Collaborating in EtherPad

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Jan 222014

EtherPad is a excellent tool for collaborating live or asynchronously online. Some instructors require collaboration for specific assignments and may setup an EtherPad document for that purpose. So you will want to make sure the document recognizes who you are to receive credit for your contributions to the collaboration. Here is how you do that.

From within a Canvas course, click the Collaborations tab to display shared documents (click image below to enlarge).

Display Shared EtherPad Documents


Click the title of the shared document to open it in the EtherPad editor (click image below to enlarge).

Open EtherPad Document


The document will generally open in a new tab or window. Above the document is an EtherPad toolbar. Editing tools are on the left and document tools are on the right. Click the shadow man icon in the upper right corner to identify who you are (click image below to enlarge).

EtherPad Editor


Now your edits will be identified by a highlighted color associated with your name (click image below to enlarge).

Your instructor as well as any participants in the document can use the time slider EtherPad Timeslider to view the life-cycle of the document. It gives versions and who did what using the name and color you set in the beginning.

EtherPad Highlighted Text

Academic Honesty

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Dec 202013

The policy of Avila University concerning cheating and plagiarism will be strictly followed in class and online. The University Policy defines cheating as: “stealing an exam; collaborating on projects where not allowed by the instructor; copying during exams; exchanging information during exams; using un-allowable information as designated by the instructor; and buying, selling or stealing copies of exams or other projects.” The University Policy defines plagiarism as: “taking ideas from another and passing them off as one’s own. Included would be the practice  of incorporating portions from a printed or online book or article into a paper and not acknowledging the source; copying a hole paper or report directly from a book or article; securing a paper or report  from another person or an online source and submitting it as one’s own work.” If you are  caught cheating or plagiarizing, you may be dismissed from the course and receive an “F” for a final grade.

Nov 052013

We have seen inconsistent results in uploading media to Canvas through the rich text editor. Click the images below to enlarge the view.

Upload Media Icon

Depending on your browser or its configuration you may receive an error message when using the Upload Media tab.

Here is an alternative method for uploading your file. It requires that you have permissions to use the file tab. Only instructors have permission in a course but students also have permission in Canvas groups.

The first step is to go to the files manager using the file tab in the course or group.



This will display the file screen where you can upload files. Click Add Files and select the file to upload.



After you upload the file then you can go to any content item (page, discussion, assignment, etc.) and use the rich text editor to link to your file from within the content item.


Google Maps and other External Tools in Canvas

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Oct 252013
Globe in Hands

Revently Avila University activated an number of external tools for faculty and student use. Tools are accessible through the blue V button in the rich text editor for any Canvas content item like pages, assignments, announcements, and discussions.

For example you can embed in your content an interactive Google map of any location in the world as shown here. While we have not tested all of these tools, we have activated them for faculty interested in trying these innovations in their courses. Please contact the Center for Transformational Learning if you would like help in using the tools pedagogically.

Canvas External Tools


Heads up! Canvas enhancements coming 9/14/13

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Sep 102013

We all have those unfortunate typos when creating online content, but the worst for an instructor is when it happens in a Quiz or Test. With the September 14th Canvas release you will be able to edit questions and answers, even after students have submitted the quiz. After making changes the system will also re-grade and update scores in the gradebook for anyone affected by the edit. Students receive notification of the new score, so no need to send out a separate announcement. Isn’t it nice when Canvas does all of those extra steps for you??

The Canvas Conversations or Inbox, as some refer to it, is also scheduled for updates this weekend. Users will be happy to see a new subject line included in the conversations. This is accompanied by a streamlined view that makes navigation more user friendly. The new Conversations is an opt-in feature. To try Conversations, click the question icon and select the Try New Conversations option.

Also included in this release is the fix for several pesky bugs, that many of us didn’t even notice. However just like in the great outdoors, bugs have a way of sneaking up on you. This round of bug fixes included several for accessibility that will make it easier for those students to navigate the system with their adaptive software. Since Canvas does a great job of remembering the Admins, we also had some necessary bug repair in the area of migration and account creation.

Canvas created a short video summary of the coming updates and it can be seen here.


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