10-Rep Learning ~ Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology & Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague


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.



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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Crowdsourcing a course hashtag

For our @PBSTeachers course “Teaching Lifelong Reading Habits K-12″ an activity application for qualitative information gathering was implemented using an online survey tool to crowdsource a course hashtag.   

The online survey tool, SurveyAnyplace was chosen to build, distribute, and collect the results of the survey because of its ease of use, mobile tech option, survey creation templates, QR-Code distribution feature, and results display capacity. Learners were invited to participate through email and course announcements in CanvasLMS.

Here is a screenshot in the early minutes of Survey data collection:

SurveyAnyplace Survey Screen

SurveyAnyplace Survey Screen. Survey created by Helen Teague


The survey contained one question with 3 fixed answer choices (“A,” “B,” “C”) and 1 open-ended answer choice (“D”). The open ended answer choice “D” invited course participants to suggest their own hashtag for inclusion.

Five days were given for the first round of choice. Data provided by SurveyAnyplace detailed the response rate and tallied the responses. The survey had an 89% response rate.

In the first round, after the course learners completed the survey, the choice with the most responses and the suggested response were distilled to a final survey. Data collection on these two choices continued for three days. The resulting choice earned the designation of the Course Hashtag.


The Hashtag data collection activity served to crowdsource a common hashtag, build community among all course participants (learners and course facilitator), and model procedure for an upcoming data collection culminating activity.

Course participants were assured that all future posts with the hashtag #PBSReaders4Life would always conform to the Terms of Use of each and every social media site in which it appeared. Further, course facilitators’ posts were assured to be of a general or thematic nature. Specific learners’ names would not be used, accept in the case of a retweet where a learner self-identified through the use of the hashtag #PBSReaders4Life.




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.



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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



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Canvas Shout-outs are short, monthly spotlight acknowledgements of the best practices of theenhanced Community of Inquiry framework in action.

 Canvas Notification Mini-vid for Students: Shoutout to Dr. Lindsay Edwards!



What: May’s Canvas Shout-out
Who: May’s Canvas Shoutout goes to Dr. Lindsay Edwards, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, Health and Recreation
College of Human Sciences & Educational Studies
411: Dr. Edwards anticipated that her summer term students might need additional supports to stay connected and on-task during the dry, West Texas summer months. She created a short video mini-tutorial on setting up notifications for Canvas messages. Click on the photo to play the video (please ignore the slight echo)

00:00 – 02:09

Dr. Edwards’ gave permission to display the link for the video so you can share with your students too!


Post by Helen Teague reposted at https://hsutxonlineed.edublogs.org/2018/05/16/canvas-shoutout/

Canvas Megaphone image created by Sarah H.


Success Markers for Summer Term Online Courses with Canvas LMS

Here are five success markers to give a great start to your summer term with Canvas LMS:

  1. Check that the Start/End dates are accurate for your course
    Link: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-12907-415257088
  2. Publish your Syllabus for students to read, print, and retain
    Link: http://hsutxonlineed.edublogs.org/2018/02/08/uploading-your-syllabus-to-your-canvas-course/
  3. Post a Welcome message (text or video or audio)
  4. Check that any links in your course are working
  5. Set your notification preferences (optional but frequently asked)–Link: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-13111-4152719738
  6. Be sure that your course is “Published”–Link: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-13030-415257126

Here are 5 essential elements to include in any online course using Canvas LMS*:

  1. Welcome message
  2. Modules of Content
  3. Working hyperlinks within your Course
  4. Syllabus, including outcomes and objectives
  5. Professor contact information



*also a good idea for other online course LMS too!

This post written by Helen Teague and reposted at this link:

Dept of Online Education Reminders for May Term faculty


Online Summer Faculty Meeting Recap

Thank you for attending our Online Summer Faculty Meeting

Here are the session materials we distributed:

Summer Faculty Meeting Presentation

Final Summer Faculty HSU Canvas FAQ Sheet

QM Standards with Point Values – Fifth Edition

Here are the takeaways we noted from Michelle’s presentation, (thank you again, Michelle!)

May 2 HSU Summer Faculty Mtg
May 2 HSU Summer Faculty Mtg
  1. Find the balance between what is convenient vs. what is effective
  2. Students prefer 2nd chances for assignments
  3. Qualitatively feedback preferred over the quantitative numeric score
  4. Prefer written feedback rather than video and audio (video takes awhile to load)
  5. Discussion variety preferred (voice thread, discussions, video, audio, avatar )




Also, Our Twitter Tweeter, Sarah was live-tweeting during our meeting. See the tweets at this link: Live Tweets
(Thanks, Sarah!!)

Post written by Helen Teague and reposted at this link:



Yesterday, March 27 we hosted an innovative March Canvas Cowboy Cookies and Computers showcase. Jeremy and Shannon Maynard, our March Canvas Cowboy Innovators, explained how they created their student employee training Canvas course for the student workers in the HSU library.

This post addresses some highlights and questions from the session.

Of course, as Mary Poppins famously said, “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun,” and we certainly had lots of fun during the Canvas Cowboy Corral. There were also evidence-based practices that emerged during the peer-to-peer training offered by the Maynards.

In this video Jeremy explains the purpose for their Canvas course design.

Video Player

00:00 – 00:56

In the following short video, Jeremy and Shannon explain their use of library colleague video introductions as a component of their course.

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The Maynards’ course addresses both vocational and socio-emotional needs of university students, which is a growing trend for university courses. According to Awartani et al., (2008) educational institutions will increasingly be expected to take responsibility for the overall development of students, including their well-being.

Check back for more research-based practices within Canvas auxiliary course integration.



Post written by Helen Teague and reposted at this link:

Canvas Cowboy Innovator concept created by Helen Teague


Awartani, M., Whitman, C., & Gordon, J. (2008). Developing instruments to capture young people’s perceptions of how school as a learning environment affects their well-being. European Journal of Education, 43(1), 51–70.


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