#TechTipThursday: Using the Canvas App

As we are settling into the fall semester the Digital Education Collaborative wants to offer students a reminder of the free and handy way to manage academic deadlines and communicate with professors. Taking Canvas on-the-go with the Canvas app, by Instructure, can be easy and convenient! Students are able to receive notifications, reply to messages, and participate in their courses through the app just as they would online. This post provides a brief video tutorial on navigating, as well as tips for using, the Canvas app. You are welcome to follow along and can find the app for download in Apple’s App Store or Google Play.

Canvas: Mobile web browser vs app
There’s a difference between using the Canvas app and pulling up Canvas on a browser on your mobile device. Accessing Canvas through a browser on your mobile device will pull up the Canvas you are familiar with on a computer – same login and general format – and can be used the same way. Be advised that Canvas is not supported on mobile web browsers. Users are encouraged to use the app when accessing Canvas on a mobile device. With the Canvas app you are able to utilize Canvas through a more mobile-friendly display and the app will remain logged in even when you close out of the app window.

Clearing cookies and cache in the app
To clear cookies and cache you will need to sign out of the app, then delete and reinstall it on your chosen device.

What not to do in the Canvas App
The Canvas app is very user friendly and provides similar capabilities as students can find online. There are, however, certain functions we do not suggest users complete in the app. Through the app, students are able to take quizzes, submit assignments, respond to messages and discussion boards. However, the DEC recommends against using these functions as we are limited in our ability to provide support for difficulties with the Canvas app. For a smoother experience we recommend using the mobile app as a means to check notifications and respond to messages and using a computer to participate in, and submit to, the course.

Canvas offers a more in depth look into the iOS version of the app as well as the Android version. You may contact us directly if you have questions or concerns with your use of the Canvas app. If you experience difficulty while using the Canvas app, please stop by the Digital Education Collaborative (136 Ruffner Hall) with your mobile device.

   *This post was drafted by Emmy, an Instructional Technology Collaborator.

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September 18, 2017 & September 19, 2017

Duration: 226 minutes

I read 1.1 through 1.15  from 1.  supervised learning. The link is below.


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Reading a Book

September 16, 2017 & September 17, 2017

Duration: 125 minutes

I read Countercultures: A Sociological Analysis by William W. Zellner.

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Journal #2

Since the start of my internship, I have learned that things are not always as they appear. Before I started working within the Office of Institutional Advancement, I knew little about donor relations. Now, after being here for a month, I have obtained a firm grasp of what donor relations is and how it is practiced. I have completed several projects for donor relations staff including the editing of the Day of Giving Information Packet, the editing of the Longwood Magazine Donor Relation Project, the editing of the Longwood Virginia Beach Donor Luncheon PowerPoint and I selected the photos for the alumni reunions invitation for the classes of 1968, 1969 and 1970. I have also learned to take initiative. As a young adult, and senior in college, it is up to me and me alone to get the help I need once I obtain a career. I take this internship very seriously and I intend to soak up every bit of knowledge and life experience I can. Even though my internship is going even better than I had hoped, I have experienced a few challenges since the start of my internship. However, I have corrected my mistakes by making minor adjustments to my work ethic, such as utilizing Longwood’s printing services when I have a large number of documents to print (or cut) that require a high scale printer (or cutter), and familiarizing myself with the entire office staff in order to better direct my inquiries.

I must honestly say that I have thoroughly enjoyed my internship within the Office of Institutional Advancement so far. It has already equipped me with certain technological and communication skills that I will be able to use in the future. I am trained and certified to operate the Raiser’s Edge database system, along with the Raiser’s Edge NXT database system. The entire office uses a shared folder online and I have become a master at creating guest lists and invitation spreadsheets within specific staff’s files, to make the process more efficient.

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Longwood University MBA Program

This week is another spotlight on one of Longwood University’s graduate programs: Masters of Business Administration Degree, or MBA.

This program offers both a General Business and a Real Estate concentration, full time and part time to meet many student’s needs. There is also a unique track to this degree, Longwood’s MBAdvantage dual degree program. This program gives students in the College of Business and Economics and the Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences the opportunity to receive a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years.

Currently there are 7 full-time General Business students, 19 part-time General Business students, and 1 part-time Real Estate student.

Careers we can expect to see students graduating with a Longwood University MBA enter include:

  • Marketing Directors
  • Directors of Operations
  • Financial Analysts
  • Project Managers
  • Human Resources Directors
  • Commercial and Corporate Realtors


Longwood’s MBA also offers a Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) program, which student complete along with their regular coursework. This program focuses on leadership development through knowledge, experience, and reflection, with a focus on leadership, values, and ethics. Students who complete the LEAD program earn a Certificate of Leadership from the SNVA Institute for Leadership and Innovation.

This year’s MBA students had the opportunity to apply for the SNVC Institute for Leadership and Innovation 2017-2018 MBA Scholarship. The recipient of this year’s scholarship is Alex Lee. Alex Lee has shown great leadership skills through her multitude of involvement during her past four years at Longwood University.



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Oh the Places They’re Going!

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!” – Dr. Seuss. After graduation, school librarianship students from Longwood University find jobs all across the country, while many graduates stay here in Virginia. Recently, the program coordinators have assembled a map in Hull to show where these graduates are working. Currently, there are graduates in almost every county in northern Virginia, some as far east as Poquoson, and others as far south as Martinsville. How far will the Class of 2017 go?

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Civic Writing Opportunity in Spain or England

Hi, Rhetoricians:

Check out this opportunity for civic writing in London. As the flyer states, for more information, email vportill@syr.edu or sjparks@syr.edu or visit suabroad.syr.edu

You should also consider Longwood in Spain to work on your Spanish as well as civic writing courses. Here is the program website:


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Self Care Saturdays: Anxiety & Panic Attacks

So you had a busy week.  You woke up ten minutes before the class.  You forgot to do your homework because Netflix just renewed Bojack Horseman and you accidently binged the season. (Just me?   Okay.)  You had a panic attack due to a test.  It’s been a rough week, right?

Well, take a few minutes.  I have a playlist for you that might help.

Meditation is a nice way to relax, or at least calm your body down enough to not feel too awful for the rest of the day.  At the heart of meditation is your breathing.  Notice how you’re breathing, and then conciously focus yourself on that.  Inhale for four seconds, hold for two, then exhale for four seconds.  It sounds too simple.  It won’t solve all your problems, but it will clear your head out of panicking so that you can reassess your priorities and get back to what matters.

Relax.  Breathe.  Here’s a playlist of meditation for you.

Already in the middle of a meltdown with nothing to stop the catastrophe of thoughts in your head?  Try this five senses trick: Name a thing you can smell.  Name a thing you can taste.  Name something you can hear.  Name something you’re touching.  Name something you can see.  I tried this in the middle of an anxiety attack and while I can’t explain why this works, exactly, it does.  It’s like “tricking” your brain into going “Oh, I am not actually about to die.  This is where I am.  This is what I am doing.”

Thanks to Jenny D. for the self-care tips, I appreciate the help.

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Another Meeting

September 15, 2017

Duration: 5 minutes

I meet with Dr. Milne. He suggested that since my audience is Virginia Academy of Science, that I use the definition from article he had given me. Also, he gave me the book Countercultures: A Sociological Analysis by William W. Zellner to get different characteristics of various groups.

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