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Getting Started with Canvas

Canvas is a learning management system (LMS) that has been in use at Middlebury since 2016. Also see:

Logging into Canvas

Midd faculty, students and staff can log into Canvas with the Midd username and password.

Creating a Site

Faculty can create Canvas sites from the  Course Hub. Please note that sites created through the Course Hub will NOT be available students until the site is published. (see: Setting up a Site below)

1. At the Course Hub log in and click on the manage resources button to the left of each course listing.

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2. Click on the add a resource button:

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3. Choose Canvas from among the different options available:

4. By default your Canvas site will be created as unpublished to give you a chance to add content before students can see it.

Once you are ready to give students access, you can publish the Canvas site by going to your Canvas site and clicking the publish button in the upper right hand corner of the screen. Please note that you will also need to publish the components that you are using (for example: Modules, Quizzes, Pages, etc.)


Sharing a Site between multiple sections (aka Connecting Canvas sites)

If desired, Canvas sites can be shared by multiple sections. (Sometimes referred to as "connecting" sites or sections.) For example an introductory language course may have three lecture sections that are being taught in tandem and wish to share assignments, quizzes, and all other course content. A shared Canvas course is easy to set up:

  1. One instructor will create the Canvas site via the Course Hub as described above.
  2. They will then go to the Class site.
  3. Click the People menu item on the left hand side of the screen and add the instructors of the additional sections as "Teachers" of the Canvas site.
  4. Note the id of the Canvas site -- it is the number at the end of the Canvas site's URL. E.g. http://middlebury.instructure.com/courses/123
  5. Have the other instructors go to their Course Hub sites. On each of their Course Hub sites they will add a Canvas resource and enter the Canvas site's id in the "Connect to an Existing Canvas Site" field before saving the resource.

When the additional sections' Course Hub sites are connected to the existing Canvas site the Course Hub will automatically add their rosters to the shared Canvas site. Each Course Hub site will synchronize its own roster and add/remove students as they add or drop the section.

Reusing (importing) a Canvas site from a previous semester

We recommend the following process for reusing course content from Canvas sites in previous semesters:

  1. Go to the old Canvas site and use these instructions to export content from the old site.
  2. Follow the instructions above, titled "Creating a Site." (You want to create a new Canvas site, not connect to an existing one.)
  3. After the Canvas site has been created, follow the link to the new (empty) Canvas site.
  4. Go to "Settings" and click the button on the right hand side of the screen titled "Import Content into this course"
  5. Follow these instructions to import the course content.

Using the "Import" process will allow you to use the same content as a previous semester but without the old student data (grades, forum posts, permissions, etc).

Accessing a Course Site

Both faculty and students can also access existing course sites from the Course Hub. The owners of a Course Hub site (i.e. the instructors of the course) can decide whether links in the Course Hub to Moodle sites are visible to the public, to the Middlebury community or only to members in the class.

It is also possible to access Moodle course sites from the Moodle home page, which shows a list of all the courses a given user is a participant in.

Adding Participants or Co-Teachers to a Site

When a Moodle site is created via the Course Hub, all registered students are automatically added to the site as participants in the role of students. As additional students register for the course or decide to drop the course, the Course Hub will update the Moodle site participant list.

Please note: Students who audit a course must register as auditors before they can get access to the course site. If you would like to add an auditor to a Moodle site, consult I_have_a_student_who_is_auditing_my_course_but_s/he_cannot_access_the_Moodle_course_site. in our Moodle FAQs.

Participants in the Moodle site that have the role of "Teacher" (i.e., faculty) can add additional participants to a Moodle site as follows:

  1. Under the Settings widget to the left, Click > next to "Users" to open the section
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  3. Click Enrolled users.
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  5. Click on the Enrolled users button to open a search screen.
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  7. Pull down the menu tab at the top of the search screen to choose a role (Student, Teacher, etc)
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  9. Type in the name in the search box and enter.
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  11. Click the enroll button
  12. Click "finish enrolling users"
  • NOTE: Not everyone in the Middlebury community will be listed in the Moodle directory, only people who have logged into Moodle at least once. If your search for someone do NOT find that person, contact them and ask them to log into Moodle. Once they have logged in, they can be found in the directory and assigned roles.

[Alternatively, access to sites for your course can be managed in the same way that you manage access to your Courses Folders. This has the advantage of adding users once to give them permissions to any course platforms that need authorization. See Managing Access to Classes Folders and Other Folders on Middfiles.]

At this time Moodle site access to non-Middlebury or MIIS participants (people outside of the faculty, staff, student communities of Middlebury or MIIS) must be requested by contacting the Helpdesk (helpdesk@middlebury.edu, 802.443.2200) and requesting assistance from a Moodle Administrator.

Editing a Site

Most Moodle sites can only be edited by faculty. To edit your Moodle site, click on the "Edit this Site" button in the top right corner. Once in edit mode, faculty can add resources, activities and blocks.

Resources

Moodle resources can be web pages and links to files or other websites. To add a resources, click on the "Add a resource" drop down menu.

Web Page

To add a web page to your Moodle site, chose "Add a resource... > Compose a web page." For more documentation, see: Moodle Docs > Web Page

Files and Links

Adding files to your Moodle site has been simplified with the upgrade to Moodle. Simply drag and drop files into the content blocks on your Moodle page. For more documentation, see: Moodle Docs > File or website link


Directory of Files - Repositories

If you have a lot of files that you have already organized into a directory in the Moodle Files section of your site, you can simply include a link to that entire directory in your Moodle home page. Chose "Add a resource... > Display a directory." For more documentation, see: Moodle Docs > Repositories

Label

A label can provide a space for embedding banners, sound or video files, including videos from sites such as YouTube. For instructions, see Moodle Docs > Using Label. (To embed a YouTube video, follow the instructions under Moodle Docs > Using Label > Adding code to a label and use the YouTube "Embed" code, which is under the YouTube "Share" tab - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDxflzQbaaQ )

Activities

Moodle activities can be assignments, forums or quizzes/exams. To add an activity, click on the "Add an activity" drop down menu. For an overview of activities in Moodle 2.8 see: Moodle Docs > Activities

Assignments

An assignment activity lets you create a location on your Moodle site for you to describe an assignment and for your students to submit files, text and/or media for that assignment.

Advanced uploading of files

Chose this type of assignment if you want your students to be able to submit multiple files for an assignment OR you want to be able to upload a "response file" which is your annotated version of their assignment file

Chose "Add a activity... > Advanced uploading of files." For more documentation, see: Moodle Docs > Advanced uploading of files assignment

Online Text

Chose this type of assignment if you want your students to be able type their assignment text online in Moodle.

Chose "Add a activity... > Online Text." For more documentation, see: Moodle Docs > Online Text

For all other assignment types, see: Moodle Docs > Assignment module

Forums

A forum is an activity for having discussions online. For more information, see: Moodle Docs > Forum module

Note that the News Forum is different from a forum module. The News Forum is a special forum for general announcements. It is automatically created for each course. By default, it is placed in the top of the center section and only teachers and administrators may add posts or reply to posts. For more information, see: Moodle Docs > Forum module.

Although you cannot delete the News forum from your course, you can hide it from your users by selecting Edit > Hide for the News forum activity.

Quiz

The Quiz module allows you to create online quizzes and exams. For more information, see: > Quiz module See also:

Questionnaire

The Questionnaire module allows you to create online questionnaires. For more information, see: Moodle Docs > Questionnaire module

Wiki

A wiki page is a web page that everyone in your class can edit, right in the browser, without needing to know HTML. There are many ways in which you might use a wiki. For example, you could use a wiki to create an online sign-up sheet where students can select a date/time for class presentations. For more information, see: > Wiki module

Adding Audio and Video to a Site

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The best way to add audio and video files to Moodle is to use MiddMedia. For step-by-step instructions, see: Using audio/video from MiddMedia in Moodle

YouTube, Vimeo, Kanopy and other hosted video

  1. Visit the site for the video you would like to embed in Moodle.
  2. On locate the embed code (often listed under a "share" option). You may be able to customize the video size and settings as desired.
  3. Copy the video's embed code.
  4. In your Moodle course, turn editing on.
  5. In the week or section where you would like to the video to appear, click Add an activity or resource.
  6. Select Page and click Add.
  7. Fill out the page name and add a brief description.
  8. Under Content, in the Page content toolbar, click the Edit HTML Source icon (looks like two angle brackets < >).
  9. In the HTML source editor, paste the YouTube embed code and click Update.
  10. Click Save and return to course.


Additional Options
In addition to embedding a video by creating a new Page resource, you can also paste the embed code of MiddMedia, YouTube, Kanopy Streaming, or other online videos into any content field in Moodle that has an editing toolbar, such as Forum posts, Assignment descriptions, and Quiz questions.

Important Note: If you embed a Kanopy streaming video from Middlebury's collection and the user attempts to access the link from a non-VPN connection off campus they will need to login via EZ Proxy to see the video. This is because Kanopy streaming videos are limited to members of the Middlebury College community.

Participating in Activities on a Site

Moodle sites may include activities such as forums, assignments, quizzes. Many of these activities are set up by faculty for students to participate in as part of their course work. Generally instructions for how to participate in the activity are included on the site itself.

Your Moodle Experience

Email Notifications

Customize the kinds of email notifications you would like to receive:

  1. Log into Moodle.
  2. At the top right, click on your name.
  3. From the Administration block, click Messaging.
  4. Customize your notification settings as desired.
  5. Click Update Profile.

More Documentation

Moodle has extensive inline documentation which is available whereever you see a "?" icon.  Click on the icon will pop up a window with documentation of that particular feature/function

Resources

In addition to this article and the inline Moodle documentation, below are links to additional documentation sites:

  • go/lynda (Lynda includes short, instructional, video tutorials for both Faculty/teacher role and Student roles. Select tutorials for Moodle version 2.8. If you haven’t used Lynda before, start at this page for login advice: go/lyndainfo.)
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