Canvas and Using a Dashboard Card Image

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For this installment of “How to Canvas” let’s examine one way to draw student attention to your course site. On the Dashboard in Canvas students see what is called Course Cards, which are set to randomly assigned colors. As the instructor you can place an image on that course card, which should help your course stand out when students are scanning their dashboard screen. Continue reading “Canvas and Using a Dashboard Card Image”

Canvas Scheduler to Manage Appointments

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For this installment of “How to Canvas” let’s see how to use the Canvas Calendar to allow students to schedule appointments within defined time periods. Scenarios can range from individual students choosing a time to meet in your office, all the way to sign-up sheets for who wants to attend a field trip event. Continue reading “Canvas Scheduler to Manage Appointments”

Basic PowerPoint Animation Basics

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A PowerPoint slide-deck is a speaker’s aid, used as a backdrop to the presenter, and as such should not often be the focus of audience attention. (After all, if you’re at a Broadway show and your focus is on the flats, I’d guess it is not a very compelling play.) But at times it is important to focus the eyes of your audience on the slide, or even on a particular portion of the slide. That’s when it is time for an Animation. Continue reading “Basic PowerPoint Animation Basics”

Basic Computer Basics: The Keyboard

For most folks, the primary way they interact with their computer is by mouse. But the primary way they input information in their computer is by keyboard. There are a number of keyboard “shortcuts” which can allow a user to interact with their computer though, which may save you time and frustration. Continue reading “Basic Computer Basics: The Keyboard”