Canvas Updates and Announcements (12-18-2020)

As we approach the spring 2021 semester the Digital Learning Support team would like to update you on changes and new features that have been made available in Canvas. Student View Affected User Roles Instructors The Course Settings page includes the Student View button, which allows users with instructor-based roles to view the course with the student perspective. Individual buttons have also been placed at the top of most course pages, which provides quick Student View access for the specific page. In the Home Page, the Student View button has been removed from the sidebar and replaced with the smaller button at the top of the page, since the Home Page can be viewed by students.   More information and a video demonstrating how this feature works can be found in the Canvas Release Notes for 12-19-2020. Recording Affected User Roles All users When users record media or upload media using the Upload/Record Media link, the media file is stored in … [Read more...]

Canvas Updates and Announcements (08-06-2020)

As we approach the fall semester the Digital Learning Support team would like to update you on changes and new features that have been made available in Canvas. Additionally, we are providing some options on how to meet the requirements outlined by the Provost around Canvas use for all classes this fall.   Increased Canvas Course Storage We’ve doubled the course storage quota from 500MB to 1000MB for all courses going forward. We hope this will alleviate some of the storage issues we were seeing in the spring. If you think you'll need more than 1000MB of storage, you'll need to identify a place outside of Canvas to host your files. Especially if you plan on creating videos to share with students, you will quickly run out of space if you try to store them in Canvas.  If you will need more space for files, we recommend OneDrive (all UMW faculty and students have OneDrive accounts with 1 terabyte of space) but you are welcome to use any cloud storage solution you are … [Read more...]

Meeting Canvas Requirements for All Courses 

This article is intended to provide some guidance in how to implement the Canvas requirements for all courses outlined in the “Message from the Provost” sent to all faculty on 6/29/20. The email included the following section on Canvas requirements:  As faculty plan their courses for fall, all courses must include the following: Canvas. All courses must use Canvas in basic ways. This includes providing the syllabus, course schedule, faculty contact information, office hours and means of communication, information on how students will access their grades or feedback, and links to any other sites/platforms that are used for the course with explanation of use and expectations. Based on survey data collected this past spring, students recommended using Canvas as outlined above to improve the communication and organization of a course. Using Canvas as a “base camp” allows students consistent access to information from course to course.  This page provides suggested methods to meet … [Read more...]