This Spring, CU Online will be piloting several new online tools. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s coming:
24/7 Canvas Support
Beginning Spring 2014, we are pleased to expand Canvas support to 24/7. Users will be able to call, email, or use the “Help” button inside of Canvas to request assistance at any time.
TurnItIn is a plagiarism detection service that takes written essays and checks them against an extensive database of journal articles, published works, and other student papers to detect unoriginal work. This Spring,
TurnItIn will be directly integrated into Canvas, enabling instructors to set up assignments to automatically submit student papers to be checked for plagiarism. Additionally, TurnItIn contains tools for marking up papers, leaving comments, and other rich tools for instructor feedback.
TurnItIn will be available for all Canvas instructors to use during the Spring 2014 pilot.
Big Blue Button Web Conferencing
Online conferencing is a powerful way to connect with your class.Using webcams and microphones, you can host live meetings and deliver presentations to your class. Starting in Spring 2014, BigBlueButton integration in Canvas will be upgraded to allow recordings of these meetings. Recorded meetings can be downloaded as .mp4 video files, which are suitable for posting to a video streaming site (like YouTube or Vimeo) to share with your class or others.
BigBlueButton will be available for all Canvas instructors to use during the Spring 2014 pilot.
Examity Test Proctoring
Examity is an online test proctoring service for delivering secure exams to students. Examity uses webcams and microphones to identify test takers and monitor their test attempt, while also recording their screen and flagging suspicious moments for later review. Instructors can investigate these flags to decide if cheating actually occurred.
Examity is being piloted with a small set of faculty. The results of the pilot and feedback received will help determine future direction in terms of potential adoption of such a service.