Flip (formerly FlipGrid) in Canvas

Overview

Flip is a social video, audio, and text discussion tool that allows instructors and students to easily create short videos.

On June 3, 2024 Microsoft announced they “have moved some of the core Flip features into Teams for Education and will be retiring [the Flip] web site and mobile apps by September 30, 2024.”

As of July 1, per Microsoft, you will no longer be able to create new groups, topics, or videos using Flip. You should still be able to view existing Flip content until September.

This change directly impacts the functionality and support for the Flip integration in Canvas. Once the Flip website is decommissioned, Flip will no longer be available in Canvas.

Get Started

The Office of Digital Learning & Inquiry (DLINQ) team will be monitoring the situation, and out of an abundance of caution, instructors are advised to stop using Flip in your classes and explore some of our recommended alternatives.

Here are a couple suggestions:

  • Set up a Canvas discussion board and have students post and comment on each other’s videos. Students can use either Panopto or the built-in Canvas recorder for their recordings.
  • Check out Padlet, a well-known tool for multimodal discussions, and have students add their videos to a board in a way that looks very similar to Flip. Note:
    • Padlet has introduced an importer tool if you’d like to import existing Flip discussions into Padlet.
    • Padlet allows you to create an account for free and create up to 3 free boards.
    • Padlet boards can be embedded on a Canvas page (or you can simply provide students with a link to the board).
    • There is a paid Padlet option if you’d like to have access to more boards, storage, or features. Padlet is not, however, currently paid for or supported by Middlebury.
    • We recommend you choose one of the “Secret” options in the privacy settings for any Padlets you create for classes, to hide the Padlet from public view and access.

If you would like to explore other possible alternatives to Flip, please contact DLINQ to help you strategize options based on the structure and learning goals of your specific course activity.

Data Privacy in Flip

How students can remove their work from the tool at the end of the semester

Students may only have access to request removal of their work as long as they have access to the Middlebury account that they linked to the service. For this reason, we recommend that students consider what they want to do with work shared via Flip at the end of each semester.

Grid Owners should be sure to review the Instructor Data Stewardship Do’s and Don’ts prior to setting up and using their grids with students.

How students can access and retain content contained in the tool

We advise paying particular attention to how info is shared, and how students can remove their data from the tool to either delete it, or take it with them when they graduate. In particular, Flip places the burden of data privacy on the grid owner. This means that videos posted on a grid remain there indefinitely or until the grid owner deletes the grid. So, being up front with students about the data (video and text) being shared in this environment and how you will steward it when the class is over would be a proactive step that takes advantage of the platform’s affordances while also respecting students’ digital footprint.

Need help?

For technical support for Flip (formerly FlipGrid) in Canvas, search the ITS Knowledge Base or submit a help ticket here.

For pedagogical support for Flip (formerly FlipGrid) in Canvas, schedule a consultation with a DLINQ team member.