Follow Up Friday

April 26, 2024

ICYMI: Canvas Tools

Last week our learning technology specialists went over some of the most important Canvas tools to understand for your online course. You can visit Quick Hits: Canvas Tools in Kaltura to view the full workshop.

Canvas is the learning management system that Clemson uses that will connect you to all of the other tools you need to succeed. Clemson has used Canvas to integrate other third party tools such as Kaltura, Lockdown Browser, Turnitin, and Zoom.

Kaltura is the video hosting platform. It is the Youtube of Canvas. Kaltura allows you to create videos, host videos, create video quizzes, develop interactive videos, and edit videos. For online instruction, Kaltura is a very useful way to keep the course lecture engaging and useful. Kaltura videos are easily embedded into your Canvas page and are also easy to share to colleagues. You will see Kaltura located on the left hand navigation bar in Canvas. 

Turnitin is a third party program that allows instructors to detect student work that is plagiarized or AI generated. An assignment through Turnitin will appear in your Canvas course with a similarity score for plagiarism and a percentage for papers or assignments suspected of using AI. You can open the assignment in Turnitin and you can view the specific portion of content that is being flagged for issues. Along with the similarity check and AI detection check, Turnitin also has grammar checks and an area to provide comments (feedback).

Lockdown Browser is the secure browser proctoring platform that allows instructors to give quizzes or tests within Canvas while preventing students from navigating to any other tab or website. Lockdown Browser requires all other tabs to be closed and flags an unusually activity.  When adding a new quiz to Canvas you can go about creating the quiz as normal, but make sure to clock the button “Require Responds Lockdown Browser.” This will ensure students will not be able to access the quiz without opening Lockdown Browser.

Zoom is the last tool within Canvas discussed in the Quick Hit. Zoom can be easily integrated into Canvas and has a number of helpful shortcuts to keep your course organized and accessible. Zoom is also located in the left navigation bar on Canvas. Within Canvas you will be able to see upcoming meetings, previous meetings, and access your personal meeting room. To schedule a new or recurring meeting on Zoom in Canvas, click schedule new meeting in the right hand corner. You can label the meetings, add a description, and then input the date and time of the meeting. Make sure to check the box for recurring meeting if you want the meeting to appear every week at the same time. As a last tip for Zoom, you may want to check the box that says “only authenticated users can join.” This will make sure that only users within Clemson University can join.

These four tools are the most important third party tools that you will use in your Canvas course. Understanding how these tools can help organize your course and make it more engaging will better the overall learning outcomes for your students.

Get Ready for Summer 2024

Do you plan to teach this summer? Clemson Online is proud to announce this year’s Summer teaching initiative. We have timely opportunities for instructors to gain experience in online course creation, teaching with Canvas, and the Quality Matters course improvement process.

Upcoming Events

Kaltura Basics I

Friday, May 10th, 10:00-10:30 AM

Join this training to learn more about Kaltura, Clemson’s video storage solution. This training will cover accessing Kaltura, uploading videos into Kaltura, and embedding Kaltura videos into your Canvas courses. When registering, feel free to include any Kaltura-related questions you have.

Facilitated by Gray Jackson, Sr. Learning Tech Specialist.

Registration: Kaltura Basics I.
Modality: Virtual and synchronous—an Outlook Calendar invite, with the Zoom link, will be sent.

Additional Resources:

Contact Millie Tullis with any questions about this session.

Clemson Online Spring 2024 Events Calendar

Review our Spring 2024 Events Calendar to see what Online Instruction Development opportunities await!

We have a robust lineup of topics and live training formats to support your use of Canvas and other e-learning tools. Topics cover demonstrations of using Kaltura, presentations on group assignments in online courses, and workshops to get your Canvas site ready to teach!

All of our live training is recorded. Registrants will automatically receive a link to that day’s video after it has been processed.

Contact Millie Tullis with any questions regarding these sessions.

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