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Teaching Technologies

How do I access my courses while off-campus?

In order to pass through the university multi-factored authentication system, you will need to set up DUO. Please follow these instructions: Duo Device Installation

How do I record a lecture for my class?

Recording a short lecture for your students can provide a simple way to explain course content. Students can also review the material multiple times to help them understand your explanations. Here are some key pointers when recording a lecture:

  • Keep it short. Lecture videos longer than ten minutes are often difficult for students to sit through. Three to six minutes is an ideal time range.
  • Don't bloviate. Identify what your students need to know and then cover the topic in the most efficient way possible.
  • Be clear and upfront about the purpose and goal of the video and then deliver what you promise.
  • Speak plainly and clearly. Be direct and as clear as you can. Your international students will thank you. If you use a difficult vocabulary word, take time to define it.
  • Make it interesting and personal. Succinct storytelling and adding some personality can add interest and keep your student's attention.

There are several software options for recording a lecture. A simple and free solution is screencast-o-matic. You can also use Zoom, which is integrated with Canvas. For instructions on how to use Zoom, see How do I hold a class session online?
To learn how to use screencast-o-matic watch the Beginner's Guide to Screencast-O-Matic's Free Screen Recorder

Other similar software packages include Loom, Apowersoft, and TechSmith Snagit. Both Loom and Techsmith Snagit have free offers to their paid services due to COVID-19.

Once you have recorded your lecture, follow this guide and upload the video to an assignment, quiz, or page in Canvas:
How do I upload a video using the Rich Content Editor as an instructor?

How do I hold a class session online?

Canvas has two solutions to meet with your students online. You can use the Canvas Conferences tool (BigBlueButton) or you can use Zoom. Currently, Zoom has a 45 minute time limit per meeting. Whichever you choose, make sure the Conferences or Zoom navigation button is turned on in Canvas. Otherwise, your students will not be able to access the tool.

To use Conferences (BigBlueButton), do the following:

  1. If the Conferences button has a crossed out eye next to it, go to Settings, click on Navigation and drag the Conferences button from the bottom to the top.
  2. Click Save.

For further instructions on Canvas Conferences, see the following Canvas guide and BigBlueButton Tutorial:

To use Zoom, do the following:

  1. To use Zoom your default email address in Canvas needs to be your BYUH email address. To change your default email address go to Account, then Settings.
  2. To set up Zoom, go to Settings, click on Navigation and drag the Zoom button from the bottom to the top. Click Save.
  3. Click on Zoom in the left-hand menu. Zoom should send you an email to complete the setup.
  4. Once you create your first meeting, you will be asked to download a stand-alone application from which you will run your meeting.
  5. To login to the stand-alone application click on Sign in with SSO. Enter as the company domain.
  6. The BYU-Hawaii Single Sign On page should come up in a browser window. Enter your BYU-Hawaii credentials.
  7. You are now ready to hold your first meeting.

For further instructions on using Zoom, see the following tutorials:

How do I get my tests proctored online?

Proctorio is a tool that records and tracks suspicious student behavior during tests then provides a report for the teacher, allowing them to review student test sessions. Usually, the university has a limited supply of available tests. However, all students will have access to this technology due to the COVID-19 outbreak for all exams. To use Proctorio for your class, do the following:

  1. Login to Canvas Course in the Chrome Browser.
  2. Head to Settings then click on the Navigations Tab. From here, enable "Secure Exam Proctor".
  3. Once enabled, select the Secure Exam Proctor tab to install the Chrome extension or click on this link:
  4. Once the Chrome Extension is enabled:
  5. Create a new quiz
  6. Set a time limit
  7. Check "Enable Proctorio Secure Exam Proctor" under Quiz Restrictions.
  8. Finally, click on the "Proctorio Settings" tab at the top, click the settings you want to utilize for Proctorio & "Save & Publish".

Once you have installed and logged in to Proctorio, you have access to their tutorials for teachers here: Professor Support (if you click on this link and you are led to Support for Test-Takers, you are not logged in).

If you wish to see a tutorial without first installing Proctorio, see the following: Proctorio/Canvas Demo. You will need to provide your BYUH email address to access this demo.

For student instructions, see: Student Support

Who do I contact if I have technical problems?