Archives—January 2013

New Workshop: Google Tools for Great Teaching

Google offers a significant number of collaboration tools, and instructor Chad Norman has experimented with many of them in an instructional context.    We will survey six of the most useful applications and give examples of how they can be used in collaborative projects, real-time student feedback, and many other ways.

Choose from three times!

  • Tuesday, Feb 12 2-3 PM
  • Thursday, March 21 10-11 AM
  • Wednesday, April 17 10-11 AM

All sessions will be held in VanPelt and Opie Library room 244. Each session’s enrollment will be limited to 25. Please register by calling 487-2046, or register online by clicking on the workshop name, listed on the right.


Working with Groups in Canvas

Instructors often assign collaborative group projects to help students develop the leadership, management and interpersonal skills they will need to be successful in today’s workplaces. To help instructors and students, Canvas offers group assignment options as well as group spaces for collaboration, management and communication.

When assigning group projects, instructors can use Canvas’ Assignments, online Discussions and wiki Collaborations (of which Google Docs is an option). In addition to these tools for specific assigned tasks, students can work and share together in their own Canvas group workspace, which is created automatically when a group is formed. Each group workspace has its own Announcements, Discussions, Pages, Files, Collaborations, Conferences, and Calendar for real-time collaboration.

Canvas makes creating groups easy.  Instructors can click on People from the Course Tools navigation menu, then View User Groups from the right side bar to create new student groups and see and access those already created.  For more information about creating Canvas groups and using Canvas group tools, please refer to Guides and Resources: – Working with Groups in Canvas.

The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).  See what’s going on there this week at our website. For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, visit Canvas One Stop.


Combining Canvas Sections

Instructors at Michigan Tech can use the Combine Canvas Sections tool on the CourseTools page to combine two or more BANNER sections into one Canvas course.  Instructors teaching two sections of the same course can post content just once in a combined section.  Once you have clicked the link to launch the Combine Canvas Sections tool, you can follow the directions provided to combine your sections.

There are some important factors to consider when combining Canvas sections:

  • Almost all instructors should choose to delete the original Canvas course during the combining process.  If the original course is not deleted, students enrolled in your combined section could see both the combined course and the original course on their Canvas Courses menu.
  • Combining sections creates a brand new, blank course so be sure to copy any content you have already created in the original, individual sections before you combine them.  See Copying Content from Another Canvas Course for directions.
  • Only the Official Instructor of Record for any BANNER section will see sections to combine in the Combine Canvas Sections tool.  If two sections taught by different instructors need to be combined, please contact IT-Help to authorize staff to make the change.

You can access Michigan Tech’s CourseTools page directly from inside Canvas by clicking on red Help link in the upper right corner. CourseTools also has links useful for submitting grades, as well as a link to the Combine Canvas Sections tool.

The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).  See what’s going on there this week at their website: www.mtu.edu/ctl. For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, visit Canvas One Stop.