Canvas (Deep-Linking/Content Item Message)

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. 
  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 translating 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.

In this article

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

  1. Set up PlayPosit in Canvas (new users only)
  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

Follow the Setup Instructions below if you are launching PlayPosit from Canvas for the first time. If you have used PlayPosit in a previous Canvas course, you can skip this section. 

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 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 Note: If you do not see PlayPosit as an option, please contact your admin or instructional designer
  5. Click Get Started to access your PlayPosit account
  6. You will now need to link your Canvas and PlayPosit accounts. When your Canvas and PlayPosit accounts are not linked, you will notice an anonymous username

  7. To link your accounts:
    1. Navigate to pre-made bulbs and click the triple dots > Copy
    2. Go back to My Bulbs and click the triple dots > Set Bulb Link > Set
    3. When you are redirected to Canvas, click Select on the pop-up
  8. Scroll down and Save
  9. Find the link you just created and then click Close and continue to relaunch PlayPosit 

  10. Your accounts are now linked and you will see your name appear on the dashboard

Assign a graded bulb to students

Note: (1) Issues will arise if you try to modify existing links to support the new CIM. Instead, new links must be created. (2) PlayPosit bulb links must be setup as Assignments in order to auto-export grades into the Canvas gradebook. 

  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
  5. Click Get Started to access your PlayPosit library of bulbs
  6. Locate the bulb you want. Click on the triple dot menu > Set Bulb Link
  7. 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). 
  8. Click Set
  9. When you are redirected to Canvas, click Select on the pop-up

  10. Set a Due Date and Save & Publish

Assign a non-graded bulb to students 

Note: (1) Issues will arise if you try to modify existing links to support the new CIM. Instead, new links must be created. (2) Learner grades will not be auto-exported into the canvas gradebook using the instructions below. Data analytics will still be recorded and visible to the instructor on the PlayPosit Monitor. 

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

  3. Click Get Started to access your PlayPosit library of bulbs
  4. Locate the bulb you want and click Assign
  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-- 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). 
  6. Select Placement 
  7. Click Confirm
  8. Make sure Submission Type is set to No Submission
  9. Set a Due Date and Save & Publish

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

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 

Note: Instructors must launch at least one PlayPosit link in the new course to activate bulbs in the new course. Clicking on one link will activate all others. 

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