Tip of the Week Videos

  • Canvas Assign Field

    To give students different due dates, available from/until dates, or different assignments altogether, open the Canvas Quiz, Assignment, or Discussion board in Edit mode. Navigate down to the Assign field and make the appropriate changes. This video shows you how.

  • Adding a Local Video File to Canvas

    This video shows you how to add an .mp4 video to your Canvas Files library. You can then add this video to Modules, Announcements, Discussions, Assignments, and Quizzes.

  • Save a Lecture Recorded with BigBlueButton/Canvas Conferences

    If you recorded your class meeting or lecture with Canvas Conferences/BigBlueButton, you can save this video to your computer as a local mp4 file. Open the conference recording, click on "video," and then right click to save the video.

  • Create Appointment Slots in Your Canvas Course Calendar

    If you'd like students to sign up for an appointment with you through their Canvas Calendars, this short video shows you to set this up. Only students who are enrolled in your Canvas course will be able to sign up for appointments this way.

  • Check Storage Space Remaining on Canvas

    This video show you how to find out how much storage space you have remaining in your Canvas course and how to request more space if you are getting near the limit.

  • Embedding Videos in Canvas

    In Canvas, instructors can embed videos into Assignments, Discussion Boards, Announcements, and even Quizzes. Embedding videos makes it easier for students to watch your video without having to visit external websites. This short video shows you how to embed a video.

  • Undelete in Canvas

    If you ever accidentally delete something in Canvas, you can recover the deleted item by using the "Undelete" command. Open your Canvas course and add /undelete to the URL. This video shows you how.

  • Snipping Tool

    Need to take a screenshot of a website? The snipping tool is a 3-key command: Windows Key + Shift + S. It allows you to take editable screenshots that you can then paste in to emails, on Canvas, or in documents.

  • Adding a Google Meet to Canvas

    This short video shows you how to add Google Meet to your Canvas course. If you choose to use Google Meet for remote Office Hours or synchronous class meetings, add the link to your Canvas navigation menu.

  • Keeping Your Syllabus Visible

    In Canvas, setting your syllabus document to auto-open as in in-line preview presents the document without the need to download it every time. This short video shows you how to embed your syllabus as an easy-to-read document using the Canvas Syllabus utility.

  • Importing Course Content

    Importing content into new Canvas courses is something most faculty members only do once or twice a year. This short video shows you how to copy content from one of your previous Canvas courses into a new course.

  • Revealing Saved Passwords

    If you have a saved a password for a website on your computer but cannot remember what it is, you can reveal the password by navigating through your browser's settings. This short video shows you how to reveal a saved password on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge.

  • Distribution Lists of Student Emails

    This video shows you how to quickly set up a distribution list of students' email addresses for each of your courses. Once this is initially set up, it is easy to email all students in your class right from your Gmail Inbox.

  • Turning Emails into Tasks

    If you get a lot of emails that you want to address at a later date and time, consider turning these emails into Tasks. Adding emails to your Google Tasks puts them on your calendar for you to handle at a later date and prompts desktop notifications reminding you to address them.

  • Print to PDF

    Whenever you choose to print something – a page on a website, photo, etc. – you have the option to turn this item into a PDF. Knowing how to use the Print to PDF Command can be helpful if you need to share resources with others. This short video shows you how to turn a page on a website into a PDF.

  • Creating PDFs From Handwritten Documents Using Your Phone

    It’s easy to turn handwritten documents into PDFs and then load them into your Canvas Course. This video shows you how using two apps: Canvas Teacher and CamScanner.

  • Canvas Features That Support Academic Integrity

    There are two features that can help you monitor students' engagement with your Canvas course's content, and ultimately ensure academic integrity. These are their Participation/Page Views Scores and the student Access Report.

  • Add Signature to PDFs

    You can add your signature to your Adobe Acrobat Reader application to easily sign documents. This eliminates the need to print out documents, sign them by hand, and then scan them back in. This short video shows you how to add a signature to PDFs.

  • Canvas Grade Posting Policy

    Instructors who want to hide grades from their class while they work on their grading must now change the Assignment's Grade Posting Policy. This utility has replaced the "Mute Assignment" feature in the new Canvas Gradebook.

  • Hide Students’ Grade Totals

    If you only use the Canvas Gradebook for some of your students’ grades, consider hiding their total grades. This will eliminate potential confusion and encourage students to calculate their total grades for themselves using the guidelines in your syllabus.