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Canvas LMS Course Design

Book Description

Design, build, and teach your very own online course using the powerful tools of the Canvas Learning Management System

In Detail

Canvas LMS Course Design will guide you through the steps of setting up your Canvas account, adding content and assignments, designing and customizing the course layout, and teaching your course. Whether you use an institutional or Free for Teachers account, this book will show you exactly how to use Canvas for grading, assessment, feedback, and communication with and between students, either as a platform for an online course or as a supplement to a live course. This book will give you the expertise you need to create a transformative and personalized learning experience for all of your students.

By sequentially working through the steps in each chapter, you will quickly master the features of Canvas to create a customized learning experience. With ample screenshots that offer a play-by-play account of how to build a phenomenal course, Canvas LMS Course Design will ensure your success with this cutting-edge learning management system.

What You Will Learn

  • Create, access, and personalize your user account and profile settings
  • Customize your individual user settings to ensure ease of use and optimum functionality of services
  • Upload and import course content for students to access and use as they participate in your course
  • Generate individualized assignments that reflect the variety of your assessment and grading needs
  • Design the layout of your course to present the course content with clarity and simplicity
  • Add students to your course and communicate with them to facilitate their success
  • Review, assess, and grade assignments
  • Integrate advanced features of Canvas with your educational needs to create a unique and transformative educational experience

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Table of Contents

  1. Canvas LMS Course Design
    1. Table of Contents
    2. Canvas LMS Course Design
    3. Credits
    4. About the Author
    5. About the Reviewers
    6. www.PacktPub.com
      1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers, and more
        1. Why subscribe?
        2. Free access for Packt account holders
    7. Preface
      1. What this book covers
      2. What you need for this book
      3. Who this book is for
      4. Conventions
      5. Reader feedback
      6. Customer support
        1. Errata
        2. Piracy
        3. Questions
    8. 1. Getting Started with Canvas
      1. Types of Canvas accounts
        1. Institution-specific Canvas accounts
        2. Free for Teachers Canvas accounts
      2. Accessing Canvas and creating your account
        1. Accessing your institution's Canvas site
        2. Creating a Free for Teachers account
      3. Navigating Canvas – the dashboard
      4. Adjusting your profile, settings, and notifications
        1. Adjusting your profile
          1. Adding a profile picture
          2. Editing your profile
        2. Adjusting your account settings
          1. Adding a new e-mail address
          2. Adding a cell phone number for SMS text notifications
          3. Editing your general settings
          4. Using registered services
          5. Customizing your notification preferences
      5. Creating your Canvas course
        1. Joining a course created by your institution
        2. Creating a new course with a Free for Teachers account
      6. Summary
    9. 2. Building Your Canvas Course
      1. Exploring the Course Setup Checklist
      2. Planning your course – from syllabus to screen
      3. Importing content from another course
      4. Adding assignments and content
        1. Creating an assignment
        2. Editing an assignment
      5. Using the Rich Content Editor
        1. Basic formatting
        2. Embedding content
          1. The Insert/Edit Table feature
          2. The Link to URL feature
          3. The Unlink feature
          4. The Embed Image feature
          5. The Insert Math Equation feature
          6. The Record/Upload Media feature
            1. The Record Media tab
            2. The Upload Media tab
          7. Embedded services
        3. The HTML Editor feature
        4. Inserting content using the right-side menu
          1. The Links tab
          2. The Files tab
          3. The Images tab
      6. Editing an assignment – adding content
        1. The grading type
        2. The Submission Type drop-down menu
        3. Group assignments
        4. Peer reviews
        5. Assignment availability
        6. Updating and publishing an assignment
      7. Creating different types of assignments
        1. Assignment
        2. Discussion
        3. Quiz
          1. Editing the settings for your quiz
          2. Adding questions to your quiz
          3. Managing question banks
        4. External tools
        5. Not Graded
      8. Creating assignment groups
        1. Weighting assignment groups
      9. Summary
    10. 3. Getting Ready to Launch Your Course
      1. Adding participants to the course
        1. Managing users
        2. Creating user groups
      2. Selecting navigation links
      3. Choosing a course home page layout
        1. The Recent Activity Dashboard layout
        2. The custom-designed content page layout
        3. The Course Modules layout
        4. The Assignment List layout
        5. The Syllabus layout
      4. Adding course calendar events
      5. Testing your course with Student View
      6. Publishing your course
      7. Summary
    11. 4. Teaching Your Canvas Course
      1. Communicating through Conversations
        1. Learning the layout of Conversations
        2. Composing and sending a message
        3. Organizing conversations
          1. Marking conversations as unread
          2. Starring conversations
          3. Viewing sent messages
          4. Archiving and unarchiving conversations
          5. Deleting conversations
      2. Posting announcements
      3. Using the Gradebook
        1. Accessing the Gradebook and entering grades
        2. Accessing and using a SpeedGrader
      4. Setting up synchronous meetings using Conferences
        1. Creating a conference
        2. Starting and facilitating your conference
      5. Summary
    12. 5. Exploring Special Features
      1. Using Canvas on your mobile devices
        1. Downloading and configuring the mobile app
        2. Using the features of the mobile app
          1. Navigating your course within the mobile app
          2. Viewing and sending messages within the mobile app
          3. Using the To Do feature of the mobile app
          4. Accessing your notifications within the mobile app
          5. Viewing your profile within the mobile app
          6. Finding help within the Canvas mobile app
      2. Creating Collaborations
        1. Editing or deleting Collaborations
      3. Setting up Outcomes
        1. Creating Outcomes
        2. Creating Outcome Groups
        3. Finding existing Outcomes to use
      4. Creating Rubrics and using Outcomes
        1. Adding Rubrics to Assignments
        2. Using Rubrics for Assessment
      5. Integrating outside apps into your course
        1. Installing and integrating the YouTube app
      6. Using Course Analytics and Course Statistics
        1. Viewing Course Analytics
        2. Viewing Course Statistics
      7. Summary
    13. 6. Where to Go for Help
      1. Finding help within Canvas
        1. Exploring the Canvas Guides and Community Forums
          1. Browsing and searching the Canvas Guides
          2. Searching the Canvas Guides
          3. Asking questions in the Community Forums
          4. Responding to questions in the Community Forums
        2. Reporting a problem
          1. Creating a screencast using Jing
        3. Obtaining Canvas pricing information
        4. Requesting a feature
      2. Finding help outside Canvas
      3. Summary
    14. 7. Now You're Ready!
      1. Exporting your course
      2. Connecting Canvas to education in the 21st century
        1. Enacting the Framework for 21st Century Learning
          1. Core subjects and 21st century themes
          2. Learning and innovation skills
          3. Information, media, and technology skills
          4. Life and career skills
      3. Summary
    15. A. References and Resources
      1. Teaching and learning in the 21st century
      2. Designing online learning environments
      3. Conceptualizing online education
      4. Other online course design resources
    16. Index