Sorting Course Cards In Canvas!

This new feature will let you drag and drop your course cards in Canvas to re-order them. Finally!

Some installation required.

Special thanks to James Jones who wrote the code for this feature.

How to Video:

Written instructions

The quick installation instructions are:

  1. Install a browser add-on: Greasemonkey for Firefox or Tampermonkey for Chrome/Safari.
  2. Install the Dashboard Card Sorter script

Have fun dragging and dropping! Woot woot!


Growth Mindset livestream from Khan Academy

Do your students say things like “I’m just not a math person” or “Writing just isn’t my thing”? Tune in to our free Growth Mindset livestream to find out how you can use LearnStorm’s six Growth Mindset Activities and lesson plans to turn fixed mindsets into growth mindsets this school year. The challenge starts on 9/12, so sign up today at!

WLAC Welcome Center Opens Tomorrow!

The Welcome Center opens to the public on Tuesday, August 1st at 8:30 a.m. The new center will assist students with enrollment and student services questions.

It is located on the first floor in SSB 110 across from the Bookstore.

 Services include the following:

  • Screening and directing students to the proper department for assistance
  • Enrollment assistance (application and registration)
  • Answering questions in person or over the phone regarding enrolling at West
  • Providing information and resources about West’s student services and academic programs
  • Academic counseling

 Hours of Operation:

Mon: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Tues: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Wed: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Thur: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Fri:     8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Welcome Center Phone number: (310) 287-4596

Canvas Teacher App Announcement

Canvas introduces the Canvas Teacher app, available for iOS and Android phones and tablets. Canvas Teacher allows teachers to manage their courses and use Canvas more efficiently from a mobile device.

Canvas Teacher replaces the existing Android and iOS SpeedGrader apps. Existing users may continue to use the legacy SpeedGrader app though it will no longer be supported. Additionally, the Android Canvas Teacher Tools app has been discontinued.

 View the Canvas Teacher Release Notes (iOS, Android 1.0)

VeriCite Plagiarism Detector Now in Canvas!

Ready to try some fantastic plagiarism detection in your online/hybrid/web enhanced classes?

Our Turnitin service ends in July so West has decided to try a great, OEI approved, easy to use app called VeriCite. VeriCite lets students submit their papers in Canvas without any extra logins, sign ups, etc. It’s easy for instructors too.

Check out this Demo video!

VeriCite White Papers:

Best practices for comparing plagiarism detection services

How to identify the many forms of plagiarism

VeriCite Resources

VeriCite YouTube Videos

OEI Summer Professional Development Opportunities (Course Review)

Dear Faculty,

Summer will be here soon and it may be the perfect time to update your skills, learn new techniques, and refresh your online courses.

We have two opportunities this summer for engaging in OEI Peer Online Course Review, where you will have a chance to learn:

–       Current best practices in online course design.

–       Tips for getting the most out of the tools and features in Canvas.

–       Strategies to enhance student success.

If you teach any online, transfer-level, CI-D designated course in Canvas, we invite you to join us for an online Information Meeting to learn more about the course review process and how it can benefit you and your students. We currently have room in our June and July Course Review Cohorts, so register today to learn more!

Go here to register for one of our upcoming Information Meetings:

•      Wednesday, May 10, 2017, from 12:00-1:00 pm

•      Thursday, May 11, 2017, from 9:00-10:00 am

•      Friday, May 12, 2017, from 2:00-3:00 pm

•      Wednesday, June 14, 2017, from 12:00-1:00 pm

•      Thursday, June 15, 2017, from 9:00-10:00 am

•      Friday, June 16, 2017, from 2:00-3:00 pm

Thank you and we look forward to supporting you!