Communicating in Canvas
From Help Wiki
Revision as of 09:13, 10 June 2014 by Irishb (/* The Course Activity Stream shows you all of the recent activity from a single course. This is different from the Global Stream, which you see in the Dashboard when you first log in to Canvas. As faculty, you have the option to show the Course Activi...)
Options for Communicating with Students in Canvas
Communication Overview (Video)
In this video, you will learn how to communicate with your students using Announcements, Discussions, and Conversations.
- You can add text, images, files, and link to course content in your announcements.
- You can attach files to your announcements for users to download.
- If you want to create announcements to post at a certain date and time, follow these steps.
See also Instructure's video: "Announcements Overview"
Discussions within Canvas provide an integrated system for you and your students to start and contribute to discussion topics. Discussions can also be created as an assignment for grading purposes and can be integrated with the Canvas Gradebook.
Use Discussions to:
- Follow-up on a conversation or questions that began in a face-to-face classroom.
- Test student understanding about a discussion/conversation made in class.
- Allow students to debate over ideas presented in class amongst themselves, while still in a supervised setting.
- Use student input on the discussion boards to enhance and improve the effectiveness of class sessions.
See also Instructure's video: "Discussion Creation"
Conversations is a messaging system within Canvas.
- The Conversations Inbox is split into two windows and displays messages chronologically.
- You can use Conversations to send a message to your entire class.
- Even when you are part of a group conversation, you can privately respond to another individual.
- You can add people to an existing thread in Conversations.
- You can upload supplemental files as part of your Conversations messages.
Canvas provides a variety of options for leaving feedback for students. See also Assessment and Grading Tools.
- If you want to leave simple feedback for your students, you can leave a text comment directly in the Gradebook. Gradebook comments will be placed within the Discussion portion of Speedgrader™.
- You can leave text, audio, or video comments on student assignments in SpeedGrader™.
- When modifying a rubric, you can enable free-form comments for each criterion in the rubric.
- You can record or upload video and audio files as part of your Conversations messages.
Conferences can be used primarily for conducting virtual lectures and virtual office hours. You can use conferences to conduct presentations to a large online audience using webcams, audio, and desktop sharing abilities. Conferences also allow you to conduct a live chat session with the audience present in the conference room. Conference rooms can also be used by students to conduct group study sessions.
Use Conferences to:
- Conduct a live lecture or session to the students that can't be onsite.
- Connect with your students for online office hours or special study sessions.
- Use the meeting room for one-on-one sessions with students in a virtual environment.
- Invite special guests to your classroom by adding them as a student or observer to your course.
See also Instructure's video: "Conferences Overview"
The Course Activity Stream shows you all of the recent activity from a single course. This is different from the Global Stream, which you see in the Dashboard when you first log in to Canvas. As faculty, you have the option to show the Course Activity Stream as your Course Home Page or not.
- The Course Activity Stream shows you all of the recent activity from a single course.
Canvas Guide Topics
- Canvas Guide
- Canvas at Evergreen
- Technical Requirements
- Designing Your Canvas Course
- Canvas Site Templates
- Enrollment Information for Canvas
- Communication Tools
- Assignments and Quizzes
- Assessment and Grading Tools