Beginning of the School Year PL and Canvas Information

20 Aug

Good morning!  I hope you have had a wonderful start to your school year.  Football is starting now, and fall will be “officially” begin.

Just a quick note for everyone since several have asked – the Assessment 101 Plus course will begin October 5, 2015.  It is two weeks long and strictly online in Canvas.  Upon completion of the course, you can earn 1.0 CEU or 5.0 SEMI credit.  This is a new course that any educator can take to learn more about assessment, understanding assessment results, and providing feedback.

Other classes are scheduled to begin throughout the fall.  Many courses begin August 31, 2015.  These are the COOL 4 and LMS courses.  Registration for these courses ends on Tuesday, August 25.  If you need a course, please register as soon as possible.

Should you be in need of professional learning for the fall, here is the link with the dates of upcoming sessions.  Please note start dates.  Registration will end approximately a week before the course begins.

The 2015-16 Canvas year has begun.  We have modified both the course request/new teacher user account procedure, as well as a new procedure for student enrollment.  Canvas has also developed and implemented a new feature called Canvas Commons, where teachers can share course packages, course modules, and/or course content.

To find out about these changes, and to get the new spreadsheet for requesting a new course shell or a new teacher account, please visit The first three pages are critical.

You MUST submit a course request on the new spreadsheet and complete the sheet entirely.  No other forms will be processed.  So please read the instructions, watch the screencast, and download, complete, and submit your request.

New course shell requests and student enrollment is now open at MDE Canvas. Teachers must use the new spreadsheet to request a new blank course shell.

Teachers teaching courses in grades 8-12 should be able to enroll their students themselves after the course shell has been created.  This procedure is located in Step 9:  Adding Students to Your Course found in the link below. Teachers teaching courses in grade 7 will need to follow the procedure located in Step 10:  Adding Students to Canvas.  You will then need to follow the procedure located in Step 9:  Adding Students to Your Course found in the link below.

Lastly, keep in mind we at the RCU are happy to help you with your educational needs – curriculum, assessment, professional learning, or Canvas.  Please send all requests for assistance to the Help Desk.  The Help Desk may be reached by calling 662-325-2510 or by emailing

Have a great weekend!

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