Archives—January 2017

Huskycast gets an update: Quizzes, Captions, and more!

The Panopto-Huskycast video platform has some new features available to instructors who use video in their courses.  You can now add short embedded quizzes directly in the video to serve as comprehension checks and support student mastery of content. Presentation slides can now be added and modified within the online editor.  Finally, auto-generated captions can now be added to videos.  After editing these captions for accuracy your videos will then be fully accessible for all your students.  These new Panopto-Huskycast features are demonstrated in this short screencast.

Video can be a powerful tool to support students and these new features make the Panopto-Huskycast video platform a valuable resource.  The January, 2017 issue of The Teaching Professor provides good information and resources on effective pedagogical uses of video (Are the Videos in Your Courses Promoting Learning?, pg.5).  If you didn’t receive The Teaching Professor and would like a copy please contact the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).

The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop.


No Need for Request to Enable Canvas Roll Call Attendance tool

The Canvas Roll Call Attendance tool is now available for instructors to enable in their Canvas courses without the need to make a special request.  Now you can simply enable it on your Course Tools Navigation menu.  Visit our Roll Call Attendance Tool page for directions and video demonstrations.

A new feature rolled out last September to the Canvas Roll Call Attendance tool allows students to view their attendance as part of the Attendance assignment submission details page. Students can access Attendance submission details from the Grades page too.  Submission details display attendance statistics in the course. Students can view the total number of days they were graded on attendance in the attendance graph.  They can view the specific number of days they have been late, absent, and on time within the total. Students can view the date and day of the week they were marked late or absent below the graph.  The first time students access the submission details they will be asked to authorize the app for their account.

The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop.


To Do List Links for new Spring 2017 Canvas Courses

The new Canvas course shells for teaching Spring 2017 course are scheduled to be available by Thanksgiving break.  Once the upcoming semester’s Canvas course shells become available there are a few things many instructors and instructional staff often want or need to do in Canvas.  We’ve included links to help you with a handful of them below.

You may want to Customize your Courses drop-down menu to add and remove courses from that menu both now and at the beginning of the new semester. Instructors at Michigan Tech can use the Combine Canvas Sections tool on the CourseTools page to combine two or more BANNER sections into one Canvas course.  You’ll want to do this first before doing any building or importing, and be sure to choose “YES” to both of the options you are presented with when using the Combine Sections tool. Go to Combining Canvas Sections for directions.  If you would like to copy the content in one of your previous Canvas courses into a new Spring 2017 Canvas course, you can do that too.  See Copying Content from Another Canvas Course to find out how.  If you would like to enroll a TA, additional instructors, etc. into your course, see Adding New Users to your Canvas Course.  And finally, you will need to Publish your Canvas course in order for your students to be able to see and access it.  See How do I publish my course? for directions.  You can also check out the new Michigan Tech Course Set-Up Directory, on the temporary home page of all new Canvas courses created for Spring 2016 courses.

You may just want some help or information, and the best place to start is Canvas One Stop.  From there you can Contact Support, find out about eLearning Walk-in Hours for face-to-face help, get quick links to online help resources, and more. The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).