Canvas @ Yale

Canvas Updates for Fall 2020

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Notable changes to the Canvas @ Yale environment, last updated 08/09/2020.

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Canvas Updates

Canvas's core functionality is continuously updated throughout the year.  Here are some of the more notable changes you should be aware of. 

FAS Expanded Course Description Template

To provide students additional information about your course during the open enrollment period, an Expanded Course Description template will be available in all FAS courses (Yale College and GSAS courses in Canvas).

As part of the new template, you will also have the option to share a Course Welcome Video. In the absence of a traditional shopping period this semester, a Course Welcome Video provides students an opportunity to hear from you about the class.

New External Applications & Integrations

The Poorvu Center is please to announce the following external applications and external application integrations are now available to all academic courses through Canvas. For a complete list of external applications, please see the following article.

External Application Name Description
Lab simulations integrated as assignments into Canvas to engage students with science, covering topics within biology, chemistry and more.
LinkedIn Learning
Ability to bring in LinkedIn Learning content into Canvas as content in a module, or as an assignment.  With no gradebook integration or visibility into the students learning in LinkedIn Learning for the instructor, so this is better as supplemental or optional assignments, not as required.
PlayPosit aims to increase learner engagement through interactive videos. You can integrate PlayPosit into your courses through the Assignments tool, or the Modules tool in Canvas. Playposit can leverage videos hosted in Panopto, YouTube, or other hosting platforms.

Improvements to two of our existing external applications through integration with Panopto (Media Library) have lead to increase utility and function for those tools that utilize or produce video by providing a common repository for those assets when used in teaching.

External Application Integration Description
Playposit & Panopto (Media Library) Videos stored in a courses Media Library folder within Yale's instance of Panopto are available through Playposit.
Zoom & Panopto (Media Library) When scheduling meetings through the Canvas / Zoom integration, you can now automatically store the recording of that meeting to the Media Library folder for the course you are scheduling from. This is only available for the Zoom integration, and not the Zoom HIPPA integration as access to Zoom cloud recording is required.
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