Canvas has a great many features “out of the box.” But no system is perfect for every situation. Canvas has an extensible platform that allows for “plug-ins,” “LTIs” or “integrations” that work in a way that is integrated with the system. Although salespeople at conferences might tell you differently, integrations take time to implement, and like all other software that handles student data, must go through the same review processes for security, state and federal law compliance, and technical issues.
In order to maintain a level of parity or better going into the launch of Canvas in May, the project implementation team has worked to enable the following integrations in Canvas. These are working fully in the pilot environment and will be available as you build your courses.
Some integrations are considered core functions of the university and thus are fully supported by ITHelp and the LMS Team. These Include:
Microsoft Office 365
OneDrive objects can be inserted fully into courses as a part of course building, grading, or from students submitting assignments. The Canvas inbox communicates with Outlook. And the Canvas calendar can, with appropriate settings, update the Outlook calendar.
Microsoft Teams Meetings
Microsoft Teams meetings can be arranged for classes or groups and will appear on the Canvas calendar. It can be accessed under the additional items plug-in tool in the rich content editor.
Panopto is the university’s chosen video streaming and storage platform. Faculty and Staff can store and stream unlimited amounts of content in support of educational objectives. Panopto is fully integrated into the Canvas rich content editor (authoring tool).
Instructors can import course rosters into PollEverywhere from Canvas.
Zoom is the preferred choice for video conferencing at Western Carolina. It is as fully integrated as is possible into Canvas. (May require an additional authentication or sign- in). It is managed from the left navigation bar and will require enabling in your course if you want to manage your meetings in the LMS.
Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor
A custom browser that limits student machine use during an exam and a related recording tool for monitoring compliance with academic integrity standards. Training is provided by the vendor. WCU can troubleshoot some issues, but most data is only available to the instructor or to the vendor in the case of a dispute.
A custom integration used and supported by the College of Education and Allied Professions for assessment and tracking.
The following integration is so ubiquitous that we couldn’t leave it out. We’ll do our best to keep the integration working, but the details are up to Google.
To add a YouTube video into a course you can drop in a link or, using the “plug” button in the rich content editor, can drop a YouTube window into your content in the same way you could with the “Mashup” in Blackboard.
How does this align to Canvas training materials?
Priming the Canvas: Module 6 “Structuring the Course”
- Viewing Microsoft Office 365 files in Canvas as an instructor?
- Using Microsoft Teams in Canvas
- Using Panopto in Canvas
- Using Respondus Monitor & Lockdown Browser for online proctoring in Canvas
- Linking to a YouTube video in the Canvas Rich Content Editor as an instructor?
- Zoom Basics in Canvas
- Visit canvas.wcu.edu
- Contact the 24/7 Canvas Help if you need help with issues as you are working in Canvas. (NOTE: 24/7 Canvas Help goes away on June 30 and Help will be taken over by the WCU Helpdesk which is not manned 24/7).
- Canvas Migration FAQ
- Register for one of the Zoom sessions which will be held on Thursdays and Fridays at 11:00 A.M. after reviewing the Priming the Canvas Course. This week’s sessions will cover Discussions in Canvas as well as How to release content conditionally in Canvas.
Our next article will highlight Being First Day Ready with Canvas; visit Canvas Blog to see all our Canvas articles.