Teaching with Canvas – September Workshops

CELT will offer two Canvas workshop series in alternating weeks through fall semester, and participants can mix and match to best meet their needs. Each workshop includes mini-demonstrations and opportunities to work on course(s). Participants should bring their laptops and instructional materials. Course descriptions are online. Register via the Learn@ISU website.

Series: Building Your Course in Canvas

  • Course Design Basics, Sept. 4 (10 a.m.-noon) or Sept. 17 (3-5 p.m.)
  • Assignments and Quizzes, Sept. 5 (10 a.m.-noon) or Sept. 19 (9-11 a.m.)
  • Grading and Student Data, Sept. 7 (10 a.m.-noon) or Sept. 20 (1-3 p.m.)

Series: Managing Your Canvas Course

  • Group Work and Collaboration, Sept. 11 (10 a.m.-noon) or Sept. 25 (3-5 p.m.)
  • Rubrics and Outcomes, Sept. 12 (10 a.m.-noon) or Sept. 26 (2-4 p.m.)
  • Personalized Learning and Mastery Paths, Sept. 13 or 27 (10 a.m.-noon)

Welcome back…..thinking about next semester? Strategies for tracking adjustments to your class

Was your first week of teaching just what you had planned? Or are there already changes that you would like to make next time you teach the course? One of the common questions that CELT staff receives is, “how do I keep track of changes that I want to make for next term?” There are several low-resource (read: low time!) strategies that you can employ to help you keep track of the adjustments that you would like to make.

A professor in the College of Human Sciences spends the last 2 minutes of each class session opening the course syllabus and reviewing with the students the topics discussed on that day and looking forward to the next class session. This closing activity reminds the students that the syllabus is the place to go for course information and helps the students visually see the semester’s progress. After students leave the classroom, the instructor keeps the syllabus open on her laptop and makes notes about the length of time activities took, new questions that students asked, and notes of possible areas that need to be expanded or minimized the next semester.

A collaborative approach is taken by a professor teaching a multi-section, laboratory course in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. At their weekly course meeting, the professor and laboratory and section teaching assistants take 5-10 minutes to update a CyBox note that lists the date and subject of each week’s class session. Working together, they keep note of topics that seemed difficult for students to grasp, track activities that worked extremely well, and generally debrief the speed and pace of the semester.

In the College of Business, an assistant professor has begun utilizing “one-minute papers” after his lectures. At the very end of each class session the students respond to a question such as: “what new information did you learn in today’s class session?” or “what did you find most confusing in today’s lecture,” or “how does today’s material relate to a previous course, job, or work experience?” Following class he prepares for the next class session by summarizing these one-minute responses and includes them as a slide on the next day’s lesson. Sharing these reflections with students offers a nice review of the previous day’s content, but also provides a written summary of student interest (or confusion) to be addressed for the next time he teaches the course.

Whether it is individual or group reflection, instructor alone or informed by student feedback, thinking about what went well and what could be changed during our class time with students is invaluable.

Be sure to check out the CELT listing of events website and sign up today via Learn@ISU for a program that can help inform your teaching practice.

Best wishes,
Sara Marcketti
Director, CELT


Full Teaching Tip

View the published CELT Teaching Tip: Welcome back…..thinking about next semester? Strategies for tracking adjustments to your class (August 23, 2018 – Constant Contact) website.

Prefer a Print version?

To view the Teaching Tip as a printable document with web addresses, download the CELT Teaching Tip August 23 (PDF)


Are you ready to teach your course in Canvas this Fall?

Create your course shells and make sure that your students have access to what they need in Canvas by working through the Start of Semester Checklist web guide.
Would you like to continue to work on your course after the semester starts? CELT is holding workshops throughout the semester to help you build or grow your course. Read workshop descriptions on the CELT Upcoming Events website and register via the Learn@ISU website
Finally, for questions or troubleshooting, use the ?Help option in the global navigation (far left of your screen) in Canvas.

Achieving Teaching Success: How CELT Can Support You

What three words would you use to describe CELTWordItOut Cloud
In June 2018, the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) invited stakeholders to complete a short survey about the importance of and satisfaction with CELT programs, resources, and services.
To begin analysis we used the WordItOut web-based tool to create a word cloud based upon responses to the question, “What three words would you use to describe CELT?.” The tool created an image that gives visual prominence to words that appear more frequently in a text. The word cloud used responses that were gathered three or more times with the larger words receiving over 20 responses included: Helpful, Resource, Supportive, and Innovative.
Helpful:
Comprehensive workshops and seminars covering everything from course design to fostering inclusion within the classroom to improving your online courses.
  • Award winning series – learn the secrets from award winning teachers at ISU!
  • Seminars, workshops, and series on engagement, disruption, documenting your teaching and more on our Upcoming Programs website.
  • Inclusive classroom programming that help you identify ways to foster inclusion in your classes, explore the workshop and conversations on the inclusive classroom programs website
  • Quality Matters training to improve your online courses, learn more from the Quality Matters at Iowa State webpage and join the brand new QM Learning Community!
Resources:
Supportive:
Innovative:
CELT is responsive to the needs of the community. This semester, revised and new services include
Our programming and services are a click away. Be sure to sign up now for one (or more) of the exciting opportunities to engage, learn, grow, and share your teaching and learning success.
Best wishes for the start of fall semester 2018,
Sara Marcketti, Director
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Full Teaching Tip

View the published CELT Teaching Tip: Achieving Teaching Success: How CELT Can Support You (August 10, 2018 – Constant Contact) website.

Prefer a Print version?

To view the Teaching Tip as a printable document with web addresses, download the CELT Teaching Tip August 10 (PDF)

Building & Managing Your Course in Canvas Workshop Series

CELT will offer two Canvas workshop series in alternating weeks through fall semester, and participants can mix and match to best meet their needs. Each two-hour workshop includes mini-demonstrations and opportunities to work on course(s). Participants should bring their laptops and instructional materials (files, images, media, links etc.). Course descriptions are online; register via Learn@ISU.

Build Your Canvas Course Series:

  • Course Design Basics, July 31 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.), Sept. 4 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.), or Sept. 17 (3-5 p.m.)
  • Assignments and Quizzes, Aug. 1 (1-3 p.m.), Sept. 5 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.), or Sept. 19 (9-11 a.m.)
  • Grading and Student Data in Canvas, Aug. 2 (1-3 p.m.), Sept. 7 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.), or Sept. 20 (1-3 p.m.)

Manage Your Canvas Course Series:

  • Group Work and Collaboration, Aug. 6 (1-3 p.m.), Sept. 11 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.), or Sept. 25 (3-5 p.m.)
  • Rubrics and Outcomes, Aug. 8 (1-3 p.m.), Sept. 12 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.), or Sept. 26 (2-4 p.m.)
  • Personalized Learning and Mastery Paths, Aug. 9 (1-3 p.m.), Sept. 13 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.), and Sept. 27 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.)

Invitation to the 2018-19 CELT Teaching Partners program

Are you interested in meaningful conversations about teaching and student learning with other teaching faculty? Are you interested in meeting colleagues from other disciplines to discuss relevant issues related to teaching and learning? The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching’s 2018-19 Teaching Partners program matches two or three second- or third-year tenure-track faculty or term faculty with a senior faculty member (a successful, experienced teacher) from another discipline. More information about the program, including the application on CELT’s Teaching Partners website. Apply by July 25.


Call for submissions: Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository (TOPR)

The editorial board of the Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository (TOPR) is pleased to announce a call for submissions for new TOPR entries from now until September 15, 2018. Authors will receive feedback on their submissions by October 31, 2018. Selected entries will be announced in December 2018.

 

Please consider submitting an entry using the online Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository Strategy Entry form.

 

As you may know, this scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) resource is a go-to destination for faculty/designers in search of ideas for online and blended courses. Each entry is highly focused on one teaching practice with a solid description, concrete example(s), relevant professional practice or research literature, and key words connecting to other practices.

 

Would you also consider promoting to your colleagues this call for submissions? For your convenience, a social media friendly message suitable for customization is provided below:


Call for Submissions: Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository. Share your online teaching practices with the world! View the Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository (TOPR) website.

 

If you have any questions or access difficulties, please feel free to email topr@ucf.edu.

 

Sincerely,

TOPR Managing Editors

Baiyun Chen

Aimee deNoyelles

University of Central Florida’s Division of Digital Learning website

 


Check out the ISU Universal Design Online content Inspection Tool (UDOIT) Guide

You may have seen UDOIT as one of the applications that you can add to your Canvas course. This tool can scan your Canvas course and point out accessibility issues that may be in your course. If you’re unfamiliar with UDOIT, or if you would like more information about how it works, please feel free to check out the “UDOIT Guide” in Canvas (linked here).

Of course, UDOIT is simply a tool, and it is not meant to solve all of your accessibility issues. For the best practices in work with accessibility in your online courses, please first focus on Universal Design for Learning (information page linked here).

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Darrin Jones Program Coordinator, Quality Matters & Accessibility via email at darrinj@iastate.edu


Web accessibility and the need to work towards compliance

Here’s an excellent article on Web Accessibility and the need to work toward compliance: “Why Law Firms Should Make Web Accessibility a Priority in 2018” (linked here). It addresses various lawsuits, connections to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and some quick ways to get started with Web Accessibility. Of course, we also have some great resources here at Iowa State found on the following websites: