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Learning Technology and other Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague

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Up Close & Canvas: Link Checker

PBS Teachers

 

PBS TeacherLine uses the Canvas Learning Management System for its full array of online undergrad and graduate courses. Here are some tips shared among us in our course faculty forum.

 

 


 

In the cyclical nature of online courses, it can be a full semester or a year between administrations of the same course.

Before each administration, it is imperative to check external links to content.

This used to be an mind-numbing exercise.

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Within the Canvas LMS, there is a tool to automatically check external links. It’s called the Link Validation Tool.

Here is the path:  Go to Settings (course navigation list at very bottom) & then choose “Validate Links in Context” & then “Start Link Validation.”

Happy Canvassing!

@PBSTeachers #PBSReaders4Life


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Up Close & Canvas: SpeedGrader

 

PBS TeacherLine uses the Canvas Learning Management System for its full array of online undergrad and graduate courses. Here are some tips shared among us in our course faculty forum.

 

 

 


One of the best features of Canvas is SpeedGrader. Canvas wizard Dave Pelino offers these insights regarding Canvas in general and the SpeedGrader feature in particular:

“Canvas is very user friendly, especially with SpeedGrader. When you are in a discussion forum, if you click on the “Settings cog” in the upper right hand corner of the forum directions (to the right of the “edit” button) the drop down menu will give you a SpeedGrader option there as well. Once you open that you can see all the posts for each of your individual learners. You can also grade from there and enter your feedback.

Another way to get there is to click on a grade for any student under a discussion forum column in the grade book, when the box opens there is a SpeedGrader option in it. 

A third option will allow you to see everything a learner has submitted fairly quickly – open the grade book and click on the learner’s name. A list of all assignments will appear and as you click on any of them you will see either the submission (if it was an assignment) or all their posts at once (if it was a forum).  You can also grade and leave comments from here.

Using the back button quickly brings you right back to that list. If you click “Show All Details” on the grade page it will even show all feedback you provided and any comments the learner left for you.

Thanks, Dave, for sharing these efficient tips for SpeedGrader!

For more information, view this Speedgrader post from the Canvas forums.

#PBSTeachers


 

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Up Close & Canvas: Assigning Peer Reviewers in Canvas LMS Online Courses

PBS Teachers

 

PBS TeacherLine uses the Canvas Learning Management System for its full array of online undergrad and graduate courses. Here are some tips shared among us in our course faculty forum.

 

 

 


Does your course have a Peer Review activity? Do you  want to assign learners a partner (or two) to review?

The Canvas LMS has a shortcut! In the Canvas LMS, create the peer review dynamics in an automated fashion in the assignment’s settings to quickly automate peer review partners. See the photo below*

 


*This photo and my thanks to our great PBS TeacherLine Canvas guru Reed for showing us the path! Reed is also the Assistant Director, Digital Education Services for PBS Education.


 

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Up Close & Canvas: Canvas LMS Tutorials

PBS Teachers

 

PBS TeacherLine uses the Canvas Learning Management System for its full array of online undergrad and graduate courses. Here are some tips shared among us in our course faculty forum.

 

 


Also, the great group of professors at the university asked for some tutorial ideas- kinda “been there but don’t remember that” kind of thing.

Well, Canvas has some of the best documentation and video guides I have seen such as this link: https://community.canvaslms.com/community/answers/guides/canvas-guideLinks to an external site..

And for some mind-blowing tips & tricks checkout https://community.canvaslms.com/thread/8388


 

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Up Close & Canvas: Customize your Canvas LMS course experience using Notifications

PBS Teachers

 

PBS TeacherLine uses the Canvas Learning Management System for its full array of online undergrad and graduate courses. Here are some tips shared among us in our course faculty forum.

 

 


In your Canvas LMS courses, look for the notification options to customize your course experience.  They can be found by clicking “Account” along the left hand side of any Canvas page.

Notifications In Canvas

Source: Teague Canvas Course Files

These notifications are explained in many places available by searching, in the Canvas community, and in this Canvas Notifications PDF *

Source: Teague PBS Course Screenshot

 

 

Source: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10624

 

Source: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10624

 


*This tip provided by Reed, PBS Assistant Learning Director at PBS Learning Media

@PBSTeachers

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Up Close & Canvas: Welcome to a New LMS

PBS Teachers

 

PBS TeacherLine will use the Canvas Learning Management System for its full array of online undergrad and graduate courses. Here are some tips shared among us in our course faculty forum.

 

 

 

 


After using the Blackboard and Moodle LMS (and a few others), PBS TeacherLine will transition their courses to the Canvas LMS. The QA process for courses is underway.

 

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Canvas is very innovative and collaborative, with active forums to share tips and offer troubleshooting ideas. Here is a link to a Canvas Forum called “Best Kept Secrets of Canvas” https://community.canvaslms.com/thread/8388

 

 

This blog will periodically post on shortcuts and awesome features relating to the Canvas LMS. Check back frequently!

 


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