Do you have an online resource that you ask students to frequently utilize? Many students will often bookmark these resources on their own, but it’s not something you can count on. Many instructors also place a link to the reference within assignments and instruction sheets. Some instructors have used the announcements tool to send out reminder links to the resource, but find that those messages de-value the other announcements that need to be sent. Wouldn’t it be great to just add these additional resources to your Canvas course navigation bar? You can!
Canvas has a tool called the Redirect Tool. This tool will allow you to add any online resource to your course navigation. You can name the navigation item in a way that would be recognizable for your students and then re-order your navigation so the resource appears in a location that makes sense to you and your students.
For example, Elaine Monaghan, Professor of Practice from the Media School, lists the “NY Times” in her course navigation which directs students to a common reading resource. And Alyce Fly, Associate Professor from Applied Health Science, lists the “My Plate” nutritional guidelines and resources that students use frequently in her course.
You can also add this tool as many times as you would like; just add one for each resource you want to see listed on your navigation. For step-by-step directions on adding this resource to a Canvas course, see https://kb.iu.edu/d/besg. Students will see these resources listed on the always-visible-left-navigation in your Canvas course and will always know where to find it.
To learn more about setting up your Canvas course for the spring semester, we are offering additional one-on-one Canvas consultations all day Friday December 9th and will be available throughout exam week and the break between semesters. Still focused on wrapping up this term? We’re here to help with that as well! The CITL will be hosting several Canvas sessions in December and you can sign up for the Canvas One2One Sessions for those with specific needs/concerns. Questions in January? CITL is available to help year round, just contact us!