How can I show a video to my students over Google Meet?

For the best picture and sound quality, post a link to the video in the chat window of Google Meet and ask your students to click the link, view the video, and return to the Google Meet afterwards.

However, if your students watch a video and you want to show clips from that video during lecture, you can take advantage of a feature Google recently added to Meet that allows you to share a video with your students.  You can use this feature for longer videos, but the quality of the video may be degraded by the students' internet connections.

You'll need to be running Chrome in order to take advantage of this:
  1. Open your video (without playing it yet) in a separate tab
  2. In Google Meet, click Present now and choose A Chrome tab from the menu.
  3. Choose the tab with the video, make sure Share audio is checked, and click the blue Share button.
  4. Switch to the tab with the video.  You'll see a message saying that you're sharing it in Google Meet.
  5. Play your video.  If you click the "full screen" option, it will take up the entire tab and make the video easier for your students to see.

How do I make Respondus Lockdown Browser and/or Monitor available for a course?

Lockdown Browser is activated for a course by adding the Respondus Lockdown Browser block to your Moodle course. In your Moodle course, turn editing on and in the lower left corner (all the way down) click Add a block and select Respondus Lockdown Browser. The block will appear in the upper right corner of your course.  As the instructor, you don't need to anything on your computer to facilitate the use of Lockdown Browser.

In the Respondus LockDown Browser block click on Dashboard.  Any Moodle quizzes you have will be listed and will work with Lockdown Browser. They do not have to have been created with the Respondus 4.0 software.  Click on the arrow to the left of the quiz you want to add Lockdown to and select Settings to apply Lockdown Browser or Lockdown Browser and Respondus Monitor to a test. 

How can students ask questions during a quiz using Lockdown Browser?

If you want students to be able to ask questions in Lockdown mode, you can use the Moodle chat feature. 

The steps in purple allow you to set up individual chats so that students can't see each other's questions. If you don't mind the students seeing each other's questions and your answers, you can skip these steps.
  • Go to Participants
  • Click on the gear icon and select Groups
  • Click Auto-create groups
  • For Auto create based on select Members per group
  • For Group/member count enter 1
  • Scroll down and click Submit
The create the chat do this:
  • Click Add an activity or resource and select Chat
  • Give the chat a name.  The rest of the settings can remain as the defaults except for Common module settings
  • Under Common module settings, change Group mode to Separate groups 
  • Scroll down and click Save and display 
  • Right click/CTRL click Click here to enter the chat now and select Copy Link Address
To connect the quiz to the chat do this:
  • In the quiz, paste the previously copied link.  It can be within a "description" item in the quiz (this is one of the question type options) or within the body of a question
  • With the link URL selected, click image.png.
  • Select checkbox for Open in new window

How can I change my background in Google Meet?

Google Meet does not include alternate backgrounds in the native application, but you can achieve this functionality by installing a separate program on your computer.

For PC users, one popular program is Chromacam: https://www.chromacam.me/#pricing The free version includes a small watermark that is relatively unobtrusive. You can also purchase an upgraded version for $30. Once you download and install the software, you can use it to select from a variety of backgrounds and filters.  From within Meet, you will then go into settings to select Chromacam as your camera and then any background or effect that you set in Chromacam will appear in your webcam feed. 

For both PC and Mac users, an alternative option is Snap Camera. https://snapcamera.snapchat.com/ Snap Camera is more of a novelty tool (it comes from the same company as SnapChat), but it does have a wide variety of backgrounds and some can be used for professional purposes. Users should be aware that not all backgrounds and filters are appropriate for professional or educational settings, so it is important to vet any of the filters before using them during class. Similar to Chromacam, you will download and install the software and will then have the option to choose Snap Camera as your webcam in Google Meet. 

What should I do if a student says that they are uncomfortable with video proctoring?

Some students have reported that they don't feel comfortable using video-proctoring software.  If this is the case for one of your students, first make sure that the student doesn't have any misconceptions about what video-proctoring entails.  Let them know that only you as the professor will be able to see the video recording.  Students won't be taking their test in front of a live proctor and no outsiders will be able to view the video.  Some proctoring software does these things, but the software we are using does not.

If the student is still not comfortable with being recorded, you have some choices.  One choice is to offer the student an alternate assessment option, such as a project or "take-home" version of the exam that doesn't require proctoring.  Any alternative should be at least as rigorous as the exam. It is best to avoid a situation where there is a perception that the alternate assessment seems easier or less-demanding than the exam.

If an alternate assessment isn't possible, the next option is to allow the student to receive an incomplete and then take the exam in person when on-campus classes resume.  It's best to avoid this if possible, but in some situations it may be the only option.  Ideally, most students will either decide that it really isn't that bad to be video-recorded or faculty will be able to come up with an alternative assessment for that student that is comparable to the exam.

How can I check to see if a student has logged into Moodle or viewed a particular resource that I have posted?

There are a variety of ways that you can check student activity in Moodle to get a better sense of student engagement with the posted content. 

Last access to course

If you are interested in finding out when students last accessed the course's Moodle site, you can see this information on the Participants page.  

Using the left navigation menu, select Participants
To the right of each student's name, under Last access to course it will indicate how long it has been since the student last viewed the course (e.g. 3 days 5 hours)

Activity Logs

Activity logs will provide you with timestamped records of when students accessed specific items within the Moodle course. 
  1. From the main course page, click the gear icon and select More 
  2. Select Reports>Logs.  From here, the logs can be narrowed down by student, activity, and/or date. 
Activity Completion Report

This report will tell you who has completed each item based on its completion settings (set on the Edit settings page for that item)
  1. From the main course page, click the gear icon and select More 
  2. Select Reports>Activity Completion

I am trying to upload a large file to Moodle and it won't let me! What should I do?

Large files, such as video files, cannot be uploaded to Moodle directly.  Instead, they should be stored in Google Drive and then added to Moodle as a URL link or embedded within a Moodle Page.

Directions for uploading files to Google and linking to these files in your Moodle course can be found in these tutorials:

Uploading and Sharing a Video in Google Drive (can be adapted for other file types)

Embedding Videos and Other Content into Moodle