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Canvas Chats: LTI Tools & Arc

DMP, EdTech, Faculty Content, LMSBrandi Bleak

Academic Technology is proud to continue the segment to provide monthly updates on the FSCJ transition to Canvas. On the last Friday of each month of the Spring Term, the Educational Technology team will discuss a different piece of the Canvas puzzle.

April’s chat focused on LTI, or third-party tools, within Canvas - with a special segment dedicated to Arc.

For more information about Video Quizzing within Arc, watch the following segment:

Join Us for Spring Term’s Canvas Days!

EdTech, Faculty Content, LMSBrandi Bleak
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Join us for Canvas Days! Whether you have a last-minute question about Canvas or you’re not even sure how to access the system – this event is for you!

Canvas Days will bring together all of the LMS resources in one place at the same time, so that you can be well-prepared for our transition to Canvas. You can enroll in an official Canvas AFPD training class, or just pop in to one of our open sessions to get a Canvas question answered. The event will have opportunities to come in for one-on-one assistance, receive help with migration, or just have some refreshments and engage in conversation about Canvas!  

During each event, we will be offering the Canvas Basic and Advanced Training Courses, as well as presenting five-to-ten minute coverage of the topics that are most needed by faculty. These brief workshops will cover integrating publisher’s tools, creating question banks, copying and publishing courses, using the Canvas Commons, and much more! We will also be providing one-on-one help with course migration, so we can help you get started, or resolve any issues that you are having with your newly-built Canvas courses.

The remaining Canvas Days are listed below:

  • Adjuncts – We know you can’t always make it to events that are during the work day, so we’ve scheduled this event on May 1st, from 5 – 8 p.m. at Deerwood.

  • All Employees – On May 2nd, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Deerwood, we’ll all be here to offer training, migration assistance, or answers to all of your Canvas questions. Early adopters, adjuncts, full time faculty who have never used Blackboard or Canvas, admins, or any other employee that would like to know more, should come!

 Please be on the look out for more emailed communications about these events as they draw closer and, as always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to with any questions that you may have about Canvas.

How to Integrate Publisher's Content into Canvas

EdTech, Faculty Content, LMSRobyn Reese

Third-party publisher content can be a great way to enrich your Canvas course and provide your students with any materials that they need for success without ever having to leave the LMS. Canvas will allow you to use all of the same publisher tools that you are used to in Blackboard, in many cases in a more streamlined and simpler way. 

How to Add Publisher's Content to Your Course

The first step towards integrating your publisher's content is enabling the publisher's tool (called an App in Canvas) within your course shell. 

To do this, navigate to the Settings tab at the bottom of the left-hand course navigation menu. Then, click the Navigation tab, as shown in the screenshot below.

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At the top of the Navigation tab, you will see a list of the items that are currently visible in the course's side navigation. Below it is a list of items that are currently hidden. Move the Publisher's Content Tool that you would like to enable into the top area and click Save. This item will now appear in your course's side navigation area. 

Click on the newly-added link on the course navigation and the tool will then guide you through the process to pair your course with the materials that you have adopted, using a pairing code or key, as provided by the Publisher's sales representative. 

Identifying which Tool you need to Use

The chart below provides some basic information about the most commonly used materials series from each publisher. Clicking on the name of the publisher in the left-hand column will provide you with access to your publisher's Knowledge Base, where you can find more information about how to use your specific publisher's content with a Canvas Course. 

Commonly-Used Content from that Publisher

Publisher's Name

Mindtap, Aplia, WebAssign, Cengage Unlimited, OpenNow

MH Connect

 AcceleratED Pathways

My....Lab, Mastering...

VitalSource Bookshelf, Elsevier eBooks

Wiley-published textbook content


If you do not see a needed Publisher Content Tool in your Canvas course, please fill out a support ticket in the "Request a Service" area at

MediaSpace/Arc Video Migration News

Faculty Content, DMP, LMS, VideosBrandi Bleak

As the College moves from Blackboard to Canvas, we’ll also be moving all of our video from MediaSpace to Arc, which is Canvas’ video system. If you have created your own videos or had one created for you by the Digital Media Productions team, there are a few steps we need you to complete before the video migration occurs on March 1.

If you use videos that the Digital Media Productions (DMP) team made for you:

Please contact Robin Herriff ASAP with the names of those videos so that we can add them to your MediaSpace account. This ensures you’ll be able to access them in Arc after the video migration is complete. This is necessary for all videos created by our team, whether they are currently being used in Blackboard or not.

If you created your own videos:

Before February 28th, please take some time to go through your MediaSpace account and delete any videos you no longer need or use. (All HR interview videos that are less than three years old must be retained.)

If you have anything that you think could be historically valuable to the College but which may no longer be directly pertinent to you, please contact Jennifer Grey at before you delete the video so that we can see about transferring it to the College’s Archive. Examples of things which might be relevant to the Archive include videos highlighting the history of College’s programs or programming, interviews with faculty/staff/students about their time at FSCJ, or recordings of events hosted by the College. Please reach out to Jennifer directly with any questions, or if you think you may have something she should look over.

As of February 28th, you will no longer be able to add videos to MediaSpace. We will move all of the videos into the Arc system during the first few weeks of March.

From March 1st through summer session, you’ll still be able to use videos linked to MediaSpace, but these links will all need to be changed to Arc links before the fall terms begins. More on how to do that coming soon!

A Very Important Note about Captions

Captions will not be automatically migrated to the new system with the videos. If you used the REACH machine auto-captioning for your videos -- and have edited those captions – you’ll want to download those caption files to your own computer. You’ll then be able to easily add them back to the videos in Arc. (Here’s how to do it.) If you used REACH and did not edit your captions, no need to worry. You can just re-caption your videos in Arc, and it’s even easier and more accurate. If the DMP team created a captioned video for you, we’ll take care of adding those captions back after the migration is complete.

Keep an eye out for a training course called Canvas at FSCJ: Arc and Video Migration.

In addition, the Educational Technology Team will be hosting live Canvas Chats at 11:30 a.m. on the last Friday of every month this term, so you can email us any questions you may have to be answered live. This month we’ll be talking all things video and Arc.  

You can also email or directly with any questions about video, MediaSpace, and/or Arc.

LIVE Canvas Chats!

EdTech, DMP, Faculty Content, LMS, StudioBrandi Bleak

Academic Technology is proud to introduce a new live segment to provide monthly updates on the FSCJ transition to Canvas. On the last Friday of each month, the Educational Technology team will discuss a different piece of the Canvas puzzle. Then we’ll give you, our faculty and staff, an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the transition.

If you have questions about the transition to Canvas, email

Canvas Chats - Episode 1

This broadcast aired live Friday, January 25, 2019 at 11:30 a.m..

How to Prepare Blackboard Courses for Migration to Canvas

EdTech, Faculty Content, LMSBrandi Bleak

As the Fall term has progressed, many of members of our faculty have asked us what they should be doing to best prepare for the migration of their courses to Canvas. During the Fall, it was not yet essential that faculty do anything in preparation. Now, however, the Canvas system is set up and it is a good time for all faculty to begin preparing their Blackboard courses for the transition by doing some Spring (Term) Cleaning.

As course shells are used and re-used over terms, they can begin to get a bit cluttered with materials that may no longer be needed or that may not be well-organized. This content does not need to come over to Canvas, and may make your transition more difficult. So, as we begin to migrate course content from Blackboard to Canvas, there are a few things you can do to prepare your content by ensuring that it is well-organized.

Exporting Your Course:

The first step that you should take in this process is exporting your Blackboard courses, which will ensure that you have a backup of the complete course before you make any changes or delete files. You can store the packaged file on your local computer or within OneDrive through Office365.

For instructions on backing up a course, review this knowledge base article: How to export a Blackboard course

To Access OneDrive:

Clearing Out the Content Collection

Next, you can begin the clean-up! You’ll start in the area where your Blackboard course content is all stored, the often-neglected Content Collection, which can be accessed as shown below.

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Once there, you can determine if completing any of the following tasks will make your course less cluttered, and more organized.


Delete Unused Files

If there are files that you no longer using in your course, delete them.

Delete Duplicate Files

If the original file exists, then the duplicate file(s) should be removed. These files generally contain keywords in their file name such as (1) or Copy.

Export Videos Store within Blackboard

All videos that have been directly uploaded into Blackboard should be exported to your local computer so that they can be re-uploaded into Arc (Canvas' new video storage system). Video files will have the following extensions: .MP4/.AVI/.FLV/.WMV/.MOV

If you have used a Kaltura MediaSpace, YouTube or similar product to simply embed the video, you will not need to move/address the video - it is not actually being stored in Bb. We will address how those videos will be migrated more thoroughly in future communications/training.