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Tip of the Week Videos

  • Updating Your Office Location and Phone Number in MyNU

    Niagara University employees have the ability to make changes to their employee profiles, including adding their office's location and phone number. Our directory is only searchable internally, so any changes you make are only visible to other NU employees.

  • Opening and Editing PDFs in Microsoft Word

    If you need to edit a PDF but do not have an editing software package like Adobe Acrobat, you may be able to make your changes by opening and editing the PDF in Microsoft Word.

  • Using a Niagara University Zoom Background

    Our amazing graphic design team has created images Niagara University faculty, staff, and students can use as virtual backgrounds during Zoom meetings. This short video will show you how to locate the official NU Zoom backgrounds and add them to your Zoom web portal.

  • Scheduling Zoom Meetings for Others on Google Calendar

    If you schedule Zoom meetings on behalf of other employees, this video will show you how to set up the Zoom so that the other person is the host. It will also cover how to add it to that employee's Google calendar.

  • Classroom Speaker Selection

    If you're teaching in a classroom but it seems like the speakers are not working, check to see if you have the correct speakers selected. This video shows you how to select and change speakers in classrooms.

  • Using Glynn Hall Classroom Document Camera as a Webcam

    In Glynn Hall, the newly installed Document Cameras can be used as Webcams for Zoom Meetings or Google Meets. In this video, Katie Rossi, Instructional Support Specialist, shows you how to use a document camera as a webcam.

  • Add a Custom Image to Your Canvas Course

    You can make your Canvas course more distinctive by adding an image to your course's Dashboard card. This helps students easily find your course among all the others on their cluttered Dashboards. Google Draw can help you create a custom image for each course.

  • Google Chrome's QR Code Generator

    If you routinely reference websites in your class, consider including a QR code linking to these websites in your class presentation materials. This video shows you how to generate a QR code from Google Chrome and share it with your students.

  • Developing Seating Charts in Canvas

    Instructors can use the Attendance utility in Canvas to develop seating charts for their classes. This short video shows you how.

  • Remove Roll Call Attendance from Canvas Gradebook

    This video shows you how to remove Roll Call Attendance from your Canvas Gradebook. You can still use the utility to track students' attendance in your course, but following these steps removes it from your Canvas Grades.

  • Zoom Closed Captioning

    Zoom offers auto-generated closed captions for your meetings and recordings. This video shows you how to enable closed captioning and turn it on during Zoom meetings.

  • Canvas Quiz Logs

    If you turn on Canvas Quiz Logs, you will be able to see a timeline of how students progressed through your exam. The log will show how long a student spent on a question, did they change their answer, and did they navigate away from the Canvas Quiz page at any point.

  • Zoom Scheduling Privileges

    You can assign Scheduling Privileges in Zoom if others schedule your Zoom meetings for you. This video shows you how to assign this privilege to another Niagara University faculty or staff member.

  • Adding Zoom to Your Google Calendar Meeting Invitations

    If you prefer using Zoom for your remote meetings, you should install the Zoom for GSuite Add On. This short video shows you how to install the add on so that Zoom appears as an option when scheduling meetings with Google Calendar.

  • Canvas Notes Column in Gradebook

    Instructors can use a Notes column in the Gradebook to keep track of information in their courses, such as extra student information or general notes. The Notes column is not visible to students. This video shows you how to view Notes and enter them.

  • Zoom Client Sign In

    If you have trouble signing in to the Zoom application on your computer's desktop, it's probably because you're using the wrong sign-in field. Niagara University uses a Single Sign On (SSO) System to connect all of their applications.

  • Canvas Assign Field

    To give students different due dates, available from/until dates, or different assignments altogether, open the Canvas Quiz, Assignment, or Discussion board in Edit mode. Navigate down to the Assign field and make the appropriate changes. This video shows you how.

  • Adding a Local Video File to Canvas

    This video shows you how to add an .mp4 video to your Canvas Files library. You can then add this video to Modules, Announcements, Discussions, Assignments, and Quizzes.

  • Save a Lecture Recorded with BigBlueButton/Canvas Conferences

    If you recorded your class meeting or lecture with Canvas Conferences/BigBlueButton, you can save this video to your computer as a local mp4 file. Open the conference recording, click on "video," and then right click to save the video.

  • Create Appointment Slots in Your Canvas Course Calendar

    If you'd like students to sign up for an appointment with you through their Canvas Calendars, this short video shows you to set this up. Only students who are enrolled in your Canvas course will be able to sign up for appointments this way.