New to Harmonize? This Quick Start Guide will get you up and running in no time.
What is Harmonize?
Harmonize is a suite of online collaboration and discussion tools that helps instructors maximize student engagement in their course. Harmonize is an interactive, inclusive space where you can post your work and discuss topics with teachers and other students in your online classroom using rich content and media. Record audio and video from any device to create personal and engaging discussions.
Section 1: Title & Navigation Menu
The Topic Title reflects the Assignment Name field of the Edit Assignment Settings page in Canvas. To edit this title, click the Edit Assignment Settings button located in the top left corner outside of the Harmonize Discussion frame.
This menu makes it easy for you to navigate through all of the Harmonize components. Click the following links to learn more.
Clicking the Chat icon will open Harmonize Chat in a new tab.
|Grid Icon / Component Drawer||
Clicking the Grid icon will open the Harmonize Component Drawer. Available menu options include:
Engagement Insights Beta
Help & Support
Harmonize Knowledge Base
|Harmonize Notifications||Click the Notification icon to access your Harmonize Notifications.|
|Engagement Insights||Clicking the Engagement Insights icon will open Engagement Insights in a new tab.|
|Harmonize Profile||Clicking the Profile icon will open the Harmonize Profile menu. Click your name to visit Profile Settings. Use the drop down menu to set your Harmonize Chat status.|
Clicking the Additional Options icon will open a menu with the following options:
Open in new tab
*If applicable to current role
Section 2: Milestone Requirements and Topic Activity
Milestones allow you to create multiple participation requirements within a single discussion, encouraging students to engage in the discussion multiple times rather than all at once before the due date.
The message above the Milestone Requirements lets the instructor know how many students have completed the assignment so far. There is also a link to the Topic Activity Report which allows instructors to view the posts and comments that have been made by each participant. This report is particularly useful when facilitating a topic discussion or viewing activity in a discussion prior to its due date.
Topic Activity Counter
The Topic Activity Counter reflects the number of Posts and Comments in the current Harmonize Discussion.
Section 3: Instructions, Watch Topic, Activity, Edit, Full Screen
These are your topic instructions. Click the Instructions button (highlighted above) to collapse or expand these instructions.
Watch Topic, Grades & Activity, Edit, Full Screen
||Toggle this option "On" to receive activity notifications for this Harmonize discussion.|
|Graded Discussions: Click the Grades & Activity button to view and grade all student activity in your Harmonize Discussion.
Not Graded Discussions: Click the Activity button to view all student activity in your Harmonize Discussion.
|Click this button to edit the settings of your Harmonize discussion.|
|Click this button to open your Harmonize discussion in full screen mode.|
Section 4: Creating a Post
Click this area to create a post in the current Harmonize discussion.
Section 5: Display Options & Discussion Posts
- Grid View or List View: Click these icons to toggle your Harmonize student posts between Grid View and List View.
Sort & Search Options
- Sort: Click the drop down menu to sort the posts in your Harmonize discussion. Sorting options include My Posts & Comments, Oldest, Most Recent, New / Unread, Flagged, Instructor, and Name.
- Search: Enter your search parameters in the Search Posts & Comments field. Click the magnifying glass icon to begin your search.
Both instructor and student posts will appear in this area. To see a more detailed view of these posts, click on the picture above the post's time stamp.
Ready to build your first Harmonize Discussion? Visit Creating Graded Discussions to get started!