Canvas Courses are Ready for the New Year
Courses for the new year have been synced from Veracross to Canvas and are ready for you to begin building. A few notes:
- Courses are unpublished by default and not visible to students until the teacher chooses to publish them.
- Course rosters are not yet finalized and will continue to change as add/drop progresses throughout the summer.
- Remember you can't message your students until your course is published.
- Are you new to teaching at Overlake? Please coordinate with your department chair and teaching colleagues prior to getting started in Canvas. You can always reach out to the Information Literacy and Technology (ILT) Help Desk for support, but coordinating with your department chair first about the big picture of how Canvas supports you, your students, and your classroom is key.
- If you have other questions about preparing information and technology resources for the new year, please check out our "Wrapping up 21-22, Preparing for 22-23" article shared in early June.
A Few Best Practices for Setting up Canvas Courses
- Over the years we have assembled these "Beginning of the School Year Canvas Tips for Teachers" article, which you may find helpful. Of note, you will want to double-check your Canvas course settings - hide grade distribution graph, show recent announcements on the homepage, etc.
- Importing is your friend - remember you can import content from any class in which you're a teacher. Canvas has introduced Direct Share which makes it easier to share content between your courses or with your colleagues.
- Rename your course (in the course settings) to make it easier to differentiate from similarly named courses from previous years. We are working on renaming classes by default in the future so that teachers do not need to do so manually.
- Update your course navigation to hide items you don't regularly use.
- Set a course image to display in the dashboard to make finding your course easier for you and your students.
- Add colleagues as observers or teachers in your course if you want to bring more people into the fold or share class content.
What about using Canvas for online/hybrid instruction due to Covid?
In past years we've launched Canvas with a caveat to the effect of, "Be ready to use Canvas in person, in hybrid, or fully online." It's been a long while since we've been anything but on campus, but it never hurts to be prepared as this virus is nothing if not unpredictable. Here are some of the most important articles we put together in the past to prepare for adaptations to how we do school.
Can't figure out a setting? Want some guidance about how to implement something? Don't hesitate to reach out to the ILT Help Desk in the Library, or at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425.602.71762 for assistance.