Need to make sure that your Canvas content is ready to go for students? Follow these steps for a smooth start to your subject.
Before launch day
1. Check that your subject site is ready for students
Dot the i’s and cross the t’s. Use our checklist to check that your Canvas site is ready for students.
Need guidance to finalise on your subject milestones? Contact your LXT Chapter as soon as possible.
2. Update your readings with the Library’s new Reading List tool
The new Reading List tool from the Library replaces the current eReadings (DRR) and Reserve services. The Library is running 30 minute training sessions on the Reading List – pop into one of these to learn more.
Remember to enable and publish your Reading List in your subject site so students can access required and recommended readings from Canvas by launch day.
On launch day, 15 February
3. Send a Welcome announcement to your students from Canvas
Your subject site will be automatically published on Monday 15 February.
After your subject site is published, send your Welcome announcement. This is one of the key ways students will know that their learning for your subject will take place in Canvas and help them locate their subject site. Any announcements sent before your subject site is published will not be received by students.
Your Welcome announcement is essential for existing students, to make it clear that they will need to access Canvas for their subjects.
If you are also using Microsoft Teams for your subject, we recommend that you post a Welcome message there as well.
4. Familiarise yourself with how students will know we’ve moved to Canvas
There will be notices and announcements on the following websites:
- UTS website
- UTSOnline login page and portal
- ServiceConnect help page
- Supporting Online Study page
- UTS social media channels
Posters and flyers will be available on campus with information about the move, as well as digital screen messages.
New students will receive information via a welcome email, the orientation portal and online information session.
Students can also use subjectfinder.uts.edu.au from 15 February to check if their subjects are in Canvas or UTSOnline.
5. Know where you and your students can go for Canvas support
Support for your students
- Canvas 24/7 online and phone support
- IT Support: Online, phone 02 9514 2222 or book an on-campus appointment
- UTS Canvas Student Guide
- Self help resources on Canvas Community Student Guide
- Student Enquiry Team for administrative and hands-on support
- Student Learning Hub for advice and guidance on UTS student support services, including peer to peer coaching on how to use Canvas
Support for you
- LX.lab and your LXT chapter for all things learning technologies related
- Self help resources on LX Resources
- Canvas 24/7 online or phone support on 1800 (+61) 1800 017 123
- IT Support Center: online IT support, phone 02 9514 2222, or book an on-campus appointment for general technical-related issues – for example, access issues.
Week 1 of session
6. Remind students where they can access their learning materials and online Zoom classes
Share these speaking points with tutors to use in their first session reminding students where to access their learning materials.
If you are delivering classes online this session, we have some tips to help you keep Zoom links in a consistent space for students.