Using Classroom Tools (Instructor)

When you share content in the classroom, you can engage in discussion with students and monitor their confusion with the materials. The Classroom toolbar, located across the top of the  media player, also allows you to skip to a different class or to exit the classroom and return to the section class list.

Playback Bar Auto-hide: To increase the amount of screen space available for classroom materials, the playback bar now auto-hides. It should appear when you first enter the classroom then disappear after a few seconds. To reveal the bar again, hover your mouse over the bottom of the classroom window.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE however that if the classroom only has a presentation, you will not see a playback bar, as the controls will not apply.

Instructor classroom view with class tools identified for corresponding descriptions

The following tools are available to you, identified by number in the figure above to correspond with the descriptions in the table below.

Tag #

Purpose/Functionality

1

The Class Name and Date appear in the top left of the Classroom window.

2

The balloon or conversation bubble icon opens the Discussions panel to the right of the media view, allowing you to view any questions or comments the students may have entered, and to respond or ask your own questions as necessary. See Monitor discussion.

NOTE: Some institutions disable the Q&A functionality; if you do not see the Questions icon, check with your help desk to see if this is the case with your institution.

3

The balloon icon with the plus sign opens the Discussions panel but with a New question entry box open and ready for input. This is the same view you would get if you clicked New Question from the top of the Discussions panel while viewing posted comments.

4

The flag icon appears with a notification dot if any students have marked that location or slide in the classroom as confusing. Confusion flags are also listed with the Course Analytics, along with links to the media locations that were flagged.

5

The list icon/section name opens the class list (sometimes called the Class List Tray) listing all the classes in the section, allowing you to switch to a different classroom.

6

The Course/Section name in the top right corner exits the classroom and returns you to the section Class List page.

7

Playback Controls: these include the standard play/pause button, fast forward, and rewind (each click moves the playback 10 seconds in either direction; click and hold to scrub through playback).

You can also click on a location of the playback bar to move the playback to that location.

8

The video timestamp located to the right of the Playback controls shows the total length of the capture/video, the current location in playback, and the currently showing slide if applicable.

9

The right side of the playback bar contains several media control icons that allow you to customize the classroom view how the media it is being played back for you.

Each is identified and described in more detail below.

Volume Control

playback bar with volume control button shown

The volume control button allows you to change the volume of the playback, including clicking the icon to mute the playback.

Source View Control

Use the Sources button to enable/disable items in the classroom. If the classroom has multiple visual feeds, you can select to view all or just one or two of them at any given time.

Playback bar icons with source selection shown

You must also use the Sources button to re-enable any visual feed you closed using the X icon in the top right corner of the media's panel.

In the above example the classroom is only showing the Video 1 and Slides. Video 2 has been closed, as indicated by the gray text in the sources list.

To return Video 2 to the classroom, click on it from the source list.

CC - closed captioning

If the video has closed captions, you can turn the captions on or off using the CC button. The button itself functions as a toggle, turning the captions on or off with a click.

However the CC button also provides a variety of formatting options for the captions, to serve your viewing needs.

closed captioning options shown with CC button activation as described

Clicking CC in the toolbar toggles the captions on and off.

Font size allows you to make the text bigger or smaller as needed.

Contrast allows you to select the text-to-background contrast needed to clearly read the caption text..

Location allows you to move the caption box to the top, middle, or bottom of the screen.

Alignment changes the justification of the text in the caption box, using left, centered, or right justification options.

Playback Quality and Speed

The Settings button provides playback quality and speed controls.

playback bar with quality and speed controls shown

Most video media is processed for both low-bandwidth and high-bandwidth playback. If your network connection is a problem, you can switch to lower quality playback (or switch back to high definition if applicable).

In addition, you can view the classroom at up to 2x speed or as low as .5 speed, at .25 intervals as needed.

Click in the Quality and Speed boxes to see and select the options available.

Media Layout

The media layout button allows you to change how the media items are displayed, viewing a single feed maximized with others in thumbnail, or with all items at equal size.

playback bar with media layout button shown

Click through each option to see which layout works best for you. Keep in mind you can also use the Sources button to change which media feeds are being shown or hidden.

Full Screen

The maximize or "full screen" icon appears in the top right corner of each media panel in the classroom. It allows you to view that media feed in full screen mode.

classroom media panel with full screen icon identified

Press the ESC key to exit out of full screen mode.