Tag: canvas

Building Roadmaps with Canvas Icons

Are the students in your online class unsure how to approach the week’s tasks? There are many solutions, and I’ve seen everything from built-in LMS features like completion tracking to printable checklists. One particularly elegant addition to an online course is the roadmap. Learning Designer Jessica Mansbach discussed the benefits that roadmaps can afford in her October 2015 blog post How to Keep Students from Getting Lost in Your Course. They are useful to both students and instructors. “[Students] can more easily make sense of how to proceed through the course and how to use the course resources,” she explains,


Offline Access to Course Materials

In December, Canvas announced a new feature to download course materials in EPUB format for viewing as an ebook. The feature is still in beta testing and as of the publish date of this blog post Canvas has not announced a date to move the feature out of beta. The feature will be useful for reading content offline, but does not allow interactions with the course material in the same way the fully online mobile app and browser based Canvas interfaces do. For example, you can navigate a course’s basic structure and read content pages, announcements, assignment instructions, or other static content in


Canvas Analytics: March 2016 Online Learning Webinar

The March Online Learning Webinar focused on Canvas Analytics. Jackie Wickham, instructional technologist, provided an overview of three different types of built-in Canvas Analytics for instructors: Course Analytics, Course Statistics, and the Student Interactions Report. Analytics for Zaption and YellowDig were also discussed. The webinar concluded with a preview of upcoming analytics initiatives. A recording of the webinar is available here, via Adobe Connect. For more information, please contact Jackie Wickham at jackie@northwestern.edu.


NUIT Post Exchange: Designing Your Course with Mobile in Mind

This article was originally posted on the NUIT LMS blog on July 27, 2015. Students use Canvas on their phones. Some instructors do, but many do not. Instructors can make it easier for students to interact with the course via mobile. Here are some tips for making it easier to use your course on mobile devices: 1) Check out your courses using the Canvas apps (both for iPhones and Android).  Check out a past course to see where the problem areas are. 2) As you are building a new course, check out how it looks on phones and a tablet to see


Saying Goodbye to Blackboard

On August 31, 2015, Northwestern University will no longer use or access Blackboard. In SPS, all online courses have been migrated to Canvas as of Summer Quarter 2015, but individual instructors may still have information in their archived Blackboard course sites. NUIT has provided guides for how to back up information from a Blackboard course, as well as how to create a record of a full course site. NUIT’s Canvas site explains how to save this information. Follow the steps for Saving Course Files if you just want to preserve individual course assets, such as readings or handouts. If you