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PTL Onboarding: Canvas

We're here to help. 

We recognize that Canvas may be new to many of you, and we want you all to feel supported as you may be using this system. Lindsay Gunther, SSW's Instructional Designer, can assist in building assignment strategies, design and development of your course, training, and implementation of new tools and technologies. 

 

What is Canvas?

Canvas is the primary learning management system (LMS) used by the SSW for both its on-campus and online courses. This platform is aimed at enhancing the learning and teaching experience for students and instructors and will house important information for both you and your students to access throughout the semester. On-campus courses may use Canvas as a place to share readings and other resources, and a platform for assignment submissions. Online and hybrid courses will use Canvas as means to facilitate the course. Here are some of the tricks Canvas can do:

  • Set up gradebook and calculate scores
  • Make a rubric
  • Edit and file the course syllabus
  • Send an email announcement to the entire roster, or individuals
  • Store readings and resource files
  • Set points for an assignment
  • Create quizzes
  • Host threaded discussions

 

Training & Technical Support

To schedule in-person or remote one-on-one training, contact Lindsay Gunter or Sheri Aguilar

Self-paced tutorials: 

Contact the Canvas help desk at help@canvas.rutgers.edu for 24/7 technical support.

 

Accessing a Canvas Site

As soon as your course is finalized, a Canvas site will be created. 

  • All courses in the MSW Online Program or courses running online use Canvas as the learning management system. You will receive access to your live course, and Lindsay Gunther will contact you individually to confirm access. In addition, once added to your course via Net ID, Canvas will also automatically email your RU email address alerting you that you have been added to a course.
  • All courses running on the ground (OTG), meaning face to face, in the BASW and MSW program use Canvas. You will receive access to your live course and Sheri Aguilar will contact you individually to confirm access. In addition, once added to your course via Net ID, Canvas will also automatically email your RU email address alerting you that you have been added to a course.

 

What to do in a Live Course?

You may hear your Canvas site referred to as a "live course." These are one in the same. Once a Canvas site/Live course is created for your class, you can begin customizing by uploading and adding content like syllabi, assignments, exams, resources, Power Point slides, and readings, etc. Don't forget to contact our SSW team, Lindsay Gunter or Sheri Aguilar for help!

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