Dartmouth's Canvas Connection

Newsletter Vol. 8 - July 2014

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Canvas is updated every three weeks and the next update is on Saturday, July 12th. Read on for highlights of new features and a few other Canvas tips.

Getting Ready for Fall Courses? Join us in Canvas Open Office Hours This Summer

You've had your first course in Canvas. What new things do you want to try for fall term? Maybe you had a few lingering questions - come by and ask! We've scheduled help hours each week for the entire summer. View our updated schedule here: http://sites.dartmouth.edu/canvas/

NEW FEATURE: Publish and Unpublish Your Course!

As Canvas phrased it, this new feature is monumental! In addition to Publishing (making available) your course you can now also Unpublish with just a click! You'll find the Publish/Unpublish buttons in the Course Dashboard on the right sidebar when you are at Home in your course or in your course Settings. Courses can be Unpublished as long as student submissions have not been graded. We advise that you do not Publish your course until you are 100% ready as it does send a Notification to students that the course has been made available.
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Release Notes and New Features

For the full list of upgrades and enhancements from Canvas, click here: Production Release Notes 07.12.14 or watch the Canvas New Feature Screencast.
07.12.2014 New Feature Screencast

CANVAS Discussions for Journal Club

Do you have a "journal club" type graduate or undergraduate class and want to streamline sharing articles each week? Students assigned to the given week/topic can post the files and resources for classmates in Discussions. Classmates can download the easy-to-find files, add comments or questions, and be better prepared for your in-class seminar. Tired of mediating student discussions by distributing resources? This tool might be right for your class". Interested? Email educational.technologies@dartmouth.edu to find out more from the Instructional Design team.

My students really liked how easy it was for them to navigate the site, independently post the relevant materials and continue discussions with the group after our meetings. It kept conversations going and made the course more dynamic.
- Professor Ekaterina Pletneva, Chemistry

Welcome Scott Millspaugh!

Welcome to Scott! If you've been to a Canvas workshop or our Canvas Open Office hours recently, you may have noticed a new face in our group. Scott Millspaugh joined the Ed Tech group in late June and has been busy learning Canvas inside out, and getting your questions answered. Scott has used Canvas in his own teaching in the French and Italian department, so he is no newbie to figuring out how to optimize Canvas for teaching and learning at Dartmouth. If you haven't met Scott yet, drop by the Canvas Open Office Hours anytime!"