Copying Content from Another Canvas Course

As you prepare for an upcoming semester’s courses, you may want to use or repurpose previously created course content.  Canvas makes it easy for you to copy or import content from one of your courses into another. You can choose to copy all the content (including assignments, modules, files, quizzes, pages, etc.) or you can select individual items to copy.

Imports do not include any student data, enrollments, or input (like assignment submissions, grades, or discussion posts), so it’s a good way to use your previously created content. For a new class of students, you can import content into new Banner-created courses and easily adjust event and due dates. Another typical use is to create a new course, copy content into that course and use it as a template course with contents available whenever you need it.

Check out “How do I import content from another Canvas course?” for an illustrated step-by-step guide to copying content from one Canvas course to another and “How do I create a new course shell?” from the Canvas Instructor Guide to manually create your own new, blank course.  For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, and to register for eLearning workshops, visit Canvas One Stop.

Submit Grades via Banner or Canvas and Coursetools

Instructors have two choices for submitting grades. They can be submitted electronically either via Canvas and CourseTools, or via Banner Self Service.  Banner Self Service is the simpler of the two systems. Instructors can simply type their grades directly into BanWeb, click submit, and be finished!

Grade submission through Canvas requires a couple more steps. It is often most beneficial for larger classes, and for courses where grades are already entered in Canvas or another spreadsheet program.  Grades need to be entered or uploaded in Canvas first, and then extracted from Canvas and submitted to Banner using the Grade Wizard on “Coursetools.” Those who have the correct letter grades for their students in their Canvas Total column can choose that column in the first step of the Grade Wizard, so there’s no longer any need to copy scores out of the Total column, unless you want to “tweak” them.

Information and instructions can be accessed on eLearning’s Electronic Grade Submission Information & Resources page. Instructors and instructional staff can also attend one of the two grade submission workshops, and as always, can contact support, get online help, and utilize our eLearning Walk-In Hours for Canvas help, all available on Canvas One Stop. The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).

Canvas Rich Content Editor to be Upgraded

The Rich Content Editor (RCE) in Canvas is scheduled to receive an update this weekend. Instructors and course designers encounter the RCE when creating and editing Pages in Canvas, as well as when creating and editing Announcements, Assignments, and more.

The RCE has been updated with the most recent interface design and ultimately the update provides more backend functionality to support future upgrades. The main feature of this upgrade includes better support for creating and deleting tables. Users can easily add, merge, and split table cells without having to switch to the HTML Editor. Rows can be added, copied, and pasted anywhere in the table. Beneath the RCE window, users can view HTML elements for any selected content. This feature is beneficial for users who work with HTML and want to view or confirm placement of content. You can find some more information along with illustrations and a screencast to provide you with a preview on eLearning’s Canvas RCE Update page.

The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop.

Creative Canvas Course Contest (C-4)

This spring semester the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning will host an “explosive” program intended to showcase the most effective, intuitive, and helpful Canvas Courses at Michigan Tech.  The third-annual C-4 competition will focus on Canvas courses that are intuitive and easy to navigate, feature good course design, provide convenient access to information and materials students need, and offer resources and activities that help students succeed in the class.

Studnts, faculty, or chairs can nominate a spring term course for C-4 in just seconds by entering the instructor name, course name, and reason the course deserves recognition.  Nomination
s should be entered on this form no later than pril 11, 2015 for consideration.

The CTLC4explosion Tip of the Week is brught to you by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop.

TurnItIn Service Announcement: Recent Website Access Issues

Over the last three days, Turnitin has been the target of an extensive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack with the intent of taking down the service. A DDoS attack tries to overload the connection to our servers, rendering the Turnitin website unavailable to visitors. Our network team has been largely successful in combating the attacks, though the attempts have occasionally succeeded in causing intermittent service disruptions, slow service response times and other network issues. While these attacks have created intermittent connectivity issues, the attacks have not compromised server storage or data integrity.  Tii logo

Below, we’ve included some basic troubleshooting steps for those encountering issues accessing Turnitin.

Troubleshooting steps:

  • Avoid using any links to the Turnitin service and instead type in the address “″ into the web browser (or for UK users).
  • Attempt to access the Turnitin service from a different internet connection (Ex. from home, a library, a cellular data network, etc.)
  • Clear your web browser’s cookies and cache.

Our network team will continue to work to defend against these attacks. For ongoing updates, please visit our System Status page to sign up for email alerts and check our Known Turnitin Service Issues and Notifications page. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


The Turnitin Team


Get a New Perspective in Canvas with Student View

Canvas has a Student View feature available to those enrolled as Teachers, TA’s, and Course Designers.  You can access the Student View button from the right sidebar menu of the Settings screen.  For directors, click on How do I access Student View?

Use Student View to see the course as if you were a student in the course. While in student view the teacher can turn in assignment submissions and see grades and course content as a student would.  “Test Student” cannot participate in discussions or be a member of a group. Student view also provides a Test Student in the grade book starting the first time you click on the Student View button.  You can use Test Student’s row in the grade book to enter sample grades and see their effect.

The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop.

Redesign for Better File Browsing in Canvas

Instructure has redesigned Files in Canvas for a more improved user experience. The new Files redesign allows users to view more details about their files, manage editing permissions, and preview files. In addition, Files is fully accessible for all keyboard users and screen readers. Files is now fully searchable by file name, is built with responsive design to adjust for browser scaling, and files can now be uploaded and previewed without the use of Flash. For each file, users can view and sort files by name, the date the file was created and modified, the name of the person who modified the file (if modified by another user), and the size of the file. Files can also be published and unpublished from within the Files tool.

Better File Browsing is currently a course-level feature option, meaning instructors, on a course-by-course basis, can enable it if they choose and must enable it to use it. You can refer back to Enabling Course Feature Options in Canvas for details and instruction. Also, there are lot’s more features and changes in the new Files. You can watch an eLearning screencast providing a video tour of, and instructions about, the new Files interface, and read more illustrated guides and documentation from Instructure on our Files page.

The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop.

Respondus Test Bank Network training

Respondus is offering a training webinar next week on how to create online exams from publisher test banks. The focus will be on Respondus 4 and the Respondus Test Bank Network — both of which Michigan Tech is licensed to use.  

respondus-logo-BG4CMSThis training session is offered twice a year and is always popular with faculty. Instructors come away with everything they need to save countless hours on exam preparation. Over 6,000 test banks from dozens of the leading publishers are available from the Respondus Test Bank Network.  There’s something for everyone!

  • Webinar: Using the Test Bank Network and Respondus 4 to Create Online Exams
  • Wednesday, January 28, 2:00pm EST / 11:00am PST - Register

Enabling Course Feature Options in Canvas

Canvas is continually creating new features and changing or modifying others every three weeks as part of Instructure’s attempts to continually improve the user experience. The majority of improvements and changes simply become part of Canvas as part of their regular release cycle. However, some features may change the workflow for common activities in Canvas during your current term and will be placed in your Course Settings as a Feature Option.  This allows the instructor to be able to learn about these features at their own pace by enabling or not enabling the new feature.  After a specified period of time, Feature Options will become standard features in Canvas.


We’ll be discussing new features you can choose to enable or not In future weekly tips.  You can find out how to enable available new features in your Canvas course at How do I manage new features for my course?  You may also want to check out What Feature Options are currently available for my Canvas course? to find out more about course feature options in Canvas.


The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop.