Canvas 3.0

IMPORTANT NOTES: 
  • Troubleshooting? Check out our guide here.

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There are a few simple steps to integrate PlayPosit with your Canvas course.

  1. Launch PlayPosit in Canvas
  2. Assign a graded Bulb to learners
  3. Assign a non-graded Bulb to learners
  4. Monitor learner responses
  5. Sync scores to Canvas Gradebook
  6. Course copy
  7. Embedding Bulbs

Why use PlayPosit in Canvas?

  1. Single Sign-on: Instructors and learners are never prompted to enter a separate email, username or password to create or view content.
  2. Auto-sync course data: We manage learner-course relationships, eliminating the need to manually create courses or upload rosters.
  3. Auto-sync grades: Learner grades are synced immediately with the Canvas Gradebook at the end of a Bulb. As well, instructors can access the rich analytics from any PlayPosit link within Canvas. 
  4. Co-instructor collaboration: Multiple instructors, instructional designers and TAs can access their own PlayPosit content and manage any shared course content, like Bulbs and analytics. 
  5. Course copy: Instructors can save time by seamlessly copying PlayPosit links to recurring courses. The new course and learner roster is automatically synced and previous data is cleared. 
  6. Content Item Message (CIM): Instructors can instantly access and embed their PlayPosit content from the rich text editor of any Assignment, Module or Page.

Video Tutorial

Launch PlayPosit in Canvas

PlayPosit is integrated into your Canvas environment by your administrator. Follow the steps below to add PlayPosit to your course and begin building a bulb (interactive video). 

  1. Login to Canvas and navigate to the course you would like to connect to PlayPosit.
  2. Select Assignments from the left column menu and add anew assignment.

  3. Enter "PlayPosit Setup" in the Assignment Name field. 
  4. Scroll down to Submission Type.
    1. Select External Tool
    2. Find and select PlayPosit from the pop-up menu

  5. Click Continue to My Bulbs.

  6. You have now authenticated into your PlayPosit account. Search through our Premade Bulb library or click Add New Bulb to begin building your own video. Learn more here

Assign a graded Bulb to students

Playposit Bulbs must be linked to Canvas as assignments in order to auto-export grades into the Canvas Gradebook. Grade export is not supported for Modules, Pages, etc., but data will still be collected on the PlayPosit monitor page.

  1. Login to Canvas and navigate to the course you would like to connect to PlayPosit.
  2. Select Assignments from the left column menu and add a new assignment.
  3. In the Assignment Name field, enter the name of your lesson.
    1. (Optional, but recommended) Add a Description to provide supplemental instructions to students.
    2. (Optional, but recommended) Complete fields for Points, Assignment Group and Display

    Note: Complete/Incomplete grading is not compatible with PlayPosit. We do not recommend using this grading option.

  4. Scroll down to Submission Type.
    1. Select External Tool.
    2. Find and select PlayPosit from the pop-up menu.
  5. Click Set Link to access your bulb library. 

  6. Find the bulb you want to link to this assignment and click the Canvas icon.

  7. Select the learner experience and click Set Link
    1. Self-paced - Choose this option if you want learners to take the Bulb individually, on their own device, at their own time (most commonly used).
    2. Broadcast - Choose this option if you want learners to complete the bulb synchronously in class. Click here to learn more. 
  8. When you are redirected to Canvas, click Select on the pop-up menu.

  9. Set a Due Date and click Save & Publish.

Assign a non-graded Bulb to students 

If you follow the instructions below for assigning a non-graded Bulb to students, please note that learner grades will not be auto-exported into the Canvas Gradebook. However, data analytics will still be recorded and visible to the instructor on the PlayPosit assignment's Question-by-Question Breakdown dashboard.

  1. Create a new Assignment, Module, Page or Discussion.
  2. Select the PlayPosit CIM from the rich text editor.

  3. Click Set Link to access your bulb library. 

  4. Find the bulb you want to link and click the Canvas icon.

  5. Select the learner experience:
    1. Self-paced - Choose this option if you want learners to take the Bulb individually, on their own device, at their own time (most commonly used).
    2. Broadcast - Not available in 3.0 yet, but coming soon. 
  6. Make sure Submission Type is set to No Submission.
  7. Set a Due Date and click Save & Publish.

Monitor learner responses

  1. From Canvas, click on the assignment for which you want to view data. This will open Manage Bulb Link, with the bulb you have attached. 
  2. Click Monitor to view learner analytics.

Sync scores into Canvas Gradebook

If your Bulb only includes auto-graded questions (multiple choice, check-all-that-apply, fill-in-the-blank), then grades will be automatically exported into the Canvas Gradebook. For a more detailed description of syncing grades, click here.

When you have finished grading free-response questions or edited grades for auto-graded questions, you will need to sync changes with the Canvas Gradebook. To do this:

  1. Navigate to the Monitor page of the assignment you want to grade.

  2. Here you'll be able to view and score learner data and track progress. 

  3. When you are ready to send updated scores to the Canvas gradebook, click Sync Grades

  4. Optionally, click Check Sync Status to check the status of grade sync, but note that it may take a few minutes to push all updated scores to the Canvas Gradebook. 

Course copy

PlayPosit supports Canvas's course copy feature. This means:

  • All PlayPosit links and bulbs will transfer to the new course.
  • If any students are retaking the course, previous scores will be reset automatically.

For more information on individual course copy, click here.

For more information on Blueprint courses, click here

For more information on importing from Canvas Commons, click here

IMPORTANT information when using course copy: 

  • All master and child courses are linked to the same bulb, but when a course is copied, student attempts will be saved in individual sections within PlayPosit and Canvas.
  • Assignments linked through rich text editor might behave slightly differently.
  • Instructors will not see bulbs in the Classes tab of their PlayPosit dashboard for copied courses until someone launches the bulb from the copied course in Canvas.
  • Students or instructors are able to launch a copied assignment first to trigger the copy process.
  • Learners launching a PlayPosit bulb from a copied Canvas course for the first time will see a blue screen asking them to refresh the page. Refreshing the page will correctly launch the copied assignment. 
  • Anyone importing from Canvas Commons will be added as co-editors for all linked bulbs and can see learner data. For more information on the roles and permissions of a co-editor, click here.
    • The only way to enable this is if you share your course to Canvas Commons.
  • Anyone launching a bulb linked in a child Blueprint course will be given co-editor access or facilitator access to all the bulbs linked in that course, depending on their role within the course. If that is not desired, please contact help@playposit.org.
  • If a linked bulb is changed or deleted in the Master course or Master Blueprint course, those changes are also made to bulbs linked in the child copied courses for that assignment, since all courses are linked to the same bulb.
  • If a linked bulb is changed or deleted in a child course of Canvas blueprint course, subsequent changes to the blueprint course for that assignment will not be synced to the child course.

Embedding Bulbs

PlayPosit/Canvas LTI integration does not support embedding Bulbs using an embed code. 

If instructors choose to use the embed code:

  • Students will be prompted to sign into PlayPosit with a username/password.
  • Grades will not auto-sync from PlayPosit to Canvas.

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