ThingLink is a robust media creation tool available to all students, faculty, and staff. You can find it through Canvas. ThingLink makes it easy to enrich images and videos with interactive and engaging messages or information. Anything from photos, to infographics, to 360 degree videos can become rich learning experiences or presentations with text notes, audio narration, links, and apps like YouTube or Google Forms. This is a versatile tool that can create interactive learning material for courses, digital storytelling, interactive resumes, marketing materials, or even tours of a building where you can highlight important locations.
Accessing ThingLink through
Accessing ThingLink is simple, and anybody who is enrolled in a course in Canvas can start to explore it. This includes students, faculty, and staff. All you need to do is to find ThingLink in your Canvas course navigation, click that link, and it will take you there.
Different user account roles in
There are two types of roles you will be assigned when you open ThingLink the first time:
Has full access to content creation tools & folders.
Has full access to content creation tools & folders. Using the organization tab they can create groups, see users who share groups with them, add users to groups, and create shared folders to collaborate.
If you are a teacher in Canvas when you navigate to ThingLink for the first time, then you will get the Teacher role. Any other role in Canvas will assign you to the Student role. If you'd like to change your role from Student to Teacher, contact email@example.com and we'd be happy to help make that adjustment.
Ways to use ThingLink in Canvas and
You can use ThingLink in two main ways in Canvas:
- The course navigational link will take you
to your ThingLink portal, where you can
create and enhance media material
- You can add ThingLink materials to any
page, discussion, assignment, or quiz
through the Rich Content Editor
To add ThingLink to your Canvas pages, discussions, etc., navigate to the Rich Content Editor, click Apps (looks like a plug), and click on ThingLink. If you don't have ThingLink in your list, then click View All and search for it.
But what if you don't want to use ThingLink in Canvas? You can share your ThingLink projects anywhere that you can embed content. In fact, there are many ways to share.
When inside of a project, click Share in the top right corner of the screen. That will give you some options on how you might want to share your project.
Note: These images may sometimes be outdated as ThingLink updates its interface. The process is the same though.
Learning more about ThingLink
Once you access ThingLink you can navigate to their Learning Center to find out how to get started, view tutorials, explore live examples of it being used, and to earn a badge by taking the ThingLink Certified Creator Course. The training they have is very detailed and we recommend going through their training to learn more.
If you have any questions or need technical assistance inside of ThingLink, reach out to ThingLink support by clicking the Support button on the bottom right corner of the screen. If you need help accessing ThingLink, or have questions for eLearning, contact eLearning Canvas Support at firstname.lastname@example.org.