Advice from a Canvas early adopter, “Be patient. Breathe deeply. Get help [with Canvas].”

In our previous Tip (ISU is turning off access to Blackboard on January 5, 2018) we shared 5 ways to Lesya Hassal facilitating a Canvas workshop to instructors in a classroom with laptops and monitorssuccessfully prepare for making the transition from teaching in Blackboard to Canvas. In this issue, our CELT team thought you may be interested in the results of the Canvas early adopter survey.

As you may know, we have about 300 instructors currently teaching in Canvas. 80% of the instructor early adopters stated that they were satisfied or very satisfied with Canvas. Their satisfaction was attributed to:

  • Content creation, calendar, and communication tools that helped their teaching and student learning.
  • Efficiency of course building and administration tasks.
  • Crisp and modern feel and overall intuitive design.
  • Help features, including 24/7 support line and chat line.

Of the student respondents, 90% stated they were satisfied or very satisfied with Canvas and students praised:

  • The ease of use and navigation, mobile app, cleaner look.
  • Modules, course notifications, and calendar feature that helped keep them organized.

We also asked the respondents to let us know their advice for colleagues. Comments included:

  • “Do not assume that you can do the same things you did in Blackboard. Learn how Canvas works, and then mold your course around those features. I tried to “shoehorn” my Bb course into Canvas and found that some features simply were not allowed in Canvas.”
  • “Explore and play with it early. If you have problems, start with the User Guides as they are helpful. It is nice to have the 24/7 support too. I have used it and they are a good resource.”
  • “Make sure to on-board students.”

And finally, our favorite:

  • “Be patient. Breathe deeply. Get help [with Canvas].”

Find out why early adopters are happy and immerse yourself in Canvas by using all of ISU’s Canvas training and tutorials (quick links listed below):

Kind regards,

Sara Marcketti, Interim Director
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Full Teaching Tip

View the published Teaching Tip: Advice from a Canvas early adopter, “Be patient. Breathe deeply. Get help [with Canvas].”  (October 26, 2017 – Constant Contact) website.

Print Version?

If you would prefer to view the Teaching Tip as a printable document with web addresses, download the CELT Teaching Tip • October 26, 2017 (PDF)


CELT-led Canvas Workshops (Oct. 16-27)

A Panda with the Canvas (ISU's new learning management system) LogoCELT staff will lead five 90-minute Canvas workshops multiple times this fall that highlight the pedagogy and mechanics behind Canvas functions. Read the workshop descriptions, determine which day/time you would like to attend, and register via the Learn@ISU website:

  • Accessibility in Canvas, Oct. 17 and 27
  • Assignments and GradeBook in Canvas, Oct. 19 and 25
  • Course Design in Canvas, Oct. 20 and 23
  • Groups and Collaborative Work in Canvas, Oct. 18 and 26
  • The Pedagogy of Canvas Quizzes, Oct. 16 and 24

Additional information about Canvas, including open labs and self-paced training, is online through the My Canvas Teacher at ISU website.


Effective and low stress ways of incorporating student writing in your classroom (Oct. 20)

Sarah Huffman, Assistant Director of the Center for Communication Excellence (CCE), and CCE’s Graduate writing consultants will present best practices for developing students’ writing skills from lab/field journals, job materials; as well as, how-to advance student work in dissertations and research writing. Huffman will discuss CCE’s ongoing research collaboration with CELT’s Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program using ThinkSpace and propose possibilities for faculty to partner with CCE on future research.

To learn how CCE and ThinkSpace can help you and your students, attend the Workshop: Enhanced Academic Communication skills among graduate students, Oct. 20 (2:00 – 3:30 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall). Registration is not required. This event is part of CELT’s ThinkSpace Learning Community series.

For an example of the process using ThinkSpace, view the FSHN 340 Personal Statements YouTube video.


ISU is turning off access to Blackboard on January 5, 2018

On January 5, 2018, Iowa State University will be turning off all access to Blackboard. All Spring 2018 courses that use ISU’s centrally supported LMS will be taught in Canvas. Below are five important steps for the move:

  1. Download all grades from Blackboard. When fall semester ends you will want to download the gradecenter, grade history, and course files from your courses before Blackboard closes. These files are considered part of university record retention according to the ISU Record Retention website. Learn more via the Overview for the Learn the Process to Download Grades and Files before Blackboard Disappears web guide.
  2. Log into Canvas! Canvas is different from Blackboard Learn. In the broadest terms, Canvas is designed to deliver a simple, transparent, and consistent online learning experience for students. Start exploring the intuitive interface design and easy navigation that Canvas offers by logging into Canvas by opening a web browser, navigate to the Iowa State University website, locate the “Sign Ons” link found on the upper right corner (above the search box), and then select “Canvas” from the menu. You may begin your tour using the My Canvas Teacher at ISU website. Invite your students to learn Canvas via the MyCanvas Students at ISU site.
  3. Review your Blackboard migrated course materials in Canvas. On June 7, 2017 course materials were exported from Blackboard and imported to Canvas. Learn how to access the materials using the Quick Start Guide: Blackboard to Canvas web guide. Since Canvas is a different learning management system, you will want to spend time learning which course materials you keep and where you put them! See point 4 for more information!
  4. Start learning Canvas. There are multiple ways and teaching approaches for you to learn Canvas, visit the Canvas Training and Resources webpage and departments may request a 15-minute or 1-hour Canvas Overview presentation using the Canvas Presentation and Training Request Form (for departments).
  5. Need help? If anything is unclear or confusing, please contact Canvas Support – Canvas offers 24/7 support options listed in the ? Help icon on the Global Navigation to the far left or call the Canvas Support Line (which includes how-to assistance) call 515-294-4000 then press 2, press 1.

Kind regards,

Sara Marcketti, Interim Director
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Full Teaching Tip

View the published Teaching Tip: ISU is turning off access to Blackboard on January 5, 2018 (October 12, 2017 – Constant Contact) website.

Print Version?

If you would prefer to view the Teaching Tip as a printable document with web addresses, download the CELT Teaching Tip (October 12, 2017) (PDF)


Multiple Ways to Learn Canvas: CELT-led Canvas Workshops, Departmental Training, and More!

A Panda with the Canvas (ISU's new learning management system) LogoMultiple Ways to Learn Canvas

There are multiple ways and teaching approaches for faculty, staff, graduate teaching assistants, and students to learn Canvas to be found via the MyCanvas Teacher at ISU website. In Canvas Training and Resources, the following opportunities are highlighted:

CELT-led Canvas Workshops (October 16-25)

CELT staff will lead five 90-minute Canvas workshops multiple times this fall that highlight the pedagogy and mechanics behind Canvas functions. Read the workshop descriptions, determine which day/time you would like to attend, and register via the Learn@ISU website:
  • Course Design in Canvas, Oct. 20 and 23
  • The Pedagogy of Canvas Quizzes, Oct. 16 and 24
  • Assignments and GradeBook in Canvas, Oct. 19 and 25
  • Groups and Collaborative Work in Canvas, Oct. 18 and 26
  • Accessibility in Canvas, Oct. 17 and 27

Canvas Overview Presentation for Departments

Departments may request a 15-minute or 1-hour Canvas Overview presentation using the Canvas Presentation and Training Request Form (for departments)

Additional information about Canvas, including open labs and self-paced training, is online through the My Canvas Teacher at ISU website.


Preparing for the Switch to Canvas for Spring 2018

On January 5, 2018, Iowa State University will be turning off all access to Blackboard. All Spring 2018 courses, that use ISU’s centrally supported LMS, will be taught in Canvas. Therefore, now is the time for you to learn Canvas using the MyCanvas Teacher at ISU website. Two important resources found in this guide include:

Canvas Open LabsA Panda with the Canvas (ISU's new learning management system) Logo

Drop in and get support related to quality course design, and effective teaching practices in Canvas. Bring your work, and your laptop (this is a must). Open labs are planned for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday through December 8 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Rotunda of Parks Library (near 281 Parks Library).

 


The Value of an Inclusive Classroom & Campus

October is just a few days away, and we should reflect on how we are meeting/exceeding Goal 4 of Iowa State University’s Strategic Plan,

“Continue to enhance and cultivate the ISU Experience where faculty, staff, students, and visitors are safe and feel welcomed, supported, included, and valued by the university and each other.”

To contribute to this goal, CELT hosts a series of training opportunities to help guide faculty and staff (who have a teaching role) on the most effective methods for teaching inclusively and welcoming a diverse classroom. These inclusive programs include Inclusive Classroom Faculty Development Workshop (Monthly) and Conversation on Teaching Inclusively (Monthly). CELT also provides a variety of resources available via CELT’s Creating an Inclusive Classroom webpage with essential downloadable files:

Additionally, we are all encouraged to participate in ISU’s Campus Climate Survey — an evaluation of personal experiences and perceptions of the attitudes, behaviors and practices of campus community members. The survey results will help the university move the strategic plan goals forward, and provide a basis for developing policies and initiatives to address concerns and enhance the campus climate. The survey link will be live October 3-31, 2017.

Finally, we hope that consider attending Campus Conversations IV: A Conversation about Current Events, Police Response and Hate Crimes (hosted by Iowa State University Police, The Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, and the University Library) on October 3 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in 198 Parks Library. This program will explore recent events and actions clearly fueled by hate to highlight the variety of responses even if an incident does not rise to the level of a criminal charge or a hate crime enhancement; as well as, inform and empower attendees to utilize the legal system and university resources as tools to combat the hate fueled speech.

Each of these opportunities will help strengthen our community and demonstrate to our students the value of an inclusive community. Thus, supporting Iowa State’s mission to “Create, share, and apply knowledge to make Iowa and the world a better place.”

See you there,

Sara Marcketti, Interim Director
Center for Excellence in Learning Teaching

View the published Teaching Tip: The Value of an Inclusive Classroom & Campus (September 28, 2017 – Constant Contact) website.


Engaged or not? That is the Question.

Faculty member teaching a classOne of the questions CELT receives on a regular basis is, “How can I engage my students in the course content?” Or, “How do I help my students engage with course content more meaningfully?”

In the article titled, “ Engaged Learning: Are we all on the same page” Dr. Bowen (2005) observed that “engagement is increasingly cited as a distinguishing characteristic of the best learning in American higher education today.” Dr. Bowen discusses four ways in which we can engage with student learners that may be known as other initiatives in higher education:

  • Engagement with the learning process is similar to active learning.
  • Engagement with the object of study is similar to experiential learning.
  • Engagement with contexts generally is similar to multidisciplinary learning.
  • Engagement with social and civic contexts is similar to service learning.

Our upcoming workshop, Engagement Strategies for Every Classroom on September 20 (12:10 – 1:00 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall) will feature engagement with the learning process or active learning strategies. Many of the learning activities help students progress cognitively by engaging them on an affective level (enjoyment) and on a kinesthetic level (physical).

One of my favorite engagement strategies, from this workshop, is called the “Barometer” or the “Continuum”. It is an interactive opportunity for students to share their opinions by asking them to line up along a continuum based on their position on an issue. It is especially useful when you want to discuss an issue about which students have a wide range of opinions. The Barometer or Continuum can be used to:

  • Gauge student knowledge, beliefs, perceptions
  • Demonstrate the wide array of knowledge, beliefs, perceptions on a topic
  • Because a Barometer activity makes many positions viewable, it can be an effective pre-writing exercise before an essay assignment.

All that you need is space for students to physically move to their place of agreement on the continuum. If space is not available, you can ask students to indicate with their hands (raised or lowered) their opinion.

Register for the Engagement Strategies for Every Classroom workshop via the Learn@ISU website; as well as, download CELT’s 226 Active Learning Techniques (PDF).

See you there,

Sara Marcketti, Interim Director
Center for Excellence in Learning Teaching

 

View the published CELT Teaching Tip: Engaged or not? That is the Question. (September 14, 2017 – Constant Contact) website.


Get Started with Canvas, ISU’s New Learning Management System

This past week the Iowa State Daily published a glowing opinion piece titled, ” Sinclair: Canvas replacing Blackboard is a change we needed.” To prepare for this “change” we encourage faculty, and staff to take advantage of the training opportunities and resources available to them.

On September 5 and 6, CELT and ITS will be hosting Erin Wasson, Canvas Trainer will facilitate multiple 90-minute training sessions on the following topics: Assignments & Discussions, Communication & Collaboration, Grading & Assessment, Modules & File Management, and Quizzes & Question Banks. There are four ways for faculty and staff to engage in with these sessions:

  • Attend the face-to-face program: Register to participate in the face-to-face program through the Learn@ISU website (Space is limited).
  • Live webcast: Participate in the live webcast, hosted by CELT Online Learning Innovation Hub staff members, by registering through the Learn@ISU website. The live webcast space will be used as an overflow for the face-to-face program.
  • View the live webcast on your own: If you would prefer to view the Canvas-led workshops on your own, you may access the unique live Zoom links via the ISU MyCanvas Training site. Note: This is a training resource only accessible to Iowa State University.
  • View a recording: Recordings will be made available via the ISU MyCanvas Training course site following the event.

To view the session descriptions, download the Canvas-led Faculty & Staff Training (PDF).

Additional training opportunities include:

  • CELT-led Workshops: The first set of workshops will be held between September 18 – October 1, register to participate via the Learn@ISU website (Space is limited).
  • Canvas Open Labs: Drop in and get support related to quality course design, and effective teaching practices in Canvas. Bring your work, and your laptop (this is a must). Open labs are planned for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday in August – November 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Rotunda of Parks Library (near 281 Parks Library). Open Labs will not be held on September 5 and 6 due to Canvas training for Faculty and Staff.
  • Self-Paced Online Canvas Tutorials, and Online Training Offerings are both available through the MyCanvas Teacher at ISU website
  • Additionally, to provide a baseline of content knowledge with the platform, faculty and staff are encouraged to watch the Welcome to Canvas video recordings found on the Canvas Training website.

Finally, CELT’s 3-Part Series: Best Practices in Online Course Design will walk you through how to prepare your students to learn, deliver content and learning activities effectively, and provide essential learner-centered support. The series will be offered three different times during the fall semester:

  • Fridays: September 15, 22 and 29 (11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., in-person in 2030 Morrill or view on your own via Zoom)
  • Wednesdays: October 18, 25 and November 1 (10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., in-person in 2030 Morrill Hall)
  • Tuesdays: October 31, November 7 and 14 (3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., in-person in 2030 Morrill Hall)

See you there,

Sara Marcketti, Interim Director

Center for Excellence in Learning Teaching

View the published CELT Teaching Tip: Get Started with Canvas, ISU’s New Learning Management System (August 31, 2017 – Constant Contact) website.


4 Ways to Engage in the Canvas-led Faculty and Staff Training (Sept. 5 and 6)

There are four ways for faculty and staff to engage in this Canvas-led training:

  • Attend the face-to-face program: Register to participate in the face-to-face program through the Learn@ISU website. (Space is limited).
  • Live webcast: Participate in the live webcast, hosted by CELT Online Learning Innovation Hub staff members, by registering through the Learn@ISU website. The live webcast space will be used as an overflow for the face-to-face program; therefore, space is limited.
  • View the live webcast on your own: If you would prefer to view the Canvas-led workshops on your own, you may access the unique live Zoom links via the ISU MyCanvas Training site. Note: This is a training resource only accessible to Iowa State University members. Each workshop has a unique Zoom link to view a training session synchronously on your own. If you need assistance connecting via Zoom visit Zoom’s Support website or contact ISU’s Solution Center at 515-294-4000..
  • View a recording: Recordings will be made available via the ISU MyCanvas Training course site following the event.

Prerequisites: To provide a baseline of content knowledge in the platform, attendees are asked to watch the two Welcome to Canvas video recordings

Tuesday, September 5

Registration, Location, and Online Viewing
Register via Learn@ISU website for Face-to-Face session in 206 Durham with a Live webcast in 253 Durham; or if you would prefer to view on your own, access the unique live Zoom links via the ISU MyCanvas Training site.

8:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Modules & File Management
Modules & File Management will teach participants how to create flow within a course by organizing and structuring content with the Modules tool. Instructors will explore how to create and manage content modules, leverage progress monitoring capabilities, control access to content,  to scaffold student access to course content.

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Communication & Collaboration
Communication & Collaboration introduces participants to the communication tools, such as the Inbox and Calendar; as well as, collaboration features in Canvas, including discussions, group assignments, the Collaboration tool, and web conferencing using the Big Blue Button. Participants will see how these tools can be used to infuse interactivity and cooperation in their classes.

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Assignments & Discussions
Assignments and Discussions provides users with a detailed exploration of all the options and use cases for these tools in Canvas. Participants will create and manage Assignment groups, organize their Assignment index, and work to develop cohesive assignments for their courses. Users will explore assignment settings, applications, and tools.

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Grading & Assessment
Explore the interface of the Canvas gradebook from the instructor and student perspectives. Participants will experience the power of the Speedgrader and the various ways it can be used to provide timely and detailed feedback for students while making the grading process more efficient and enjoyable.

Wednesday, September 6

Registration, Location, and Online Viewing
Register via Learn@ISU website for Face-to-Face session in 206 Durham with a Live webcast in116 Durham; or if you would prefer to view on your own, access the unique live Zoom links via the ISU MyCanvas Training site.

8:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Assignments & Discussions
Assignments and Discussions provides users with a detailed exploration of all the options and use cases for these tools in Canvas. Participants will create and manage Assignment groups, organize their Assignment index, and work to develop cohesive assignments for their courses. Users will explore assignment settings, applications, and tools.

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Grading & Assessment
Explore the interface of the Canvas gradebook from the instructor and student perspectives. Participants will experience the power of the Speedgrader and the various ways it can be used to provide timely and detailed feedback for students while making the grading process more efficient and enjoyable.

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Quizzes & Question Banks
Quizzes and question banks will prepare instructors to use the quizzing tool in Canvas. Users will learn how to customize quiz settings and differentiate assessment windows to students. A variety of quiz question types will be explored, and participants will have the opportunity to view example quizzes and use cases.

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Modules & File Management
Modules & File Management will teach participants how to create flow within a course by organizing and structuring content with the Modules tool. Instructors will explore how to create and manage content modules, leverage progress monitoring capabilities, control access to content,  to scaffold student access to course content.