How to: Make your PowerPoints engaging and interactive with Office Mix

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Office Mix is a free Windows plugin for PowerPoint (Office 2013 and later) that lets you easily add narration, a talking head, annotations, screen recordings and more. It also allows you to add interactivity in the form quizzes and polls. It can then be saved as a regular video file or as an interactive presentation, with flexible online hosting  and … Read More

How to: Use the calendar in Canvas

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In Canvas, every course and every individual has an associated calendar. You can see all the calendars you have access to by selecting the Calendar link in the global navigation menu. Use the calendar function to keep track of course related events and assessment dates. Features: The Canvas Calendar does not allow instructors to: 528 – Calendar Overview from Canvas LMS on … Read More

How to: Get Started with Canvas – 5 First Steps

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Canvas is a cloud-based Learning Management System (LMS). Developed by the US-based company Instructure in 2008, it is now used by more than 2000 schools and institutions. Preview student submissions and provide feedback in the same frame Incorporate multiple content and activity types into a single simple learning pathway Integrate external tools for use within the Canvas space Students can create and … Read More

How to: Transfer content from Blackboard to Canvas – what we know so far

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Any one Blackboard or Canvas site may include many different types of content. Some content types can be imported directly from Blackboard to Canvas via export/import with no functional change. Other content types require some management and modification, and still others are not recognised or handled in the same way in Canvas as they are in Blackboard, and need to be … Read More

How to: Structure your content in Canvas

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In Canvas, content can be organised using files, pages or modules, or a combination of these. Features: Structure: an overview from the University of Washington (Open Canvas Module) More help with Files [Canvas Community resources] How do I create a page? More help with Pages [Canvas Community resources] How do I create a module? More help with Modules [Canvas community documentation] How do … Read More

How to: Set notification preferences in Canvas

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In Canvas you can control how and when the system notifies you about different activities that are happening in your courses. Default notification come by email, but you can change that to include SMS or a number of other web services. Features: However it differs in that: How do I set my Canvas notification preferences? If you have any examples … Read More

How to: Canvas Assignments

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A Canvas assignment can be any graded item; papers, quizzes, or even an in-class presentation. It can be anything you wish to record for a student. Create Assignment Groups to categorise work or tasks such as attendance, discussions, papers, quizzes, etc. All groups can be used to create a weighted total for the final grade. Customise submission types from students (you … Read More

The #FlexibleLMS: Good Practice Examples

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At times we get requests for “best practice” examples of the LMS which is understandable from an evaluation point of view. I prefer to refer to “good practice” examples because the term best practice leaves out room for making mistakes and the potential for consequent ongoing improvement and innovation. Secondly, because the LMS tries to do everything it ends up … Read More

Making use of the National VET Repository

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Last year I made some preliminary investigating how we might make better use of resources available in the National VET Repository. This is a repository of learning objects and toolboxes that have been built over many years to support specific industry vocational demands across Australia. As a lot of vocational content within the national training system requires relative uniformity in … Read More

How to: Create videos using Hangouts on Air

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You can use Google Hangouts on Air to create a video which you can then edit, manage and release on YouTube. The following document will step you through the process of creating a video using Google Hangouts on Air. You can follow the links in the document, and note that related how-to’s are listed below should you want to learn … Read More