Canvas Work Called Out for Excellence by TCNJ’s Office of Online Learning

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1. Canvas Work Called Out for Excellence by TCNJ’s Office of Online Learning

​Canvas TCNJ has Work Called Out for Excellence by TCNJ’s Office of Online Learning
We are excited to share that Canvas TCNJ has been recognized for excellence by TCNJ’s Office of Online Learning! This is a great accomplishment and we are so proud of our team. Below is a brief overview of the award and what it means for our company.

The Office of Online Learning at The College of New Jersey has announced that it will be using Canvas, an online learning platform created by Instructure, as its exclusive provider for online course management and delivery. This decision was made after an extensive review process of several competing products.

Canvas was selected for its user-friendly interface, robust feature set, and commitment to customer support. Additionally, the price point for Canvas was significantly lower than the other options considered. The Office of Online Learning is confident that Canvas will provide a great experience for both students and faculty and we are excited to be working with them.

2. TCNJ Celebrates Faculty for Outstanding Use of Canvas

​For the past few years, TCNJ has been using Canvas as its learning management system (LMS). Canvas is a cloud-based LMS that allows instructors to create and manage course content, assign and grade student work, and communicate with students. Canvas is also mobile-friendly, so students can access their course content and submit assignments from their smartphones or tablets.
TCNJ is committed to providing faculty with the tools and resources they need to be successful in the classroom. That’s why we’re celebrating our faculty for their outstanding use of Canvas!
We asked a few of our faculty members who are using Canvas in creative and innovative ways to share their tips and advice. Here’s what they had to say:
Instructor: Amy Butler
Course: Introduction to Public Speaking
“Canvas has been a game-changer for my public speaking course. I’ve been able to create more engaging and interactive content, which has helped my students learn more effectively. I’ve also been able to save time by using Canvas’s built-in grading and assessment tools.”
Instructor: John Smith
Course: American History
“I love using Canvas because it allows me to be more organized and efficient in my teaching. I can easily post lecture notes, readings, and assignments online, which has helped my students stay on top of their work. I’ve also been able to use the built-in discussion board to facilitate lively classroom discussions.”
Instructor: Jane Doe
Course: Psychology
“Canvas has allowed me to create a more engaging and interactive learning experience for my students. I’ve been able to use multimedia features to create engaging presentations, and the quiz and assessment tools have been a huge help in grading. Overall, Canvas has made my teaching life much easier!”
We’re so proud of our faculty for their innovative use of Canvas! Keep up the great work!

3. What Canvas Can Do for Your Coursework

​When it comes to online learning, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Every student has different needs and every instructor has different teaching styles. That’s why it’s important to find a learning management system (LMS) that is flexible and can be customized to fit your specific needs. Canvas by Instructure is one of the most popular LMSs on the market and for good reason. Here are three ways that Canvas can help you with your coursework.
1. Canvas is user-friendly
One of the best things about Canvas is that it is extremely user-friendly. Both students and instructors can easily navigate the platform and find the tools and information they need. The interface is clean and uncluttered, which makes it easy to focus on your coursework.
2. Canvas is flexible
As mentioned before, one of the benefits of Canvas is its flexibility. There are a variety of ways that you can use Canvas to customize your learning experience. For example, you can use Canvas to create custom assignments, quizzes, and discussions. You can also use Canvas to deliver lectures and other course materials. Additionally, Canvas integrates with a variety of third-party apps and services, which gives you even more flexibility.
3. Canvas has a variety of resources
In addition to being user-friendly and flexible, Canvas also has a variety of resources that you can use for your coursework. For instance, the Canvas Commons is a repository of open educational resources that you can use in your courses. Additionally, the Canvas Guides offer step-by-step instructions for using all of the features in Canvas. Finally, the Canvas Support team is always available to answer any questions you may have.
If you’re looking for a flexible, user-friendly, and feature-rich learning management system, then you should check out Canvas.
4. Tips and Tricks for Utilizing Canvas
​If you’re like most students, you’re probably feeling a little overwhelmed by all the features and options available in Canvas. Don’t worry, we’re here to help! Here are a few tips and tricks to help you make the most out of Canvas:
1. Get to know the Dashboard
The Dashboard is your home base in Canvas. It’s where you can access all of your courses, see upcoming deadlines and assignments, and view messages from your instructors. Getting familiar with the Dashboard will help you stay organized and on top of your work.
2. Use the Calendar
The Calendar is a great way to keep track of upcoming deadlines and events. You can view the Calendar by week, month, or day, and you can even subscribe to it so that it appears in your calendar application.
3. Take advantage of the To-Do list
The To-Do list is a great way to stay on top of your assignments and deadlines. It shows you a list of all the upcoming assignments and due dates for your courses. You can even set up reminders so that you’ll get an email or text message reminder about an upcoming deadline.
4. Use the Groups function
If you’re working on a group project, be sure to take advantage of the Groups function in Canvas. This will allow you to create a group, invite other members, and share files and resources. You can also use the Groups function to join study groups or discussion groups for your courses.
5. Use the Mobile app
If you’re on the go, be sure to download the free Canvas Mobile app. This will allow you to access your courses, assignments, and calendar from your mobile device. You can also use the app to submit photos, videos, and audio files as assignments.
We hope these tips and tricks help you make the most out of Canvas. If you have any questions, be sure to reach out to your instructor or TA for help.

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5. Navigating Canvas: Course Set Up and Management

​The ins and outs of Canvas
As an online learning platform, Canvas has a lot to offer both students and instructors in terms of features and resources. But with so much available, it can be tough to know where to start or how to get the most out of the platform. In this blog post, we’ll be taking a look at some of the basics of Canvas, including how to set up and manage your courses.
Creating a course in Canvas
The first step in using Canvas is to create a course. You’ll need to be logged in to your account and then click on the “Courses” tab. From there, you can click the ” +New Course” button.
You’ll then be prompted to enter some basic information about your course, such as the name, course code, and start and end dates. Once you’ve entered all the required information, you can click the “Create Course” button.
Now that your course has been created, you can begin adding content and resources. But before we get into that, let’s take a look at some of the other course set-up options available in Canvas.
Course set-up options
Once you’ve created a course, you’ll notice that there are several tabs along the left-hand side of the screen. These tabs give you access to different areas of your course, such as the course’s home page, announcements, assignments, and discussions.
You can also click on the “Settings” tab to access a range of options for customizing your course. Some of the things you can do from the Settings page include changing the course name or code, publishing the course, and adding instructors or teaching assistants.
Adding content to your course
Now that you’ve got your course set up the way you want it, it’s time to start adding content. If you click on the “Home” tab, you’ll see that there’s a section for “Recent Activity” as well as a space for adding an “Announcement.”
Announcements are a great way to keep your students up-to-date on what’s happening in the course. To add an announcement, simply click on the “Add Announcement” button and enter your text. You can also add an attachment if you like.
If you scroll down the page, you’ll see that there are also sections for “Assignments” and “Discussions.” These are two of the main ways that students will interact with each other and with the course content.
We won’t go into too much detail here, but essentially, assignments are tasks that students need to complete. They can be submitted electronically or through Canvas’s assignment tool. Discussions, on the other hand, are forums where students can post comments and reply to each other.
This is just a quick overview of some of the basics of Canvas. As you can see, there’s a lot you can do with the platform in terms of setting up and managing your course. And of course, there are many more features and resources available than we have space to cover here.
So if you’re new to Canvas, take some time to explore the platform and see what it has to offer. And if you have any questions, be sure to check out the Canvas Help Center or contact your school’s Canvas support team.

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6. Simplifying Classroom Interactions with Canvas

​There are a lot of moving parts in a classroom: students, teachers, parents, and administrators all play vital roles in the learning process. But with so many people involved, it can be difficult to keep track of everything that’s going on. Canvas is a learning management system (LMS) that helps simplify classroom interactions by providing a central place for everyone to access course materials and communicate with each other.
Canvas is easy to use and helps streamline the process of sharing information between teachers and students. For example, teachers can post announcements, assignments, and due dates in Canvas, and students can check Canvas to see what’s due and when. Canvas also allows students to submit their work electronically, which makes it easy for teachers to grade and provide feedback.
Canvas also makes it easy for parents to stay informed about their child’s progress in school. Parents can create an account in Canvas and then link it to their child’s account. Once linked, parents can see the same information that their child sees in Canvas, including announcements, assignments, and grades.
Canvas is a powerful tool that can help simplify the complex interactions that take place in a classroom. By providing a central place for everyone to access course materials and communicate with each other, Canvas makes it easy for teachers to focus on teaching and for students to focus on learning.

7. Building Engaging Courses with Canvas

​Canvas TCNJ is excited to announce our latest course-building workshop – Engaging Courses with Canvas! In this workshop, we’ll explore how to use Canvas to build courses that are engaging, interactive, and accessible to all learners. We’ll cover topics such as incorporating multimedia into your course, using Canvas features to facilitate student collaboration and designing courses that are responsive to the diverse needs of all learners. By the end of this workshop, you’ll have a solid foundation for using Canvas to build courses that are engaging and effective for all learners.

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8. Putting the ‘Fun’ in Fundamentals: Using Canvas for Creative Engagement

​We all know that the key to success in online learning is engagement. If students are not engaged, they are not learning. So how do we keep students engaged in an online course?
One way is to use Canvas for creative engagement. Canvas is a great tool for creating interactive and engaging content. Here are some ideas for using Canvas to keep your students engaged:
1. Use Canvas to create an online scavenger hunt.
Hide clues and information around your Canvas course. Students will have to search high and low to find all the information they need to complete the scavenger hunt. This will require them to explore all the features of your Canvas course and become familiar with the navigation.
2. Use Canvas to create an online escape room.
You can use the rich text editor in Canvas to create clues and puzzles for your students to solve. Students will need to use their problem-solving skills to figure out the clues and escape the room.
3. Use Canvas to create a choose-your-own-adventure story.
You can use the branching feature in Canvas to create a choose-your-own-adventure story. Students will be able to make choices that affect the outcome of the story. This is a great way to get students to think critically about the choices they make.
4. Use Canvas to create an online survey.
You can use the surveys feature in Canvas to collect data from your students. This is a great way to get feedback from your students about the course or anything else that is on their minds.
5. Use Canvas to create an online quiz.
You can use the quizzes feature in Canvas to create fun and interactive quizzes for your students. This is a great way to assess students’ knowledge and understanding of the course material.
These are just a few ideas for using Canvas for creative engagement. I’m sure you can think of many more! The important thing is to get creative and have fun with it. Your students will thank you for it!

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