Follow Up Friday

July 28, 2023


Canvas and Zoom are getting new features this August to help increase engagement with your students. Learn about all the updates in this post from July

Canvas Discussion/Announcements Redesign

The interface for individual discussion and announcement topics will be larger. The newest replies will display at the top of the page, rather than at the bottom. Each individual user can toggle whether to have the newest or oldest post first using the “Sort” button in the top toolbar. 

Replies will be nested together in a side bar, and the number or total replies and unread replies will be displayed at the bottom of the post. Users can quote and mention other users in the course by using the @ symbol and the drop-down menu. Learn more about the redesign in the Canvas Community post

This will go into effect by default on August 15, but you can go ahead and enable the change in your course settings under Feature Options.

Course Groups in Zoom Breakout Rooms

Starting August 15, when you schedule Zoom meetings from your Canvas courses, you will be able to set breakout rooms based upon the groups you have set previously in that course. This will allow students to work together more easily on group projects or continue in their usual discussion groups. 

Zoom Attendance and Polling

Zoom will enable you to keep attendance more easily by integrating with Canvas. Polls launched during the class session can also be available for grading as assignments in the course GradeBook. You will need to enable these in the course through the Zoom app. These features will be available starting August 15

Have questions? Schedule a consultation with one of the Clemson Online staff and look for future training.

Upcoming Events

Camtasia Updates

Wednesday, August 2, 1:30 – 2:15PM

This presentation is focused on demonstrating the 2022 and 2023 updates to Camtasia. Participants will receive live training on some of the features and uses of Camtasia to use these as they record videos for their courses.

Facilitated by Chase Sanders, Digital Learning Designer.

Register here for Camtasia 22 & 23 on August 2nd .

Make Your Canvas Site Beautiful

Wednesday, August 9, 1:30 – 2:15PM

Learn all about clear, effective visual design options for your Canvas pages with the new Design Module in the Faculty Resource Center. You can find pre-made graphics such as icons, course banners, buttons, and more with customization options available. This workshop will provide a walkthrough of the entire Design Module and instructions for downloading, customizing, and placing assets in your courses.

Facilitated by Rachel Greene, Digital Learning Designer.

Register for Make Your Canvas Site Beautiful on August 9th .

Clemson Online Summer 2023 Events Calendar

Review our Summer 2023 Events Calendar to see what Online Instruction Development opportunities await!

We have a robust Summer 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 inclusive practices for online education, 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 James Butler with any questions regarding these sessions. 

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