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)!

 

Managing Canvas Navigation

Hello CIC Instructors!

As we all know, Canvas is an excellent platform for creating and sharing course content. There is so much you can do (in fact, there is almost TOO much to do!)! Since there are so many options, the site can seem overwhelming to both students and instructors.

An excellent fix for this is to control what you want your students to see by reducing the amount of options in the navigation bar on the right hand side of your screen. If you’re not using – say, Tegrity – in your class, great!  You can eliminate that as an option!

To manage the navigation bar, first click on Settings.

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Next, select Navigation from the bar at the top of the screen.

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Now, you can drag and drop menu items in order to eliminate them from the navigation bar. Select the items that you don’t want students to see, and drop them!

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Here is where the eliminated items will live (in case you want to reintroduce them in the future):

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…and that’s that!

Thanks, and have a great week in the CIC! As usual, please let Kimberlee or Tesla know if you’re experiencing any issues.

 

 

IASystem Online Course Evaluations

Hello CIC Instructors!

As you know, the UW is moving towards adopting online course evaluations through the platform of IASystem.

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The Office of Evaluation and Assessment has always included several extra questions on the evaluations of EWP Faculty and TAs, but the system does not yet allow for programs and departments to customize evaluations. For this reason, we wanted to post a brief reminder on how to add these questions.

Below, you’ll find step-by-step instructions on adding the questions, as well as a list of best practices for distributing and collecting online evaluations in general.

To access your evaluations, first go to the following link:    https://uw.iasystem.org/faculty

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If you’ve already ordered your evaluations, you should see your current course listed.

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Select the Add Items link under the Actions column in the far right corner.

 

This should bring you to a page called Add Items to Evaluations. Please add the following four questions, one at a time:

1) The usefulness of the Instructor’s classroom discussion of student writing was:

2) The usefulness of the Instructor’s written comments on student papers was:

3) The usefulness (if applicable) of conferences with the Instructor was:

4) The usefulness (if applicable) of student response to your writing was:

* Please note that these questions should be classified as a Comment Items, rather than Scaled Items.

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* Please be sure to click the Save button on the top right-hand side of the screen when you are finished!

…and that’s it!

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Tips for Distributing and Collecting Online Course Evaluations:

– The TA group that piloted the process during spring quarter noted that instructors should conduct the evaluation in class on the day they would normally do a paper evaluation. By conducting it during class time, you ensure a response rate similar to that you would get with a paper evaluation.

– When you request and configure your online evaluation form, you have a choice of when to open and close access. Open access for the day you plan to give the evaluation and close it a few days later, so that absent students have a chance to complete it.

– Supply a link to the evaluation via email and/or your course Canvas site (an Announcement would be a good tool for doing so). If you’re not in the CIC that day, students can bring/use laptops or smartphones to complete the evaluations.

– Make students aware of the importance of course evaluations in terms of instructional improvements, relevance to program accreditation and promotion and tenure decisions

–  In the future, include the evaluation schedule and link in the online syllabus

As always, let us know if you have questions, and best of luck for the final weeks of the quarter!

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!

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 kgb@uw.edu 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.

Thanks!

 

Fire Damage

Hi Everyone,

It’s been an eventful week! As most of you know, over the weekend there was a fire in Mary Gates Hall that originated in CIC 076.

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The fire was caused by a broken motor in the ventilation system (or something of the sort!), and unfortunately caused a few other rooms to be covered in soot.

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We are so grateful for your flexibility this week. There was some disruption in class locations, and we really appreciate your help in working everything out!

As of right now, all the rooms are back up and running except for 076, which may take longer than a week to repair. Therefore, please make sure to follow the temporary schedule that was sent out over email until further notice. As soon as we have more information, we’ll let you know!

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Thanks for your understanding!

If you didn’t receive the new schedule, please email Tesla at schaeffe@uw.edu.

Using Panopto in the CIC

Hello CIC Instructors!

One of the most exciting new features of the CIC classrooms is that they now support Panopto, which is the video sharing platform that the UW has recently adopted (this is a switch from Tegrity). Panopto enables you to create, edit and share video files directly through Canvas, so that you can easily integrate them into your teaching.

You can access Panopto through the left-hand toolbar of your Canvas course, and from there you can click “Create” in order to launch the Panopto Recorder. You and your students can then record videos and webcasts directly from the webcams on CIC computers.

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After you’ve created a video, you can either embed it directly onto Canvas or provide a link to it that students can follow. Students can create and upload their own videos, potentially as part of a Canvas Discussion, portfolio reflection or multi-modal assignment.

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We’re working on a page for the CIC Faculty Guide that gives detailed instructions on using, modelling and assessing Panopto videos, but for now – take a minute to explore it yourself! As always, let us know if you have any questions.

You can also find instructions and answers to FAQs from UW IT Connect by going here.

Thanks, and we hope you had a productive week in the CIC!

Troubleshooting Display Problems

We hope all of your classes in the CIC are going well!

This week, we’ve had a couple of questions about what to do if the Instructor Station computer screen does not match the display on the flat-screen. Usually, this happens because the instructor computer automatically opens all PowerPoint presentations in “presenter mode,” which leaves the display screen empty after the presentation is closed.

The good news is… there’s an easy fix!

If this happens during your class, press the Windows button + the P key.

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From there, select “Duplicate” from the menu on the right. This will ensure that the display matches the instructor screen.

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If for any reason this doesn’t help, try restoring the computer to its default settings by signing off and letting it reboot. To do this, right-click on the Windows icon and select “Shut down or sign out,” and then “Sign out.”

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We hope this helps! As usual, please don’t hesitate to ask Kimberlee or Tesla if you have any questions or would like to talk about the new technology.

Thanks!

Display screens

 

Going to (Lan) School

The flat-panel display isn’t the only option for projecting your instructor screen in the CIC labs. LanSchool allows instructors to send their screen–or any student screen–to all machines in the room. Instructors can also use LanSchool to send files to all student computers.

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Instructor’s computer and lab computers display the same image.

Look for the LanSchool icon on the desktop.

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You will see live images of all student desktops.

Instructor Console

The Show menu gives you the option to project your desktop as a full screen that students cannot manipulate or as a window within their desktops. You can also use the Show menu to send a selected student desktop to all machines.

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Show menu projection options

The Show menu’s Send Files option lets you select a file from the instructor station hard drive to send to all students. They can access the file from the C: drive in Windows Explorer.

Go to "This PC"-->Local Drive (C:)-->LanSchool Files to find the sent file

Go  to “This PC”–>Local Disk (C:)–>LanSchool Files to find the sent file

If you’re interested in learning more about LanSchool, ask Ann or Kimberlee. We’ll be stopping by at the beginning of lab classes this week and next.