How to Insert a Panopto Video into a Canvas Course

As we have moved from D2L, we will no longer have D2L Capture. Our new lecture capture system is called “Panopto.” If you had videos in Capture, they have been moved for you. If you plan on recording additional videos, you will need to use Panopto.

Below you will find instructions for inserting a Panopto video in a Canvas course.

How to Insert a Panopto Video into a Canvas Course

1. Access the “Courses” dropdown from within Canvas, and access the course you would like to put the video into.

panopto 12. Click “Panopto Recording” on the left Navigation bar. This will pull up the Panopto website into Canvas, where you will select the appropriate folder to locate the video.

panopto 2 panopto 33. When you find the video, hover over it and select “Share.” A dialogue box will appear. Choose to share this with “Anyone on the Internet.” This will produce a public URL that you will use to put into your Canvas course.

panopto 4 panopto 5 panopto 6 panopto 7From here, you can place this URL into any course. To place it into the “Modules” area.

1. Go to the correct course, and select “Modules” from the left side Navigation bar.

2. Select to “+ to add to an existing module (OR create a new module, then select to “+” to it.) When you select “+” a dialogue box will appear. Use the dropdown to select “External URL.’ This will provide you an area to copy the Panopto video URL and give it a title. When finished, choose to “Add Item.”

panopto 8 panopto 93. The video will be added to your module. Once published, students can watch!

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Canvas: Draft State Doesn’t Work With Documents

Canvas has recently launched a new interface, and one of the great additions is “Draft State.” Draft State allows for users to set things to “draft,” which means that students do not have access to the item (assignment, discussion, quiz, page, module….etc.).

For an overview of draft state:

There is just one small problem, draft state doesn’t work with documents. So, if you’ve loaded a bunch of files (.pdf, .docx, .doc, .xls, .ppt, .pptx….etc.) into Modules, and want to hide some of them, you are out of luck with the built in draft state functionality.

Luckily, I”ve come up with a fairly easy around, that doesn’t really take any additional effort or time.

1. Go into Modules. You will see your recently created modules, and everything should have a green checkmark next to it, indicating that these items are “published,” and students have access. draft state 12. If you attempt to unpublish a document, it will tell you that “publishing is disabled for this item.” This means that you cannot alter the “published” state of any document.

draft state 2The workaround:

3. Create a module (I called mine “Unpublished Items). Add all of the items you want to hide from students into this module, and “unpublish” the module. This will cause the entire module AND anything in it to be invisible to students. Then, when you are ready for a student to see a specific document, just drag it into the appropriate published module. draft state 3Now, this really doesn’t take any extra time or effort to complete. Since you have to manually select the cloud icon to publish an item anyway, it doesn’t take any extra clicks to drag that item into the appropriate module using the method above.

Canvas: Two Full Weeks

We went live with Canvas for the entire university on May 5th for summer courses. D2L has officially been retired. While there were a few bumps last week, this has been a relatively smooth process. Now, we are officially at the end of the second full week, and things are running pretty smoothly. Let’s take at some statistics for Canvas over the past two weeks.

Canvas Stats: Usage #’s

  • Pageviews (how many different clicks have occurred in the system): 862, 831, over 1M since we brought Canvas on in November 2013.
  • Sessions (Unique log in’s): 66,265
  • Pages per session: 13.02
  • Avg. Session Duration: 12:25
  • Most popular browser: Chrome (30.32%)
  • Most popular operating system: Windows (64.3%)
  • Most popular mobile device: iOS (79.28%)
  • Most are accessing Canvas via the Maryville Portal (61.46%) OR by going directly to Canvas (25.4%)

Canvas Stats: What are users doing in Canvas for Summer 2014

  • 638 courses (summer 1 & summer terms—-not summer 2)
    • Assignments created: 9, 215
    • Files uploaded: 22,407
    • Discussion topics: 4,729

It’s been a lot of work over the past few months, but it’s great to see this in action and take a look at the numbers.

Canvas: 4 Different Types of Quizzes

Canvas has one thing that D2L didn’t, multiple options for types of quizzes. Below, I’ve explained each one, and how you may use it.

Create Graded Quiz

Create_Graded_Quiz_displayA graded quiz is the most common quiz, and Canvas automatically creates a column in the grade book for any graded quizzes you build. After a student takes a graded quiz, certain question types will be automatically graded.This is traditionally what you think of when you think of “Quizzes.”

Create Practice Quiz

Create_Practice_Quiz_displayA practice quiz can be used as a learning tool to help students see how well they understand the course material. Students do not receive a grade for practice quizzes, even though the quiz results display the number of points earned in the quiz. Practice quizzes do not appear in the Syllabus or the Gradebook.Provides a different spin, no grades assigned, but students can still see their results. This would be great to use as a review of materials, OR as a pre-assessment before the course starts to determine what exactly your students know.

Create Graded Survey

Create_Graded_Survey_displayA graded survey allows the instructor to give students points for completing the survey, but it does not allow the survey to be graded for right or wrong answers. Graded surveys have the option to be anonymous.You can use this, again, as a pre-assessment. For example, I know several faculty who send students a survey to fill out before class begins. You could use this to give them points for filling it out, and you won’t have to deal with collecting emails/paper.

Keep in mind that we also have the survey tool, Qualtrics.

Create Ungraded Survey

Create_Ungraded_Survey_displayAn ungraded survey allows you to get opinions or other information from your students, but students do not receive a grade for their responses. With ungraded surveys, you can make responses anonymous. Ungraded surveys do not appear in the Syllabus or the Gradebook.

Canvas: Extra Credit Assignments

One thing that Canvas is awful at is giving extra credit to students. Unlike D2L, there are no built in “extra credit” grades, assignments, quiz questions…etc. SO, to do extra credit in Canvas, you have to be creative.

Below are several options for creating extra credit assignments (courtesy of Canvas Guides).

Add Extra Points to an Existing Assignment

media_1361478922350_displayAdd extra points to an Assignment you’ve already created. Manually enter the extra points in the Gradebook.

As in this example, this assignment is worth 10 points. Adding 5 extra points will bring the assignment total for this student to 15 points. The added points will increase total points calculated in the Gradebook’s final grade.

You can also use Fudge points to add extra points as well.

Create Extra Credit within a Rubric


Add an additional Criterion to a Rubric for extra credit. Make sure you make the rubric worth more than the assignment and you can give students extra points or not without affecting the actual assignment points.

Create New Assignment with No Submission

062cea30-f9c5-4d17-8dde-742334af9669_displayMost Instructors require an online or paper submission for assignment submissions, but you can also select the option for no submission. No submission assignments work well for classroom duties, such as moderating a discussion or for in-class presentations.

Create a new assignment with zero points possible [1] and in the Submission type drop-down field, choose No Submission [2].

After students complete the work, manually add points in the Gradebook.

Extra Credit and Assignment Groups

Assignments must be housed within an assignment group. Assignment groups can be unweighted or weighted, depending on how you wish to grade students within your course. Click here to learn how to create weighted assignment groups.

Unweighted Assignment Groups

588ba305-1696-48d8-8fb7-b23989b1655e_displayWhen assignment groups are not weighted, you can create extra credit assignments in their own assignment group if you wish. You may want to create a separate group to help distinguish between the different types of assignments. In this example, this entire assignment group has no points possible [1].

When the student completes the work required for the extra credit assignments, you can manually add points to the Gradebook.

Weighted Assignment Groups

cd26ed0d-ea59-453f-9b53-55d43211ffd4_displayWhen assignment groups are weighted, Canvas will not calculate grades for an entire group that has no points possible. Therefore, for extra credit assignments to calculate correctly in weighted groups, they must be housed within an existing assignment group that has at least one assignment worth more than zero points. In this example, the extra credit assignment is housed within an assignment group with multiple assignments worth more than zero points [1]. Notice how the assignment groups are weighted [2].

When the student completes the work required for the extra credit assignments, you can manually add points to the Gradebook.

Errors with Weighted Assignment Group

media_1361484010175_displayIf you create your extra credit assignments with zero points within their own assignment group, but you decide to weigh your assignment groups, your extra credit assignments will not calculate correctly within Canvas. Canvas cannot calculate assignment groups where there are no points possible. For example, if the student has 12 points of 0 points possible, Canvas can’t determine the impact to the overall grade because 12 cannot be divided by 0.

An error will appear in the total grade column, as well as next to the affected assignment(s). In this example, the two extra credit assignments (both with zero possible points) have been placed in an assignment group called Extra Credit. However, the assignment group has been weighted. The warning notification indicates that the score does not include Extra Credit (as an assignment group) because the entire group has no points possible. In this situation, the assignments will have to be moved to another assignment group, or you will need to include an assignment within the Extra Credit assignment group that has at least 1 point possible.

Canvas: Emailing Multiple Courses at Once

One question I received quite a few times during training was “how do I email my students.”: Well, In Canvas you email students via “Conversations,” which you can access by selecting “inbox” on the Global Navigation bar.

Now, Conversations will be changing soon (see my previous post for details). It turns out that I lied a bit in that previous post when I said that this change was purely “aesthetic.” I’ve just learned that there is at least one big functional difference between “Old” and “New” conversations.

You CANNOT email multiple courses at once in the “New” conversations.

In the old version of conversations (below), you had the ability to email multiple users/courses at one time.

Old Conversations

However, in the “New” conversations, you can only email one course at a time (see below).

New ConversationsI’ve submitted a feature request to have this function added to the new conversations.

How to Insert MediaCore Videos into a Canvas Course

How to Insert MediaCore Videos into a Canvas Course

1. From the “Courses” drop-down menu, choose the course you would like to upload video into.

MediaCore 12. From the course navigation bar, select “Modules.” You will either need to add these videos into an existing module OR create a new one.

MediaCore 23. From the chosen module, select the “+” button, and then choose to add a “Content Page.” Once you choose “Content Page,” choose “New Page” in the space below, give it a name, and choose “Add Item.”

MediaCore 3MediaCore 44. This will add the item to the module. You will need to edit this “content page,” by selecting its name. This will take you to the “Content Page.” From this page select “Edit.”

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5. While editing, locate the “V” dropdown on the “Rich Content Editor.” Select “MediaCore.” A dialogue box will pop up. Use the list on the left side to locate a specific folder. Use the “+ Add” button to add the video into the “Content Page.”

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****Note: To upload a video into MediaCore, see the “Upload button in the image below. The process after selecting “Upload” is fairly simple.

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6.Once added, you can add additional videos (using the above method) OR use the rich content edit to add images, text, and audio….etc. Select “Save” when finished.

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Canvas: Embed a Twitter Widget into your Course Home Page

We had several faculty doing this in D2L, and I’m pleased to say that it’s MUCH easier in Canvas.

Canvas: Embed a Twitter Widget onto the Home Page

1. From your course, select “Settings,” and then “Apps.”

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2. Locate “Twitter” on the list, and select it.Twitter 33. Choose to “Add Tool.” It will install the tool into your course.  Then, go back to the “Home Page,” and choose to “Edit” the page.

Twitter 4Twitter 5Twitter 64. From the “Rich Content Editor,” select the “V” drop down. Then choose “Twitter.” A dialogue box will appear. This will allow you to either insert a widget that tracks an individual Twitter account (@____) OR a hashtag (#).

Twitter 7Twitter 8Twitter 95. Once selected, choose “Preview,” and then “Embed.” This will embed the widget into the home page. “Save” the homepage, and that’s it !

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Canvas: Upcoming Changes to Conversations

One thing that will take some getting used to is that Canvas is constantly changing/updating. Canvas likes to push updates every three weeks. Now, most of time these updates are small, but sometimes they can lead to big changes in the look/feel of the system.

One big change that is coming :

  • “Old Conversations” will not be available after May 24th, 2014.

Currently, when you access “Conversations” (Inbox), you see this :

Old Conversations

  Starting on May 25th, 2014, “Conversations” will look like this :New ConversationsThis isn’t a huge change in functionality, but it’s something to note. Conversations will work basically the exact same way, as this change is mostly aesthetic.

If you struggle with using the new “conversations,” either contact our department OR check out for up-to-date documentation.

Canvas: Give Students Extra Attempts/Time on Quizzes

One question that we are anticipating coming up as we move to Canvas, is how to “moderate” student quizzes. Often times, faculty need to give students “special” access to quizzes for a variety of reasons.

Examples of “special access”:

1. Student needs an extra attempt
2. Student needs extra time

To “Moderate” a quiz in Canvas:

1. Go into your Canvas course, and select “Quizzes” from the navigation bar.

Moderate Quiz 1Moderate Quiz 12. Locate the quiz you wish to “moderate” and select the name of it.

Moderate Quiz 23. This will take you to the information for that quiz. Locate the “Moderate This Quiz” button on the right hand side and select it.

Moderate Quiz 3 Moderate Quiz 44. This will take you the “Moderate Quiz” screen. You will have a list of all of your students and the following information will be provided.

  • Name of Student
  • Number of attempts available
  • Time it took student to take quiz
  • Number of attempts left
  • Score
  • Edit/Moderate pencil icon

To give your student extra time and/or an extra attempt, select the “pencil” icon.

Moderate Quiz 5 5. A dialogue box will appear where you can give this student:

  • Extra Attempts
  • Extra Time on Every Attempt

If the quiz is locked, choose to” Manually unlock the quiz for the next attempt.”

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