Upcoming CELT-led Webinars on How-to Build a Simple Course in Canvas

In this 60-minute webinar, CELT staff will walk participants through the process of building a simple course in Canvas; as well as, direct participants to the extensive Canvas online resources, webinars, self-paced tutorials and 24/7 Canvas Support available. In addition, participants will become familiar with the CELT resources available to plan, develop, and implement Canvas courses in ways that reduce barriers to learning and facilitate meaningful participation by all students.

For a video recording, downloadable notes, and rich web guide are available on the How-to Build a Simple Course in Canvas page found on the MyCanvas Teacher at ISU website

How to Register via Zoom

Register to view one of the following CELT-led webinars via Zoom by clicking on one of the Zoom meeting web links below:

  • Jan. 8 (3:30-4:30 p.m., register online)
  • Jan. 12 (1:00-2:00 p.m., register online)

(Note: Each webinar is limited to 100 people).

Zoom Support?

If you need assistance connecting via Zoom visit Zoom’s Support website OR contact ISU’s Solution Center at 515-294-4000.

 


Fight the Fear: Confessions of a Procrastinator

As Interim Director of CELT, I have participated in CELT-led workshops, sat in on implementation team meetings, and spoken all over campus about the transition from Blackboard to Canvas. However, I still have not built my spring 2018 course in Canvas.

Sure, I thought about the wonderful features that Canvas would let me do, such as the media rich editor that will let

me and my students post video and audio comments and how the speed grader will let me grade student work side by side course rubrics. But, it is still not built!

Do you relate to my confessions of a procrastinator?

If so, here are a few tips that might help:

1. Log into Canvas

Go to the Iowa State University website. Then, locate the “Sign Ons” link found on the upper right corner (above the search box), and then select “Canvas” from the menu (Figure 1).

Use the sign-ons link to access Canvas
Figure 1. Use the Sign-ons link found on the Iowa State University website

2. Check for your Spring 2018 courses

To see what courses you have in Canvas, view the How do I view my Canvas courses as an instructor? web guide. If your spring 2018 course shell(s) do not appear on the Canvas dashboard or in your course list (Figure 2), contact your departmental representative using the Registrar’s Course Offering Department Contacts website.

Canvas course list with an arrow pointing to the Courses icon, and another arrow pointing towards the All Courses link
Figure 2. Courses list on Canvas

3. Build your course

On June 7, 2017 course materials were exported from Blackboard and imported to Canvas (Figure 3). Since Canvas is a different system, you’ll want to spend time learning which course materials you keep and where you put them. Many instructors have decided to re-use aspects of their Blackboard courses. Other instructors have decided to start new within Canvas.

Blackboard course materials are found under the Past Enrollments header
Figure 3. Locate Blackboard course materials under the Past Enrollments heading in the Courses list

Additionally, this article published in The Chronicle of Higher Education (2017) article “Fight the Fear/ Procrastination Cycle With Small Tasks ” fits perfectly: the notion that by delegating small tasks you could move forward on a high priority project. To help you (and I) get over the fear of starting in Canvas, CELT has created the following How-to Build a Simple Course in Canvas YouTube video.

To accompany this brief video CELT has developed a How-to Build a Simple Canvas Course web guide on the MyCanvas Teacher at ISU site. For face-to-face help, CELT will be hosting Open Labs until December 8 and CELT-led Workshops until December 22.

As the Blackboard countdown clock informs us, Blackboard access ends soon (January 5). However, those with the instructor role will be able to view their previous courses in a Blackboard Archive (More information to come soon).

In closing, Early Adopter Rose Martin’s advice for those new to Canvas is: “Keep the big picture in mind [which is] providing students access to your course content quickly and easily. Keep an open mind about how you can reorganize course content and steps or tricks used so your course flows as intended. Also, keep Canvas help desk number handy, 515-294-4000, then press 2, then 1.”

And if you are not a procrastinator, thanks for sharing your experiences and knowledge with fellow instructors!

Let’s get going!

Sara Marcketti, Interim Director
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT)

Full Teaching Tip

View the published CELT Teaching Tip: Fight the Fear: Confessions of a Procrastinator (November 30, 2017 – Constant Contact) website.

Print Version?

Prefer a Print version? If you would prefer to view the Teaching Tip as a printable document with web addresses, download the CELT Teaching Tip December 1, 2017 (PDF)


Advice from a Canvas early adopter, “Be patient. Breathe deeply. Get help [with Canvas].”

In our previous Tip (ISU is turning off access to Blackboard on January 5, 2018) we shared 5 ways to Lesya Hassal facilitating a Canvas workshop to instructors in a classroom with laptops and monitorssuccessfully prepare for making the transition from teaching in Blackboard to Canvas. In this issue, our CELT team thought you may be interested in the results of the Canvas early adopter survey.

As you may know, we have about 300 instructors currently teaching in Canvas. 80% of the instructor early adopters stated that they were satisfied or very satisfied with Canvas. Their satisfaction was attributed to:

  • Content creation, calendar, and communication tools that helped their teaching and student learning.
  • Efficiency of course building and administration tasks.
  • Crisp and modern feel and overall intuitive design.
  • Help features, including 24/7 support line and chat line.

Of the student respondents, 90% stated they were satisfied or very satisfied with Canvas and students praised:

  • The ease of use and navigation, mobile app, cleaner look.
  • Modules, course notifications, and calendar feature that helped keep them organized.

We also asked the respondents to let us know their advice for colleagues. Comments included:

  • “Do not assume that you can do the same things you did in Blackboard. Learn how Canvas works, and then mold your course around those features. I tried to “shoehorn” my Bb course into Canvas and found that some features simply were not allowed in Canvas.”
  • “Explore and play with it early. If you have problems, start with the User Guides as they are helpful. It is nice to have the 24/7 support too. I have used it and they are a good resource.”
  • “Make sure to on-board students.”

And finally, our favorite:

  • “Be patient. Breathe deeply. Get help [with Canvas].”

Find out why early adopters are happy and immerse yourself in Canvas by using all of ISU’s Canvas training and tutorials (quick links listed below):

Kind regards,

Sara Marcketti, Interim Director
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Full Teaching Tip

View the published Teaching Tip: Advice from a Canvas early adopter, “Be patient. Breathe deeply. Get help [with Canvas].”  (October 26, 2017 – Constant Contact) website.

Print Version?

If you would prefer to view the Teaching Tip as a printable document with web addresses, download the CELT Teaching Tip • October 26, 2017 (PDF)


CELT-led Canvas Workshops (Oct. 16-27)

A Panda with the Canvas (ISU's new learning management system) LogoCELT staff will lead five 90-minute Canvas workshops multiple times this fall that highlight the pedagogy and mechanics behind Canvas functions. Read the workshop descriptions, determine which day/time you would like to attend, and register via the Learn@ISU website:

  • Accessibility in Canvas, Oct. 17 and 27
  • Assignments and GradeBook in Canvas, Oct. 19 and 25
  • Course Design in Canvas, Oct. 20 and 23
  • Groups and Collaborative Work in Canvas, Oct. 18 and 26
  • The Pedagogy of Canvas Quizzes, Oct. 16 and 24

Additional information about Canvas, including open labs and self-paced training, is online through the My Canvas Teacher at ISU website.


Get Started with Canvas, ISU’s New Learning Management System

This past week the Iowa State Daily published a glowing opinion piece titled, ” Sinclair: Canvas replacing Blackboard is a change we needed.” To prepare for this “change” we encourage faculty, and staff to take advantage of the training opportunities and resources available to them.

On September 5 and 6, CELT and ITS will be hosting Erin Wasson, Canvas Trainer will facilitate multiple 90-minute training sessions on the following topics: Assignments & Discussions, Communication & Collaboration, Grading & Assessment, Modules & File Management, and Quizzes & Question Banks. There are four ways for faculty and staff to engage in with these sessions:

  • Attend the face-to-face program: Register to participate in the face-to-face program through the Learn@ISU website (Space is limited).
  • Live webcast: Participate in the live webcast, hosted by CELT Online Learning Innovation Hub staff members, by registering through the Learn@ISU website. The live webcast space will be used as an overflow for the face-to-face program.
  • View the live webcast on your own: If you would prefer to view the Canvas-led workshops on your own, you may access the unique live Zoom links via the ISU MyCanvas Training site. Note: This is a training resource only accessible to Iowa State University.
  • View a recording: Recordings will be made available via the ISU MyCanvas Training course site following the event.

To view the session descriptions, download the Canvas-led Faculty & Staff Training (PDF).

Additional training opportunities include:

  • CELT-led Workshops: The first set of workshops will be held between September 18 – October 1, register to participate via the Learn@ISU website (Space is limited).
  • Canvas Open Labs: Drop in and get support related to quality course design, and effective teaching practices in Canvas. Bring your work, and your laptop (this is a must). Open labs are planned for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday in August – November 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Rotunda of Parks Library (near 281 Parks Library). Open Labs will not be held on September 5 and 6 due to Canvas training for Faculty and Staff.
  • Self-Paced Online Canvas Tutorials, and Online Training Offerings are both available through the MyCanvas Teacher at ISU website
  • Additionally, to provide a baseline of content knowledge with the platform, faculty and staff are encouraged to watch the Welcome to Canvas video recordings found on the Canvas Training website.

Finally, CELT’s 3-Part Series: Best Practices in Online Course Design will walk you through how to prepare your students to learn, deliver content and learning activities effectively, and provide essential learner-centered support. The series will be offered three different times during the fall semester:

  • Fridays: September 15, 22 and 29 (11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., in-person in 2030 Morrill or view on your own via Zoom)
  • Wednesdays: October 18, 25 and November 1 (10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., in-person in 2030 Morrill Hall)
  • Tuesdays: October 31, November 7 and 14 (3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., in-person in 2030 Morrill Hall)

See you there,

Sara Marcketti, Interim Director

Center for Excellence in Learning Teaching

View the published CELT Teaching Tip: Get Started with Canvas, ISU’s New Learning Management System (August 31, 2017 – Constant Contact) website.


Where do students go if their course has an online presence?

If your course has an online presence it may be found in Blackboard or Canvas, Iowa State’s Learning Management Systems (LMS).

To log into an LMS: open a web browser, navigate to the Iowa State University website, locate the “Sign Ons” link found on the upper right corner (above the search box), and then select “Canvas” or “Blackboard” from the menu.

If you think your course is supposed to be in one of these systems, and you don’t see it after you logged into one, contact your instructor.

The good news is that this upcoming spring Iowa State will only be using Canvas as the campus-wide LMS.

To learn more about Canvas, visit the MyCanvas Student online course or for help with Blackboard, visit the For Students: Blackboard Guide website.


Upcoming Canvas Open Labs, Training & Workshops

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CELT is offering open lab sessions for faculty, staff and teaching/graduate assistants to drop in and get support related to quality course design, and effective teaching practices in Canvas. Bring your work, and your laptop (this is a must). Open labs are planned for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday in August – November 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Rotunda of Parks Library (near 281 Parks Library). Note: Open Labs will not be held on September 5 and 6 due to Canvas training. Download CELT’s Open Labs flyer (PDF).

Canvas-led Faculty and Staff Training

Erin Wasson, Canvas Trainer will facilitate multiple 90-minute training sessions on the topics below. Download the Canvas-led Faculty & Staff Training flyer (PDF).

Tuesday, September 5 (Face-to-Face in 206 Durham with a Live webcast in 253 Durham)

Wednesday, September 6 (Face-to-Face in 206 Durham with a Live webcast in 116 Durham)

CELT-led Canvas Training

CELT’s Online Learning Innovation Hub staff will be facilitating training throughout September 18 – October 1: Download the CELT-led Canvas Workshops flyer (PDF).

Prerequisites for Attendees

Attendees are encouraged to watch the two Welcome to Canvas video recordings (First Look and Course Basics) as prerequisites for Open Lab Sessions and Canvas training to provide a baseline of content knowledge in the platform.

How to Register

Register for the Canvas Training events via CELT’s catalog on Learn@ISU. If you are unable to attend these programs there will be recordings made available through the MyCanvas: Training and Resources website following the event.


Canvas is Available!

Canvas is available to all of Iowa State today. Blackboard is still available for faculty to use during fall semester 2017, and almost all courses that use a learning management system (LMS) will be taught in Blackboard. However, now is the time to learn Canvas in preparation for all courses being taught in the new LMS this spring semester 2018.

Begin to learn Canvas using the MyCanvas Teacher at ISU website. This is a 24/7 publicly available course.

How-to Log into Canvas

To log into Canvas click the “Sign Ons” link found in the upper right-hand corner (above the search box) of Iowa State’s home page. Then, use the drop down menu and go to “More Sign Ons” to select the Canvas button.

What you will see in Canvas

Once you are logged into Canvas, you will see your dashboard displaying course cards for your current courses; as well as, a “Start Here” course for MyCanvas Teacher at ISU.

If you do not see the MyCanvas Teacher at ISU course (“Start Here”), follow the steps found in Canvas’s How do I view my institution’s Public Course Index as an instructor? website and click the “+Join this course” icon to self-enroll.

If you choose to not log into MyCanvas Teacher at ISU today, you still will have access to the resources at anytime.

We are no longer accepting Early Adopters for Fall 2017.

Canvas Support:

All 24/7 support options may be found by clicking the “Help” button found on the left-hand navigation bar in Canvas. Canvas offers 24/7 support via the following channels:

  • Canvas Support Line (Call 515-294-4000 then press 2, press 1)
  • Live Chat with Canvas Support
  • A web-based Report a Problem Form

Update on Canvas “Go Live” Date at ISU

The ISU Canvas Implementation Team is continuing to make progress on completing the initial implementation of Canvas at ISU. The team met with the Canvas On-Site Implementation consultants on campus July 12-14 and were able to complete a number of steps to make Canvas functional at ISU and integrated with ISU’s local systems. Our goal is to provide a trouble-free first login experience for ISU instructors and staff, and to provide clear steps for creating courses in Canvas using Blackboard migrated course materials.

Based on the work completed and work remaining we have updated our “go live” date for instructor access and anticipate it will be by July 28, 2017.

A fully featured version of Canvas will be ready for developing Spring 2018 courses by mid-semester Fall 2017.

Status updates and additional details will be posted on the ISU Learning Management System (LMS) website. If you have questions please email canvas@iastate.edu.

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Canvas is the new learning management system

Canvas has been chosen as Iowa State’s new learning management system (LMS).

The selection comes after an extensive review process that included multiple rounds of input from campus stakeholders, vendor demonstrations, and the migration of several existing Iowa State courses to let faculty see how finalists’ systems work in real time.

“The transition to Canvas is a great opportunity for faculty to reimagine courses and content,

make sure materials are accessible for all learners, and to ‘bake in’ continuous course improvement through real-time learner analytics” said Senior Vice President and Provost Jonathan Wickert.

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) and Information Technology will be working over the summer to prepare for the transition to Canvas. Initial plans are for 100-150 instructors to use a limited version of the new system for their Fall 2017 courses.

All instructors teaching courses in Spring 2018 will use the full version of Canvas, with extensive user support and integration of student data. Workshops and resources will be available during the fall semester to help instructors prepare their spring courses.

CELT Director Ann Marie VanDerZanden noted that Canvas is well positioned to evolve alongside new computer applications and technology platforms, ensuring faculty can take advantage of the latest instructional tools. The transition is also an opportunity for faculty who did not use BlackBoard Learn to take advantage of the capabilities of an LMS to support their teaching.

Visit the LMS review website for more information on the transition to Canvas.

Read the original announcement Canvas is the new learning management system article (June 9, 2017) on Inside Iowa State website.


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