InstructureCon Reveals Upcoming Features in Canvas

Instructurecon LogoLast month, instructional designers from around the world descended on Keystone, Colorado for the annual InstructureCon. This convention is hosted by Instructure, the makers of the Canvas LMS, to announce upcoming features as well as allow educators to discuss innovative ways of using Canvas. SMU’s own Canvas administrators paid a visit to the Rockies to find out more about what Canvas has up their sleeve, and they weren’t disappointed! Continue reading InstructureCon Reveals Upcoming Features in Canvas

Canvas 101: Easily Adding Essential Course Content

Canvas LMS LogoWhile many of the SMU faculty transitioned to Canvas last year, we recognize some may not yet have had the opportunity to check out our new Learning Management System. With back-to-school gearing up, consider posting your syllabus for students in Canvas since a course shell is automatically created in Canvas for you to host your course content.

In the following quick 6-minute video, we will show you how to do just that and you won’t believe how easy it is! Continue reading Canvas 101: Easily Adding Essential Course Content

Canvas Corner: Course Announcement, Rich Content Editor, Blueprint Courses, & DocViewer

Canvas CornerEvery month in Canvas Corner, we discuss the new features and enhancements available in Canvas. This month, we cover Course Announcements, weighted grading periods, improvements in the Rich Content Editor, the new DocViewer and Blueprint Courses, and new WalkMe guides. Continue reading Canvas Corner: Course Announcement, Rich Content Editor, Blueprint Courses, & DocViewer

ExamSoft Retires on July 1, 2017.

ExamsoftOver the past few months, Academic Computing Services and your Academic Technology Services Directors (ATSD) have communicated with University faculty that SMU has ended its partnership with ExamSoft as of July 1, 2017. After that date, faculty will not have access to your exams, assessments, or question bank data. We would like to remind you again to retrieve any data or questions from ExamSoft before July 1, 2017. If you need help with this contact your ATSD or the IT Help Desk at 214-768-HELP. Continue reading ExamSoft Retires on July 1, 2017.

Creating a Canvas Assignment using Kaltura’s Video Quiz Feature

KalturaIf you haven’t yet checked out SMU’s video management tool, Kaltura, a third-party video capture tool which is integrated with Canvas, you should. It’s fairly straightforward and easy to use. You can find a quickstart guide and information on how to create a video quiz at smu.edu/kaltura.  I created a video quiz recently and was amazed at how simple the process of using a video for quizzing can be. Continue reading Creating a Canvas Assignment using Kaltura’s Video Quiz Feature