Canvas (Basic)

Troubleshooting? Check out our guide here.

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. 

In this article

There are 4 simple steps to integrate PlayPosit with your Canvas course.

  1. Set up PlayPosit in Canvas
  2. Assign a bulb to students
  3. Monitor student responses
  4. Sync scores to Canvas gradebook
  5. Embedding bulbs

Set up PlayPosit in Canvas

PlayPosit is integrated into your Canvas environment by your administrator. Follow the steps below to add PlayPosit to each course and sync your student roster.

  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. Enter PlayPosit in the Assignment Name field
  4. Scroll down to Submission Type
    1. Select External Tool
    2. Click Find and select PlayPosit from the pop-up menu
    3. Optional: Check the box to Load This Tool In a New Tab (recommended)

  5. Once you Save, find the PlayPosit link you just created and click Get Started to access PlayPositAssign a bulb to students

Assign a bulb to students

Note: PlayPosit bulb links must be setup as Assignments in order to auto-export grades into the Canvas gradebook. If auto-export is not desired, read more here.

  1. In the Assignment Name field, enter the name of your lesson
  2. Optional: Add a Description to provide supplemental instructions to students
  3. Complete fields for Points, Assignment Group and Display 
  4. Scroll down to Submission Type
    1. Select External Tool
    2. Find and select PlayPosit from the pop-up menu
    3. Optional: Check the box to Load This Tool In a New Tab (recommended)
  5. Scroll down and set a Due Date
  6. Click Save & Publish
  7. Click the link you just created and then click Get Started. PlayPosit will open and you will see your library of bulbs.
  8. Locate the bulb you want. Click the triple dots > Set Bulb Link
  9. 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-- Choose this option if you want to project the bulb live, in class and have all learners take the bulb together. Start/stop time and pacing of the video is controlled by the instructor, while learners answer projected questions from their own device (like a clicker). Learn more here. 
  10. The nav notification at the top will confirm that the bulb has been assigned to learners

Monitor student responses

In Canvas, click on the assignment for which you want to view data and click Monitor.  Learn more about the data analytics and how to score student responses here. 

Sync grades 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. 

If you have graded free response questions or edited grades for auto-graded questions, you will need to sync changes with the Canvas Grade Center. To do this:

  1. Navigate to the Monitor page
  2. Click Sync 
  3. Click Status to check the status of the student grade export. Note: It may take a few minutes to push all updated scores into the gradebook

Embedding bulbs

The 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 in with a username/password
  • Grades will not auto-sync from PlayPosit to Canvas