Tip of the Week Videos

  • Zoom Focus Mode

    Zoom Focus Mode prevents participants' from seeing each other or others' screens when screen sharing. When in Focus Mode, only the host can see all participants' videos and shared screens. This feature is designed for use when proctoring exams or assessments remotely.

  • Student Annotation Assignments

    You now have the ability to accept student annotations as assignment submissions in Canvas. This can be handy if you want students to identify the mistake in a math problem, circle a figure in an image, or any other task where the student must draw or write on a picture or file.

  • Student Presentation or Appointment Sign Up in Canvas

    Many professors require students to give presentations in class. To organize and manage who is presenting when, you can require students to sign up for slots in Canvas. This short video shows how to set this up in the Canvas Calendar for your course and share the information with your students.

  • How to Tell if a Student Viewed an Item in Canvas

    The Canvas Access Report and the New Analytics feature show professors which students viewed a particular resource. So if you ever wonder if a student actually looked at something you posted in Canvas, this short video will show you how you can find out.

  • Update All Canvas Assignment Due Dates

    If your class schedule gets a little off track, Canvas Assignments has a handy batch edit tool that allows Instructors to update all due dates from one screen.

  • Online Booking for Advisement Appointments

    Faculty have the ability to set up bookable appointments through their Google Calendars. They can set up both online appointment availability and in-person availability to provide a choice to their advisees. This video shows you how to set this up and generate one link to send to your advisees.

  • Canvas SpeedGrader Comments Library

    If you use Canvas SpeedGrader to evaluate your students' work and give feedback, you may find building a Comments Library helpful. The Comments Library saves frequently used comments can be inserted manually or via predictive text.

  • Niagara University's Early Alert Program

    If a student is struggling academically in your class, consider filling out an EAP form. Fill this form out for students who have begun missing a lot of class or failing to turn in assignments. This form is sent to an academic "first responder" who will connect with that student.

  • Using Requirements in Canvas Modules

    Canvas module requirements allow instructors to monitor what tasks students have completed and what activities they have left to finish. It also prevents students from moving on without completing everything you have asked them to do.

  • Revealing Who Watched Zoom Class Recording

    If you want to know which students watched your Zoom class recording and for how long they spent watching the video recording, this short video will show you how to set this up and find the report.

  • Embed Library Content in Canvas Courses

    Niagara University recently integrated the Library's Research Guides with Canvas, so faculty can now add Library content to their Canvas course pages. This short video shows you how. Many thanks to our awesome Library team for creating these robust Research Guides!

  • Restrict Student Access to Canvas Course Before Course Start Date

    When you Publish your course in Canvas, you can still restrict students from accessing it before the first day of class. This video shows you how.

  • 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.