How to Embed Interactive Platforms into your LMS: Make your Course Content Amazing

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Brief Abstract

In this session we will explore various ed tech platforms and we will walk through the process of making our Canvas content awesome by embedding materials onto content pages. Learn how to dress up your courses by adding flair through meaningful interactivity and multimedia. 


Dr Sean Nufer is the Director of Teaching and Learning at TCS Education System, and an associate adjunct professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and Pacific Oaks College.

Extended Abstract

All LMS's use some sort of WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) everywhere: announcement pages, discussions, assignments, content pages, quizzes, etc.  These editors allow you to format text by changing the size, color, indentation, create bulleted lists, insert hyperlinks or images, and so on.  When you edit using this editor, you see exactly how it will turn out when you publish it.  

However, when you switch to the HTML view in your LMS, you are able to embed content.  Embedding is using HTML code to allow you to place an online element right onto your LMS page.  If you have embed code from VoiceThread, ThingLink, Padlet, Sway, or any number of other online resources, then you can place those right in Canvas.  Below are some examples of embedded content in a Canvas LMS:

You do not need to know how to code and you do not need to be a programmer to be proficient at embedding content.  Embedding content does involve working with HTML code, but all you need to know is what to copy and how to paste it.  You'll find that it is easier than you could have imagined to add interactivity to your courses!  Once you learn the basics you'll find that it's very simple.

In this session you will familiarize yourself with the basics of HTML embed code, and discover ed tech resources that can be embedded into your LMS.  Finally, we will take time together to explore a whole new world of multimedia and interactivity by collaborating in an LMS and practice embedding content into a sandbox course.