Live FREE streaming sessions from InstructureCon 2014

Canvas InstructureCon 2014 Live Sessions June 17-19

CANVAS – Keynote Sessions Streamed Live from InstructureCon 2014

Join us in the Mesa Community College Center for Teaching & Learning June 17-19, 2014 for the Canvas LMS event of the year, InstructureCon! Keynote speakers and product updates can be accessed online from your home/office via LiveStream or head to the CTL Lobby (AS Building, Southern & Dobson Campus) to watch with the MCC user community.

Tuesday, June 17, 5:30p.m. – 6:30p.m.

CONFERENCE KICKOFF: Josh Coates

Calling All Heroes
Online Access Only, NO CTL LOBBY – Register for the LiveStream - Passcode: instructur3

Josh Coates was an early investor and now CEO of the Canvas LMS.  Hear from Josh on the current state of Canvas and where this disruptive innovation to the educational LMS landscape will go the future.

Wednesday, June 18, 8:00a.m. – 8:45a.m.

DAY 2 KEYNOTE: Luz Rivas

From Apple iiE to MIT to DIY Girls
Online and CTL LOBBY (AS Building, Southern & Dobson Campus) – Register for the LiveStream - Passcode: instructur3

Luz Rivas is the founder and executive director of DIY Girls, an after-school program that encourages 5th grade girls to hack, make and be inspired to pursue technical careers. Inspired by her own computer background fostered in her school, Rivas will discuss her goal to developing future technologists through STEM education. Learn more about Luz and DIY Girls.

Wednesday, June 18, 12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m.

GENERAL PRODUCT SESSION: Jared Stein

Lossless Learning
Online and CTL LOBBY (AS Building, Southern & Dobson Campus) - Register for the LiveStream - Passcode: instructur3

Hear from the makers of Canvas. Tune-in for Canvas updates, future plans, big ideas and more.

Thursday, June 19, 12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m.

GENERAL PRODUCT SESSION: Joel Dehlin

Online and CTL LOBBY (AS Building, Southern & Dobson Campus) – Register for the LiveStream - Passcode: instructur3

Hear from the makers of Canvas. Tune-in for Canvas updates, future plans, big ideas and more.

CTL Custom Service

The CTL is your partner as you encourage and implement innovative teaching, learning and workplace strategies. From general support to consultation services and tailored training, we are here to help you, your department or division reach your goals for student success!

About the CTL at MCC

The mission of the MCC Center for Teaching & Learning is to lead and inspire the advancement of innovative teaching and learning for student success. Learn more about the CTL staff and programs at ctl.mesacc.edu. Visit the CTL Calendar for dates for all upcoming sessions.

Open for Summer

The MCC Center for Teaching & Learning is Open for Summer! Spend some time learning with us in June and July. We are offering sessions on Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, alternative presentations tools, accessibility resources/tips and more. View the Summer Guide Book for details.

Canvas Draft State User Information Sessions

Canvas Draft State User Information Sessions

Introducing the Canvas Draft State

Canvas has recently released the highly anticipated Draft State feature that allows for content in Assignments, Quizzes, Modules, Pages, and Discussions to be in an unpublished (draft) state even if the course is published. Draft content will be invisible to students and excluded from grade calculations.

Draft State will become a standard, permanent part of Canvas on July 5, 2014 and will be activated for all Canvas courses within MCCCD on Saturday, May 10, 2014. 

Teaching this Summer? ‘Opt-in’ to Draft State Now
The Draft State feature will impact all of the major instructional user interfaces within Canvas and will have a small cosmetic impact on the student view of courses. Because this change is anticipated for the middle of the summer session, we highly recommend that you remain ‘opted-in’ to the draft state feature before your summer course starts to avoid any potential disruption, albeit small, for students.

Draft State User Information Sessions
The MCC Center for Teaching & Learning has scheduled a few information sessions to help users with this transition.

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Registration Instructions

Choose from the following:
Monday, May 12, 9:00 a.m.  –  10:00 a.m. 
HRMS Course #002116, Session #0002; CTL Lab AS Building, Room 175

Monday, May 12, 4:00 p.m.  –  5:00 p.m. 
HRMS Course #002116, Session #0003; CTL Lab AS Building, Room 175

Thursday, May 15, 11:00 a.m.  –  12:00 p.m. 
HRMS Course #002116, Session #0004; CTL Lab AS Building, Room 175

Monday, May 19, 1:00 p.m.  –  2:00 p.m. 
HRMS Course #002116, Session #0001; CTL Lab AS Building, Room 175

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Canvas End of Semester Updates

Canvas Update: End of Semester Reminders

Finish the Semester Strong!

In order to ensure a smooth, end of the semester, please consider following the best practice activities for closing your course and transitioning to the next semester.

Important Note: Withdrawn student data, downloading of data, and sending of messages is not available after final grades have been entered in My.Maricopa (SIS).

BEFORE Grading in My.Maricopa (SIS)

  • Archive Grades - Download your gradebook to CSV to archive it locally on your computer or flash drive (Click on Grades > Click on the Gear symbol > Click on Download to CSV)
  • Gather Data - Download any course surveys, quizzes or exam results to archive them locally on your computer or flash drive (Click on Quizzes > Select the Quiz > Click on Quiz Statistics > Select the download option of Student and/or Item Analysis)
  • Send Final Communications - Send end-of-course messages to students, if desired

AFTER Grading in My.Maricopa (SIS)

  • End Course You can leave your course “as is” and it will automatically go into a read-only mode for students. They will no longer be able to submit assignments or communicate with the class. If you prefer, you can also end your course (Settings > Edit Course Details > Enter an Ending Date for the course). We DO NOT recommend concluding your course as it becomes inaccessible to you.
  • Locking Content - If you do not want students to view Quiz Questions after the end of a semester you will need to set and ending date for your course. Click on Settings > Edit Course Details > Enter an Ending Date for the course. 

PREPARING for Summer/Fall

  • Course Copy - Get ready for Summer/Fall by copying your course shells. Navigate to the Summer or Fall 2014 course, open Settings and then follow the Course Copy Instructions.
  • Enable Draft State - Draft State (view feature video) will become a permanent change to the Canvas interface on July 5, but will be implemented for all Summer/Fall courses by MCCCD on May 10. Information sessions about this new feature will be offered in May and before the fall semester.
  • Clean Your Inbox - Archive your Spring messages in your Conversation Inbox so that you can start the Summer/Fall semester(s) with a clean slate. Archiving Conversations.
  • Customize Your Course Menu - Remove your Spring classes from and add your Summer/Fall courses to your course drop-down menu. Customize Course Menu.

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