Training opportunities

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We have ended live and in-person training sessions for the fall, but don’t despair! You can always access on-demand video trainings:

The Canvas team is also available for one-on-one appointments and consultations. Contact us at canvas@tufts.edu to request an appointment.

We will resume group trainings and open labs when Spring 2019 Canvas course sites become available later this fall.

How to handle your migrated content

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See our printable guide: Working with Content Migrated from Trunk

Summer 18 and Fall 18 course sites for Fletcher, Friedman, ASE, and PHPD courses are available on Canvas. If you have teaching materials from previous semesters on Trunk, now is the time to move them to Canvas and start building your new course sites.

We have outlined your options for migrating content from Trunk to Canvas in our migration guide. Whether you export content from Trunk yourself or request content migration from ETS, it’s important to know what material gets migrated and what is left behind.

Here’s an overview of what Trunk course material is moved to Canvas in a migration:

  • Any downloadable files in Resources
  • Lessons
  • Assignments
  • Forum topics
  • Published quizzes
  • Question pools

The following Trunk course material is not automatically migrated to Canvas:

  • Web links in Resources
  • Documents or text in the Syllabus tool
  • Announcements
  • Messages
  • Unpublished quizzes (retracted and working copies)

Once your content migration is complete, it’s time to take a look at your course site and get it ready for the new semester! 

1. Review your Files

Any downloadable files in the Resources area of your most recent Trunk course site were migrated to the Files tool in Canvas. This includes files and folders that were hidden from students. Folders and files are named as they were originally named when they were first uploaded to Trunk.

Take a look at your Files in Canvas. Delete files that are duplicates or out-of-date, rename anything with a confusing file name, and put things into folders so you can easily find them. For more, see How do I use Files as an Instructor?

2. Review and save your links in Trunk Resources

The Files tool in Canvas does not store links, and any links you had in Trunk Resources were not automatically migrated. Go to your Trunk course site, open Resources, and make note of any web links you posted there. If you want to save any links so you can later put them into your Canvas site, here’s how:

  1. In the Actions drop-down menu to the right of your link, select Edit Content.
  2. Copy the address in the URL box.
  3. Open a text editor on your computer (Notepad or TextEdit).
  4. Paste the URL into a text file.
  5. Repeat for any links you want to save.

3. Organize your content into Modules or Pages

The Files tool in Canvas is a basic file storage space. To give students access to files — as well as links, assignments, and other course material — create Modules or Pages.

The Module tool provides an easy way to arrange your material in lists and groups. Modules allow you to

  • Rearrange things quickly with drag and drop
  • Put files and links into multiple modules
  • Allow students to progress through a Module by clicking a “next” button to automatically load the next document or link
  • Post Assignments, Quizzes, Pages, and other course elements alongside readings and slides

For more on how to create Modules, see What are Modules?

If you prefer more flexibility in how you present your course material, you can use the Pages tool to create HTML pages with links to your Canvas content. Pages allow you to write free text, include images, and embed media files in a page along with direct links to files, assignments, quizzes, and other course elements. For more on how to create Pages, see What are Pages?

4. Review Assignments and Quizzes

Published Assignments and Quizzes were migrated from your Trunk course site. Review your new Assignments and Quizzes in Canvas, edit and update content, adjust due dates, and delete anything you no longer need.

5. Upload a syllabus

Use the Syllabus tool in Canvas to post your Spring 2018 syllabus. You can link to a Syllabus document by uploading it into Course Files  and linking it in the content selector. You can also paste text from a Word document into the Syllabus page. You can even automatically generate a schedule of activities from your assignments and events in Canvas. For more, see How do I use the Syllabus as an Instructor?

6. Publish your course

After you’ve reviewed your material and you are ready to make your site available to students, publish it by clicking the Publish icon in the sidebar.

Missing something?

Don’t panic! Your previous course sites on Trunk are still available. If you lost track of a file or forgot to save a web link, log in at trunk.tufts.edu to access your old course and retrieve the material.

Rollout update: Who’s moving to Canvas in 2018?

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After a successful first semester using Canvas at select Tufts schools and programs, we are looking forward to bringing Canvas to the rest of the community.

Which schools and programs are moving to Canvas this year?

Additional schools and programs will begin using Canvas on the dates listed below:

  • All Tufts Summer Session courses will begin using Canvas in May 2018.
  • All courses at the School of Dental Medicine will begin using Canvas in July 2018. This includes courses in the D.M.D. program, combined degree programs, and postgraduate programs.
  • The School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering will begin using Canvas for Fall courses in September 2018.

Courses at the Fletcher School, the Friedman School, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts have been using Canvas since Fall 2017.

When can I start working on my Canvas course site?

We expect course sites will be available for Summer Session courses the week of February 5. Course sites will be available for Fall ASE courses in mid-March. Instructors of Summer and Fall courses will be notified via email when course sites are ready.

Will my course material be moved to Canvas?

We have developed tools and procedures to migrate files, assignments, assessments, and other materials from TUSK and Trunk to Canvas. The details of content migration may vary from school to school, but we will provide everyone with an easy way to migrate material from their current system to Canvas.

Are Trunk and TUSK going away? Will I be able to access old materials on Trunk and TUSK?

Trunk and TUSK are still in active, fully-suppported use. You are able to log into the systems as you always have and access previous course sites and material. When we determine a date that we will stop supporting Trunk and TUSK we will communicate that information to users with plenty of advance notice.

How will I learn how to use Canvas?

At the Dental School, the Educational Technology staff, with support from TTS Educational Technology Services, will offer training workshops to instructors and staff in the spring.

At all other schools and programs, Educational Technology Services will offer a variety of online and in-person training sessions and workshops. Training will be offered at the Medford and Health Sciences campuses. We are working with partners in individual programs and departments to organize these training sessions and scheduled dates will be posted on the Training Calendar as soon as they are determined.

Read about the Canvas Transition in the Tufts Daily

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The Tufts Daily: Tufts begins replacing Trunk and TUSK with Canvas across all campuses

Tufts has begun a three-year transition this fall to Canvas, a new learning management system (LMS) that will replace Trunk and Tufts University Sciences Knowledgebase (TUSK).  The new system has already been implemented at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) and the Master of Science in Engineering Management program at the Gordon Institute, according to Director of Educational Technology and Learning Spaces Paul Bergen. Read more…

Getting in touch: How to contact your students through Canvas

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As fall classes get underway, many instructors are looking to reach out to their students: You might want to send a welcome email to the class, call attention to upcoming readings and assignments, alert students of a last-minute room change, or send other important messages. Canvas has two tools to help you get in touch: Announcements and Conversations.

How do Announcements and Conversations work?

 AnnouncementsConversations (Inbox)
What does this tool do?Announcements are designed to allow instructors to broadcast information out to an entire class.Conversations can be used to communicate with a course, a group, an individual student, or a group of students.
I just sent a message. When will my students receive it?By default, user notifications are set to “Notify me right away.” Students will get your message about 30 minutes after you send it unless they have edited their notification preferences.

For more, see below: "How (and when) will students receive my messages?"
By default, user notifications are set to “Notify me right away.” Students will get your message about 30 minutes after you send it unless they have edited their notification preferences.

For more, see below: "How (and when) will students receive my messages?"
Will I get a copy of messages I send?By default, users will not receive a copy of any announcement they send.

To change this, edit your notification preference for “Announcements created by me.” Change this to “Right away,” “Daily,” or “Weekly.”
By default, users will not receive a copy of any message they send.

To change this, edit your notification preference for “Conversations created by me.” Change this to “Right away,” “Daily,” or “Weekly.”
Will a copy of my message be stored in Canvas?Any announcement you send to a given course is saved in the Announcements tool in the course site. Any message you send through Conversations will be stored in your Canvas “Sent” box.
My site is unpublished. Can I still contact my students?Announcements can be created in an unpublished site but students will not be notified. (However, you can delay an Announcement to a later date and time.)You cannot send a Conversation to students in an unpublished course.
Where can I learn more about this tool?See the Canvas Guides for Announcements. See the Canvas Guides for Conversations.

How (and when) do students receive my messages?

Communications in Canvas work differently than in Trunk. All Canvas users, including students, control their own notification preferences. Students can decide what kind of notifications they receive from Canvas, when they receive them, and what email addresses or mobile phone numbers they’ll be sent to. By default, every student receives notifications as emails to their Tufts email address; however, they can opt out of emails by changing their preferences. You cannot override a student’s preferences and force Canvas to send them a message.

How can you make sure students see the messages you send? Here are some tips and best practices for communication in Canvas:

  • At the beginning of the semester, tell your students how you plan to communicate with them. Will you post Announcements, send messages through the Conversations tool, or directly email students via an elist or the SIS roster tool? Will you send communications frequently or only when information is critical and time-sensitive?
  • If you plan to use Announcements, consider requiring your students students to set their preferences to receive immediate notification of Announcements.
  • If you plan to send regular communications, such as a weekly overview of upcoming assignments, do so on a consistent schedule and tell your students when to expect the message (say, Sunday nights at 6pm or every Tuesday and Thursday after class).

Need help planning your communications strategy or have questions about the tools? Reach out to the Canvas Support team at canvas@tufts.edu.

Notifications: Recommendations for Instructors

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Canvas includes a set of default notification preferences you can receive for your courses. Notifications are sent to your Tufts email address and any additional Canvas Contact Methods you add to your account. However, you can change the default settings and set your own notification preferences.

These preferences only apply to you; they are not used to control how course updates are sent to other users. Each individual student and instructor can decide what notifications they want to receive and how frequently to receive them.

To edit your notifications preferences, click on the Account link at the top of the navigation menu in Canvas and select Notifications.

Notification icons and what they mean

Checkmark: Receive notifications immediately. (“Immediate” notifications are still delayed by about an hour. This prevents users from getting multiple notifications if, for example, an instructor writes an announcement and immediately edits it to fix a typo.)

Clock: Receive all notifications in a daily email.

Calendar: Receive all notifications in a weekly email.

X: Do not receive notifications for that item.

Note: Each notification preference will apply to all of your courses. They cannot be set for each course individually.

Recommended Notification Settings

Canvas gives all users the same default notification preferences. We recommend that instructors make changes to the following items:

Notification typeWhat triggers a notification
Recommended setting

Course Activities

Announcement Created by YouYou write and post an announcement

A student or instructor replies to your announcement

Notify me right away

Submission CommentA student or instructor comments on an assignment submission

Notify me right away

Conversations (Inbox)

Added to ConversationYou are added to a conversation

Notify me right away

Conversation MessageYou have a new message in your Canvas inbox

Notify me right away

Conversations Created by MeYou send a message to another Canvas user or users

Notify me right away

Scheduling

Student Appointment SignupsA student signs up for an appointment

Notify me right away

Appointment SignupsA new appointment is added to your calendar

Notify me right away

Appointment CancellationsAn appointment on your calendar is cancelled

Notify me right away

This content is adapted from the Canvas @ Yale documentation.

Notifications: Recommendations for Students

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Canvas includes a set of default notification preferences you can receive for your courses. Notifications are sent to your Tufts email address and any additional Canvas Contact Methods you add to your account. However, you can change the default settings and set your own notification preferences.

These preferences only apply to you; they are not used to control how course updates are sent to other users. Each individual student and instructor can decide what notifications they want to receive and how frequently to receive them.

To edit your notifications preferences, click on the Account link at the top of the navigation menu in Canvas and select Notifications.

Notification icons and what they mean

Checkmark: Receive notifications immediately. (“Immediate” notifications are still delayed by about an hour. This prevents users from getting multiple notifications if, for example, an instructor writes an announcement and immediately edits it to fix a typo.)

Clock: Receive all notifications in a daily email.

Calendar: Receive all notifications in a weekly email.

X: Do not receive notifications for that item.

Note: Each notification preference will apply to all of your courses. They cannot be set for each course individually.

Recommended Notification Settings

Canvas gives all users the same default notification preferences. We recommend that students set the following items to Notify Me Right Away to ensure that they don’t miss important course communications:

Notification typeWhat triggers a notification
Recommended setting

Course Activities

AnnouncementsA new announcement is posted in one of your courses

Notify me right away

Submission CommentAn instructor comments on your assignment submission

Notify me right away

Conversations (Inbox)

Added to ConversationYou are added to a conversation

Notify me right away

Conversation MessageYou have a new message in your Canvas inbox

Notify me right away

Conversations Created by MeYou send a message to another Canvas user or users

Notify me right away

Scheduling

Appointment CancellationsAn appointment on your calendar is cancelled

Notify me right away

Appointment AvailabilityNew appointment timeslots are available for signup

Notify me right away

This content is adapted from the Canvas @ Yale documentation.

Trunk Tools vs. Canvas Tools

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If you use Trunk, you might depend on a particular Trunk tool. Maybe you use Resources to upload files and distribute them to your students, or maybe you use the Tests & Quizzes tool for weekly assessments. You might post Announcements about important course information or set up Forums to get your students talking. You’ll be able to do all that – and more – in Canvas.

Canvas offers many of the same tools that Trunk does, but they may have different names and work in different ways. Below is a list of common Trunk tools, what those tools are called in Canvas, and more information about how the Canvas tools work. 

In TrunkIn CanvasLearn more
AnnouncementsAnnouncementsHow do I make an announcement in a course?
Video - Announcements Overview (Instructors)
AssignmentsAssignmentsHow do I create an assignment?
Video - Assignments Overview (Instructors)
Video - Assignment Creation (Instructors)
CalendarCalendarHow do I use the Calendar?
Video - Calendar Overview (Instructors)
ForumsDiscussionsHow do I create a discussion as an instructor?
Video - Discussions Overview (Instructors)
GradebookGradesHow do I use the Gradebook?
Video - Gradebook Overview (Instructors)
LessonsModulesWhat are Modules?
How do I add a module?
Video - Modules: Creation and Management (Instructors)
MessagesInbox - ConversationsWhat are Conversations?
How do I send a message to a user in a course in Conversations?
Video - Communication Overview (Instructors)
My WorkspaceDashboard / Courses / Notifications / ProfileHow do I use the Dashboard?
How do I customize my Courses list?
Video - Notification Preferences (All Users)
Video - User Settings and Profile Picture (All Users)
ResourcesFilesHow do I use Files as an instructor?
Video - Files: Add Course Content (Instructors)
RosterPeopleHow do I use the People page as an instructor?
Video - People Overview (Instructors)
Sign-upCalendar - SchedulerWhat is the Scheduler?
How do I create an appointment group in the Scheduler?
SyllabusSyllabusHow do I use the Syllabus as an instructor?
Video - Syllabus Overview (Instructors)
Tests & QuizzesQuizzesWhat are Quizzes for instructors?
How do I create a quiz with individual questions?
Video - Quiz Creation: Questions (Instructors)
Video - Quiz Creation: Settings (Instructors)