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Turnitin, and How It Works in Canvas

Turnitin is the technology used to check the originality of  students' submissions to assignments, and is integrated into the Canvas Gradebook (i.e., the Speedgrader). To set up Turnitin for an existing assignment, and grade it, read the PDF:  Turnitin for Canvas via LTI  (revised December, 2015).  You can also watch a recording of a recent DAT webinar  that shows the procedures being performed.

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Easy Movie Maker (free) for Windows 10 One way to create and edit videos, from a webcam, or from video clips recorded on a camcorder or cell phone, is this free solution from Microsoft:  Easy Movie Maker. See the 7 minute walk-through from a first-time user.

Canvas App for Teachers The newly introduced Canvas App for Teachers enables instructors to quickly review discussions, assignments and other features, and should get better over time. See the one minute video intro:

Announcing Arc Video Arc Video is a service that combines media and conversation in a way that builds social engagement with video in Canvas. For faculty, Arc fits well with assignments in creating the ability to assess student videos, creating meaningful discussions, and other collaborative/cooperative learning activities.  Watch the preview video: To find out more about Arc Video, we ...

Making Videos Collaborative in Canvas with Arc Video A new video service called “Arc Video” is now a part of Canvas, and enables instructors and students to comment and share ideas within the video itself. Instructors and students can upload videos of virtually any size to Arc, and use them to hold collaborative discussions or evaluate student performance recorded on video. It “empowers learners ...

Canvas Groups Easier to Access, Navigate With its October 29, 2016, incremental release, Canvas has updated and made easier the way groups are navigated by the instructor. The easy steps are shown in this 1 minute 31 second screencast: 

How to Create a Discussion in Canvas that Will Build a Learning Community A combination of technical proficiency and pedagogy will result in a discussion topic in Canvas that will foster the growth of a learning community. Here is a 4 minute screencast that shows the techniques and conceptual development of a discussion that encourages participation by students.  The steps covered in the screencast are depicted in this tutorial ...

SpeedGrader Gets a Makeover Canvas has rearranged the student navigation buttons to make certain functions more closely associated with the most frequently used features in Speedgrader. The less frequently used navigation buttons have been shifted to the left side of the menubar:  gradebook, mute the assignment, keyboard shortcuts, help menu, and gradebook settings. Assignment details and grading statistics are located ...

Canvas for Instructors This page may serve as just-in-time professional development to orient new instructors to Canvas. Scroll down after viewing the orientation for presentations on using the Canvas gradebook, and its companion, the speedgrader.   The Canvas Gradebook, and the Speedgrader Recent Posts

Get Oriented to the New Canvas UI Canvas LogoBy now you may have heard that Canvas will be changing over to a colorful new user interface on May 16, 2016. And that is inevitable. But it’s got some notable features including flatter navigation (not as much clicking), alerts of events happening in each course, and those colorful course icons that you can customize. ...

Create Group Assignments in Canvas Once a group of students has been created in Canvas, the instructor can set up an assignment to be submitted by groups. The steps are shown in the screencast.  

A Simple Method for Distributing Students to Groups in Canvas The simplest way to create groups in Canvas is to randomly distribute students into the number of groups you set up.  The screencast shows how.

Download instructional resources from Canvas Commons Commons in Canvas is a repository of instructional content (modules, content pages, assignments, etc.) that is available from the global navigation bar of Canvas. The video tutorial will introduce Commons and show you the steps for adding a resource to your Canvas course.  Commons QuickStarter from Academic Technology on Vimeo. A brief demonstration of how to find ...

Quicktime Movie Does Not Upload to Canvas Apple iPhone and Macintosh users are discovering that they cannot successfully submit Quicktime (.mov) videos to Canvas assignments. What the users see is a message that says the video is “currently being processed. Try again in a little bit”.  Only it never finishes processing.  The workaround for this is in three stages: First, save your video ...

Canvas Production Release Notes (2015-10-10) | Canvas Community When Canvas is updated October 10, faculty may select optional assignments that students may choose to complete within a module. The production release notes show how this will work. Source: Canvas Production Release Notes (2015-10-10) | Canvas Community

Embed an Office Mix into the Rich Content Editor in Canvas The steps shown in the screencast that follows demonstrate how to “embed” an Office Mix into the rich content editor available for content pages, discussions, assignments, text entries, et al., so that it displays in a window within the page. Embed an Office Mix into the Canvas Rich Content Editor from Academic Technology on Vimeo. A brief review of ...

Create Recurring Events in the Canvas Calendar Canvas gives you the ability to create a recurring or repeating event in your course calendar in a single series of actions, as the screencast will show you.  You can also print a handout: Recurring Calendar events

Create closed captions for a video on your own For videos uploaded or recorded directly to Canvas, there is a way to create closed captions if you have excellent keyboarding skills. This 6-minute demonstration shows the steps. Demonstration of Creating Closed Captions for a Canvas Video from Academic Technology on Vimeo.  

Restricting File Types requires Perfect Typing When you are setting file types for assignment submissions in Canvas, you must be letter perfect in your typing if you are going to restrict those file types to, for instance, Word documents (“docx”).  The demonstration here goes into further detail.

Inserting or Embedding an Image into a Canvas post Canvas Guides logoWhen you are replying to a discussion message or writing an entry for an assignment as a text submission, you are using the “rich content editor” in Canvas.  There are a couple of ways to incorporate images into your content that you can find by searching the Canvas Guides. But here are a couple of individual ...

Make Your Canvas Course Public (but keep student confidentiality intact) Do you want to make your Canvas course visible to the public, to showcase your online teaching capabilities? You can, and keep your students’ information safe under a protection of confidentiality. Learn how: First, you have to select “Settings” from your Canvas course menu, which will be on the left, as shown in the image at ...