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Video Tech Tips

In addition to our Smeal Academy Newsletter, eLDIG provides Video Tech Tips covering some of the most frequently asked questions about Canvas, Kaltura, Zoom, and more! These short videos are recorded and produced by our team to best serve your instructional needs.

How to Set Up Your Grading Scheme in Canvas

How to Set Up Your Grading Scheme in Canvas

This video explains how to set up your Grading Scheme in Canvas. You can choose conventional, pre-made grading schemes that are commonly used in Penn State, or you can choose to create a custom scheme which is great for finer adjustments and allowing for the possibility of rounding.

Finalizing Your Canvas Gradebook

Finalizing Your Canvas Gradebook

This video explains how to finalize your students’ grades in Canvas. There are three important recommendations in the video:

  1. All grades should have a numeric value in them. A dash ( — ) will count as a zero in the final grade calculation, it will not remove that assignment from overall grade calculation.
  2. Make sure all hidden grades are visible to students. Whether a grade is visible to students or not won’t affect the student’s true grade, but it does allow them to fully understand why they earned the grade they did.
  3. Export the grades in Canvas to an Excel document and check to make sure that students’ listed “Current Grade” is the same as their listed “Final Grade.” If these numbers are not the same, then there is an issue somewhere in the Canvas Gradebook that will need to be troubleshooted.

 

Edit Out Time From Zoom Recordings in Kaltura

This video explains how to edit out time from the beginning, middle, or end of your Zoom recordings through Kaltura’s built-in video editing tool. If your class doesn’t start or end correctly due to some technical issue, or you accidentally pull up some sensitive information during class that you don’t want saved in the final recording, you can edit all that out before sending it to students!

Once you have edited your video, information on how to send that to students can be found below.

Helpful Resources

Automatically Adding Zoom Recordings to Canvas

Automatically Adding Zoom Recordings to Canvas

This video explains how to automatically add Zoom Recordings to your Canvas course. This can be done by altering the settings in Canvas (adding “Zoom” and “Media Gallery” to the left panel of your course) and then starting and recording your Zoom meetings directly through Canvas. Once a recording is in Canvas’ Media Gallery, you may edit it or share it with your students as you please.

For additional information on how to schedule and start a Zoom meeting through Canvas, please see the first linked item under “Helpful Resources.”

Helpful Resources

Accessing Zoom Recordings through Kaltura

Accessing Zoom Recordings through Kaltura

This video explains how to access your class Zoom Recordings through Kaltura. You can use the link that Kaltura automatically sends to you after a recording is completed, or you can also search for the video directly on Kaltura’s site.

Once you’ve found the video you’re looking for, you may choose to share it with your students or embed it in your course. Please see the videos under “Helpful Resources” for instructions on how to do this.

Helpful Resources

Embedding Kaltura Videos into Canvas

Embedding Kaltura Videos into Canvas

This video explains how to embed existing Kaltura media—including automatic Zoom recordings—directly into a Canvas course. (NOTE: This process is identical for any page type in Canvas, e.g. assignments, pages, discussion boards, etc.) As you are embedding your video, some available options you can select from include the video size, whether it autoplays, and how you want the video preview to be displayed.

Embedding media directly into Canvas is our recommended method for sharing videos with your entire class. To share a video with an individual student or someone not associated with you Canvas course, we recommend sharing the URL link—instructions on how to do this are listed in the second link in the “Helpful Resources” section below.

Helpful Resources

Editing and Sharing Zoom Recordings in Kaltura

Editing and Sharing Zoom Recordings in Kaltura

When you record your Zoom session, that recording video is automatically saved to Kaltura under a preset name. This automatic recording is also by default not shareable with a URL link. This video explains how to edit the titles of your Zoom recordings and adjust their visibility settings so that you can easily share your recordings with anyone else through a simple URL link. Sharing videos with a URL link is a great way to share your videos with individual students or with those who are not enrolled in your Canvas course.

To share videos with your entire class, we recommend embedding the videos directly into Canvas. The second link in the “Helpful Resources” section below explains how to do this.

Helpful Resources

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Kaltura: Sharing a Link to Your Media File