Top 4 Tips for Designing Canvas ePortfolio Assignments

Hello CIC Instructors,

Portfolio Season is upon us!

Even if you’ve taught portfolios before, you may want to review the material on the CIC Faculty Guide for step-by-step instructions on building ePortfolios in class. There are also instructions for students on the CIC Student Guide.

Additionally, you can find extra resources, lesson plans and support on the EWP Instructor Resource page dedicated to portfolios (log in is required).

Below, you’ll find a few additional tips on designing Canvas ePortfolio assignments and introducing them to your students.

1) Before your class meets on the scheduled training day, you will need to set up a portfolio assignment page on your Canvas site so that students have a place to submit links. Here are instructions on setting up Canvas Assignments.

2) It is also helpful to provide students with a link to the skeleton portfolio, which models the portfolio itself and provides tips for generating content.

3) Several sample portfolios can be found at the end the faculty guide post on Canvas ePortfolios. It may be helpful for your students to look through one or more of them, either alone or as part of a class activity.

4) Remember to have your students submit their links on the day of the portfolio training. To do this, have students go back to the portfolio dashboard by clicking the link below the Edit this page button. Right-click on the Copy this link option and submit to instructor on Canvas eportfolio assignment page. This lets the instructor make sure she/he can view all submissions. Students do not have to submit again after the first time. The instructor will see their updated content.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions about this process! We are always here and happy to help.

Happy Portfolio-building, everyone!

Room Assignments, Week of 11/24

Rooms for this shortened week are as follows. Some of you have already contacted us about plans to cancel class. If you haven’t had a chance to do so, please email me or Tesla as soon as convenient.

111L (Knapp)
Tues­day, 10:30– 12:20, MGH 082

111O (Simons)
Mon­day, 12:30–2:20, MGH 082
Wednes­day, 12:30–2:20, MGH 074

111Q (Bab­bie)
Tues­day, 12:30–2:20, MGH 074

121D (Morel)
Tues­day, 10:30–12:20, MGH 074

121F (Fis­cus)
Tues­day 12:30–2:20, MGH 082 (Class cancelled; lab available for other instructors)

131D7 (Loftin)
Mon­day, 10:30–12:20, MGH 334
Wednes­day, 10:30–12:20, MGH 082

199J (Fahim)
Mon­day, 11:30– 12:20, MGH 082
Wednes­day, 11:30– 12:20, MGH 254

281A (Camp­bell)
Mon­day, 9:30–11:20, MGH 082
Wednes­day, 9:30–11:20, MUS 219

Thanks again for your continued flexibility, and have a restful holiday break.

Panopto on Panopto

During last Friday’s workshop, “Teaching with Panopto,” participants received a hands-on introduction to the platform, practiced recording and submitting or embedding their recordings into Canvas, and brainstormed best practices for assigning and assessing multimodal projects made with Panopto. Presenters and participants also used Panopto to capture selected instructions and discussions. Read on for workshop highlights; you’ll find video links within the text. Note that you must be part of the CIC instructor group and log onto Panopto with your UW Net ID to view the videos. If you’re not a CIC instructor, but would like to view the videos and the workshop materials, email Kimberlee (kgb [at] uw [dot] edu) to be added to the CIC group.

Workshop Overview

Kimberlee provided an overview of the workshop agenda. One of our overall objectives was hacking Panopto, or using the platform for multimodal class activities rather lecture capture.

Screenshot of Workshop Overview Video

Screenshot of completed Panopto recording in Panopto viewer. Kimberlee added the video description visible in the Contents tab. Viewers can take Notes and create Bookmarks while watching the video.

Creating a Dropbox for Student Panopto Submissions

In order for students to make their own Panopto recordings, instructors must create a dropbox within their class Panopto Recordings folder. To do so, go to your Panopto folder settings and choose Create dropbox. As you can see from the video, attempting to alter Panopto Recordings folder settings within Canvas may not work. Instead, you may have to go to UW Panopto instead, as Kimberlee did.

Technical Considerations for New Panopto Users

Ashley LeBlanc filled in the technical instruction gaps in Kimberlee’s presentation.

Panopto viewer screen with PDF file added

Ashley provides essential instructions. The “Panopto: Mac vs. Windows” file she shared is included in the Panopto video. Just click the file icon to display it.

In order for students to see the Panopto Recordings option in Canvas, you must add it to your course navigation by going to the Navigation tab in your Canvas course Settings, dragging Panopto Recordings into your visible navigation links, and clicking Save, as pictured below.

Screenshot of Canvas navigation settings

Move “Panopto Recordings” into the live course navigation items

Ashley also reminded us that the Windows and Mac versions of Panopto have fundamentally different interfaces. She provided a PowerPoint file that walks instructors through the process of working with Panopto via Windows and Mac interfaces. The file is accessible via the workshop agenda page and the recording itself.

Screenshot of Mac versus Windows Panopto interfaces

Panopto: Mac versus Windows interfaces (aka Two Different Worlds)

Discussion: Pedagogical Possibilities and Best Practices for Assignment and Assessment

Workshop participants brainstormed ideas for designing multimodal assignments students can complete with Panopto. They also discussed best practices for scaffolding and assessing such assignments. The group used the installed microphone on one computer to create a Panopto audio/screen recording of the conversation and notes, thus modelling an activity students could do in the CIC classroom. The notes taken during the session are available via the workshop agenda page.

Screenshot of Panopto audio/screen capture

Screenshot of a completed Panopto audio/screen capture in the Panopto viewer

Submitting and Sharing Panopto Recordings

Workshop participants not only created Panopto recordings as students, but they submitted them via two methods: copying/pasting a link into a Canvas assignment and embedding video into a Canvas discussion posting. The notes taken during our discussion are available via the workshop agenda page.

The Instructor View: Panopto in SpeedGrader

Before participants discussed final questions, Kimberlee showed what student Panopto recordings submitted as assignments look like in an instructor’s SpeedGrader. We found that the recordings didn’t appear within the SpeedGrader window, and we thus opened the recording in a new tab instead. Ashley will discuss the glitch with UW-IT’s Learning Technologies team.

Additional Resources



Continuing Our Game of Musical Rooms

We have just received word that Mary Gates 076 will remain unus­able for the rest of the quar­ter. The room sched­ule for the week of 11/17–11/21 will be as follows:

111L (Knapp)
Tues­day, 10:30– 12:20, MGH 082
Thurs­day, 10:30–12:20, MGH 074

111O (Simons)
Mon­day, 12:30–2:20, MGH 082
Wednes­day, 12:30–2:20, MGH 074

111Q (Bab­bie)
Tues­day, 12:30–2:20, MGH 074
Thurs­day, 12:30–2:20, MGH 082

121D (Morel)
Tues­day, 10:30–12:20, MGH 074
Thurs­day, 10:30–12:20, MGH 082

121F (Fis­cus)
Tues­day 12:30–2:20, MGH 082
Thurs­day, 12:30–2:20, MGH 074

131D7 (Loftin)
Mon­day, 10:30–12:20, MGH 334
Wednes­day, 10:30–12:20, MGH 082

199J (Fahim)
Mon­day and Fri­day, 11:30– 12:20, MGH 082
Wednes­day, 11:30– 12:20, MGH 254

281A (Camp­bell)
Mon­day, 9:30–11:20, MGH 082
Wednes­day, 9:30–11:20, MUS 219

We’ll update the blog and email the CIC list­serv each Fri­day with infor­ma­tion about the room sched­ule for the upcom­ing week. If you plan on can­celling class the Wednes­day before Thanks­giv­ing, please let Kim­ber­lee or Tesla know.

Thank you for your con­tin­ued patience and flexibility.

Panopto Workshop

Hello CIC Instructors!

Thanks again for your flexibility this week. MGH 076 will be unavailable for at least another week, and we’re working right now to find you alternate rooms. We’ll let you know as soon as we have them!

In other (better) news, Kimberlee will be facilitating a workshop on Panopto tomorrow, November 7th. It will be in MGH 082 from 10:00 to 11:30, and should be very useful!

The workshop will focus on how instructors might use the platform’s audio, video and screen capture functions to develop multimodal assignments and peer review options. It will also address assessment issues and allow time for hands-on practice. Please RSVP to Kimberlee at if you would like to participate.

We will be uploading a recording of the workshop on Panopto itself, so keep an eye out for that if you can’t make it.