Clark College Indy: Computer Technology Professor’s Bot Boosts Accessibility

Computer Technology instructor Bruce Elgort has created a software application geared towards improving the accessibility and navigation of course content. The application is a question and answer bot incorporated into Slack, a communication platform that Elgort uses with his courses

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Transparency In Learning and Teaching (TiLT) Template

In my classes at Clark College, I’ve adopted the Transparency in Learning and Teaching methodology for assignments (TiLT). It has proven to be very effective and students really enjoy having assignments formatted using it.

I’ve created a template for you to use which you can find here on GitHub. Please leave a comment if you have any questions.

Clark College WPTE and STEM Unit Meeting Presentation

Here’s a presentation that I gave to the Clark College WPTE (Workforce Professional and Technical Education) and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

In the presentation I talk about:

  • Clickable Zoom Recording Transcripts for Canvas
  • TiLT – Transparency in Learning and Teaching
  • Syllabi 2.0

Here’s a link to all of the resources from the presentation.

Canvas LMS Dark Mode extension for Google Chrome

A student recently shared this Google Chrome extension that makes the Canvas Learning Management System appear in “dark mode”.

Dark mode for Canvas. Staying up late doing homework? Reduce your eye strain and keep your circadian rhythm with this Dark mode for canvas!  Canvas dark mode should work for your school, if it does not, contact me and I can update the plugin to include your school's URL! Currently, dark mode for canvas works on any "instructure.com/*" domain.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/canvas-dark-mode/jbfgmfpakhabhhpefblmehnadjjkadna/related?hl=en

Searching in the Panopto Embedded Video Player in the Canvas LMS

Hey there!

I just learned that the embedded Paqnopto video player that’s used in Canvas at Clark College allows you to search for transcribed text.

Stick with me here…

First off, take one of your class or meeting recordings and embed it into a page in Canvas. Once you have it embedded, view the page. Now you are ready to see the magic.

You should see something that looks like this. Click where the arrow is pointing at the bottom of the image.

After you click on the ^, a window will open. Click on the 🔎 icon.

Now you can type in the text to search for. All matches will then be displayed. Click on one of the results.

You will then be brought to that spot in the video recording where those words were spoken.

To return to the list of search results, click on the ^.

That’s it! Pretty cool. I had no idea that this feature was available.

Please share it with your students.

Create clickable transcripts from closed-caption files

One of the things that I have wanted to do for a while was to have a clickable closed caption file for my students. This page can then be placed into the Canvas learning management system and the video recording from Zoom.

The site I developed is for use with Panopto. Future versions of the site will include support for other video platforms.

Here’s the link to the site: https://tools.bruceelgort.com/captions2html

If you use and like it, please drop me an email or leave a comment.

Canvas LMS: How to Validate Links in a Course

I’m not sure if this feature is new or not, but it certainly makes validating all of the links in a Canvas course easy to check.

Start by logging into Canvas and going into the course you want to validate. In the left navigator, click on the “Settings” link:

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On the Settings page, look in the right navigator for the “Validate Links in Content” link and click on it.

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From the Course Link Validator page you can click on the button to start validating all of the links in all of your content in your course. It may take a few minutes for it to complete, so be patient.

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Once completed, you will see a list of all of the content with the associated links that are broken. You can then restart the link validation after you fix and links that the validator finds are broken.

I hope this helps you in developing quality Canvas course shells.