Using Headsets in the CIC

Planning an in-class activity with VideoANT? Want your students to record their comments to each other on a Canvas discussion board or peer review activity? Then you’ll want to take advantage of our headsets (headphones and microphone), which are stored in the office across the hall from the labs (088) and available for your use. Below are step-by-step instructions, with screenshots, for configuring the headsets on the computer (this is unfortunately not an automatic process, nor do the computers remember the configuration after they’ve been rebooted) and for recording media comments on Canvas. As always, I’m happy to help you during class if you’d like someone to walk your students through the steps.

Configuring the Headsets

  1. Plug in the headset cord to the USB port on the left side of the monitor.
  2. On the desktop, right click on the sound icon in the bottom right corner.
  3. Click Playback Devices on the menu (this configures the output sound).1 sound menu
  4. In the Playback Devices window, click on Headset Earphone, and then click Set Default. 2 playback set default
  5. A green check mark will appear next to the Headset Earphone icon. Click OK. If your activity only involves students listening with the headsets, then you’re done. If you want them to record audio, then proceed to the next step. 3 playback ok
  6. Right click again on the sound icon in the bottom right corner of the desktop.
  7. This time, select Recording Devices.
  8. In the Recording Devices menu, click on Headset Earphone, and then click Set Default. 4 recording set default
  9. A green check mark will appear next to the Headset Earphone icon. Click OK. Now you’re ready to go.5 recording ok

Recording Media Comments on Canvas

As of October 2015, this ONLY works in the Chrome browser, so please instruct your students to use Chrome if you want them to record comments on Canvas. Please also have them make sure the toggle switch on the top of the monitor is in the far right position (if it is to the left, the camera will be blocked).

  1. In the “Reply” box on the Canvas discussion board, click the Upload/Record Media button. 6 discussion media
  2. A window will open, and you will need to click Allow to grant Flash access to the camera (or if you are doing audio-only comments, to the microphone). 7 allow flash
  3. You may also see a pop-up asking for permission for Canvas to access the camera/microphone. If so, click Allow.
  4. You may get yet another prompt from Flash asking you to allow use of the camera and microphone. If so, click Allow and Close.
  5. Please note that it may take awhile for the camera image to load, but it will, and you’ll see a red dot over the recording image. Click anywhere in that image to begin recording. record
  6. When you’re done recording, the audio/visual file will appear as a link in the “Reply” box. Click Post

As always, if you have any questions, let Ann or Kimberlee know.

By Ann Shivers-McNair

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:


– The Odegaard Learning Commons has video editing workstations; moreover, all machines in that space have iMovie:

* Odegaard has a new video studio students can reserve:


– UW-IT online tutorials for using digital video authoring software available in general access computing labs:

* 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:


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)!


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.



Icons Upon Icons

Many instructors performed double-takes as they first examined the wealth of icons on their CIC computer screens. You can find most necessary course tools grouped under two headings: “Browsers, Cloud Services, News & Weather” and “Microsoft Office.” However, some of you may want to explore additional options:

  • To support student researchEvernote creates searchable, cloud-based archives of notes and digital clippings. Students may also use the tool to present research-in-progress to peer groups.
  • To incorporate print or digital publishing into course assignments: Adobe’s InDesign and Acrobat Pro help users author printable brochures and PDF files as well as digital EPub books . Microsoft Publisher has templates for multiple types of print publications, including flyers, pamphlets, brochures, and business cards.
  • To create web pages: Dreamweaver, part of Adobe’s Creative Suite, features “starter templates” students can customize. They may also build pages from scratch using a textual/graphical interface (read, no coding knowledge required).
  • To create, remix, or edit images: Try Adobe Fireworks, Illustrator, or Photoshop. The free program, GIMP, features fewer options than the Adobe Creative Suite programs, but works fine for basic image composition and editing.

The iSchool’s web site contains a complete list of lab software. Let Kimberlee or Tesla know if you’d like a training workshop on any tool listed.