MCC Canvas 101

It’s a Launch Party! MCC Canvas 101 Reloaded

The New MCC Canvas 101 – Student Orientation to Canvas Revamped!

The MCC Canvas 101 Student Orientation course has been revamped. This self-enrolled, self-paced course was first made 2 years ago when MCCCD transitioned to Canvas. It is given out by faculty to orient students to Canvas. It is also published on our MCC eLearning web site, Center for Teaching & Learning Canvas Tutorials and other locations.

What’s New? MCC Canvas 101 Reloaded

The course had become a bit out-of-date so we took the opportunity to overhaul the entire orientation and have some fun! We beefed up the content to match the wider feature set of Canvas since we created the original Canvas 101 course 2 years ago and made the the content more responsive so that won’t be out of date every 3 weeks when Canvas make an update. We also gave it an overall design facelift and an option for students to either take the full orientation (or approach modules ala carte). Finally we added some engaging gaming strategies with the use of digital badges to encourage students to go through the tutorial.

The improved course includes:

  1. All the relevant Student Canvas Tutorial Videos (embedded so they will be up-to-date at all times) and narrative with links to guides that are kept current by Canvas.
  2. Additional assignments for students to try-out Canvas features, specifically working in the Canavs Group Feature.
  3. A more course like feel with and opening module that explains the purpose of an learning management system and specifically the advantages of Canvas to student learning.
  4. Narrative and content to cognitively wrap students with a deeper understanding of how Canvas works, the expectations of how they should work in it (profile image professionalism, netiquette) and the resources available to them when they need help (HelpCenter, Canvas Guides, etc.).
  5. Digital Badges that students can earn for completing each module. This is administered by Credly, a free service. Learn more about digital badges – Educause 7 Things You Should Know About Badges.
  6. A final certificate of completion that can be earned if a student returns a survey telling us about their experience.

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Canvas Updates

Starting the Fall 2014 Semester with Canvas

Canvas User Update: Fall Start-Up

 Important Canvas Notices

  • Course Copy: The course copy process continues to improve in functionality. Now you can more easily select items that you want to copy from a course, rather than deselect content. Don’t forget to use the Adjust Events and Due Dates option to save yourself time. Please note it can take up to 2 hours for copies of courses from one semester to another to be completed (size and traffic determine speed). Feel free to leave the copy page or logout of Canvas while the copy is being made. Additionally, pay close attention to any error notices at the end of the copy process. Review any alerts reported (posted notice in the import history) and take corrective action. Errors will most often be related to broken links or empty pages. Please see our copy guidelines to get you started.
  • Publish Course Items: Publish any quizzes, assignments, discussions, content pages or modules that should be visible to students prior to publishing your course. Publishing the course will not publish items within the course that are still in “draft state”. Learn more about the draft state in the recent update section below.
  • Course Publish: Don’t forget to publish your course to make it available to students. To publish the course find the publish notice dialog box on the course home page. Select Publish and follow the screen prompts. Once a course is published you can continue to make changes and updates as needed. Courses cannot be unpublished once students have submitted work to the course. Directions for publishing courses.
  • Special Tools & Publisher Integration Changes:Due to recent changes to several of our special integrations in Canvas including ShareStream, Pearson and McGraw Hill you may to re-integrate these tools to ensure that they are working properly. For Pearson integrations users will need to use log-in to access Pearson materials. If you are using one of these products, contact the MCC Center for Teaching & Learning OR (480) 461-7331 for additional details.

Canvas Update Cycle

Canvas is on a 3-week update-release cycle. The next beta (preview) release is on 8/25, production notes will follow on 9/2 with the release and documentation to follow on 9/6.Follow the release schedule on the Canvas Updates Calendar.

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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.


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.


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.


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.

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