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September 29, 2015

Canvas How-To: Sending Messages to your class

This post is part of a series on how to navigate and interact with the new Canvas LMS at the University of Oregon. Today’s topic is on sending messages to your class using Canvas.


First, log in to your Canvas courses using your DuckID and password.

Click on the Inbox link next to your name.


The Inbox will show all messages for all course you’re enrolled in (as student, teacher, TA, etc.)


Click on the Compose New Message icon (marked in red above) to proceed.

In the dialog box that pops up:



  1. Select the course and your audience
  2. Type in a subject line
  3. If you are sending messages to all of your students, be sure to select the Send Individual Messages checkbox so that your students aren’t able to see each other’s email addresses.
  4. Body of your message
  5. Attach a file or record an audio or video message
  6. Click Send to proceed.

All messages drafted and sent in Canvas will notify your audience through their University email addresses and their other devices depending upon their Canvas notifications settings. Students and instructors can reply back through their email clients without having to log into Canvas.

September 16, 2015

The Complete History of the NFL visualized

The San Francisco 49ers team ratings from 1980-2000 using an Elo-based rating system developed by

The San Francisco 49ers team ratings from 1980-2000 using an Elo-based rating system developed by, a subsidiary website of ESPN known for political and sports-related statistics and visualization, released a scoring schema¬†ranking all the teams ever to play in the National Football League based upon the Elo Ratings system developed for ranking the world’s top chess players. This ranking system marries short-term and long-term success to calculate a score to determine how good a team throughout a season and over the team’s history.

There are other contrasting systems that aim to determine a ranking seen in college football (like the now-defunct Bowl Championship Series rankings which sought to aggregate several different polling systems into one system) and NFL teams (like ESPN’s brand-new Football Power Index which factors in team rest periods, travel distance, weather, and altitude in conjunction with on-field performances calculated by whether the starting quarterback is available and by other granular statistics like expected points per play.)

To see how your favorite team ranks historically (including defunct teams like the Frankford Yellow Jackets!) are available at this link.