Transitioning from D2L Capture to Panopto

Since our current lecture capture platform is “D2L Capture” (A D2L Product), we will no longer be using this product once we switch to Canvas. Our department has purchased a license to a new product called “Panopto.

If you are currently a D2L Capture user:

In preparation for the move from D2L to Canvas, we have copied and moved all of your D2L Capture videos into our new lecture capture platform, Panopto.  Don’t worry, your videos will remain on the Capture site (, until the end of this semester. However, starting this summer, you will need to use Panopto if you wish to continue recording lecture capture videos AND/OR want to share any videos previously recorded. We will have Panopto training starting in mid-March (and then ongoing), and I’m always available to meet with you individually (before or after mid-March) to discuss and train you on this new platform.

To access your videos prior to summer semester, follow these steps: ***I recommend logging in at least once to make sure you can see your folder/videos—report back any issues.

  1. Go to
  2. Click the drop-down next to “sign in using,” and choose “Canvas Panopto Integration”
  3. Select “Sign In”
  4. Input your Maryville username/password
  5. Locate the “Folders” drop down on the left hand side. Locate your folder (FirstInitialLastName—ex. RCunningham).
    1. Note: You may want to make sure all of your videos have been transferred.

Once you gain access to your courses in Canvas, you will be able to access Panopto directly from any of the course shells.

Note: Our office will continue checking the Capture site until the end of this semester for any new recordings. If there are any new recordings we will continue to move them to Panopto for you. We also can add users to other users folders, if access is needed (ex. I could be added to Julie’s folder and vice-versa).

For help documentation/videos on Panopto, check out their support website AND/OR check out the introductory video below.


Canvas: A Review of 2013 & Look at 2014

I was catching up on reading the Canvas Blog today, and stumbled across a few interesting things.

A look back at what Canvas accomplished in 2013.

  • 278 new Canvas customers (we now have over 600)
  • 10 million people use Canvas as their LMS
  • 141 new Instructure employees (we now have over 300)
  • 25 new official partners
  • $30 million in funding
  • 94% customer support satisfaction
  • 99.95% up-time for the year

I”m a big numbers person, and these are impressive ! Also, they are much higher than some of the numbers I’ve been discussing in my training sessions, so this shows that 2013 was a year of tremendous growth for Canvas.

In addition, Canvas has posted the results to their 2013 security audit. Basically, Canvas hires a company to perform tasks on the system to try and reveal any security flaws. The report came back with only 4 issues. None were critical.

If you wish to review this, please use the following link.

link: Canvas 2013 Security Audit

A look a head to 2014.

For any who are interested, Canvas has created a “road map” website called “Canvas Studio.” If you are interested in what Canvas has planned (features, improvements…etc), this is a great source for this material. Since Canvas is updated approx. every three weeks, this is a great way to keep up with what is new to the system. On this page, it has a list of “In progress” projects, with details about what is being done AND a list of “completed projects,” with documentation and notes about has been done.

As always, ILP will keep the faculty/staff updated with any pertinent changes.

Canvas: Public Courses (Open Online for Anyone to View)

Canvas has the capability to create an “open” course. An “open” course is available for anyone online to view (just like a website). Once a course is “open,” the URL for that course can be sent out and viewed by anyone (regardless of if they have a log-in to Canvas). Canvas has curated some excellent “open” courses for the Canvas community to view.

Feel free to browse these offerings to get ideas of how to use Canvas.

Public Canvas Courses (Open Online for Anyone to View)

This can help to give an idea of what Canvas can do/look like.

  1. Social Media (Canvas Network Course)
  2. Thriving in our Digital World by the University of Texas at Austin and Project Engage
  3. MOOC MOOC January 2013 (Canvas Network Course, Hybrid Pedagogy)
  4. Art Appreciation (Canvas Network Course, Open Course Library)
  5. History of Ancient Civilization (Canvas Network Course,
  6. Game Design Concepts (Canvas Network Course)
  7. Introduction to Openness in Education (Canvas Network Course, Lumen Learning)
  8. International Health Systems (Canvas Network Course, University of Central Florida)
  9. English Composition I (Canvas Network Course, Lumen Learning)
  10. Algebra+ (Canvas Network Course, Peninsula College)
  11. U.S. History 2 (Canvas Network Course, Seattle Central Community College)
  12. Intro to Oceanography – Stein
  13. Introduction to Psychology by Keene State College
  14. AUSV 1320 OPEN Automotive Electronics by John Kelley (Weber State University)
  15. Writing through Media, by Zach Whalen (University of Mary Washington)
  16. Physics of Animation, by Alejandro Garcia (FFT, teaches for San Jose State University)
  17. The Symmetries of Things, by Sean Raleigh (Westminster)
  18. Anatomy & Physiology II, by Bill Hanna (Massasoit CC)
  19. Human Genetics, by Bill Hanna (Massasoit CC)
  20. International Accounting Issues, Brian Teeter (FFT, teaches for University of Pittsburgh)
  21. Accounting Information Systems, Brian Teeter (FFT, teaches for University of Pittsburgh)
  22. Principles of Management, Gary Shelman (Alamo Colleges)
  23. Technology Strategy, by Karl Ulrich (Wharton Business School)
  24. The Internet and Society, by Robert Greenberg (FFT, teaches for Bard High School)

Note: FFT stands for Free-For-Teachers

Canvas: Glossary Terms

Canvas Glossary


Announcements are News items, allowing you to communicate with your students about course activities and post course-related topics.


Assignments are any activity graded by the instructor. Assignments include Quizzes, graded Discussions, and online submissions (i.e. files, images, text, URLs, etc.)

Breadcrumb Navigation

The Breadcrumb Navigation is located at the top of the Main Body of the page and helps you to how to move up and down in the course hierarchy.


The Calendar allows students and instructors to see all events and assignments going on across all courses in an aggregated view.


Chat provides synchronous video, audio, and chat communication among users, with participation of the entire course or any subset of the course roster.


Collaborations make it easy for students and instructors to create and share working documents that can be edited by all course members or any subset of the course roster.


Conferences are virtual classrooms where students and instructors can interact in real time with audio, video, desktop sharing, and presentation tools. These can be hosted by both students as well as the instructor.


Conversations are the messaging tool used, like an internal email system, to communicate with a course, a group, individual students, or a group of students.

Course Activity Stream

The Course Activity Stream shows you all of the recent activity from a single course.

Course Home Page

The Course Home Page is the first page students see when they click “Home” in the Course Navigation. The Course Home Page can be customized to display a custom Page, the Syllabus page, the Assignment page, or the Modules page.

Course Import/Export Tool

The Course Import/Export Tool makes it easy to pull in content from existing Canvas courses and content packages from other LMS’s and textbook publishers.

Course Navigation

The Course Navigation is a series of links on the left side of the screen that help you navigate where needed within your Canvas Course.

Course Setup Checklist

The Course Setup Checklist helps a new user walk through all steps required to build a course and invite students.

Course Statistics

Course Statistics help the instructor to see which pages are being viewed most frequently.

Course Status

Canvas courses begin in an unpublished state. They then move to a published state. They can also be made publicly viewable.


The Dashboard consists of three main elements: Global Navigation across the top of the page, a to-do list with upcoming events on the Sidebar, and the Global Activity Stream that comprises the body of the page.


ePortfolios allow students (and instructors) to showcase their work to colleagues and prospective employers. They make it possible for students to create ePortfolio websites or presentations.


Canvas provides a file repository for each user, group, and course. Files can be public or private.

Global Activity Stream

The Global Activity Stream shows you all of the recent activity from all of your courses, in an aggregate view.

Global Navigation

The Global Navigation menu, always positioned at the top of the page, allows users to quickly navigate to any courses or groups that they are enrolled in. Grades and calendar can be viewed from here.


Grades are the name for the Canvas gradebook. Students can calculate hypothetical grades on this page. Instructors can quickly edit grades for any course or section.


Groups can be created for students or by students to enable efficient collaboration.

Help Corner

The Help Corner in the top right, is where you can ask for support, check your inbox, or modify your profile.

In-context Help

In-context Help links are marked with a blue question mark. These links open up short tutorials to help users get the most out of Canvas.

Math Editor

The Math Editor is a Latex-compatible toolbar that makes it easy for instructors to write math expressions and equations.

Mobile Apps

Currently, instructors can use the SpeedGrader™ on their iPads. Soon, students will be able to interact with their Canvas courses on the iPad and the iPhone.


Modules are ways to organize course content by week, topic, or day. Modules can be set up with prerequisites or co-requisites that force students to work through the material in a sequential fashion.

Notification Preferences

Each Canvas user can adjust the Notification Preferences in their Profile to fit their individual needs. Some users will want to be notified of course events on a more regular basis than others.


Instructors can specify learning outcomes for their courses and track how students are doing against those outcomes with Quizzes, Assignments, and graded Discussions.


Pages make it easy to build content inside a course. This tool is really a wiki and provides a dynamic way to co-create content. Pages can be editable by students and teachers.


The People page lists all of the students enrolled in a course.


Each user can modify their Profile in Canvas, including setting their display name, changing the time zone, and uploading a profile picture.


Quizzes are one of the assessment tools used in Canvas.

Registered Services

You can register with a number of web services from Canvas, GoogleDocs, Skype, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Delicious, Diigo. By linking to the web services you will not need to log in every time you join the service.

Rich Content Editor

Canvas has a simple, yet powerful, word processor that is available anytime for creating new content (assignments, announcement, discussions, blogs etc.) within Canvas.


A Rubric is an assessment tool for communicating expectations of quality. Rubrics are typically comprised of rows and columns. Rows are used to define the various criteria being used to assess an assignment. Columns are used to define levels of performance for each criterion.


Settings allow instructors to customize the Course Navigation, add users, import content, and link to external tools.


The Sidebar on the right side of the page provides the links and buttons you’ll need to get stuff done in the Main Body of the page.


The SpeedGrader™ makes it easy to evaluate student work. Instructors can use rubrics for fast assessment and leave text, video, and audio comments for their students.


In the Syllabus there are three main parts: a calendar and grading scheme for the course situated in the Sidebar on the right side of the page, a list of dated items in the main body of the page that is automatically managed by Canvas, and a syllabus description at the top of the page that you can edit.

Canvas: How to Locate Help Documentation

Despite the fact that Canvas is adding features every 3 weeks, it does a pretty good job with keeping the help documentation up-to-date. It’s also very easy to locate and search through !

How to Locate Help Documentation for Canvas:

1. From within Canvas, locate the “Help” button in the upper right hand corner of the global navigation (this can be found on any page within Canvas).

Canvas 12. A pop-up box will appear in the middle of the screen. Choose to “Search the Canvas Guides.”

Canvas 23. Once selected, you will be taken to the Canvas website that houses all of the guides (

Canvas 34. Now, you can search the Canvas Guides in two ways.

  • First, you could type into the “search” button exactly what you are looking for. This may seem like the easiest method, but it may not work as seamlessly if you do not use the proper vocabulary. For example, if you search for “Post a News Item” (A D2L terminology) V. “Post an Announcement” (Canvas terminology). The “News Item.” search would yield no results.
  • Second, you could use manually search through the guides. This may seem time consuming, but it is actually fairly simple (see below).

Using the search button to search the Canvas Guides.

1. Once in the Canvas Guides, locate the “Search” bar in the middle of the screen. Type in what you are looking to accomplish (ex. “Make an announcement,” “Post to discussion board,” “Upload files,”….etc).

Canvas 42. Use the search results to locate what you want. A couple of notes:

  • Check the “last” updated. Make sure it’s relatively recent, as things change quickly in Canvas.
  • Make sure you are using the correct manual. The search bar searches ALL Canvas guides (Instructor, Student, Admin). The directions/screen shots will be different for “Instructor” and “Student.”
  • You can use the “Filter Search Results” (right hand column), to filter results based on what you are (instructor/student), and what you are looking for.

Canvas 53. When you find the guide that you want, simply click on the title.

Canvas 6How to Manually Search the Canvas Guides

1. From the Canvas Guides main page (, locate the list of guides (below the search bar), and select the one that most applies to you (ex. “Instructor Guide”), and click on it.

Canvas 72. You will be taken into that guide. You will notice all of the tools are listed in alphabetical order. Under each tool is a list of the documentation available. Locate which tool you need help with, and then search the available guides for what specific action. Once located, click on it, and you will be taken to the step-by-step guide for that action.

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