Familiarize Yourself with Canvas in this Overview

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Embedding an internet graphic into the Canvas Content Editor There is a way to place an internet graphic (or video) in a Canvas page that makes it easier to view for students and instructors.  Using the "embed" command accomplishes this, as shown in the screencast that follows.  The screencast is a simulation of a student embedding an internet graphic into a Canvas assignment text entry submission.  The procedures are also provided in this PDF:  embedCommand .

Compressing your video on your smart phone Note:  Previous information that stated you could upload your video to Canvas from your smartphone was wrong. Students do not yet have that right. These amended directions will show you that compressing your video on your phone to a manageable size has value to your efforts, especially over a "home internet connection" (DSL speeds).  Here are the written instructions that you can print out.

Using the Canvas Inbox for Private Messages to Students and Instructors

For Students

The following screencast will orient you to the use of the Canvas Inbox.

Checking Grades in Canvas For students, the following screencast shows you how to navigate to grades for both the whole course and for individual assignments, using a hypothetical student, "John Adams" as a tour guide of sorts.  

Submitting a “Turnitin” Assignment Turnitin is the application in Canvas that checks your work for originality (and plagiarism). Here are special instructions for submitting a document to a Turnitin-enabled assignment.

Submit an Assignment in Canvas, Basics Follow the steps shown in the screencast for submitting a document or other work to an assignment in Canvas.

View a Basic Orientation to Canvas (for students) Canvas will switch to a new view effective May 16th, 2016.  Here is an orientation, with tips for navigation. Below the orientation video are additional orientations that you can open on this page. Click on any of the following titles to expand the video of the Canvas feature.

How to Participate in a Web Conference in Canvas (Using BigBlueButton) Students in Canvas may join a web conference (a/k/a "webinar"), or create one in student groups, using "BigBlueButton" a web conferencing solution in Canvas. The following screencast shows how, and is supplemented with written instructions in a PDF.

Tips for shooting demonstrations. For videos that involve the demonstration of how to do "something", whether it be working with technology or showing ingredients for a recipe, you will need to consider close-ups to achieve the objective.  A two-person operation, a camera operator and talent, is ideal to achieve the desired result.  But if it's a one-person job, you'll need to frame the demonstration area and lock down the camera mount's pan and tilt controls to stabilize the image.  All other basic recording techniques discussed elsewhere apply.  Watch the video to see these tips in action.

How to Submit a Document to a Turnitin-enabled Assignment "Turnitin" is an application that checks your submissions for originality, which your instructor may enable for a given assignment. The 2-minute screencast will show you how to submit your work to such an assignment.

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: