Category Archives: CTL Tips

Notification Preferences

You and your students can control the destination and frequency of the notifications Canvas sends out to you.  Canvas pushes out notifications for a wide variety of activities and events that occur in a Canvas course.  Your notifications will come to your @mtu.edu email address right away by default, but you edit how often these notifications come to you, and choose to get them somewhere else, like a  text to your mobile phone, a tweet on Twitter, a message in Facebook or LinkedIn, etc.

With the explosion of social media and mobile electronic devices, we live in an increasingly connected world. Canvas understands that, and gives you a wide variety of communication options to keep you connected to your courses and your students.  Notification Preferences allow you to select how and when you want to be notified when various events occur within your course. This same functionality is extended to students, so they’ll be notified whenever there is a change in a due date, an updated assignment, or a message sent from within Canvas.

You can access written documentation and information about Notifications in Canvas and how to adjust them on the Notification Preferences page, or watch the eLearning Video guide: Canvas Settings and Notifications.  For more information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, visit the Canvas One Stop page


Combine Sections, Access Bb Content, & Publish your Course

Canvas is Michigan Tech’s new Learning Management System (LMS).  You can log into Canvas at courses.mtu.edu, and access information about Canvas at the Canvas One Stop page .  All the tools you have used on the Course Tools page at coursestools.mtu.edu, like the Combine Canvas Sections tool and grade submission links, are still there and functioning with Canvas.

Accessing old Blackboard courses migrated into Canvas

Your new, blank Canvas courses for teaching Fall 2012 classes will be on the top of your Courses list in Canvas, and you can access your old Blackboard (Bb) courses migrated into Canvas from your Canvas Courses list too.  Hover over your Courses (or Courses & Groups) menu, and then click on View all courses at the very bottom.  Your old Bb courses will be on the bottom of that list, under “Past Enrollments.” Video Demo: Find your Bb Courses in Canvas. You’ll find the migrated version of your Bb Home Page by clicking on Pages from the menu on the left.  Other course content will migrate as referenced in this Conversion Chart.  To use that content, you’ll want to copy it into another Canvas course.  See How do I import content from another Canvas course?

Publishing your Canvas Course

Finally, you will need to Publish your Canvas course in order for your students to be able to see and access it.  See How do I publish my course? for directions on publishing your course.  It only takes a couple of clicks!For more information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, visit the Canvas One Stop page.


Accessing old Blackboard courses migrated into Canvas

You should be able to access many of your old Blackboard (Bb) courses migrated into Canvas from your Canvas Courses menu now.  To do so, log in to Canvas, then hover over your Courses (or Courses & Groups) menu and click on View all courses at the very bottom.  Your old Bb courses will be on the bottom of that list under “Past Enrollments.”

Video Demo: Find your Bb Courses in Canvas

Once inside you’ll find the migrated version of your Blackboard Home Page by clicking on Pages from the course tools menu on the left.  Other course content will migrate to the Canvas version of that tool or function, as described in this Conversion Chart.