All academic courses taught at Missouri Western State University (MWSU) have a Canvas course site that is created automatically. Even if you don’t use Canvas, your course site is there for you and your students are automatically enrolled in it.To find your Canvas course site, go to Missouri Western’s home page, go down to quick links at the bottom of the page and click on Canvas.
Or go to A-Z and click on Canvas in the “C” section. Or go directly to missouriwestern.instructure.com. You will be asked to sign in with your Missouri Western credentials if you have not already done so.
You will see your Canvas Dashboard “course card(s)” for all the course sites associated with you. Find the name of your course and the appropriate term (i.e., ENG-100, Spring 2020)
When you first enter your Canvas course site, you will see an empty site. Use the following resources as a guide to connect with your students, add course content, and teach online.
Panopto is a course capturing software that integrates smoothly with Canvas. Panopto uses an easy interface to record video, audio, screen capture and PowerPoint. Consider Panopto for capturing an entire course from home or in the classroom, for when you’re sick or away from campus for a seminar/convention, recording a portion of your lecture for students to review, and/or broadcasting live (webinar).
Panopto can be accessed through Canvas, through the Panopto Recordings tab on the left-hand side of the course shell. If you start a recording from there, it will be sure to be stored in the correct class, which will give each student enrolled in that class, in that semester permission to access the video.
Panopto videos/recordings can be copied and shared between classes, and moved from semester to semester to share with the same class over and over.
Because classes are being held exclusively online there has been an increase in Zoom as well as other online resources. We have been seeing an increase of fraudulent participants causing disruption to classes and meetings. Some students have been posting the links to classes on other online mediums (reddit, etc.) and some people have just been keying in random numbers until they come up with a scheduled meeting/class that hasn’t started yet.
Click hereto see what you can do to keep you sessions protected.
What is Zoom?
Zoom is a video conferencing software that makes it easy for participants to connect and interact via a computer or mobile device.
Use Zoom for advisement sessions. Use Zoom for online classes. Use Zoom for virtual office hours. Use Zoom for interviews. Use Zoom for meetings.
Connect with up to 100 or possibly 300 participants at one time
Interact with video, audio & chatting
Share your screen with participants
Record your sessions/classes to post into Panopto or Canvas later
Create waiting rooms to speak to participants privately one at a time
If you sign up for your own free Zoom account using your Missouri Western email, you will have a basic account, which allows you to connect to 100 participants and hold meetings up to 40 minutes. When cut off, you can just reconnect for another 40 minutes with no problems. You have an unlimited amount of meetings/classes you can start. We also have a limited number of licensed/pro accounts which will allow you to connect to 300 participants, with an unlimited meeting time. To inquire about a licensed/pro account or for further information about Zoom, please contact Kevin McQuirter at (816) 271-5662 or Tara Stoll at (816) 271-4171.
You will need to login with your MWSU campus email address and password (under sign in). The download will take some time so you need to have time set aside to do this and a good network connection. Once installed, the software can run on your computer while you are not on the network.
Note: If you are having problems with installing the software, you will need to contact Microsoft directly. The ITS department at Missouri Western will be unable to help you with this software.
Missouri Western’s Micro Studio is your home for audio and visual recordings. The workstation is preloaded with software such as Panopto and Adobe’s Creative Cloud, so no matter what medium you’re recording, we have you covered!
To schedule the Micro Studio, please call (816) 271-5880.
Missouri Western’s Digital Signage System allows departments to display important content on displays around campus. Each department that has a display is responsible for creating/updating the content on the display. The IMC will insert and schedule the content to be displayed based on the criteria requested by each department. To request access to create content for your department’s display, and to set up your layout, please contact Kevin McQuirter by email at email@example.com.
For most users a simple slideshow will do everything you need. If that is what you need then see this GUIDEfor instruction on building a slideshow in Google Slides.
Some users need to display videos. If that is your need then see this GUIDEto uploading your videos to YouTube. Please note that we no longer allow audio to be played out of the digital signage displays.
Listen Assist – Head set checked out to the student that assists with hearing loss, with or without hearing aid. It brings the speaker’s voice directly to the ear. Helps to overcome the problems of distant and surrounding noise.
Large Monitors in class for screen share with Professor
Digital Audio Recorders are available for students that qualify for services. Typically the systems are checked out to the students on a semester basis. Students use the audio recorders to record audio for classes and events for later review.
Audacity LAME Encoder – Plug-in allowing Audacity to export MP3 files.
(After downloading the zip file, unzip it and save the file lame_enc.dll that it contains to anywhere on your computer. Remember where you saved it, because when you first choose the “Export as MP3” option, you will be asked where the lame_enc.dll file is saved.)
Many machines reset themselves when shut off and turned back on. That is always good to try if nothing else works. For troubleshooting common problems that can be remedied please contact Classroom Services at (816) 271-4395 or report a problem if you cannot get the problem solved.