Managing Canvas Navigation

Hello CIC Instructors!

As we all know, Canvas is an excellent platform for creating and sharing course content. There is so much you can do (in fact, there is almost TOO much to do!)! Since there are so many options, the site can seem overwhelming to both students and instructors.

An excellent fix for this is to control what you want your students to see by reducing the amount of options in the navigation bar on the right hand side of your screen. If you’re not using – say, Tegrity – in your class, great!  You can eliminate that as an option!

To manage the navigation bar, first click on Settings.

Settings

Next, select Navigation from the bar at the top of the screen.

navigation

Now, you can drag and drop menu items in order to eliminate them from the navigation bar. Select the items that you don’t want students to see, and drop them!

drag

Here is where the eliminated items will live (in case you want to reintroduce them in the future):

drop

…and that’s that!

Thanks, and have a great week in the CIC! As usual, please let Kimberlee or Tesla know if you’re experiencing any issues.

 

 

Introducing the Amazon Education for Canvas App

Hello CIC Instructors,

We hope your quarter has gotten off to a good start!

We wanted to let you know that the UW is participating in an ongoing project with Amazon.com, piloting an app that lets you distribute course content directly from Canvas to a Kindle app in your students’ mobile devices (Kindle, iPad, Android, etc.).

Obviously, using this app would enable your students to read course documents directly on their phones or tablets, which may increase their engagement with the texts (or change it in interesting ways!)!

kindlewriting

Some of the other benefits include:

– Documents that are uploaded to Canvas “Files” are synced automatically to the students’ devices (they don’t have to go back and sync each one individually)

– As new documents are added or existing documents are changed, an updated version is automatically sent to students

– Any work that students do with a document on one device (such as highlighting or annotating) is automatically synchronized across all Kindle readers

There is no cost for the UW to participate in this pilot. Similarly, it is free for students to download the Connect to Kindle app here. Amazon also offers a $10 gift card to students who participate.

UW IT Connect is running the pilot. If you are interested in trying the app with your current or future courses, please contact Tom Lewis (Director of Academic and Creative Applications) at tomlewis@uw.edu. This will definitely be an interesting opportunity to provide feedback that actually influences the future of this app and its role at UW!

For any questions about the Amazon Education for Canvas app specifically, please email kindle-lms-feedback@amazon.com. As usual, for all other questions or concerns, please email Tesla at schaeffe@uw.edu or Kimberlee at kgb@uw.edu.

Have a great rest of the week, CICers!