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Canvas Class Management Procedures (Hints/Tips by Bill Komanetsky LPC)
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Transfer from Blackboard to Canvas
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Log into Blackboard and open the course you wish to convert to Canvas
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In the Course management navigation panel, expand Packages and Utilities
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Click the Export/Archive Course link
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Click Archive Course button
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Select the options you wish (normally select “Include Grade Center History…” and “Copy links and include copies of the files in the course default directory”)
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Click Submit
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When Blackboard is complete, download the file by clicking on it.
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After download, it is a good idea to delete it from the Blackboard server by clicking to the right of the .zip file and select delete
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Initial Course Setup
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Syllabus
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Edit/Create your syllabus. Save in a format which can be uploaded to Canvas (preferably, Adobe Acrobat/PDF)
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Log into Canvas and click on the course to begin working on
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Click Files on the far left navigation panel
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Click Upload, select your syllabus file and upload it
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Click on Syllabus on the far left navigation panel
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Click the Edit button
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Type “Click here for the syllabus for this course” or something similar
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Select the text entered in previous step
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On the far right, click the Files tab
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Expand the Course Files link, click on your syllabus file
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Click Update Syllabus button
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First Day of Class Entry
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Open the course you wish to work with
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Click on View Calendar - far right
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Click the + button (top right)
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Enter the title of the event (ex: “First day of Class”)
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Enter date, start and end times and location fields
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Click More Options
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Type “Syllabus for this course” (or something similar
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Select the text entered in the previous step
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On the far right, click the Files tab
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Expand the course files link, click on your syllabus file
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Click the Update Event button
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Making the Course available
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Go to the Dashboard and select your course, or, click the Courses link on the left-most navigation panel, and select the course in the list
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In the Course status area (far right, top), click Publish
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Importing a test from Blackboard
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Make sure you have archived your blackboard course you with to import into Canvas
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Open your Canvas course, and select Settings
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click Import Content into this Course on the far right
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Content type: Blackboard 6/7/8/89 export .zip file
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Source, click Choose File button, navigate to your Blackboard archived course and select it. Click Choose
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Click Select specific Content
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Click ???: Canvas will read the .zip file and then show you the content it found
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Now, for your imported file, click Select Content
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Expand and select those quiz’s and question banks you wish to import
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Click Select Content
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You will see a ‘Running’ label along with a progress bar as the content is imported into your Canvas course.
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Once finished, click on your Syllabus and you should see quiz’s which were imported. click on the Quiz you wish to enable/schedule
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Click Edit
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Fill in the quiz options,
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Select who should see this quiz - default may be Everyone. You may want to only allow the specific class to see this quiz, if so, select that
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Click Save or Save & Publish
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Go to the calendar for your course and navigate to the date you set the quiz for. If you selected Save & Publish, you should see the quiz on the classes calendar
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Disabling Tests/Quiz’s until they are needed
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Go to Quizzes and click the gear to the far right of the test/quiz you wish to modify.
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Click Edit
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Clear the Due Date, then click the Save button
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Creating Assignment Groups
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There is a single group which you can categorize your Quiiz’s, assignments, projects or tests to: Assignments. You may want to create different groups to differentiate the content of your course
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Click Assignments from within your course
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Click + Group to add a new group
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Example: Quiz’s
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To move possibly imported quiz’s from the Assignments group to the Quiz’s group
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Click on the Gear to the far right of the item you wish to move
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Click Move To…
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Select the Group where you would like to move this item, and then the position in the Place Before drop-down
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Click Save
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Creating a Chapter or Section of Study/Assignment Materials
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TBD
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Copying Modules/tests/data from One Canvas course to another
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Open the course which you want to add the existing data into
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Select Settings
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Select Import Content into this Course (far right)
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Content Type: Copy a Canvas Course
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Search for Course: Select the ‘Source’ Course to copy from
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Content: Select specific content
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Click Import button
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Under Current Job, click the Select Content button next to the import you just did
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Navigate through the categories of information to import and click the check box next to each one
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Click the OK or Import button to complete.
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Merged Sections in a course
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When looking at merged sections in a course, the course name for each section will probably be the same making it difficult to distinguish one section to another. To rename/fix this:
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Open Canvas
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Click Courses -> Select Merged Course (course with multiple sections)
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Click Settings
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Click the Sections tab
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Click on the section you would like to change to differentiate it from other sections
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Click Edit Section
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In the Section Name field, add your differentiating text for this particular section
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Click Update Section to save your changes
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You can do this for all sections in a course
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More TBD
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Daily Course Work
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Sending an email to everyone in your course
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Log into Canvas
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Click on the left-side Inbox link
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On the near-upper right, click on the compose icon/button
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Select a course
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Note: Hover over a course in the drop-down list to see the full title for the course. May take 2-3 seconds
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Fill in the rest of your message
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Allowing a single student to re-take a quiz
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Click the Quiz’s link on left navigation bar
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Click on the quiz you would like to give someone another chance on
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On the right hand side of the screen, click Moderate this Quiz link
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On the far right of the student’s name which needs the additional attempt, click the pencil icon to edit the attempt
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Type in the number of additional attempts to be allowed, and, click the Manually unlock the quiz for the next attempt check box
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Click Save
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Taking Attendance
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On 2017/02/09, an attendance app was added to Canvas. To enable:
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Open your course
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Click Settings
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Select the Navigation Tab
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Drag Attendance from the bottom section to the Top section
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Click the Save button
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After enabling, it will be available on your left navigation pane for each class you enable it for.
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You may need to allow the app access to your course, but this should only happen once.
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Grading Assignments
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Changing/Removing Comments from an Assignment
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From Grades, open the student’s assignment
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Click on the ‘Speed Grader’ link
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On the right of speed grader, delete/modify comments made
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Ungraded Assignments count as 0% before Grading
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This can be a real problem when trying to measure the performance of a student mid-term. To turn this feature off (NOT counting ungraded assignments as 0%):
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Open your course
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Click on the Grades link
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Top right of grading window, select the drop-down gear icon
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Turn OFF Treat Ungraded as Zero
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Multiple Sections
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For a single Canvas course which is used to support multiple sections, the section names may be identical making it almost impossible to differentiate the two. You can rename these yourself
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In canvas, navigate to the shared course
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Click on Settings, then click on the Sections tab
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Click on the section who’s name you would like to change, then click on the Edit Section button to the right
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Change the section’s name to make it easier to differentiate from the other section(s)
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Click the Update Section button to make permanent the change
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To keep students from other sections seeing the names of students in a different section, you need to go through each student and make sure they can only see students in their own section
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In canvas, navigate to the shared course
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Navigate to the People link
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Click on a students who you would like to limit, then click on their name in the panel that shows to the right
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Click “limit this user to only see fellow section users” to set this policy for this particular student
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You can then click on the People link at the top of the bread-crumbs navigate bar to quickly get back to work on the next student’s access rule
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Unfortunately, you must do this for all students.
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Quizes and Tests
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Giving a student additional attempts on a quiz/test
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Open the Quiz/Test
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Click the Moderate this Quiz
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Click on the Pencil icon to the far right of the student you want to allow another chance to take the quiz
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Fill out the extra attempt count (1) and other details
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Click Save
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Giving a student additional time on a quiz/test
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Open the Quiz/Test
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Click the Moderate this Quiz
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Click on the Pencil icon to the far right of the student you want to allow additional time on the quiz
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Fill out the additional time to allow the student
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Click Save
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Backup/Download Canvas Course
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Open up Canvas and navigate to the course you would like to copy
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Click Settings in the navigation bar on the left
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On the right side, click on Export Course Content
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Make sure Course is selected in Export Type, Then click Create Export
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This process may take a bit of time, but it will copy EVERYTHING except student grades. To save student grades, see that section of this document.
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Once complete, a New Export link will be shown above the progress bar in Canvas. Click on that to download the export file
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Now, navigate to the new course which has no content and click Settings as you did the original coure
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Backup Student Grades in a Course
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Open up Canvas and navigate to the course you would like to backup grades for
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Click Grades in the navigation bar on the left
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Select CSV File int he Export drop-down on the upper right portion of the displayed window
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CSV stands for Comma Separated Values
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After the export is complete, the file will automatically download for you
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I suggest renaming the downloaded file to reflect the year, semester and class name/section.
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You can open the file with Apple Numbers, Libre Office or Microsoft office applications (spreadsheet)
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Copy a Canvas Course for Next Semester
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Open up Canvas and navigate to the new course you would like to populate with a previous course’ content
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Click Settings in the navigation bar on the left
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On the right side, click on Import Course Content
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In the Content Type drop-down list, select Copy a Canvas Course
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Now, select the source canvas course in the Search for a course drop-down
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Select All content in the Contect selection
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Click Import
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It will do the copy off-line, you will see that it is complete in the Current Jobs window shown
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Note: None of the student grades will be copied. See ‘Backing Up Student Grades’ in this document for those instructions
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Additional Canvas Tools
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ConferZoom is a video conferencing tool which will be replacing ccc. The tool requires a ConferZoom.org userid
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Note: a zoom.us userid will not work with Canvas at this time. Unless you have a lot of content located on the zoom.us website, just delete your zoom.us ID and create a new ConferZoom.org ID. You should use your LPC ID for this
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To enable the use of ConferZoom on your canvas course:
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Open your course
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Click on Settings
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Go to Navigation
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Find ConferZoom near the bottom, click the settings gear for it (far right) and click on Enable
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Don't forget to press the Save button to show it on your navigation bar for this particular course
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When clicking on the ConferZoom link for your course, it will 'over take' your Canvas web page. To avoid this, right click on the ConferZoom link and select it be opened in another window or tab in your browser