Canvas “New Quizzes” Option

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Perhaps you’ve heard about a way in Canvas to hit a switch and randomize the order of your quiz questions. Or maybe you’ve been talking with me about Canvas and heard about something called “Quizzes.next.” Or, most likely, you’ve spotted the new “add Quiz/Text” button at the top of the Assignments list, tagged with a little bar saying “beta.”

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The short answer is, yes, there is a newly available alternative to the Canvas quiz engine, which will in the not too distant future replace the current quiz engine. The Instructure techs are calling this the “Quizzes LTI.” Continue reading “Canvas “New Quizzes” Option”

Canvas Course Cross-listing (or “How do I merge my courses?”)

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Faculty sometimes teach multiple instances of the same class, and want a way to combine all their students into a single course on Canvas. Typically the question asked is “How do I merge my courses together?

Cross-listing allows faculty to move enrollments from different courses and combine them into one course. This feature is helpful for instructors who teach several sections of the same course and only want to manage course data in one location. Continue reading “Canvas Course Cross-listing (or “How do I merge my courses?”)”

Palomar Email and Canvas and Bears… oh my!

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Dramatic changes have been made to the way that email address information is sent to the Blackboard and Canvas learning management systems (LMSs), which is likely impacting the way students and instructors can communicate about their classes. For many years students had the option to list a “preferred” email address, which the Palomar LMSs received as the address where students wanted to receive information. That customization is no longer an option for students. Continue reading “Palomar Email and Canvas and Bears… oh my!”

Canvas Content and Date Restrictions

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For this installment of “How to Canvas” let’s assume you want to control when a student can see something within your course… but do NOT want to use the date restriction function built into Modules. Since – at least at the time I write this – Pages can’t have start and end dates, we need to consider what content does. Continue reading “Canvas Content and Date Restrictions”