Technology

Office Mix

Office Mix is an official plug-in to PowerPoint, and enables faculty to create slideshows that are more interactive. You can record audio onto individual slides and insert movies, all of which will play in real time for students without clicking. Best of all, you can intersperse quiz question slides that interrupt the "movie" playback, to keep students paying close attention.

Canvas supports direct integration with Office Mix. If desired, student responses to the Mix quizzes can be automatically added to the Canvas gradebook. You can also embed Mixes directly in the middle of a Canvas page.

Creating and Configuring

  1. Start at https://mix.office.com and download Mix. This will install the plugin to your PowerPoint program (note: you might prefer to login with a work/school account, and use your normal USF credentials). 
  2. Open PowerPoint. There will be a new tab called Mix.
  3. Open an existing presentation (or build a new one the way you normally would). Then, switch to the Mix tab.
  4. From here, use the tiles at the top to add narration to slides. 
  5. If you plan to insert a video, first ensure there is a blank slide selected. (note: inserting means uploading a video on your computer, not linking to an existing YouTube video). 
  6. To create quiz questions, you click to insert a Quiz and then follow prompts to generate a multiple-choice question. 
  7. When the entire Mix is done, click to upload to https://mix.office.com
  8. Make sure that the video is "unlisted" or "public" - anything else will not show up in Canvas. 
  9. You might need the URL of your Mix in the next steps. Click on MyMixes, select the desired Mix, click on Details, and the URL will be on the right side to copy

Link to Canvas Gradebook

  1. The ONLY way student quiz scores from a Mix can be sent to the Canvas Gradebook is if the Mix is inserted into the Canvas course as an Assignment.
  2. First, locate the exact URL of your uploaded Mix (perhaps in a new tab) and right-click to copy. You'll need it in a minute. Note: this will have a format like this - https://mix.office.com/watch/3ldxavwmk4pq (you will need to be logged in a mix.office.com, click on MyMixes, select the desired Mix, click on Details, and the URL will be on the right side to copy).
  3. Create a new Assignment, and click on More Options. Fill in the required/desired fields, and change the "submission type" to External Tool.
  4. Without typing a URL, click the Find button.
  5. Scroll through the alphabetical list and select Office Mix.
  6. Paste the URL you previously copied and click on the blue Find button. Click YES if the correct preview is shown. The list of external tools will reload; click the green SELECT button. Your URL will populate the field now (no need to click on Find again). Complete remaining fields (including how many points the quiz should count as - zero if it's for practice, or the exact number of questions you manually counted if it should function as a quiz) and click "Save & Publish" at the bottom.

Embed into a Canvas Page

  1. Log in at https://mix.office.com, click on MyMixes, select the desired Mix, click on Details
  2. Near the bottom, click on Embed
  3. Click into the box with all the code, which will turn blue. Right click and COPY.
  4. Navigate (in a new tab?) to your Canvas course and the desired Canvas Page (or create a new one).
  5. Click EDIT and then click the "HTML Editor" in the top-right.
  6. Paste the embed code at the desired location and click SAVE.
  7. Note: since this is not an assignment, any quizzes/questions embedded into this Mix won't be sent to the Canvas gradebook.

Text link to External Mix

  1. If you just want an underlined text link to the Mix rather than an embed, there is a button in the Rich Text Editor to make this simple.
  2. First, locate the exact URL of your uploaded Mix (perhaps in a new tab) and right-click to copy. You'll need it in a minute. Note: this will have a format like this - https://mix.office.com/watch/3ldxavwmk4pq (you will need to be logged in a mix.office.com, click on MyMixes, select the desired Mix, click on Details, and the URL will be on the right side to copy).
  3. Navigate to the desired Canvas page and click Edit.
  4. The Rich Text Editor loads (this is the interface that looks like Microsoft Word). Near the middle is the orange Mix icon.
  5. Left click in the text where you want the link to go, then left-click on the Mix icon.
  6. A window loads inviting you to "enter the URL". Paste the URL you copied earlier, and click FIND.
  7. Click YES to confirm this is the correct Mix.
  8. The page should now display the "title" of your Mix, highlighted blue to indicate it's a hyperlink.
  9. Click the SAVE button at the bottom.
  10. Note: this method has the disadvantage that you "leave" the Canvas page you started on while in the same tab; for consistency of experience, it's usually better to opt for the embed.
  11. Note: since this is not an assignment, any quizzes/questions embedded into this Mix won't be sent to the Canvas gradebook.

Known Issues

  1. The Mix must have its privacy set at Unlisted or Public to be viewable from within Canvas.
  2. Anyone (faculty OR student) trying to view a Mix with a browser that disables autoplay movies (this is a common plugin for browsers) will find that the audio does not work. Students may need to switch to a "clean" browser that has no such plugin.