Hi All,

Welcome to the November 2023 Educational Technology Newsletter! Let’s dive into this newsletter with information about spring Canvas sites, Panopto policy updates, AI badges, and more.

Panopto Lecture Capture Policy Updates

Please review this information carefully as it will affect all of your previously recorded course lecture captures.

What is changing

Starting on January 10th, 2024 all Panopto lecture capture classroom recordings that occurred before December 31st, 2022 will be deleted. This only affects Panopto recordings that exist in your course Panopto folders. This does NOT impact course recordings in your personal Panopto folder or other group recording folders.

Summary of Changes to Panopto Lecture Capture Policy:

  • Exemption for Active Videos: Videos created or viewed since December 31, 2022, will not be deleted, regardless of their creation date.
  • Specific Criteria for Deletion:
    • Only Remote Recorder sessions (i.e. classroom recordings) are subject to deletion.
    • Sessions with a ‘last viewed date’ on or before December 31, 2022, will be permanently deleted.
    • Videos in Personal Folders are exempt and will remain unaffected.
  • Key Points to Remember:
    • The ‘Panopto Recordings’ link in Canvas will only show recordings subject to deletion if they meet the above criteria.
    • To retain any affected lecture capture recordings, transfer them to your personal Panopto folder.
    • Moving forward the the policy will be adjusted so that the retention rules target ‘last viewed dates’ of greater than six months for permanent deletion (only room recordings, and personal folders still being exempt).

This update to BC’s retention policy is part of an ongoing effort to manage our Panopto storage effectively. Future adjustments may be necessary to lecture capture recordings, but personal folders will continue to be exempt.

If you want to retain any lecture capture recordings or videos that are stored in course Panopto folders you will need to follow these instructions to move them to your personal Panopto folder.

Getting help

If you have questions please feel free to reach out to atrinbox@bc.edu and we’d be happy to answer them. If you tried to follow the instructions and still need help learning how to move your lecture captures I will be holding office hours to help you learn how to do so. Office hours will be held from November 16th through December 7th. You can book an appointment here. The staff in faculty services are also aware of the process and can teach you how to move your recordings as well. You may also email them to schedule time to learn how to complete this process if you’d like.

Spring 2024 Canvas Updates

Your spring courses are now available in Canvas. If you do not see your course site in Canvas please let me know and I will work with academic services to generate the site for you. You may use the resources below to get started with your spring Canvas sites. If you would like to learn more about how to best use Canvas for your course please feel free to schedule a consultation with me and I’d be happy to work with you.

New Semester Quick Start Guide

You can find a new Canvas quick start guide on the BC Law Ed Tech Blog that walks you through the most common steps for setting up your new site each semester. There are also additional resources to learn how to use Canvas to its fullest potential. In the guide you’ll find information on:

  • How to get started with a brand new Canvas site
  • Importing previous course material
  • Learn how to use the Law School’s Canvas Template
  • Familiarize yourself with publishing Canvas content
  • Learn how to create and grade assignments
  • Configure your Panopto lecture capture permissions
  • And more!

Additional resources and guides that answer common Law School community questions will be added in the coming weeks. I hope you find it to be a useful resource to plan and build your Canvas sites from now on.

You can find more helpful tutorial videos on the BC Law Ed Tech YouTube page. You can also watch previously held workshops covering various Canvas and course-related topics here.

New AI Assignment Resources

I just finished working on a new resource to help you give guidance to your students about the acceptable use of AI in your course. In the resource, you’ll find information to help you inform your decisions on AI usage as well as instructions for implementing nicely designed AI badges that were created by the Center for Digital Innovation and Learning.

Click here to read about the new resources and how you can implement them in your Canvas sites for the spring. If you have any questions or would like to discuss a different policy you have in mind I’d be happy to talk with you one-on-one.

Jamboard Updates

Google Jamboard is being retired as a service and will no longer be available after December 31, 2024. You can read more about the announcement here. If you made use of Jamboard or are interested in other virtual whiteboarding tools I suggest signing up for one of the alternatives suggested on their website.

  • Miro (free for educators and students)
  • FigJam (free for educators and students)

Both of these programs do have a bit of a learning curve so I suggest spending some time learning the basics and experimenting prior to bringing them into the classroom. They are very feature-rich and extremely powerful tools with a lot to offer. If you want to learn more about using them you can always reach out to me for a practice session or consultation.