Start of Semester Checklist
1. Importing From Another Canvas Course
If you have content from a previous semester, or have been working in a development course, you can import the content of that course to the current semester.
Important Note: If you have integrated embedded Panopto videos or enabled Respondus LockDown Browser for assignments, after you import the course content you must perform the following additional actions:
- Reuse Panopto Recordings by setting up permissions for the new course.
- For Respondus LockDown Browser, activate it in the new course by selecting Respondus LockDown Browser from the course menu. You receive the following message as verification.
2. Turnitin Assignments
You can create new Turnitin Assignments or you may have imported Turnitin assignments from a previous semester. If you imported Turnitin assignments, you will want to ensure your due date and Turnitin settings are up to date in the assignment details.
If you are using the old Turnitin integration (the external tool), you will have to update your Turnitin submission type.
If you are using Turnitin assignments, you must include the following statement in your syllabus:
"Salisbury University contracts with Turnitin for plagiarism detection and deterrence in support of The Salisbury Promise and academic misconduct policy. As a condition of participating in this course, all required papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review and plagiarism detection through Turnitin. All papers submitted to Turnitin will be included as source documents in the Turnitin reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism consistent with fair use principles under federal copyright law. You may be asked to directly submit certain written course requirements through MyClasses. The instructor may also submit a student’s written assignment through Turnitin if the instructor, in good faith, suspects plagiarism."
For additional information about Turnitin, including instructional videos, visit the Turnitin page.
3. Starting Your First Canvas Course
Provide a link to a syllabus file directly to your course. You can upload the file or select from an existing file in the course.
View the short tutorial below on how to link your syllabus file to the Syllabus tool in MyClasses.
Modifying Course Navigation
The course navigation for a class has many links and tools that become available as content is added. Every link may not necessarily be used during the course or a faculty member might want to reduce the various avenues for students to access course content. As the instructor, you can choose to modify the course navigation menu by deciding which links are available for students, which links are hidden, and organize the links in the order you prefer.
Disabling a section of the course navigation will only hide the link from your students. Instructors will always see each item on the course menu. After changes to your navigation are saved, you will still be able to access or re-enable the link. Greyed titles indicate either the tool is empty or is hidden. Refer to the How do I reorder and hide Course Navigation links? handout or watch the Organizing Course Navigation Tip of the Week for more information.
4. Setting Up Your Gradebook and Assignments
One of the most important tips about MyClasses Canvas is that the gradebook is organized based on the Assignments area. Assignments are organized into Assignment Groups. For more information, view the Organizing the Gradebook Tip of the Week:
Tip: There is no way to add a column to the gradebook within Grades. Faculty can create a column in the gradebook by creating a No Submission Assignment.
5. Organizing Content
There are several ways to organize a course. The majority of faculty will use the Modules area to add content pages, files, and various graded activities. Pages provide the ability to create content, similar to using Word, directly within MyClasses. Using the Rich Text Editor, you can create and edit information to display to students as well as link to files, assignments, discussions and other areas within the course.
Resource: Examples of organizing content
6. Utilizing Student View
The Student View allows you see the course as a student views it. While in the student view a Test Student is created for your course to allow you to participate in assignments, quizzes and other areas of the course just like a student. At the end of the session, you can choose to keep the student data of the Test Student in the gradebook or reset it to allow you to complete the activity again. Refer to the How do I view a course using a test student? guide for more information.
7. Publishing Your Course
Even though courses are created automatically, courses do not display to students until the faculty member Publishes the course. Course availability to students is also dependent on the course dates. Courses are set up for students to access one week prior to the semester start date and close two weeks after the end of the semester.
Online and hybrid courses are expected to open for students one week prior to the semester start date. This allows students to review the course syllabus, become familiar with the MyClasses course, and to complete any pre-week activities.
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