About Steph Fuhr

Instructional Designer for OLITS at USF Saint Petersburg

Scan Old Photos with Google PhotoScan

Ever have that great old photo of you and your sibling that you just have to share because its just so cute or embarrassing? Like this one here of me and my sister, so adorable! But look at that glare! This was the best I could do after multiple attempts of taking a picture of it with my phone.13528950_10107826423117183_8383350479463761962_n.jpgIf you’re like me, you don’t probably don’t own a scanner and insist on doing everything possible with your phone. Well I have some great news, my good buddy Ricky (you may recognize him from other posts on this blog) introduced me to Google’s PhotoScan. This magical product lets you take pictures of pictures, and they actually look like the original, no glare, no weird angles. Google PhotoScan is available for both Apple and Andriod. The app gives you a high quality digital image you can keep and share forever!

Ok, so I wanted to have an after photo to share, but this picture resides at my parents house in a frame and I wanted to share this product before I venture back there, but trust me it is magic!

Google Photoscan Website and App Download


Need Help Learning to Use Canvas Features?



Canvas Guides are here to help!

Canvas has some pretty awesome features, but sometimes we all need a little help learning how to use them. Canvas training sessions are great (we offer them here at OLITS) but it can be hard to remember all of the fine details on using everything after a session. This is where the Canvas Guides come in. Even as someone who uses Canvas everyday, I find them very helpful and use them all the time.


Canvas guides consist of step by step illustrated instructions on everything from assignments to notification preferences. Some features also include video explanations. There are also guides from the instructor perspective as well as the student perspective, so if your students are having trouble, you can refer them to the specific page in the guides that can help them out. The video below shows you how to locate and search the guides.

Have you tried Turnitin?

Turnitin is an online plagiarism checker that can be used to detect plagiarism in student papers. Turnitin can detect plagiarism from websites, books, and other submitted student papers. It even shows you potential websites where information was copied from. Not only can Turnitin help to deter  and identify plagiarism, but it can also help instructors identify students who may be struggling with paraphrasing or are using too many quotations.

The software is integrated in Canvas, and to use it, you just have to enable it for a given assignment. If you have used it before, you may have noticed there are some differences this semester. Turnitin has now become an LTI in Canvas, but don’t worry, it still has all of the same great features as before, it just operates a little differently within Canvas.

Here is a video to show you how it works!

Turnitin LTI Tool for Canvas – How Instructors Create a Turnitin LTI Assignment in the Canvas LMS from Turnitin on Vimeo.

And here are some other helpful links. Remember, if you or your students are having difficulty with a Turnitin assignment, the helpdesk is available 24hours a day at 813-974-1222 or help@usf.edu.

How to set up a Turnitin assignment

How to adjust Turnitin settings

Turnitin Instructions and Issues from USF

There are a couple of other things to keep in mind when using the new Turnitin LTI in Canvas. Be sure to set up all of your assignment settings in Canvas first, then enable Turnitin on the assignment. Turnitin offers a gradebook (as shown in the video), but you won’t want to, and don’t need to use it. You can use the speedgrader to grade your students assignments as usual, and you will be able to access the reports within Canvas. It has also been reported that Turnitin is not a fan of the web browser Safari, so we recommend sticking with Google Chrome or Firefox.

Need fast, free screen recording software?

Need fast, free screen recording software? Look no further! Screencast-O-Matic allows you to record your screen and webcam for up to 15 minutes completely free! You can record your entire screen, or just a portion. Recordings download as an mp4, or can be exported to youtube for easy sharing and viewing. There is no limit to how many videos you can record. It is also PC and Mac friendly.

Screencast-O-Matic is perfect for when you need to record a quick lesson for your class. It is also an easy option for students who need to record themselves presenting a project for an online class. Personally, it is my go to when I need to record quick how to videos because this tool makes it so easy to record and share.

Visit Screencast-O-Matic.com to try it out for yourself. You can also watch this video for a quick overview on how to create recordings.

For more information on using Screencast-O-Matic and other tools contact Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services.


Additional Due Dates in Canvas


Family emergency? Student needs to take an exam early? Did you know you can add separate due dates to existing assignments and quizzes for individual students?

It’s a common problem – life and technical glitches happen, and we often get requests to open up an exam or an assignment for a single student, but how do we do this without effecting the rest of the class?  Luckily Canvas includes a feature to add additional due dates, as well as individual lock and unlock dates, for individual students, groups of students, and course sections. Best of all, none of the other students in the class will be aware of these additional due dates – they will only see the ones that apply to them!

This quick video shows step-by-step how to add an additional due date to a Canvas assignment or quiz.



For more information on using Canvas contact Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services!

Looking for Streaming Video For Your Online Course?


Do you use documentaries and films in your courses? Do you have trouble finding streaming videos students can access for free? Look no further! Through the USFSP Library you can access over 26,000 documentaries and films through Kanopy.

Kanopy provides on-demand streaming videos from PBS, BBC, Media Education Foundation and many more. Videos include documentaries, training videos, and major theatrical releases. You can search for videos on your own and add them into your course – no need to request per film or per course! Videos can be embedded directly into canvas courses for easy access.

Check out what Kanopy has for you here: https://usf.kanopystreaming.com/

With Kanopy you can:

  • Browse by topic/discipline
  • Create playlists of videos and video clips
  • Embed videos directly into Canvas
  • Watch films on any device


Watch this video to learn how to embed a kanopy video into Canvas:


For more information on using Kanopy videos in your course contact Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services!