Canvas For Faculty

Spring 2021 Course Shells are available in Canvas.

Getting Started in Canvas
Third Party Integrations

Newer Canvas Features
i>Clicker Update
Canvas Commons
Zoom Integration
Adding Images to Course Cards
Quizzes.Next Beta

Hosting Course Materials
Hosting Non-Academic Materials in Canvas


 

If you do not see a course that you are scheduled to teach, work with your department to ensure that your appointment is communicated to the Registrar. Once your appointment is recorded, it will automatically be reflected in Canvas. Contact the FITC if your department has confirmed your appointment and you do not see a course that you are scheduled to teach.

Getting Started in Canvas

Third-Party Integration Requests

If you required the integration of a third-party application in your course, please send details to canvas.help@ucsc.edu for assistance. Be sure to provide the required key and secret so that the integration can be completed. A 2-week minimum is required for reviewing new integrations.


Newer Canvas Features and Integrations

i>Clicker Cloud 5.0 Update

There is an update to the desktop version of i>Clicker Cloud that requires a new download and configuration. Review the details on how to get this critical i>Clicker Cloud 5.0 update installed.

Canvas Commons

Canvas Commons is a learning object repository that enables educators to find, import, and share resources. You can post course objects or entire courses, and share them with yourself, a group, everyone at UCSC, or anyone in the greater Canvas community. You can also set the licensing status, and protect your intellectual property. Learn more at What is Canvas Commons? 

Zoom Integration

A new integration with Zoom provides a better, more robust way to integrate Zoom into your Canvas course. The interface provides visibility into your scheduled and past meetings, as well as allowing you to create and schedule new meetings. You can enable the Zoom Integration in your navigation by going to Settings > Navigation and sliding the Zoom item into your preferred location in your active navigation. You can also place the link in other locations such as Modules using the External Tools option.

Adding Images to Course Cards

Images can now be added to Canvas course cards for any course through the Settings page. See this Canvas Guide for specific info on how to make your course stand out with a custom image on the course card.

Quizzes.Next Beta

Canvas is replacing the existing Quiz tool with a new Quizzes.Next solution. This new quizzing software has been redesigned from the ground up with a new user interface and new features. The beta version can be turned on now in courses by enabling Quizzes.Next in Settings > Feature Options in your course. Contact the FITC if you would like more information.

RESTRICTIONS: Grading is only available to instructors. TAs cannot currently grade quizzes built using this tool. Do NOT use the Quizzes.Next Beta in classes where TAs are grading. Because this is a beta, there are deficiencies and incomplete functionality. Review the current status linked below before deciding to use this option:

List of reported issues with Quizzes.Next
Comparison of features in existing Quiz tool to new Quizzes.Next
Quizzes.Next FAQ

The new Quizzes LTI includes the new question types of Hot Spot and Ordering, in addition to enhanced and redesigned features in all question types. Also, moderating quizzes to set alternate times and durations for different students applies to all assessments in Quizzes LTI - no need to set the moderation for each individual quiz. Learn how to create quizzes here. Note that once this tool is enabled, it is accessed through the Assignments link and not through the Quizzes link in the navigation.

Existing quizzes will continue to function, and new quizzes can still be created with the existing internal Quizzes tool. The existing internal Quizzes tool will remain available through the 2017-2018 academic year. Looking ahead, Canvas expects that the existing quiz function will be fully replaced by the Quizzes LTI in 2019. 

Explore the Canvas site for Quizzes.Next to get detailed information on this new tool and how to use it.

 


Hosting Course Materials

Note: Web services associated with people.ucsc.edu are slated for retirement. Any use of this service for instruction should be re-hosted to Canvas or another appropriate platform. Learn more about the options available, including the expanded Slugsites for UCSC service for all UCSC faculty, students and staff, at UCSC Web Services.

It is important that students have a consistent location and interface for finding their course information and materials. We encourage faculty to use the course shells provided in Canvas to host course materials. However, if you choose to host your course materials outside of Canvas, we encourage the use of Canvas as the initial location where students will interface with courses. You can then choose to link out from there to other materials and sites if you choose.

Canvas automatically includes a course shell with enrollments for each course, so students will see your course in their Canvas list of courses whether you publish the course shell or not. Populating and publishing the course shell in Canvas will put your course front and center on each student's dashboard, and you can easily link out to other materials from within Canvas. Canvas also provides easy tools for communicating with individuals, sections or groups, or all of your students. Contact the FITC for help in linking your external course materials and sites through Canvas.

Hosting Non-Academic Materials in Canvas

Canvas can be helpful in organizing and presenting materials and activities for groups of all kinds. But there are also cases where Canvas is not the optimal solution. Click here for a chart that provides guidance on where to host different types of content.

Canvas is generally reserved for academic course content, curricula, and certain types of certifications. Other options as illustrated in the chart above include Google options, Faculty WordPress, and UC Learning Center.  Contact the owners of these services or the FITC if you have questions, or if you wish to use Canvas as a new home for your project site, contact canvas.help@ucsc.edu.