AU LMS Documentation

Attendance

The Attendance application allows instructors to track which students attend class. Air University uses an Attendance application that is different from the Roll Call application described in Instructure’s Canvas Guides.

This guide answers the following questions:

How do I take attendance?

To take attendance click on the Attendance link in the side menu to bring up the Attendance App.

Image showing where the Attendance button is in the canvas side menu

By default, the attendance tool opens to today's date.

Image showing the Attendance App with the date picker open

If needed, move to a different date by clicking the left and right arrows next to the date or by clicking on the date [1] . Click on the date and a popup calendar displays to aid in date selection.

Image labeling the buttons for marking students present, late, or absent

To mark attendance, click on the applicable attendance status icon [2] to mark a student as present, late, or absent.

For a given date, attendance for all students on that date can be marked as present by clicking on the MARK ALL PRESENT button [3]. To deselect all as present click the UNMARK ALL button [4].

How do I look at course attendance for previous dates?

To see attendance for previous dates click on the date and navigate to the desired date in the date picker. The attendance tool will display attendance for the selected date.

How do I create and download reports?

Image showing the export button along with the options in the export popup

Click on the EXPORT [1] button to open a popup providing options for EXPORT ALL [2] or EXPORT DATE RANGE [3].

Full Course Report

Click on EXPORT ALL [2] to produce a spreadsheet compatible CSV format file of all enrolled students with their attendance status throught the current or final course date.

Date Range Report

To create a report of student attendance for a range of dates:

  1. Click on the Start Date and End Date calendar popup buttons [4] and select the report start and end dates.

  2. Click on EXPORT DATE RANGE [3].

Image showing the exported CSV opened in Microsoft Excel, a spreadsheet application

This will produces a spreadsheet compatible CSV format file [5] of all the students and their attendance status for the selected date range. Dates for which attendance data was later removed or for which UNMARK ALL was selected shows a date with attendance of n/a.

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Conferencing

AU uses BigBlueButton to support web conferencing inside of Canvas. AU's Canvas integration with BigBlueButton is very similar to the one available in Instructure's Canvas cloud.

Differences include:

  • Items shown in sidebar menus in AU differ slightly from menus shown in Instructure’s Canvas cloud guides.
  • Recorded sessions do not expire in 14 days but are available indefinitely.

For more information on BigBlueButton, see Instructure's Canvas Guides for Conferences.

Blogs

AU LMS uses Wordpress to support blogging. The full integration is not yet complete in AU’s Sandbox instance of Canvas.

NOTE: This integration is still in progress and the documentation may be incomplete.

SCORM

SCORM support in AU Canvas is implemented by integrating the RUSTICI SCORM Engine. This is similar but not the same as Instructure’s implementation.

SCORM is a set of technical standards to ensure that learning content produced for Air University is compatible with the Canvas LMS. The term is also used to describe packages of content that conform to those standards. A SCORM package is a single file containing all of the content and logic for delivering a learning module. SCORM packages can contain content sequences and interactive pages. SCORM packages can be used as graded items that report a score into the gradebook.

This guide answers the following questions:

How do I create a SCORM package?

You create a SCORM package by using a third party authoring tool such as SoftChalk, Adobe Captivate, or Articulate Storyline, to create and save your course content as a SCORM zip file.

NOTE: The Air University SCORM application is slightly different from Instructure’s Canvas cloud application described in the Canvas Guides.

How do I upload a SCORM package to Canvas?

Image showing the SCORM Player and Upload buttons

Click on SCORM Player [1], then click on Upload [2].

Image showing a file selection

After clicking Upload, select and upload the SCORM file by clicking on the file [3].

How do I import a SCORM package into a Canvas course?

Image showing the options for importing
  1. Click on Choose import type [1].
  2. Select Import as graded assignment [2] or Import as ungraded assignment [3].
  3. Click on Go [4].
Image showing the options launching, previewing, and deleting

The package will appear in SCORM with options to launch [1], preview [2], or delete [3] the assignment package.

Image showing the option for previewing

Click preview [2] to view the SCORM content as a student will see the assignment.

When you complete the assignment in the preview mode, Canvas updates the score to display how the score appears to students. All package uploads default to 100 points. To reset the test content, click the Reset button. When you are finished with the preview, click the Done button.

How do I delete a SCORM assignment?

Image showing the option for deleting

To delete a SCORM file, click the trash can icon.

NOTE: If you delete a SCORM assignment from the Assignments, Discussions, or Quizzes pages, the assignment will still appear on the SCORM page, and if you try to open the assignment, Canvas will generate an error. However, if you delete the assignment from the SCORM page, the assignment will also be deleted from all other applicable Canvas locations.

How do I make a SCORM assignment available to students?

Image showing where the Assignments button and publish icon is.
  1. Click on Assignment [1].
  2. Click on publish icon [2].

How do I as a student access SCORM content?

Image showing where the Assignments button and where to click on a course.
  1. Click on Assignment in the sidebar navigation menu [1]
  2. Click on the specific course [2] and it will open.
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Collaborations

A collaboration is a shared document that multiple people can simultaneously view and edit. Canvas supports collaborations using multiple tools including Etherpad, Google Docs, and Office 365. Collaborations that use Google Docs or Office 365 require all participants to have accounts on those systems. For that reason, Etherpad is recommended as the primary tool for Canvas collaborations.

For information on creating collaborations using Google Docs and Office 365, see the Canvas Collaboration guides provided by Instructure. Etherpad-based collaborations are very similar. This documentation describes aspects unique to Etherpad.

NOTE: This integration is still in progress and the documentation may be incomplete.

Exam Proctoring

Plagiarism Detection

Air University uses VeriCite to perform plagiarism checking. For more information, see: