• Canvas,  Educational Tools,  Teaching & Learning

    Adding External Tools to Your Course

    Reading Time: 3 minutes We’ve previously talked about how to use Ensemble for screen capture and webcam recording. We’ve also talked about how to add annotations, edit, and upload your video. But once you’ve uploaded your video, how do you get it into Canvas?  Ensemble is integrated with Canvas as an external tool, so it’s a simple process to add media to your course. We’re going to use Ensemble as an example here, but you’ll follow the same initial process to add any external tool to your course.  Add an external tool to a module If you want your video or other item from an external tool to be available…

  • Teaching & Learning

    Three Tips for Writing Clear Content

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Whether you’re writing a quick note for your students or a longer piece to use in your course, you’ll need your message to be clear. Including just enough information to be clear without over explaining can be a fine line to walk. Let’s look at some tips for writing clear content your students will understand easily. (We want students to spend time on the concepts and not your word choice.)  1. Write with a clear purpose.  Know what your goal is before you start writing. Are you sharing information or explaining a new concept? Encouraging your students? Reminding them about something they need to pay special…

  • Teaching & Learning

    Best Practices for Online Quizzes

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Moving from paper-and-pencil quizzes to online quizzes brings many benefits to students, instructors, and the institution. However, instructors may be concerned about offering online exams for fears of test security, especially for high-stakes quizzes. Some fear a scenario in which students are no longer using the information provided by the instructor to enhance their learning but rather online sources, such as Quizlet, to achieve the high marks they desire. An Inside Higher Education article (McKenzie, 2018) quoted a student’s tweet, “Today I graduated and I couldn’t have done it without God and Quizlet.” In this post, we will talk about some strategies that can be used…

  • Educational Tools

    Best Practices for Webcam Recording

    Reading Time: < 1 minute Let’s set the scene. It’s the early evening, and there was a concept in class today that your students need a little more help with. You decide to record a short webcam video using Ensemble Anthem for them. As you prepare to make this video, there are a few things to keep in mind to make the video a good experience for your students. Framing – Center yourself in the screen and slightly above the midpoint. Make sure that you can see all of your head and some of your shoulders. You don’t want to be a disembodied head for the video! Audio – Make sure you’re…