As you prepare for next term's courses, you might want to begin working on your Canvas sites by copying content from an old course. If so, follow these steps to transfer content from one Canvas site to another:
Navigate to your new site, and click Settings at the bottom of the navigation menu on the left.
Click Import Content into this Course in the column on the right.
Accessible materials create access to documents and materials so that they are usable by all students in your class. Most of these changes have the dual benefit of simultaneously helping students with specific accommodations, while also improving the experience for the other users in your class. The following is a guide for creating materials with these types of considerations in mind. In this guide, we include both general guidelines as well as specific steps to follow for specific tools and materials.
This guide from Auckland University gives a wonderful overview of these similar guidelines.
Updated March 12, 2018 - An earlier version of this guide was published in 2016. We updated the guide recently to include updates to the Canvas and documents sections. For Canvas, we added specific directions for accessibility features in Canvas (using the accessibility checker and UDOIT). We also posted a screencast video explaining how to use these tools. For documents, we included more extensive directions on creating accessible document and converting them with SensusAccess, a new document conversion tool at the College.
We received this recent question from a professor:
"I find that exceptions for sick, injured, and other students are hard to keep track of, and that my grading gets slowed down by me digging through my email to remember if I gave a particular person an exception. With the flu I'm needing to excuse more people. Is there a way to encode exceptions and personal deadlines in Canvas so that it automatically takes these into account?
In any Canvas assignment, when you click Edit, you’ll see a box like this at the bottom:
Click the +Add button and you’ll be able to give any student in the drop down list a different due date. You’ll notice that the “Everyone” in the box above then changes to “Everyone else”.
"How can I make my site great?" (or versions thereof) is one of the most commonly asked questions we receive.
Our answer is the following list of questions. We designed it to help you prepare your course according to current "best practices" in student learning and course design. Each is also grounded in the principles of Universal Design. You'll notice that there are many items here that you might consider addressing outside of Canvas - that's great too!
The instructional design team would also like to use this change as an opportunity to remind Dartmouth faculty that the college recently adopted a new set of guidelines for using copyrighted material. You can read about the new Dartmouth College Copyright Policy here, or click "Read More" for an FAQ on posting copyrighted materials to your Canvas site.
After the next production release goes live (Saturday, February 20th, 2016), you'll be able to see whether your students are viewing feedback you leave using Speedgrader!
Whenever you use Speedgrader to annotate your students' work or leave comments, they should click "Grades" in the course navigation menu on the left, then click "Preview" after selecting the proper assignment. When they do this, they'll be able to view the annotations you've made in the margins of their work.
Instructors will now be notified that students have clicked "Preview". This is a good way to ensure that students are receiving the feedback you leave.
If you'd like to incorporate this feature into your assignments, feel free to contact an instructional designer by writing firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also be interested in registering for an upcoming workshop on Using Grading for Learning and Assessment (DCAL, March 16th, 12:30-2:00 pm). Click here to register: http://libcal.dartmouth.edu/event/2285101