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Category: How to Canvas

Posts which provide information on actually doing things within a Canvas course, as opposed to discussing Canvas in the abstract.

Canvas and the Kaltura Streaming Media Collection

For this installment of “How to Canvas” let’s go though the process of adding a piece of media from the Palomar Kaltura streaming media system onto a page within your Canvas course.

First off, to be clear, this “Kaltura Streaming Media Collection” refers to the shared repository of videos which have been requested by faculty for use (under the auspices of the TEACH Act), and in many cases these videos were created thanks to individual faculty donating their media to Palomar for this use.

Canvas “New Quizzes” Option

Perhaps you’ve heard about a way in Canvas to hit a switch and randomize the order of your quiz questions. Or maybe you’ve been talking with me about Canvas and heard about something called “Quizzes.next.” Or, most likely, you’ve spotted the new “add Quiz/Text” button at the top of the Assignments list, tagged with a little bar saying “beta.”

+ Quiz/Test Beta Button

The short answer is, yes, there is a newly available alternative to the Canvas quiz engine, which will in the not too distant future replace the current quiz engine. The Instructure techs are calling this the “Quizzes LTI.”

Canvas Course Cross-listing (or “How do I merge my courses?”)

Faculty sometimes teach multiple instances of the same class, and want a way to combine all their students into a single course on Canvas. Typically the question asked is “How do I merge my courses together?

Cross-listing allows faculty to move enrollments from different courses and combine them into one course. This feature is helpful for instructors who teach several sections of the same course and only want to manage course data in one location.