Academic Technology Resources Center

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”

Canvas and Adding an Icon to a Link

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For this installment of “How to Canvas” let’s look at a way to focus attention on a hyperlink in your course. As the saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” But sometimes what you really want is to simply say “hey, look over here!” To help draw student attention to important links, consider adding a simple picture onto your Canvas page. Continue reading “Canvas and Adding an Icon to a Link”

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”