Canvas Studio Online Video Learning Platform (Formerly ARC)

Studio is the next-generation online video learning platform available within Canvas that unmutes learning by turning one‑way, passive video into inclusive, productive discussion. Studio is available to all MiraCosta College faculty, staff, and students through our Canvas LMS platform. Studio was formerly known as ARC and was re-branded by Instructure May 15, 2019.

Studio is available to faculty and students from the main blue navigation bar in MiraCosta College Canvas.

Studio is also available to faculty only on the navigation menu within a Canvas course to RECORD or ADD video content.

Studio is also available to faculty only on the navigation menu within a Canvas course to RECORD or ADD video content.

Note that when accessing Studio within the Canvas Rich Content Editor, you’ll need to click the More External Tools button (looks like a V) and then select Studio from the List.

When accessing Studio within the Canvas Rich Content Editor, you'll need to click the More External Tools button (looks like a V) and then select Studio from the List.

Helpful Guides

Key Studio utorials/videos to get you started:

To learn more about Studio and Canvas,  View the full set of Studio tutorials

YouTube

What’s in a Name? Plenty! NameCoach and Building Online Community

MiraCosta College has partnered with NameCoach to help people in our community learn to pronounce your name correctly, from the classroom to graduation. Voice record the pronunciation of your name using the profile level recorder within Canvas. That pronunciation will be visible to instructors, students, and anyone who has access to your courses as a resource to learn how to say your name. Gender pronouns and honorifics are also presented to encourage an inclusive educational environment.

NameCoach Pronunciation Tool from NU Digital Learning on Vimeo.

Recording Your Name in Name Coach within Canvas

  1. Log on to Canvas and click Account on the left menu.
  2. Click Profile
Name Coach Recording in Canvas Step 1 and 2.

3. Click Name Coach Recorder

4. Click ‘Record Name‘ or ‘Edit this recording‘ and follow the onscreen directions. Both buttons will default to the recording directions for first time users.

Reviewing and Editing Your Name Recording

Once you record your name you can review it and/or rerecord it.

  1. Log on to Canvas and click Account on the left menu.
  2. Click Profile
  3. Click Name Coach Recorder
  4. To listen to the recording, click the Arrow Button.
Step 4 Name Coach Reviewing Your Recording

5. To rerecord your name, click the Edit this recording button. Follow the onscreen directions to rerecord.

Step 5 Name Coach Rerecord Your Name.

View your Name Coach Roster and Listen to Student Name Recordings

  1. Enter your Canvas course, click NameCoach on left course menu.
  2. Click on the Arrow button to the right of a student’s name to listen to the student’s name recording.

Submit Handwritten Work to Canvas using Camscanner App and a Phone

CamScanner allows students to use their phone to scan multiple pages of handwritten homework to a PDF to submit to an online course. The app is available for Android, iPhone, and iPad. The basic version is free and should be sufficient for students to scan multiple pages to one file that can be submitted to a Canvas assignment.

Camscanner App Tutorials for Canvas

Android

iPhone (iOS)

Try These 10 Things To Fix Your Computer Problem Before You Call Support

Troubleshooting computer problems is part of modern life when you teach online. Before you make that support call, try your hand at fixing some of the most common problems yourself.

  1. Check your Course Management System (CMS) Status
    Is it a maintenance time? Or is  Canvas currently experiencing an outage?

    1. Canvas Status Updates
    2. Stay Up To Date with Changes Happening within Canvas
  2. Clear Browser Cache (history, cookies, etc.)
    Clearing your browser cache often will resolve the problem by allowing your computer to download the latest version of the webpage and/or software.

    1. How do I clear my browser cache on a PC?
    2. How do I clear my browser cache on a MAC?
  3. Try a Different Browser
    If you have cleared your browser cache and things are still not working as you expect try a different browser. Example: if you are using Chrome, try Firefox and visa versa. Ensure that your browsers are up to date. You can always download the latest version free online.

    1. Chrome
    2. Firefox
    3. Which browsers does Canvas support?
  4. Restart your Computer
    Many faculty and staff solve their problems with this simple step. Always a good option to try.
  5. Check your Internet Connection Speed
    A slow connection could be why your CMS system is running slow.  Share your result with your internet service provider as necessary to resolve.
  6. Enable Browser Cookies
    Cookies are small files which are stored on a user’s computer. They are designed to hold a modest amount of data specific to a particular client and website, and can be accessed either by the web server or the client computer. This allows the online server to deliver a page tailored to a particular user, or the page itself can contain some script which is aware of the data in the cookie and so is able to carry information from one visit to the website (or related site) to the next.
  7. Enable Java
    It strongly recommended to have the latest version to ensure proper functionality of our online systems.

    1. Review ‘What is Java and Why do I need it?
    2. Download Java
  8. Manage Pop-Up Blockers
    Pop-up windows, or pop-ups, are windows that appear automatically without your permission. They vary in size but usually don’t cover the whole screen. They are often required for certain online website applications to work properly.
  9. Make sure that your Operating System is fully updated. 
    Neglecting updates could deprive you of important bug and performance fixes.

    1. Apple Computer
    2. PC Computer 
  10. Check your Device Settings
    This is a great tool to identify what is on your computer, browser version, plugins, etc. This tool can help you update your computer yourself, and/or can be provided to tech support to assist you further with troubleshooting.

    1. What are the basic computer specifications for Canvas?

Filtering Canvas Grades to Only Show SURF Enrolled Students

By default the Grades tool will display all users in the roles Student, Sample Student, Tutor, Evaluator, and WC SI Leader in your Canvas course. This can make grading difficult as the additional roles will mix in alphabetically with your SURF Enrolled students.

For ease of grading, you can filter your grade book to only display SURF enrolled students.

From within Canvas:

  1. Click on Grades

    Step 1 Grades Filter

  2. Select the View drop down
  3. Select Filters
  4. Select Sections

    Step 2, 3, and 4 of Gradebook Sections

  5. Select the All Sections drop down
  6. Select the section number that ends in -SURF

    Step 5 and 6 Gradebook Sections

To display only users in the roles Sample Student, Tutor, Evaluator, and WC SI Leader

  1. Select the section number that end in -OTHER to view only non-SURF enrollment types.

Other Section in Gradebook

To display all users together in Grades

  1. Select All Sections to view all enrollment types in the Grades sheet.

All Sections in Gradebook

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