Getting Started with Webex in Canvas

By default, Webex is active in all of your Canvas courses, but before you begin using Webex in Canvas, you will need to give Webex access to your Canvas account. Then, you can select which Webex features are visible in your course and configure Webex to grade meeting attendance for you.

Authorizing Canvas Access for Webex

  1. Click the Cisco Webex link in your course sidebar menu. Webex's Setup page will be displayed.
  2. Scroll down to the "Authorize with LMS" section, then click the blue Authorize button. A confirmation window will open.
  3. Click the blue Authorize button at the bottom of the confirmation window. The window will close, and you will return to the Webex Setup page.
  4. Scroll back down to the "Authorize with LMS" section again to verify that your authorization was successful. The button should now be gray, and its text should have changed to Authorized.

Enabling WebEx Features

Webex provides several useful features within Canvas:

  • Classroom Collaboration: Create collaboration teams and spaces related to specific topics or projects. This is a great feature to use if your students are working on group projects. 
  • Virtual Meetings: Schedule recurring class sessions or a one-time meeting with students. We recommend that you select this feature in every course so you can schedule Webex meetings for your class within Canvas as you need them. 
  • Office Hours: Schedule and host office hours within Webex using this feature, which provides you with a calendar for setting dates and times.

You can learn more about all of these options and how to use them on the Cisco Webex Education Connector for Teachers page on Cisco Webex's Help Center website. 

Making any of Webex's 3 features visible in Canvas is a simple, two-step process:

  1. Select the checkboxes next to the features you plan to use in the "Choose your features" section of the Cisco Webex Setup page. 
  2. Click the blue Apply button.

Note: Once you have enabled a Webex feature, a tab for it will appear in its Settings menu.

Enabling Attendance Grading

With the Meeting Attendance Grading tool, you can automatically award participation points to students when they attend a meeting or class session in Webex.

Be aware that once you turn on attendance grading in a course, it cannot be turned off again. It creates an assignment in your course that shows up in Grades, so you will only want to turn it on if you are certain that you will use it.

  1. Click the blue Turn on button in the "Webex Meetings Attendance Grading" section of the Cisco Webex Setup page. The "Confirm Attendance Grading" confirmation window will open.
  2. Click the blue Confirm button. Settings for the attendance grade will now be displayed.
  3. Select the radio button next to Turn on.
  4. Set values for attendance grading: 
    1. If you want to customize the scores for attendance grading, enter new values for present, scores, absent scores, and/or the overall attendance grade, then click the Recalculate Course Grade button.
    2. If you want to use the default scores set by Cisco Webex, you don't need to change anything.