You can use the Canvas Icon Maker to create icons and buttons in Canvas that link to other content, such as a Module or Page. These icons are more accessible than any images of text you may have used in the past, because they are in SVG format. SVG files do not get blurry when we zoom in or use Canvas on a phone.
Start by opening the Rich Content Editor (RCE) and then select the Icon Maker
Enter a name for your icon and provide alt text: the alt text should be the same as the text you’re planning to use in your icon
You can use the ‘List view’ on your Canvas Dashboard to see a list of all of your events, assignments and tasks in a linear, itinerary format. You can also add to-do items to your list and even find Zoom links very easily.
Changing to List View
To change your Dashboard view on Canvas to the List view:
In this tech tip for staff, I’ll show you how to edit subtitles directly within Planet eStream. This is useful to make quick edits and changes to existing captions.
Watch the video above or follow the intructions below.
Navigate to your video on Planet eStream
Click ‘Manage Subtitles’
Click the ‘Go to Subtitle Editor’ button to open the editor
You won’t see any text to start off with. As you first need to select the subtitle track. Click select track in the top left of the editor. The track is usually labelled ‘EN’ short for English.
You will now see the subtitles with each caption displayed as a time-based card. These cards have a start and end time. By default, the editor only shows cards in 30 second segments. To see cards for the whole video simply change the segment duration to entire duration. You can navigate the cards by scrolling and searching for specific content using search function.
Click to edit the text and make any changes required.
Once you’re finished editing, remember to click Save.
You can now use the back button in your browser to return to the main video page. You may need to refresh your browser page in order to view the changes.
For further help with subtitling, please contact us at LThelp@gsa.ac.uk
Using the Canvas Calendar, Syllabus and To Do list is an easy way to keep students engaged with your course.
The Syllabus and student ‘To Do’ list show a summary of any course items that have a date or time assigned to them. For example an assignment will have a due date, so this will automatically appear in a student’s Syllabus and ‘To Do’ list. Items which can be given dates include assignments, pages, calendar events and quizzes.
Syllabus and Course Summary
The Canvas syllabus page includes the Course Summary which shows all content with dates across your course. This is a great way for students to gain an overview of the course and what is required of them. It can be accessed from the course navigation menu or the syllabus (course dates) button if you have one on the course home page.
‘To Do’ lists are unique to the user
As a staff member your ‘To Do’ list will be different from the student’s. For example your list may show that you need to Grade an assignment, where the student’s list will show that they need to submit. If groups or individuals have different due dates these will display accordingly to the user. Staff can check the student ‘To Do’ list of a test student simply by entering student view when on the course homepage.
How to populate the ‘To Do’ list
Population of the ‘to do’ list happens automatically when you add content with dates into your course. To assign a date and time to any page in your course, when editing the page, simply tick the ‘add to student To Do’ checkbox and add a date and time before saving the page.
Dates are added to other items during the setup process, for example when creating an assignment. Follow the guides below to setup these items which will then appear in the Syllabus Course Summary and ‘To Do’ lists.
For help using any of the Canvas features above, please contact us at LTHelp@gsa.ac.uk
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