RMIT Supported Technology

The technology below is supported by RMIT for staff use. Learn more about how to get started below.
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Canvas

Canvas is the primary learning management system (LMS) for students and teachers at RMIT University. Canvas offers a variety of learning and teaching tools that helps teacher deliver their content to their learners in a seamless and intuitive manner.

Here you can find links to how-to resources on the most frequently used Canvas tools.

Gradebook

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Announcements

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Assignments

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Discussions

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Rubrics

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Quizzes

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New Quizzes

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Office 365

As a teacher at RMIT you have access to Office 365, which is a cloud-based suite of productivity apps you are already very familiar with, such as Outlook, Skype for Business, OneDrive, Teams, Yammer, Planner, Excel, Word, Power Point, and many more.

These tools bring benefits including the capability to increase productivity, work both online and offline, as well as enhancing our ability to work and collaborate on the go or in the office.

Below you will find resources on how to use MS Teams and OneDrive, we strongly recommend using these tools as they increase communication, collaboration, sharing and group work.

MS Teams

Microsoft Teams is the hub for team collaboration in Microsoft 365 that integrates the people, content, and tools your team needs to be more engaged and effective.

Getting started

Accesing Teams

Setup: Virtual Breakout Rooms

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MS Guides for Education

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MS General User Guides

Inviting anyone to your meetings

OneDrive

OneDrive is the equivalent of Google Drive in the Microsoft environment. Like in Google Drive, you can create folders and files to share with colleagues and students. To learn more about OneDrive click on the links below.

Getting started

Sync files

Share and Collaborate

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Managing Files

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Turnitin

In simple words Turnitin is a text-matching software, which allows students to demonstrate academic integrity in their work.  Turnitin compares a student submission against an archive of Internet documents, Internet data, a repository of previously submitted papers, and subscription repository of periodicals, journals, and publications. 

At RMIT, Turnitin is integrated with Canvas, giving teachers access to Turnitin’s originality and plagiarism checker.  As a teacher you can choose betweeTurnitin LTI as external tool or Turnitin Framework 2.0.  For a comparison table between the two versions, click here, otherwise visit the links below for more detailed information. 

Using the Turnitin Canvas LTI

Turnitin Assignment Settings

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Using Canvas Plagiarism Framework

Additional information:

  • To learn more about the two versions and help you decide which one to use, visit the RMIT Turnitin Canvas Site
  • To learn more about Turnitin and read its users’ guide, click here
  • For a comparison table between the two versions, click here.

Collaborate Ultra

Blackboard Collaborate is a real-time video conferencing tool that lets you add files, share applications, and use a virtual whiteboard to interact.  Collaborate Ultra is integrated into every Canvas shell, and therefore is available to teachers and students.  To learn more about Collaborate Ultra, we recommend you visiting the links below. 

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Getting Started

Downloading an attendance record for a CU session

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Schedule Sessions

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How to enable a CU download of pass recorded session

We have developed a Collaborate Ultra Set Up Canvas Module which you can download to all your Canvas shells. This module is available through Canvas Commons.

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Echo 360

Blackboard Collaborate is a real-time video conferencing tool that lets you add files, share applications, and use a virtual whiteboard to interact.  Collaborate Ultra is integrated into every Canvas shell, and therefore is available to teachers and students.  To learn more about Collaborate Ultra, we recommend you visiting the links below. 

Lecture Capture

Teachers at RMIT had been using the Echo 360 Lecture Capture technology for a long time. Access to this technology has been possible when delivering face-to-face classes in Echo360 enabled lecture theatres and classroom. If you want to know more about these rooms, please click on this link.

Universal Capture

You no longer need to be on campus to use the Echo360 platform. Echo 360 – Universal Capture is a desktop tool that allows you to record a presentation at your computer and turn it into a digital resource. It will record audio captured from your microphone as well as what is shown on your screen.

Important: Echo360 is install on all RMIT machines by default, if you are using your personal computer, you can make a request to ITS to have it installed. Alternatively, you can follow the instructions found on the resources below.

Installing Echo 360 - Windows

Installing Echo 360 - Mac

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Introduction to Echo 360

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Quick start guide

Starting a recording

Additional information:

If you’re looking for the most up-to-date information on Echo360-Personal Capture, you can read the Echo360 Learning and Teaching Guides.

Canvas Studios

Studio (formerly known as Arc) is Canvas’s video and audio library platform, where instructors and students can actively collaborate through video and audio media. With Canvas Studio, you can do a screen capture and a webcam capture and then store it in the Canvas Studio video system to use in your course.
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Canvas Studio Factsheet

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Adding comments to videos

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Using Canvas Studios

Generating Captions

We have developed a Collaborate Ultra Set Up Canvas Module which you can download to all your Canvas shells. This module is available through Canvas Commons.

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Ally

Have you seen a colour-coded speedometer icon either in green, orange or red against some files and images in your Canvas shell and wonder what they mean? What you are looking at, is a tool called Ally. Ally runs in the background, generating an accessibility score for each file you upload to your shell. It automatically checks course materials against the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) accessibility standards, providing you with instant feedback and what actions to take to make your content more accessible.

To learn more about Ally, check the following resources:

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Ally Overview (Video)

Ally Quickstart for Teachers

Accessibility Score

Alternative Formats

We have developed a Collaborate Ultra Set Up Canvas Module which you can download to all your Canvas shells. This module is available through Canvas Commons.

Additional information:

For more information on Ally, please visit the Ally for LMS Help for Instructors site.

Adobe Creative Suite

There are disciplines at DSC where teachers and students require access to some of the Adobe applications. You can download the Adobe Creative Suite onto your RMIT and/or personal device using the Enterprise ID option.

Installing the Adobe Creative Suite

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Installing the Adobe Creative Suite

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Google

RMIT’s Google Apps for Education comprises of several cloud productivity and collaboration tools. Although RMIT has moved onto MS Office 365, you can still access some of these tools, more specifically, Google Drive and YouTube. Note that the Google Suite is not available in China. To learn more about these two apps check out the resources below.
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Overview

YouTube Channel

Collaboration

Google Drive & Canvas

Training and Help

YouTube
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Help

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Leganto

Leganto is an online application that supports the creation and management of course resource reading lists.

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Electronic Reading Lists

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