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Canvas Updates & News
Canvas Studio Integration
Microsoft Teams and Canvas
The University is implementing Canvas Studio within Canvas. This will allow for the creation of videos and screen capture videos. Canvas Studio allows you to create rich video content, retain a video library, caption/edit videos and create in-video quizzes all within the Canvas LMS. Studio is also available to students.
“Canvas Studio is a media tool that allows students and instructors to upload, create, edit, manage, share and discuss audio and video files. Existing files can be used or new ones can be created with Studio's capture and editing tools.”
Microsoft Teams is a web-conferencing utility to which all staff, faculty, and students currently have access. Teams is available to schedule meetings, classes, and calls via www.office.com. Teams is a synchronous web-conferencing tool that allows for live lectures, meeting notes, screen sharing, real-time closed captioning and includes a fully functional whiteboard. Faculty can easily schedule and create a session within their canvas course. Team meetings can also be recorded and upload to Microsoft Stream for easy access.
Canvas and BigBlueButton
The BigBlueButton web-conferencing tool will continue to be available within Canvas. This is an alternative web-conferencing option within Canvas. It is limited in capability but is useful for specific situations. Microsoft Teams overcomes the recording limit, in-session participation and scheduling challenges presented within BigBlueButton.
Microsoft Office365 Productivity Suite
The University has completed the email migration to Office365. Mail can be accessed directly on the cloud from https://outlook.office.com. The Office365 productivity suite, including Sharepoint, OneDrive, Online Word and Excel, Teams, and Stream can all be accessed via the www.office.com website. Email is also available at www.office.com.
Due to the ever-increasing cost of software subscriptions, the University has implemented Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams is included in the Office365 productivity suite and is available to the University at no additional cost. Microsoft Teams will be the primary web-conferencing utility of the University for staff, faculty and students. Teams is currently available and we encourage you to begin using Teams. Visit www.office.com to access Teams. Zoom will be available until January 1, 2020. No new additional Zoom Pro licenses will be purchased.
To schedule a training session on any of these topics for your department, division, or individuals please contact Matt Mieure at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty and Department Webpages
The IT Department has investigated options for individual department and faculty webpages. Due to cost, support and functionality the University will be moving away from Weebly in the coming months. More information will follow as it becomes available.