Digital Teaching & Learning Blog

Web Annotation Tools

Web annotation tools are a great way to get your students to interact with web pages, text documents, PDFs, images or videos. These types of programs allow for deeper engagement with course readings and can lead to more insightful class discussions. Using annotation tools in your course will push your students to reflect more on course content.


Here are some annotation tools available to you:

Summer and Fall 2019 Course Migrations

Do you still have courses on Moodle that need to be moved to Canvas? LATIS is now accepting course migration requests for Summer and Fall 2019! Please submit your courses by filling out the migration request form and we will get them back to you as timely as possible.


If you have any questions or would like to set up a consultation with a LATIS academic technologist, please email us at

Teaching Fully Online in Canvas

Fully online courses require more set-up of Canvas site prior to the start of class. The payoff is having a site that requires minimal maintenance throughout the semester and lets you focus on the fun part: teaching!


This post details a sure-fire design that will make it so you spend LESS or NO time fielding the student question, “What are we supposed to do this week?” so you can spend your time teaching content. Here’s how:

Help Students Access Their Attendance Records

If you use the Roll Call Attendance tool in your Canvas course, you may need to guide students to show them how to view their attendance records. Here’s how:


Flipgrid LTI Canvas Integration

Looking for a way to host more interactive discussions in your class? You may have heard of Flipgrid, an online video discussion platform, that is available to use in your Canvas courses. Canvas recently launched the Flipgrid LTI integration tool, which makes it even easier to sync your Flipgrid account to your Canvas site. Continue reading to learn how to use the Flipgrid LTI.


For more information, read through our previous blog post on Flipgrid basics and how to set up an account.


Start of Semester Checklist

The beginning of the semester is a busy time, so here are some tips to help get your Canvas site ready without stress.

Copying a Canvas course

Canvas makes it very easy to copy course content from one semester to the next. Follow these step-by-step instructions to import existing Canvas content.

Canvas Open Office Hours for Spring

Are you an instructor looking for Canvas help? LATIS has set up open office hours for the upcoming Spring semester to answer all your Canvas-related questions.

There is no sign-up needed -- just show up with your questions! Find the time that works best for you:

End of Semester Canvas Grading Checklist

Fall semester is coming to an end and we have outlined some final steps to take before exporting final grades in Canvas to PeopleSoft.



About the Blog

The Digital Teaching & Learning Blog is your resource for updates on Canvas and other useful academic technology tools. This is LATIS' way to provide you with news updates, how-to articles and much more! You will soon be able to subscribe to our e-newletter so you can stay up to date on teaching/learning with technology.