PlayPosit: Interactive Video Assessment

PlayPositWhat is it?

PlayPosit is now available by default in all Canvas courses! PlayPosit is an web-based tool offered through CCC TechConnect that allows instructors to prepare video content with accompanying assessment interaction that encourages student engagement by:

  • adding text or image slides to provide context or additional information
  • giving instant feedback on some questions
  • inserting multiple-choice, multiple-answer and fill-in-the blank questions to check for understanding
  • incorporating polling, discussion and reflection questions as students are watching the videos

How does it work?

PlayPosit “bulbs” (video lessons) can be created with videos already on the web (on 3C Media, YouTube, TED, PBS, etc.) or with videos created by instructors using Snagit and/or Camtasia and uploaded to 3C Media. The videos will pause at specific points designated by an instructor and wait for viewers’ to respond.

Bulbs can be embedded in any tool or area of a course in Canvas, and can be used either to simply reinforce content, or as a graded assessment.  Instructors can see students’ answers and receive information about how many times and how much time students spent viewing the videos! Assessment submission scores are automatically recorded in the Canvas Gradebook.

Important Observations

  • PlayPosit can be used two ways within Canvas, with two distinct outcomes:
    • Using the External Tool option in Canvas Assignments = Grades Synced to Canvas Gradebook
    • Using the PlayPosit button in Rich Content Editor = No Grades synced to Canvas Gradebook
  • The “Sync Grades” button does not need to be used to sync with the Canvas Gradebook.

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