Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Step 1: Create a new Canvas course space.

Start: Step 1: Create new Canvas course space Step 2

*** I wrote these instructions based on our set-up at the University of Oklahoma where faculty can create their own Canvas course spaces. At other schools, you may already have a practice space automatically prepared, or you might have to ask your administrator to create one for you. ***

STEP ONE. You will create a new Canvas course that you can use as a practice space for this workshop, along with any other Canvas experiments you want to try.

One of the best things about Canvas is that you can create your own course spaces; you don't have to ask an administrator to do that for you (like in other LMSes I have used). Just as examples, I've created several spaces that I am using and sharing with others in Canvas: Growth Mindset Playground, Canvas Widget Warehouse, and, of course, Twitter4Canvas.

Here's how to create your own Canvas course space:

1. Access Courses. Log on at canvas.ou.edu, and then click on Courses, and then click All Courses.

2. Add a course. Click the + Course button to create a new course.

3. Create a public course. Give your course a name, and make it public, either by using the public domain option or one of the Creative Commons licenses (more about CC licenses). Also, make the course publicly visible; that way, if you run into trouble with this workshop, I'll be able to look at the course and help troubleshoot.

And that's all: easy peasy. If you have a few more minutes, you can move on to the next step in the Canvas process, which is to tweak your course settings.

The ability to create our own course spaces and share them publicly is a powerful feature of Canvas. Even students can create their own Canvas workspace for their own learning projects. (One of my students did that for his Capstone research group last semester in fact.)

So, if you have a few minutes, I would urge you to learn more about Canvas and openness, especially about open syllabuses in Canvas. The more we share in the open, the more we can learn from each other!

Stay Creative #10. Be Open!

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