Tag Archives: Canvas

Creating a Canvas course homepage

By | July 10, 2020

Your course homepage will be the first thing students see when they open your course on Canvas. Take advantage of this by making a course home page that introduces the course and directs students where to go and what to do, to begin the course. This is especially important when teaching remotely, as students who are normally in-person… Read More »

Why accessible material helps everyone

By | June 22, 2020

Accessible materials are a good basic practice precisely because they are often easier for all students to understand and process. Creating accessible materials helps all learners in your course and provides them with equal access to course materials and learning opportunities. Digital accessibility like consistent semantic markup and clean links makes it easier for everyone to navigate and… Read More »

ITS offers online Canvas workshops

ITS Teaching & Learning is hosting a series of live Canvas workshops called “Teaching Online with Canvas Workshops: From Good to Great.” Sessions are held daily at noon. Topics will change based on need and interest. Please share this information with faculty and staff in your units who might be interested. Visit the Canvas training page to register. All sessions are… Read More »

ITS and OIE partner with campus to pilot new accessibility tool in Canvas

The Office for Institutional Equity (OIE), the University Library, Information Technology Services (ITS), College of Literature, Sciences and the Arts (LSA), and other campus partners are piloting the Universal Design Online Content Inspection Tool (UDOIT) in Canvas to address more content accessibility issues earlier in the course creation process. The team, collectively the Learning Materials Accessibility Team (LMAT),… Read More »

Brush up your Canvas skills before the end of the year

Attention teachers, TAs, and designers (and the IT staff who support them): You don’t have to do it alone!  Canvas experts are here to help you. Wrap up fall courses Save time and reduce stress with your Winter courses prep Master assignments and the new Gradebook Choose one or all of the following workshops: Start the Year Off Right: Clean up… Read More »

ITS Teaching and Learning Unit Technology Forum, Aug. 21

The ITS Teaching and Learning team will hold a Unit Technology Forum on Wednesday, August 21, 12–4 p.m. at 1010 Weiser Hall. Registration is requested and appreciated. This is a great opportunity to gather the academic community together to share new application features, discuss upcoming services in ITS Teaching & Learning, and promote collaboration and collegiality. We are… Read More »

CTools retirement set for July 1, 2019

ITS has announced that the final step in the multi-year process to decommission CTools will take place on July 1, 2019 when the platform will be retired and content will no longer be accessible. For more than a decade, the U-M community had used CTools for learning management, file sharing and storage, project collaboration, and research support. The… Read More »

DeMonner & Whyte recognized for leadership at IMS Global Learning Institute

Sean DeMonner, ITS executive director of Teaching and Learning (TL), and Anthony Whyte, ITS-TL IT program manager, each received leadership awards at the 2018 IMS Global Learning Impact Leadership Institute held in Baltimore in May. DeMonner was recognized for leadership in higher education, while Whyte received his fourth consecutive IMS leadership award for his work leading the Caliper… Read More »

ITS uses Canvas data to improve Undergraduate Nursing program’s clinical evaluations

By | April 27, 2018

ITS Teaching & Learning data concierge Jeff Ziegler recently completed a project for the School of Nursing’s Undergraduate Nursing program that has greatly improved their student evaluation process. Working with clinical instructor Diane Accurso and student advisors Rachel Patterson and Chad Gorski, Ziegler designed and implemented a custom solution for their Professional Nursing Education (PNE) clinical course that uses… Read More »

Secure testing with Canvas exams

  LSA instructors who assign Canvas in-class exams now have a way to secure the testing environment with the LockDown Browser. Taking a Canvas exam in the LockDown Browser prevents users from copying, pasting, printing, accessing other applications, or visiting other websites during an online exam. Interested in learning more about how to give secure in-class exams in… Read More »

U-M presents at Canvas InstructureCon

Representatives from the U-M Ann Arbor and Dearborn campuses attended the InstructureCon conference for Canvas users and administrators. The annual conference was held July 24-27 at the Keystone Ski Resort in Keystone, Colorado. ITS conference attendees John Johnston, Pushyami Gundala, and Dan Burgess presented sessions on managing the challenges of the growing educational technology ecosphere around Canvas, supporting large… Read More »

Moving from paper to online grading

By | March 9, 2017

Gina Brandolino, an instructor in the Sweetland Center for Writing and the English Language and Literature department, wanted to move from grading physical papers to using online tools, but she wanted to preserve her ability to hand write comments as opposed to typing inline comments. An LSA-ISS Teaching Transformed grant enabled her to spend a summer adapting her work… Read More »