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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:

  1. Navigate to your new site, and click Settings at the bottom of the navigation menu on the left.
  2. Click Import Content into this Course in the column on the right.

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?

Answer: YES!

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”.



On Friday, August 12, 2016, 55 participants representing 21 different institutions in the northeast gathered at Dartmouth to share experiences, identify best practices, and build community around Canvas as a learning management system and strategy for pedagogical innovation. This was the fourth iteration of the Canvas User Roundtable hosted by the Dartmouth College EdTech team, with the goal of learning from colleagues and creating a local community of practice for institutions at varying stages of Canvas implementation. The agenda was a combination of of pre-planned demonstrations/discussions and unconference-style breakout sessions:

  • Data and Analytics
  • Rubrics
  • User Experience and Course Design
  • Universal Design
  • Accessibility
  • LTI approval and “Hacking”
  • Governance and Leadership
  • Piloting and Evaluation of Canvas
  • Templates and Standardized Course Design

During the event, we also used the Twitter hashtag #CanvasRound16 as a backchannel to capture ideas and generate discussion – which resulted in a lively digital community and conversation.

fourth-canvas-roundtable ...continue reading "4th Annual Canvas Roundtable"

Library Reserves files and links are now placed directly in your Canvas course! When you request reserves you will receive information on where to find the files and links.

Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 2.37.49 PMQuestions on how to integrate these materials seamlessly in your course? Check out the Canvas guides or email for assistance.

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.

...continue reading "Library Reserves in Canvas"

A redux from InstructureCon 2016

Several members of the EdTech team attended this year’s annual Canvas Users Conference, InstructureCon, in Keystone, Colorado. Pat Coogan and Adrienne Gauthier facilitated a great session on building a regional Canvas community – this topic came about since our Ed Tech team has taken on a leadership role in pulling together a Canvas users and constituency group in the Northeast, targeted at Instructional Designers and Canvas administrators  (side note: it is not too late to register for the 4th annual Canvas Round Table at Dartmouth College, to be held on August 12).

This shout-out aside, here are some of the product announcements, to give you a sneak preview of Canvas’ roadmap for the next year. They can be grouped under four main themes – read on below – but if that’s tl;dr (Too Long; Didn’t Read) for you – here’s the redux in a single tweet:

...continue reading "What’s in store for Canvas in 2016-17?"

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 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:

When you manually add someone to your Canvas course, you can now change the role (and the associated privileges) without adding and removing the person from the course site.

...continue reading "Canvas Feature: Change User Role"