Embedding Google Docs in Canvas

If you are embedding a Google doc for content purposes (ie you aren’t having students edit the document), I recommend the trick of replacing the end of the Google doc URL from the last forward slash to the end with preview?pli=1

Here’s an example.

Here’s the standard URL of a Google doc set up with permissions for others to be able to view it:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/11r3xiCe5Q7FNtb6x9opJAjL8JcaUwmIuw2_CJtPIySk/edit?usp=sharing

I change the final part after the last slash

from:  edit?usp=sharing
to:      preview?pli=1

So now the URL is:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/11r3xiCe5Q7FNtb6x9opJAjL8JcaUwmIuw2_CJtPIySk/preview?pli=1

When editing in the Canvas rich content editor where you want to embed the Google doc, click the button at upper right of the editing window that says HTML Editor.

Then you need to add code that looks like this:

<iframe src="https://docs.google.com/document/d/11r3xiCe5Q7FNtb6x9opJAjL8JcaUwmIuw2_CJtPIySk/preview?pli=1" width="100%" height="600"></iframe>

You can just copy this code for future use, and substitute the URL in the code with the URL of your Google doc.

You can also adjust the width and height to your preference, but these seem to work well to me.

Hope this helps.

Let me know if you have any follow-up questions.

Jim Julius, Ed.D.
Faculty Director, Online Education

Canvas workshops this Friday 11/18/2016

Two Canvas workshops will be offered this Friday, November 18, 2016. Sign up for these via MyFlex:

From Blackboard to Canvas: Preview and Q&A

1:30 – 2:50 pm, OC 3516, Robert Kelley & Sean Davis

This workshop will focus on the differences and similarities between Blackboard and Canvas. We will provide an overview of two Canvas courses. Students will also give their perspective on their experience with both Blackboard and Canvas. Finally, we will have an open discussion, including a Q&A on the differences and similarities between Blackboard and Canvas.

All Hands on Canvas

3:00-4:50 pm, OC 4611, Robert Kelley

This workshop is designed to give you open time to work with Canvas in a supported environment. A faculty member who has taught with Canvas will provide a very brief overview of Canvas in the first 10-15 minutes, and from there the time is open for you to become more proficient in your use of Canvas, and to work on developing a class in Canvas, with the support of experienced Canvas users. In addition, attendees may benefit from exploring Canvas resources.

You may also wish to review the FA’s position on the Canvas transition.

Jim Julius, Ed.D.
Faculty Director, Online Education
Vice President, Academic Senate

Canvas now open to all MiraCosta faculty

All spring 2017 classes are available to faculty now in both Blackboard and Canvas. MiraCosta will support Blackboard, Moodle, and Canvas through spring of 2018, with full conversion to Canvas by summer 2018. (Faculty who wish to use Moodle for any classes should request those from Karen Korstad – kkorstad@miracosta.edu).

Please see the TIC page on Canvas for lots of great resources if you wish to begin learning about Canvas. A number of MiraCosta faculty have been teaching Canvas pilot classes this fall, including the Canvas Transition Team of Billy Gunn, Curry Mitchell, Gail Meinhold, Leola McClure, and Robert Kelley. They are currently developing training resources to share with all faculty, and we will soon release a list of Canvas introduction/open lab sessions to be held this fall. We are also planning an all-day Canvas workshop for the first day of Flex week in January (Friday the 13th).

You may also be interested in the video of the fall Flex “Goodbye Blackboard and Moodle, Hello Canvas” webinar featuring Billy Gunn and Curry Mitchell.

Finally, if you have not seen the FA’s update on the Canvas transition, it is recommended reading.

Jim Julius, Ed.D.
Faculty Director, Online Education
MiraCosta College

Nov. 2016 Online Ed News You Can Use

Spring Classes – Blackboard & Canvas

All spring classes are available to faculty now in Blackboard, and will also be in Canvas within the next few days. Remember, MiraCosta will support Blackboard, Moodle, and Canvas through spring of 2018, with full conversion to Canvas by summer 2018. Please see the TIC page on Canvas for lots of great resources if you wish to begin exploring Canvas now; you may also be interested in the video of the fall Flex “Goodbye Blackboard and Moodle, Hello Canvas” webinar featuring MiraCosta faculty Billy Gunn and Curry Mitchell. Also, if you have not seen the FA’s update on the Canvas transition, it is recommended reading.

Online Teaching Conference

After a few years in San Diego, the CCC Online Teaching Conference will be held in Anaheim June 19-21. The call for presentations is open until November 30, and the Office of Online Education will fund travel costs for all MiraCostans who have presentations accepted at the conference.

Blackboard Quiz/Test Bug

If you give Blackboard quizzes or tests that include open-ended questions, and that present all questions at once, please review the details about a problem with students using Internet Explorer 11 to take your quiz or test.

Turnitin Unavailability this Saturday, Nov. 5

Turnitin has scheduled maintenance this Saturday from 6-11 am which means Turnitin will not be available during that time. Please share this with your students if they might be trying to hand in work via Turnitin this weekend.

Blackboard Archive Access

Access to the Blackboard archive server, which contains courses from spring 2015 and earlier, is now restricted to AIS helpdesk staff. You may view directions for requesting an export of courses from spring 2015 or earlier.

Online Education Initiative (OEI) Update

MiraCosta is one of 24 pilot colleges in the OEI. Pat James, the OEI’s first executive director, is retiring in January and recently provided a thorough look back at all the OEI has accomplished and a look ahead at what is to come.

Professional Learning Opportunities

Jim Julius, Ed.D.
Faculty Director, Online Education
Vice President, Academic Senate

Blackboard Quiz/Test Issue

As midterms get started we’ve just discovered a new bug in Blackboard. When students are taking a quiz/test based in Blackboard:

  1. which includes at least one open-ended response, and
  2. which presents questions all at once (rather than one at a time), and
  3. the student is using Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7 or Windows 10,

the student will experience a very frustrating behavior where the test will skip the student down to the last question on the test each time Blackboard auto-saves the student’s answers.

This should not occur in a Blackboard test if any of the three conditions above aren’t true. If you are giving students a Blackboard-based test or quiz and the first two conditions are true, then it’s extremely important that you tell students to NOT use Internet Explorer as their browser when accessing Blackboard and taking the test.

If you prefer to address the problem on your end, the most effective workaround is to change the second condition by setting up the test using the question presentation option “One at a Time” rather than “All at Once”.

We are working with AIS and Blackboard to get this bug patched, and will update you if there is any change.

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