Sep 18

#TechTipThursday: Exporting “.pages” files

We’ve noticed an increase in the number of our students who use Apple’s Pages, an alternative to Microsoft Word, as their primary word processing program. Though Pages is a great program, its default file type is incompatible with Canvas’ document previewer and SpeedGrader tools. [Point of clarification for students: instructors use SpeedGrader to grade assignments you submit through Canvas.] This post will guide users through the steps needed to easily convert a Pages file into a PDF or Microsoft Word document. Instructors, please feel free to use this post as a reference for your students who submit “.pages” assignments.

After you’ve completed your word processing document, make sure you save the file with the “.pages” extension as a back-up. You then have two optional pathways to export your file so it can be easily accessed by Canvas.

Option A: does not involve keyboard shortcuts

  1. Navigate to “File”
  2. Select “Export to”
  3. Choose the desired file type (either PDF or Word)Option A, Figure 1
  4. To specify the Word document file type (i.e., “.doc” or “.docx”), you’ll need to navigate to “Advanced Options” Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 3.13.35 PM

Option B: involves establishing keyboard shortcuts

  1. Navigate to “System Preferences”
    Option B, Figure 1
  2. Select “Keyboard” from the second row
  3. Make sure you are in the “Shortcuts” (horizontal) menu and select “App Shortcuts” from the left-hand side of the window
  4. Click the “plus” symbol to add a shortcut Option B, Figure 2
  5. Select “Pages” from the application drop down menu
  6. To create a Word shortcut enter “Word…” in the “Menu title” field. Create your custom keyboard shortcut in the “Keyboard Shortcut” field. For example, a shortcut for a Word document could be Control+W. Click the “Add” button. Option B, Figure 3
  7. To create a PDF shortcut enter “PDF…” in the “Menu title” field. Create your custom keyboard shortcut in the “Keyboard Shortcut” field. For example, a PDF shortcut could be Control+P. Click the “Add” button. Option B, Figure 4
  8. Navigate back to your Pages document. When you are finished with the document and are ready to save, enter your keyboard shortcut and the export menu, specific to your shortcut, will automatically appear.

Click here to view our video tutorial on converting Pages files into Word documents and/or PDFs.

Aug 29

Digital Den Open House & Ribbon Cutting

Join us on Thursday, September 4, between 11:00am and 1:00pm for our Open House and Ribbon Cutting! Stop in at your convenience to celebrate the commemoration of our space’s new name. We’ll have our ribbon cutting at 12:20pm with an ice cream sundae bar available for our guests. Come one, come all!

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Apr 14

Google Apps for Education on 4/15/14

Come join us for good food and great ideas!

12:15 pm on 4/15/2014 “Google Apps for Education” with Jeff Everhart

Are you interested in storing and editing documents in the cloud? Are you looking for ways to share, collaborate or communicate at a distance? Do you or your organizations need flexible ways to create schedules and collect data?

The Google Apps suite provides a variety of collaboration tools for the modern professional. Come learn about how these tools could be applied by educators and researchers.

 This session will be hosted in the Annex of Dorrill Dining Hall and will include lunch through the line.

Please RSVP early to reserve your seat. To register, please email Brooke Greenbank at

Apr 13

*New on April 16* Nights at the Library with the ITCs

Students: Are you concerned about the end of the semester? Do you need, or want, to know what final exam grade is needed to help you pass that worrisome class? Are you not sure what to do if you have trouble in the middle of an exam on Canvas?

We can help!

Join us for our 3rd and final session of “Nights at the Library with the ITCs” on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014.

Greenwood Library Atrium @ 6:00pm – 7:30pm

We will:

  • review best practices when using Canvas, particularly at the end of a semester;
  • discuss “What If” grades and how that feature can be used to inform your end-of-semester preparation efforts;
  • be available to answer any other Canvas-related questions you may have.

We hope to see you there!

Apr 06

Tech Tip: Combining Files

In this post we will highlight a free web-based tool for combining files, of various formats, into one file. No download necessary! would be great for giving students course documents. Instead of sending multiple files for a project or assignment, instructors can combine all necessary documents into one file for ease of reference.

This web tool allows you to take documents with different file formats and put them all together into a single file. In order to accomplish this, users must first make sure all files to be merged are in the same file folder. Once you are ready you can go to and select “choose files.” From here you can select all the files you want to merge. This will work on almost all file types including Microsoft Office files, image and audio files, .txt, and PDFs. Once you have selected your files, you can choose the file order for the final document. You can also compress the file, which decreases the file’s final size. Next you can select the final file format for your merged files. Once selected, the merged file will download automatically.

Mar 19

Spring Bling DEC Event

Are you tired of boring and bland Canvas courses?

Have you ever wondered how to make your courses more visually appealing?

Are you trying to re/design a summer course but keep running out of fresh ideas?

If so, come check out our “Spring Bling” event on 4/11/2014 from 11AM to 1PM. Several faculty members will be there to show off the ‘bling” in their Canvas courses. Take this opportunity to get some creative ideas from your peers, and then use the DEC’s resources to create your own Canvas bling.

Space is limited, so reserve you seat now! Catered lunch will be served in the DEC space in Ruffner from 11AM-1PM.

To RSVP, please email Brooke Greenbank at

Mar 14

Web 2.0 Apps: 15 + Great Ideas in 45 Minutes


1. Google Apps-

The Google suite of applications covers all of your technology needs, including email with Gmail, calendar and task applications with Gcal, video teleconferencing with Google Hangouts, cloud storage and document management with Google Drive, and a host of other helpfuls features.

2. Toggl-

Toggl is an online tool that helps you keep track of how much time you spend on different tasks.

3. Stickk-

Stickk is an online tool that helps users set and stick to goals. First, you set a goal that you want to achieve, and then you create stakes (possibly monetary) that will help you incentivize your goals.

4. Trello-

Trello helps users get organized by using an intuitive card system to create actionable lists.


ToDo  helps users create actionable lists using the GTD (getting things done) methodology.


iDoneThis allows user to keep track of daily tasks by replying to automated emails.

5. Canvas and Speedgrader iOS apps-

Both of these iPad apps are helpful for the instructor on the go. Don’t lose class or grading time. Installing these apps on your device can help get you connected to what’s going on in your classes.

6. Doodlepoll-

Doodle allows users to simplify scheduling. You can create several open time slots, and members can fill in the best times for their schedules. This allows you to quickly see when the most people are available.

7. Canvas Scheduler-

The scheduling feature in Canvas allows you to easily manage time slots for your course. This feature is perfect for advising sign-ups.

8. Dropbox-

Dropbox is a cloud storage solution that allows users to easily share files with one another.


9. Diigo-

Diigo is a web annotation tool that plugins to your web browser. With it you can post sticky notes on web pages, annotate articles or take screenshots, which are all saved in your Diigo library for review later.

10. Video Notes-

Video Notes is an application that helps you take notes on YouTube, Coursera, or any other type of video. You can review these notes through the Video Notes application or store them in your Google Drive.


11. Coggle-

Coggle is an interactive online tool that lets users create detailed and specific mind maps.

12. Text 2 Mind Map-

Like Coggle, Text 2 Mind Map allows users to create interactive mind maps. These can be saved or downloaded as images or PDFs.

13. Screencast-o-matic-

Screencast-o-matic is a screencasting tool that lets user quickly and easily create screencast tutorials or record narrated PPT presentations. Screencast-o-matic integrates directly to YouTube so publishing is quick and easy.

14. Soundcloud-

Soundcloud is an audio sharing platform that lets users quickly record and share audio with other members. This is a great platform for sharing music or podcasts.

15. Glogster-

Glogster is an interactive media creation platform that allows students to curate multiple types of interactive media, including text, video and images.

Mar 12

15 in 45: Web 2.0 Apps for Education

Come join us for good food and great ideas!


12:00 pm on 03/14/2014 “15 in 45: Web 2.0 Apps for Education” with Sarai Blincoe and Jeff Everhart

Over the last several years, the word ‘app’ has come to describe a variety of helpful applications for the web, mobile devices and smart phones. No one person has enough time to filter through all of the newest and greatest applications, so let us do some of that work for you. In this blistering session, your hosts will blaze through fifteen of the most helpful web and mobile apps on the market.

This session will be hosted in the Annex of Dorrill Dining Hall and will include lunch through the line.

Please RSVP early to reserve your seat. To register, please email Brooke Greenbank at

Mar 09

*NEW on March 12* Nights at the Library with the ITCs

Attention Students! 

 Curious about what other tools Canvas can work with, like Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn?

Let’s talk about how we can make Canvas work for you…

Join us for our second “Nights in the Library with the ITCs” on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014.

Greenwood Library Atrium @ 6:00pm – 7:30pm

We will talk with you about staying connected with Canvas. We’ll review how to:

  • link various web services to your Canvas;
  • customize your notification settings;
  • and why some courses will appear differently from others in Canvas.
We will be available to answer any other questions you may have as well. Join us from 6:00pm until 7:30pm in the Greenwood Library Atrium! Hope to see you there!

Feb 21

Nights at the Library with the ITCs

Attention Students!

Do you have questions about Canvas? Are you wondering how to make it work for you?

Don’t be this person.

We can help.

Join us for the first of three “Nights at the Library with the ITCs” on Monday, February 24, 2014.

Greenwood Library Atrium @ 6:00pm – 8:00pm

We will be discuss all the different features of the calendar and customizing it so it works for you. We’ll also discuss how you communicate with others through Canvas Conversations. We will be available to answer any other questions you may have as well. Join us from 6:00pm until 8:00pm in the Greenwood Library Atrium!

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