
  • Determine which contact method notifications are sent to
Syllabus No Equivalent
  • Appears on the course navigation menu
  • Blueprint? Mention what appears within?
  • Course Summary appears at the bottom of the page. Course summary is a list of all assignments created with due dates in the course
Workaround: Text Assignment Subission Journal
  • Create an assignment that requires text entry rather than document upload
Workaround: Editable Page Wiki
  • Create an editable page within the module
  • Create a class Sway (Microsoft) and link it within the module
Workaround: Discussion Board Blog
  • Create a class-wide or group discussion board
Attendance No Equivalent
  • Can be enabled from Settings, Navigation
  • Take attendance from a class list or by student seating chart
  • Automatically creates an attendance assignment in the Gradebook
LTI Tools LTI Tools
  • LTIs can be integrated, including publisher content
Help No Equivalent
  • Accessible on the Global Navigation Menu
  • Canvas provies 24/7 Chat, Phone, Email and Online Guides support
  • Available to both students and instructors
New Analytics Statistic Tracking
  • Found in Course Navigation Menu
  • Identifies what pages a student accesses and how frequently
  • Tracks assignment completion, late work, and missing assignments
  • Allows instructor to message students with performance criteria ratings
Mobile Apps: Student, Instructor, SpeedGrader Mobile Apps
  • Free mobile apps available to Student and Instructor
  • Separate mobile app available for SpeedGrader (iOS only)
  • Assignment prep
 
YuJa YuJa
  • Accessible from link within Course Navigation Menu or via plugin within Rich Content Editor box
  • Auto-Captions videos and audio
  • When deployed with embed code, doesn't have an impact on storage limit of Canvas
VoiceThread Voice Thread
  • Tool for creating, sharing, and commenting on media, including audio and video recordings
  • Integrates into Canvas gradebook via Assignment creation

The table below provides an "at-a-glance" overview of the tools currently connected to Canvas.

Currently Available Tools (Site-licensed by MSUD)
ToolTool LinkDescriptionKey FunctionalitiesReady Page LocationReady Tutorials
  • Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
  • Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a video conferencing tool that can be used to meet sychronously with students and colleagues. Events can be scheduled ahead of time and a recording option is available.
  • share files
  • display content
  • utilize the whiteboard feature
  • record sessions for future viewing
  • Set up a Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Session
  • Hypothes.is
  • Hypothes.is is a free collaborative annotation tool. Students can highlight and comment on digital documents as they read, and other students in the class can read and reply to their peers’ comments to create discussions about the text.
  • discussions
  • annotations
  • document sharing
   
  • LinkedIn Learning
  • LinkedIn Learning is an online education platform that all MSU faculty and students have a subscription to. LinkedIn Learning contains entire video courses and stand-alone segments on business, technology-related, and creative skills that can be used as a supplemental resources to enhace a course. All content is presented by experts in the field.
  • Videos can be used for skill-building resources for courses
   
  • Microsoft OneNote
  • OneNote is part of the Microsoft Office Suite, and as such is supported by MSU Denver. OneNote allows you to keep multiple notebooks for tracking tasks, taking notes, and even inludes drawing options.
  • Note taking and organization
  • drawing tools
  • basic word processing options
   
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Microsoft Teams is a communication tool that can be used for meeting with students and colleagues and can be used for synchronous classes, office hours, and small group meetings. Useful features include chat, video conferencing, screen sharing, calendar, collaborative spaces, and more. Microsoft Teams is part of the Office 365 Suite at MSU so there is integration with Outlook email.
  • video conferencing
  • recording
  • screen sharing
  • chat
  • Using MS Teams for Synchronous Communication
     
  • Integrate Microsoft Teams
  • Set up a “Course Team” in Teams
  • Start a Meeting with Students in Microsoft Teams
  • Schedule a Recurring Meeting in Teams
  • Install Microsoft Teams Mobile App
  • Set up a Course Team using the Teams Mobile App
  • Turning on Live Captions in MS Teams
  • Use the Chat Feature to Send Individuals or Small Groups a Message in MS Teams
  • Schedule Recurring Meetings using the Teams Mobile App
  • Share your Screen in Microsoft Teams App
  • Share a PowerPoint Lecture in the Teams Mobile App
  • Record a Teams Session in the MS Teams App
  • Open MS Stream Using Teams on Your Mobile Device to Generate Captions for Videos
     
  • Conduct a Discussion in Microsoft Teams
     
  • Creating and Navigating Breakout Groups in MS teams 
  • Use the Chat Feature to Send Individuals or Small Groups a Message in MS Teams
     
  • Use Microsoft Teams to Host Live Lecture Session
  • Share your Screen in Microsoft Teams
  • Use the Whiteboard in MS Teams
  • Share a PowerPoint Lecture Using the MS Teams Mobile App
  • Portfolium
  • Portfolium is an academic portfolio where users can showcase their education, projects, accomplishments, and competencies. Portfolium can allow programs and departments to track students' progression through programs, confirm gained competencies, and allow students to showcase their skills.
  • Portfolium is specifically designed for college students to showcase their skills. Students can curate a collection of artifacts as evidence of their competencies.
   
  • ProctorU Auto
  • ProctorU Auto is an automated online proctoring service. The multi-factor authentication confirms the identity of the exam taker and allows for live exam viewing by the faculty member or a recorded exam session that can be viewed by faculty after the testing session.
  • Test-taker authentication
  • live viewing by faculty of the exam session or recorded exam session for faculty review
  • violation report containing suspect behavior
  • Use ProctorU with Canvas
  • TutorMe (Online Tutoring)
  • TutorMe is an online tutoring service that is free for MSU Denver Students, and accessible through Canvas where enabled by your professor. They offer tutoring in a wide range of subjects as well as offering support for test prep. TutorMe connects you with an online tutor within 30 seconds of searching
  • On-demand online tutoring in a variety of subjects as well as preparation for standardized testing. 
  • Universal Student Access to TutorMe
  • VoiceThread
  • Voicethread is a platform for media sharing and commenting. Voicethread can be used to share a wide variety of media types, but it is most commonly used to record and share short videos and add drawings and comments (text, audio, or video) to materials.
  • Recording
  • drawing
  • feedback and commenting (using text, audio, or video)
  • Use Voicethread
  •  YuJa
  • YuJa is a media platform for uploading, recording, editing, and storing videos and screen recordings. Videos created in YuJa are automatically captioned to improve accessibility. Videos stored in YuJa can be easily embedded into Canvas Pages using the Canvas-Yuja integration.
  • Video hosting
  • video recording
  • closed captions
  • Canvas integration
  • Edit Auto-Captions on YuJa Videos
     
  • Use YuJa to Create and Upload Video
  • Embed a YuJa Video
     
  • Download Your YuJa Video
  • Link Youtu Videos via YuJa

 

Publishers that Support Canvas - Contact Publisher Representative

 Tool Description
 Cengage  3rd party/textbook vendor tool. See vendor for details and support
 Copia Class  3rd party/textbook vendor tool. See vendor for details and support
  Hayden-McNeil  3rd party/textbook vendor tool. See vendor for details and support
 iClickers  3rd party/textbook vendor tool. See vendor for details and support
 Jones & Bartlett Learning  3rd party/textbook vendor tool. See vendor for details and support
 Macmillian Learning  3rd party/textbook vendor tool. See vendor for details and support
 McGraw-Hill  3rd party/textbook vendor tool. See vendor for details and support
 Pearson  3rd party/textbook vendor tool. See vendor for details and support
 Piazza  3rd party/textbook vendor tool. See vendor for details and support
 SimNet  3rd party/textbook vendor tool. See vendor for details and support
 Sweapinstruments (social work)  3rd party/textbook vendor tool. See vendor for details and support
 Tivoli Books (redshelf)  3rd party/textbook vendor tool. See vendor for details and support
 Turning Technology Clickers  3rd party/textbook vendor tool. See vendor for details and support
 WileyPlus  3rd party/textbook vendor tool. See vendor for details and support
 WWNorton  3rd party/textbook vendor tool. See vendor for details and support
 zyBooks.com  3rd party/textbook vendor tool. See vendor for details and support


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