Getting Started

Request for a CLAS site

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Logging in

It’s recommended to use Google Chrome as the web browser and on a desktop device for the best experience. Limited functionality and support for mobile devices.

  1. From this website, click Sign-in to CLAS in the top right of the menu
  2. Select your faculty/department
  3. Log in with your CWL or CLAS account.
    • UBC users login – UBC users with a CWL
    • External users login – Users who do not have a CWL

Create/Connect to a CLAS site in Canvas (available to Faculty of Arts only)

Alternatively, you can self-serve by creating a CLAS site or connect to an existing one through a Canvas course.

  1. Go to your course on Canvas
  2. From the course menu, go to Settings
  3. Click on the Navigation tab at the top
  4. Locate the menu item for CLAS
  5. Click on the three dots icon > Enable
  6. (Optional) Scroll to the top, click and drag CLAS to reorder your menu items as necessary
  7. Scroll to the bottom and click Save
  8. From the course menu, click on CLAS
  9. Follow the prompts to: Create a new course, Connect an existing course, or Duplicate and connect an existing course
  10. Enrolled users can now directly access CLAS through your Canvas course

Overview of User Interface

  1. Media. View media added in the course. Upload media from your computer or import media stored elsewhere (e.g. YouTube).
  2. Library. Manage the media you uploaded/imported by sharing it to a course/playlist/assignment/group.
  3. Organize. Create playlists, assignments, and groups and manage your course settings.
  4. Course, Playlists, Media. Select the course you want to view media in.
  5. Media Player. This is where the media will appear. Adjust the size, play speed, and orientation of your media.
  6. Annotation text box. Media will pause once you click in the text box. Add/attach time-specific audio/video annotations as you view the media. Set your annotations to private or keep them public.
  7. Comment map. Overview of the distribution of annotations made on the media selected. Click to expand and see a more detailed view of the distribution.
  8. General comments. Add comments that pertain to the media in general.
  9. Annotations. View a list of annotations for the selected media. Replay media at the time annotations are made or reply to annotations made by others.