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Using the Calendar to Distribute Content

Canvas Calendar Events can be used to distribute lecture notes or remind students of session details. While creating Events can be a laborious process, doing so benefits the students because:

  • Creating events with due dates provides reminders to students on their Dashboard and in their own Calendar.
  • Students will receive automatic notifications via their preferred communication channels, such as text messaging, Facebook, Twitter, or personal email addresses.

Calendar Tutorials

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Creating Modules

Modules have already been discussed in Step 2: Module Design Model. To review, Modules can be used to:

  • Organize course content by unit, day, week, topic or Outcome
  • Create prerequisite activities that students must complete before moving on in the course
  • Track student progress through a sequence of learning activities

The Geisel Instructional Technology Staff highly recommends that instructors add or create all course content in Canvas (via Pages, Files, Assignments, Quizzes, etc) before organizing everything into modules. 

The other option is to map out your course within Modules using “placeholders” to create an outline of what each module should cover. The potential issue with this approach is that it is easy to forget to update the “placeholders” with the final content.

Module Tutorials

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Building Content in Pages

Why Use Pages?

You can link to a page from anywhere in Canvas that has a rich content editor. 

Here are some suggestions for using Pages:

  • Create a page for each class meeting or week. Within that page, include links to readings, assignments, and external content.
  • Embed audio and video files. These could be videos from YouTube or TED. You can also link to Relay recordings of you lecturing or demonstrating something.
  • Create a page with instructions and resources for an Assignment.

Add a Page to Module

To add a page to a module:

  1. Select + icon to the right of the module.
  2. From the Module Options, select Add Content.
  3. From the Add Item window, select Content Page from the Add Dropdown list.
  4. Select the Page you wish to add from the Files List.
    Note: If the page has not yet been updated, select the [New Page]option.
  5. If you wish to offset the page in the Module listing, select an Indentation option.
  6. Select Add Item when finished.

Remember, one way to make modules shorter is to link to pages that contain narrative and content instead of creating a long list of files by adding them directly to the module.

Add Pages to Other Tools

To add Pages to a page or other tools:

  1. Click on the Links tab that appears in the Sidebar.
  2. Select Pages.
  3. Select the Page you wish to add.
    Note: If you’d like to create a hyperlink from a word within the page, highlight the word before clicking on the File.
  4. The page you selected will automatically be added to the text area.
  5. Click Save Changes when you are finished editing the page.

Pages Tutorials

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Add Course Files

Each course has its own file repository into which instructors can upload any documents, readings, or media files that will be used in the site. Instructors can link to files in the course-file repository from anywhere in Canvas that has a rich content editor.

Below are some examples of how you’d add Files to a Module and to Pages. The process seen in Pages will apply to adding files to Events, Assignments, Quizzes, Discussions, etc.

Adding file to a module

  1. Select + icon to the right of the module.
  2. From the Module Options, select Add Content.
  3. From the Add Item window, select File from the Add Dropdown list.
  4. Select the File you wish to add from the Files List.
    Note: If the file has not yet been updated, select the [New File] option.
  5. If you wish to offset the file in the Module listing, select an Indentation option.
  6. Select Add Item when finished.

Add Files to a Page

To add files to a page:

  1. Click on the Files tab that appears under Page Tools in the Sidebar.
  2. Select the File you wish to add to the page.
    Note: If you’d like to create a hyperlink from a word within the page, highlight the word before clicking on the File.
  3. The file will automatically be added to the page.
  4. Click Save Changes when you are finished editing the page.

Files Tutorials

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Adaptive Release

Adaptively Releasing Content

Setting Content Availability

Content release scenarios can be created by combining availability dates and settings on:

  • Files/Folders in the File Area of the course
  • Assignments and Quizzes
  • Discussions
  • Pages
  • Modules

A few possible scenarios are outlined in the images below.

Scenario 1: When a Module is locked, the content within it is locked until the Module becomes available.

Scenario 2: Module is unlocked, but content within it is locked because content must be viewed/completed first.

Scenario 3: Module is unlocked, but content within it that has set availability dates is locked until the specified date.

Scenario 4: A page is available, but linked content within the page that has set availability dates is locked.

Adaptive Release Functions

The following links will take you to detailed instructions on managing content release variables in Canvas.

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Managing Sections

Courses and sections work together in Canvas. Sections help subdivide students within a course and offer section-specific options such as varied due dates for assignments, discussions, and quizzes. Sections can also be used to create student groups.

Think of the Course as the location where students will:

  • access course content
  • interact with the instructor
  • interact with other students

Sections are groups of students created to manage administrative differences within the course. Each section still has access to the content within the course as well as the instructor and other students. However, the Sections allows the instructor to:

  • Manage different instructional timelines
  • Vary assignment due dates by Section
  • View/Manage grades by Section
  • Assign TAs or Facilitators to specific Sections for grading

At the Geisel School of Medicine, Sections will likely be used to:

  • Manage Clerkship Rotations
  • Manage OnDoctoring Facilitator Groups
  • Manage Small Group discussions

To learn more about Sections, feel free to view the Sections Tutorials on this page.

Sections Tutorials

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Publish

Ready, Set, Go!

Congratulations! If you have reached Step 6, that means the course is built and  almost ready to be Published so it is visible to the students.

Before Publishing the course, please make sure the following tasks have been accomplished:

Publish Course

To publish the course:

  1. Go to the Course Home Page.
  2. Click [Publish] located to the far right of the page.

Once the course has been published, the following tasks may be of use as well:

To learn more about Publishing and Running a course in Canvas, feel free to view the tasks linked above as well as the Publish the Course tutorial below.

Course building steps

Click on the buttons below to access information on building courses in Canvas.

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Other Tools

Groups, Collaborations, and Conferences… oh my!

Step 5 covers a few other tools in Canvas that an Instructor might choose to employ within the course. These tools allow for:

Click on above listed links to learn more about these features.


Course building steps

Click on the buttons below to access information on building courses in Canvas.

Questions?

For questions about how these features might be implemented into a course design/course activities, please contact Geisel Instructional Technology Staff to schedule a one-on-one session to discuss these tools.

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Assessments in Canvas

Step 4 discusses the variety of Assessment types that can be employed within Canvas. The following tools in Canvas can be used for the purpose of assessment:

Assignments

Any Assignment created in the Assignments page will automatically show up in the Grades, Calendar, and Syllabus. The reverse is true. Any Assignments created in the Calendar will automatically show up in the Grades, Assignments, and Syllabus.

Please investigate the sections for Quizzes and Discussions to learn more about creating those assessment types.

Assignment Tutorials

To discuss how Discussions could be used effectively in your course, feel free to contact the Geisel Instructional Technology Staff to schedule a one-on-one consultation.

Course building steps

Click on the buttons below to access information on building courses in Canvas.

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Add Content

Once you have reviewed Step 2: Site Design and have an idea of the design model(s) you will use, it is time to build the course. The content within Step 3 covers the following topics:

For the purpose of efficiency and thoroughness, it is recommended that you review each topic and complete these tasks in Canvas in order beginning with Add Files. One step builds on the other. For example, it helps to have Files in Canvas before you begin to build Pages.

Note: It is also possible to map out your course within Modules using “placeholders” to create an outline of what each module should cover. This is not recommended because of it is very easy to forget to update the “placeholders” with the final content.

Course building steps

Click on the buttons below to access information on building courses in Canvas.