USFSP – Students Access to Canvas for Spring/Summer

Guest posting from Glen Parker…

I was asked the preferred way to direct students to Canvas for those courses being taught in Canvas during the Spring/Summer.

I recommend multiple paths.

  1. The easiest would be to give your students a direct link to Canvas: .
  2. There will be a link in myUSF to Canvas
  3. For those familiar with Blackboard, a link in the Bb course reminding them to go to Canvas would be helpful.   Our official recommendation will be to :- Make sure the Announcements page is the entry page for your Bb course

    – Create a single announcement telling student about canvas and provide a link to Canvas.

    – Disable other menu items so there is less visual clutter in the Bb course to distract from the redirection

USF System – Canvas Plagiarism checking update

For the Spring, there will be no TurnItIn available in Canvas.  The workaround is to export the documents from your canvas assignments, and upload them into SafeAssign as a Direct Submit within Blackboard.  This will produce plagiarism reports, but the identification that normally goes along with SafeAssign integrations in a course will be lost.  These will be an anonymous pile of reports that will need to be manually matched up with their author.  It’s not a pretty workaround.

USF System Update for Canvas – Elluminate Status

At this time, Elluminate will not be available as an LTI tool in Canvas and therefore no Elluminate integration for Spring.  The Workaround, which is not too hard, is for instructors to go into Blackboard, create the session as usual, and then copy the URL for that session into their Canvas course.  Students access the URL as usual, and Elluminate continues to work.

USF System – Canvas eGrades and First Day Attendance Update

As development of USF Systems into Canvas continues, we are still on track to have First Day Attendance (FDA) go live in January 2013 and eGrades live for spring 2013 midterms.

In one of the recent updates, Canvas added to the number of places that external tools could be placed.  In particular, tools can now be placed in the Left Navigation Menu.  There are a couple of nice options that will make it easy to display tools only to the folks that need them

1)  A Navigation Link can be enabled or disabled by default.  That is, the link in the Nav menu can be visible to all allowed members of the course, or it can be disabled and not visible, by default.  To make a disabled Nav link visible, the isntructor goes to Settings > Navigation, and drags the desired nav item up.

Tools that affect the vast majority of courses (eGrades, Library Course Guides, etc.) will be enabled by default. Courses that use a specific tools like Panopto, Elluminate, Ares Course Reserves, etc. will be disabled by default.

2)  A navigation link can be seen by any visitor to a course (public courses only), by members of the course (students + course admins), or by course admins only (instructor, TA, builder).  Tools like eGrades & FDA will be set to course admins only, students and visitors will never know the links exist.  Tools like Library Course Guides would be visible to all members, but not to non-members.  I don’t have an example off-hand of a tool that would make sense to be visible to the world.

Example screenshot:


Join us for LearnCanvas LIVE! December 2012

On Thursday, December 6th at 1pm Instructure will be hosting a webinar about Canvas, and more specifically about the Canvas Gradebook. They will review Gradebook features and functionality in Canvas. Participants will have a guided tour of Gradebook elements. This webinar will center around participant Q&A and best practices for managing grades.

If you would like to join us for this webinar, we will be hosting it in the computer lab in room POY 218 in the library. The lab will be open starting at 12:45pm. This is a great opportunity for anyone who has questions about the Gradebook in Canvas.

Hope to see you there!

Why the academy *must* embrace its online future

Online education is hot these days. A perfect storm of record-level student debt, stagnating job growth, and soaring tuition prices has forced a knee-jerk reaction among universities now scrambling to offer free courses online, either through their own platforms or partnerships with startups like Coursera and Udacity. Professors, college administrators, and policymakers have expressed sharply divided views over what this shift means for an institutional learning model that has persisted for hundreds of years. But amidst the debate, lost is the voice of the student.


via Why the academy must embrace its online future | VentureBeat.