If your course has an online presence it may be found in Blackboard or Canvas, Iowa State’s Learning Management Systems (LMS).
To log into an LMS: open 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” or “Blackboard” from the menu.
If you think your course is supposed to be in one of these systems, and you don’t see it after you logged into one, contact your instructor.
The good news is that this upcoming spring Iowa State will only be using Canvas as the campus-wide LMS.
Amy Popillion, Senior Lecturer, Human Development & Human Sciences at Iowa State University, and Facilitator for CELT’s Team-Based Learning Faculty/Staff Learning Community shared this reflection with us before students arrived on campus yesterday,
“Spent some quiet time at the back of my fall classroom reflecting on what I hope for my students. I reflected on hopes for learning, kindness, building community, persevering through difficult dialogues with each other, for a-ha moments to happen, for inspiration and knowledge that will guide their professional decisions and personal growth. I took time to notice each and every chair. I envisioned the student who will sit there, wishing for them the best experience in my class and most of all a place where they feel welcomed, included, challenged, and supported. (Note: we will turn on the lights for a more “enlightened” experience 💡😊).”
CELT is sharing Student Disability Resources information to instructors and graduate teaching assistants:
As we begin a new Academic Year, I want to provide the information below regarding the provision of access to lecture notes and Power Point presentations which, as you know, are reasonable accommodations for some students with documented disabilities.
Students in need of academic accommodations will soon be meeting with you to deliver and review their Fall 2017 ‘Notification Letters’ (aka “NL’s “)—this is a great time to discuss ways you will be able to assist them in accessing lecture notes, Power Point presentations, and other accommodations listed on the NL (ie. exam accommodation processes, etc.). Please be specific in coming to agreement in the delivery of indicated accommodations so questions/problems are avoided later in the term.
In years past, many students have worked with their instructors and peers to access lecture notes—this will continue going forward. We have, however, provided a bit more structure/direction to achieve that outcome– Student Disability Resources (aka “SDR“) website contains some very useful information to assist you in helping make your students have course lecture content as reasonable accommodations. For key information about note taking, visit SDR’s Access to Lecture Notes website.
Briefly, we are asking you to make sure students are provided timely access to lecture notes and/or Power Points, per the Notification Letter. This can be accomplished in several ways (see below):
a copy of Instructor lecture notes and Power Points
a copy of lecture notes completed by a Graduate Assistant
a copy of lecture notes completed by a peer in the course
Additionally, we strongly encourage instructors to consider the many benefits of implementing a ‘universal design’ (UD) for diverse learning approach that benefits many students including those with unique learning needs/styles. Learn more about UD at:
CELT is offering open lab sessions for faculty, staff and teaching/graduate assistants to 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). Note: Open Labs will not be held on September 5 and 6 due to Canvas training. Download CELT’s Open Labs flyer (PDF).
Attendees are encouraged to watch the two Welcome to Canvas video recordings (First Look and Course Basics) as prerequisites for Open Lab Sessions and Canvas training to provide a baseline of content knowledge in the platform.
How to Register
Register for the Canvas Training events via CELT’s catalog on Learn@ISU. If you are unable to attend these programs there will be recordings made available through the MyCanvas: Training and Resources website following the event.
Change and continuity are hallmarks of university life. Each semester, teaching and research routines enable us to fulfill professional responsibilities and expectations. We also embrace change, as each semester new students fill our classrooms and lab spaces with open minds and new opportunities to consider the ways in which we successfully teach our subjects.
One thing that you can count on is that our CELT Teaching Tip will arrive in your email inbox every two weeks. The Tip will include innovative teaching ideas, programming, and important information related to our transition to Canvas the new Learning Management System (LMS).
For the fall semester, the majority of Iowa State University courses using an LMS will be taught in Blackboard. Blackboard technical support is available through the IT Solution Center (including evening and weekend service hours). CELT will continue to address questions that are pedagogical in nature, such as course design or instructional practices.
It is important to note that now is the time to learn Canvas in preparation for all courses being taught in the new LMS this spring semester 2018. CELT has developed a wealth of resources, and training opportunities related to the Canvas transition via the My Canvas Teacher at ISU website.
We have a great line up of professional development programs in place for the semester. The full list of programs is available via CELT’s Events and Registration website and you can register for the programs through the Learn@ISU website.
Canvas is available to all of Iowa State today. Blackboard is still available for faculty to use during fall semester 2017, and almost all courses that use a learning management system (LMS) will be taught in Blackboard. However, now is the time to learn Canvas in preparation for all courses being taught in the new LMS this spring semester 2018.
To log into Canvas click the “Sign Ons” link found in the upper right-hand corner (above the search box) of Iowa State’s home page. Then, use the drop down menu and go to “More Sign Ons” to select the Canvas button.
What you will see in Canvas
Once you are logged into Canvas, you will see your dashboard displaying course cards for your current courses; as well as, a “Start Here” course for MyCanvas Teacher at ISU.
By Rob Schweers, office of the senior vice president and provost July 27, 2017
Sara Marcketti has been named interim director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, effective July 24.
Marcketti, professor of apparel, events and hospitality management (AESHM), has served as CELT associate director since 2013. Her new appointment will extend through June 2018. Previous CELT director Ann Marie VanDerZanden was appointed associate provost for academic programs earlier this month.
“Sara has an impressive track record as associate director, and I am pleased she has agreed to serve in the interim role,” said Dawn Bratsch-Prince, associate provost for faculty. “I have great confidence in her leadership and her ability to maintain CELT’s momentum in areas like inclusive classrooms; flipped, hybrid and online pedagogy; and implementing Iowa State’s new learning management system.”
A native of New York, Marcketti holds a bachelor’s degree in art history and master’s in textiles, merchandising, and interiors from the University of Georgia; and a Ph.D. in textiles and clothing from Iowa State. She joined the AESHM faculty in 2005 and rose through the ranks from lecturer to full professor in just 10 years.
“I am excited for this opportunity to lead CELT’s dedicated staff and work with faculty to support Iowa State’s teaching academic mission,” Marcketti said. “We have built a remarkable number of resources for faculty, staff, graduate students and post-docs over the last 24 years, and I look forward to continuing and growing the excellent work we are known for.”
A search for the next permanent CELT director will be held during the spring semester.
The ISU Canvas Implementation Team is continuing to make progress on completing the initial implementation of Canvas at ISU. The team met with the Canvas On-Site Implementation consultants on campus July 12-14 and were able to complete a number of steps to make Canvas functional at ISU and integrated with ISU’s local systems. Our goal is to provide a trouble-free first login experience for ISU instructors and staff, and to provide clear steps for creating courses in Canvas using Blackboard migrated course materials.
Based on the work completed and work remaining we have updated our “go live” date for instructor access and anticipate it will be by July 28, 2017.
A fully featured version of Canvas will be ready for developing Spring 2018 courses by mid-semester Fall 2017.