Enabling Apps on Canvas

Hello CIC Instructors!

As many of you know, Canvas contains a variety of apps that enable you to use certain functions directly through the site, rather than having students open another window and navigate to pages separately. For example, if you would like students to post videos from Youtube as part of a Discussion, they don’t need to copy and paste links. If you enable the Youtube app, they can easily embed the video without going through any extra steps.

To enable an app such as Youtube, click on “Settings” in Canvas’ left-hand menu. From there, click on “Apps.” That should show you all of the apps that it is possible to enable:

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To add an app, simply click on it and then select “Add app.”

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After you’ve done this, you and your students will automatically see the option reflected in Discussion and Announcement windows. For example, after you’ve enabled Youtube, you will see it in the taskbar like this:

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We hope this proves to be convenient in your teaching!

As always, have a great week and let us know if you have any questions.

Resources for Using Video Media

Hello CIC Instructors!

Though many instructors have started using Panopto to capture lectures or draft presentations, we wanted to share a couple of the other resources that are available for students to construct less formal projects, like filming a documentary or commercial advertisement.

This post is inspired by CIC Instructor Jacki Fiscus, who has had great success in her 121 using video media and other forms of multi-modality (assignment provided below!). When her students were wondering about resources that they might use to film and edit a documentary, we found a few links to share:

Equipment

– The Odegaard Learning Commons has video editing workstations; moreover, all machines in that space have iMovie: http://www.washington.edu/itconnect/learn/technology-spaces/odegaard-learning-commons/softwarelist/

* Odegaard has a new video studio students can reserve:  http://www.washington.edu/itconnect/connect/conferencing/services/video-studio-in-odegaard-320/

Training

– UW-IT online tutorials for using digital video authoring software available in general access computing labs: http://www.washington.edu/itconnect/learn/workshops/online-tutorials/

* Note that the CIC lab has Adobe Premiere. UW-IT staff can come to the lab and give a custom workshop during class. See the workshop guide for more information.

We’re really excited by the possibility of incorporating video composition into our CIC classes!

Here is Jacki’s excellent assignment:

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If you are interested in learning more about this, please contact us and we’d be happy to help (or, we can put you in touch with Jacki, the expert)!