Digital Teaching & Learning Blog

Closed Captioning for Google Slides Presentations

Google Slides just released a new tool that gives you the ability to turn on closed captioning during a presentation. The tool uses speech recognition software that works in real-time to provide subtitles that can be read as the presenter talks. Try turning it on in your next large lecture or presentation.

All you need is your computer and a microphone!

Note: To use the Closed Captioning tool, you must be using Google Chrome as your browser.

 

Cross-listing Courses in Canvas

As the upcoming spring semester approaches, you may be wondering how to cross-list two course sections into one Canvas course for easier management of class content.

Follow the instructions on how to cross-list courses as an instructor outlined in the Canvas guides or contact cla-tel@umn.edu or canvas@umn.edu and request for us to do the cross-listing for you.

Course Syllabus Best Practices

Use Google Docs

We recommend that you use Google Docs to create your course syllabus rather than a Word doc or PDF.

Google Docs allows you to generate a “live” link to the document that automatically updates each time you make an edit. Here’s how to get a shareable link that students can view-- but not edit--your syllabus and link to it from your Canvas homepage.

Video Discussions with Flipgrid

Are you looking for a way to have students utilize video recordings within online discussion forums? Flipgrid may be a great option for you to consider!

Flipgrid is an external tool that allows instructors to post discussion prompts and have students submit short video recordings in response. It also creates a thread in which students can continue the dialogues in a discussion format. The platform is FREE to use.

 

Analytics BETA for Tracking Student Grades

A new tool has been added to your Canvas course sites that allows you to view your students’ progress. The tool is in beta testing, so it may contain some bugs.

You can use the tool to see at-a-glance how students are performing in relation to each other on an assignment-by-assignment basis:

Screenshot of interactive table in Analytics BETA

Starting the Next Semester: How to Import Canvas Content from One Semester to the Next

Getting your course websites ready for Spring?  There is a simple process for copying one Canvas course into a new course shell.

Note: If you still have your course content in Moodle, LATIS can help you migrate that content into your Canvas course shell. Fill out our migration request form and we will complete them as quick as we can.

 

Using Student Test Accounts

You may have noticed that the Canvas Student View (available on both the Home and in the Settings on the right-hand side) doesn't work for testing the student experience in external tools. It also doesn’t work for testing some core Canvas functionality, such as quiz previews and the Group workspaces.

Canvas Student Groups

Instructors can create Groups for students within Canvas for group projects and assignments. You can set up Groups by clicking on the People tab in the course navigation menu. Then, click on the Groups tab at the top of the screen. You must first create a Group Set in order to create groups--similar to the Groupings and Groups functions in Moodle.

 

Troubleshooting Peer Reviews in Canvas

Canvas offers a Peer Review feature for assignments and discussion forums. You can read more about the basics and how to set them up in a previous blog post. This post will discuss some issues students may encounter when completing peer reviews on Canvas and how to troubleshoot these problems.

 

Grading Feedback: Instructor View vs. Student View

The feedback you write for students is a valuable way to help them improve--but in Canvas, they may not even know you’ve left it for them! Make sure students are seeing the feedback you leave for them by watching the tips in this video on feedback use in Canvas SpeedGrader (4 min).

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