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Canvas Insider Starter Pack #5
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Continuing a series of helpful items that my clients have found useful in their Canvas course development from the past, here are some more ways to avoid potential pitfalls with your Canvas course this upcoming school year.
Starter Pack #1 can be accessed here.
Starter Pack #2 can be accessed here.
Starter Pack #3 can be accessed here.
Starter Pack #4 can be accessed here.
Front-load Announcement Creation for Future Posting
If you wish to send your students information about your week’s activities on Monday mornings during the school year, you don’t have to compose the announcement content and click the blue Publish button exactly at 8:00 am. The Delay Posting check box is your helpful sending scheduler:
Even though your students will see your announcements in the course navigation menu, do keep in mind that your course must be published in order for students to receive those *ping* notifications.
Ensure Students Don’t Miss Your Announcement
In your Course Settings, there is a small “more options” link in blue at the bottom of your Course Details tab. From there, you can check a box to “Show recent announcements on Course home page” and select how many recent announcements you display “above-the-fold” to use a newspaper term:
Deciding When Students See Module Content
Some students are more eager than others when it comes to viewing your course curriculum. If you want all your students to have access to module content at the same time, you can choose when students can access to a specific Module section:
By specifying a date, your students can
see doom approaching see upcoming curriculum in your module section, but they can’t click on the links to access the material.
Announcement Alternative - Content Pages
Sometimes you might want to remind students about something important e.g. a guest speaker for an upcoming class. Instead of relying upon announcements, you can create a content page to share your reminder or publicize your information, and have it added to your students’ to-do list:
Front-load Content Page Creation for Future Posting
Maybe your Monday morning information doesn’t need to be communicated to students in an announcement with *ping* notifications. You can create content pages for your upcoming week activities and publish the page on a certain date of your choosing:
I’m thinking a five-part series is sufficient for a Starter Pack, don’t you? I hope some of the shared tips and idea were helpful for you. Thank you for your time and attention! If you found value with this tip, shoot me an email to let me know.