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View your Canvas course through the eyes of a (test) student

View your Canvas course through the eyes of a (test) student

If you’re new to Canvas and have recently set up an online course, you’ll likely want to take a moment to see how it will look to your students. This can be done through Canvas’s Student View feature. Student View is available in all instructor, TA, and course designer accounts. Access Student View Student View […]

Sharing your feature ideas with Canvas

Sharing your feature ideas with Canvas

According to Instructure—the company that designed and delivers Canvas—95% of the Canvas software releases from the past two years have included features that were originally suggested by users. Thanks to past suggestions, Canvas now allows instructors to edit Global Announcements and message students from the Gradebook. Students also no longer have to worry about accidentally […]

Use Canvas to “Message Students Who…”

Use Canvas to “Message Students Who…”

Picture this. Midterms have just wrapped up, and a surprising number of students in your class have not done as well as you had expected. At the same time, you’ve been getting very few visitors during office hours. What now? Presenting Canvas’s “Message Students Who…” feature. This tool allows instructors to contact all students who […]

Project update: New tools to be integrated with Canvas for January 2018

Project update: New tools to be integrated with Canvas for January 2018

  Since the successful soft launch of Canvas this September, the Learning Technology Environment Renewal Team has been continuing to work towards the full implementation of our new online learning platform. Instructors who have been waiting patiently for a particular tool to be integrated with Canvas can now check out the updated tool integration timeline […]

What is Canvas Commons?

What is Canvas Commons?

If you’re using Canvas this semester, you’ve likely noticed the link to the Canvas Commons in the global navigation bar. The Commons is a searchable digital library of educational content—such as images, pages, quizzes, and modules—that has been made publicly available for use in a Canvas course. Anyone with an instructor or administrative account in […]

Chat tool now available in Canvas

Chat tool now available in Canvas

  We’re pleased to report that the chat tool is now enabled in Canvas, allowing students and teachers to interact in real time. All chat content and chat history can be viewed by anyone in your course, and all users are able to participate in any chat. If you would prefer not to use Chat […]

Project update: UBC’s first Canvas courses now live to students

Project update: UBC’s first Canvas courses now live to students

  UBC’s first courses are now running in Canvas. Nearly 1,000 course sections are being offered in the new system this fall, with more scheduled to be added each term throughout the 2017/18 academic year. To help keep students and faculty informed about Canvas and about UBC’s transition from Connect, the Learning Technology Environment Renewal […]

Ten ways to give your students a great Canvas experience

Ten ways to give your students a great Canvas experience

You’ve built your course in Canvas, and it looks like it’s ready to go. Read through this list of tips to make sure you’ve ticked all the boxes for the start of the new term. Say hi. Use the Announcements tool to add a friendly greeting that your students will see the first time they […]

Project update: Canvas is ready for soft launch

Project update: Canvas is ready for soft launch

We’re excited to announce the soft launch of Canvas—the learning management system that will be gradually replacing Connect at UBC. If you’d like to try Canvas out now, we recommend first checking in with your faculty’s Instructional Support Unit (UBC Vancouver) or the Centre for Teaching and Learning (UBC Okanagan) to learn more about the […]