Purpose: As of January 16, 2021, Instructure has deployed a new version of the Canvas Rich Content Editor for all courses and accounts in Canvas. The “New” Rich Content Editor (RCE) is an updated version of the text editor provided when creating or editing a Canvas announcement, page, assignment, discussion, or quiz. Users can type and format text, add items such as files or links, and insert third party tool integrations in the text box space provided.
**It is advised to not upload video files directly in Canvas but to upload them to MediaAMP, an ASU-licensed streaming site, then post or embed the video into Canvas. This alleviates course space as each course is limited to 2 gigabytes only.**
**Each course in a different Canvas department account may have different third party tools available to use. If you wish to use a tool not available to you, please reach out to the LX Design team or Experience Center and ask if it is available for your department and how to proceed with a request for it.**
Purpose: iClickers can be used to take live attendance, polling, and quiz results from participating students during a class session. After integrating, or connecting, a Canvas course to the iClickers course, instructors can easily sync grades that have been collected from class sessions to their Canvas gradebook. iClickers will create grade column(s) in the gradebook with each students’ respective score(s). The instructor will need to sync grades to Canvas each time new activity or scores are updated in iClickers.
Purpose: iClickers can be used to take live attendance, polling, and quiz results from participating students during a class session. Courses created in iClickers can be connected to the instructor’s Canvas course, allowing for grade syncing which will create grade columns and populate scores in Canvas automatically.
**Before starting, create an iClicker instructor account using your ASU email, then create the course that will be connected to a Canvas course.**
Purpose: The Zoom tool can be enabled into the left, Course Navigation menu of an ASU Canvas course where instructors can schedule Zoom meetings for students to join. Additionally, cloud recordings from the meeting will upload into the tool’s “Cloud Recordings” tab for instructors to publish and share with participants of the course.
**Only meetings scheduled in the Zoom tool will have their cloud recordings appear in the “Cloud Recordings” tab. Cloud recordings cannot be shared between other Canvas course’s Zoom tools, but by share link from the ASU Zoom website portal onto a Canvas page.**
Purpose: Slack mobile is available to all users of Slack. ASU faculty, staff, and students who have already authenticated their accounts may download and access their Slack workspaces from the Slack mobile application. The application makes it easy to get all your Slack messages on the go and in one place.
Purpose: Yellowdig is a third party tool available in ASU Canvas courses for discussion purposes. Members in a course will interact on one board to automatically earn points for completed tasks such as pinning, commenting, and liking peer’s pins. Instructors may provide prompts for each pin that is created or have users contribute to one topic several times throughout the course’s duration. Points from Yellowdig will passback, if enabled, to each student’s Canvas grade.
If you do not see Yellowdig as an External Tool option, please contact your department to request to have it added to the College’s Canvas account. The Yellowdig license is current until Summer 2022, university-wide.
Students must access Yellowdig through only one Canvas assignment in order for grade passback to sync correctly. It may take several hours before scores appear from Yellowdig to Canvas.
Yellowdig points will accumulate up to the total assignment grade. Therefore, in order to not negatively affect students’ total grades, check on “Do not count this assignment towards the final grade” in the assignment settings and then check it off towards the end of the semester.
Purpose: Default channels in Slack allows workspace administrators to set the channels that should appear for new members joining the workspace. New members will also already be joined into the default channels and can start messaging within them instantly.
Unfortunately, existing members to the workspace will not see new or default set channels automatically appear. They will need to search for and manually join them or be invited. Additionally, private channels cannot be selected as a default channel as they require members to be invited to them by a user already in it.
**Channels #General and #Random will already exist in the workspace and can be renamed as needed. Only the #Random channel can be deleted or set as private.**
Purpose: Users utilizing more than one monitor to work may set up Zoom to accommodate displaying items on different screens. By using “dual monitors”, hosts or participants of a Zoom room may have one screen showing the room’s shared content in full screen while the other displays participants’ videos and other opened Zoom tools such as the participant list or chat room.
**Users should make sure their monitor settings on their desktop are set to “extended” before starting or joining a Zoom meeting so items can be split between the different monitors correctly.**
Purpose: In MyASU, under “My Classes”, an “Attend” button will be available next to a class’s title for students to join via Zoom. By default, the instructor’s personal meeting room will be linked to the button. If a different Zoom room should be used, instructors may update the room link via the “Class Tools” icon to the right. A new room can be automatically created to their Zoom account (scheduled as a recurring meeting) from MyASU or the instructor may enter a zoom room number they already created (should be scheduled as recurring).
**If more than one instructor is listed to teach a class, by default all their personal zoom rooms will appear as buttons to the student, corresponding to their last names. However, if a new room is created or set via the “Change this” option, only one button will appear and all other instructors will be made alternative hosts.**
Purpose: The Zoom conferencing tools allows a host to mark annotations on their shared screen during a meeting to highlight items to viewing participants. Additionally, hosts can use the whiteboard to draw as a presentation if needed. Participants, if allowed, can also provide their own annotations onto a shared screen or whiteboard as needed.
**It is important that the host enables the participant annotations, if desired, before starting a meeting in order for the feature to work properly. In addition, the desktop application version of Zoom must be used by all participants for annotations to work properly. Avoid using a web browser to participate in a meeting.**