CELT’s Award-Winning Faculty Series, innovative programs, and more!

Welcome back to campus!
In our first Teaching Tip of 2018, we wanted to highlight a few of the professional development opportunities CELT has planned for you. We are hosting the following outstanding faculty to present in our Award-Winning Faculty Series:
CELT is featuring three innovative multi-session programs:
  • The research-based flipped classroom – Team-Based Learning, meets for five consecutive Wednesdays: Jan. 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14 and 21 (3:30 – 5:00 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall) will be presented by Holly Bender, Associate Director, CELT; Director, Preparing Future Faculty Program; and Professor, Veterinary Pathology
  • Sketchnoting for Visual Note Taking and more, meets for three consecutive Fridays: Jan 26, Feb 2 and 9 (12:10-1:30 pm, 89-90 Armory) will be presented by Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness, Assistant Professor of Industrial Design
  • Sketchnoting – Planning a research poster, meets for two consecutive Thursdays: Apr. 12 and 19 (12:10-1:30 pm, 89-90 Armory) will be presented by Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness, Assistant Professor of Industrial Design
To learn more about these programs and our comprehensive array of events visit CELT’s Event and Registration website, determine which event you would like to attend and register via the Learn@ISU website.
We hope to see you there!
Sara Marcketti, Interim Director
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

“A journey of a 1,000 miles begins with a single step”

The great Chinese thinker Laozi’s words could apply perfectly to the transition from teaching in Blackboard to Canvas. As I shared last week, in Confessions of a Procrastinator, I have not yet built my course in Canvas, but this week I started and here are some tips to help you take that first step.

Start with the end in mind

It is my great honor and pleasure to teach Everyday Creativity developed by my colleague and friend, Dr. Elena Karpova. As I started to build my Canvas course, I realized that first I needed to keep the learning outcome goal in mind. For us, that is students learning and then applying creative thinking strategies to generate multiple unique ideas. To accomplish this the students complete pre-class readings and quizzes, in class individual and group activities, and out of class work that demonstrates their use of the strategies.
As you are bidding farewell to Blackboard, filter and sort through your collection of instructional materials and make decisions whether they need to be updated and/or replaced in your new course. Then as you (re)build your course in Canvas, there are three actions you can take to begin the journey of teaching in spring semester.
  1. Build your modules: Modules organize your content by weeks, units, chapters, concepts or a different organizational structure. Modules give your course a consistent look and feel and make it easy for your students to navigate it. Modules also accommodate your delivery style: use them to re-create the folder set up from your course in the previous learning management system or, better yet, use them to chunk up your instruction into smaller, independent “digestible” units to empower student cognitive processes.** A module can contain files, discussions, assignments, quizzes, and other learning materials. Learn more using the Create a Module web guide.
  2. Choose your homepage: Your homepage sets the mood for learning in your course. Canvas has different options for choosing your course’s homepage. The syllabus is a great way to introduce your course, make your expectations transparent, and keep students abreast of all course happenings. Learn more via the Setting the Course Home Page web guide.
  3. Clean up your course’s menu: Your students should only see the course-specific menu options that allow to quickly and easily navigate all course information and keep distraction to a minimum. Learn how using the Customize the Course Navigation web guide.
  4. Check your quizzes: While most of your previous quizzes will import from previous Blackboard content, some, such as such as hot spot and quiz bowl do not transfer, and matching questions that have images in the answers must be fixed. Additionally, you will want to double-check multiple choice, fill-in-the-blanks, essay, matching, numerical, and formula question types before publishing your migrated quiz or survey. If a question format is not supported by Canvas, the question will become a simple text (students will not have the option to answer). The Quizzes tool in Canvas can be used for graded or practice quizzes, as well as graded and ungraded surveys and automatically creates a column in the grade book.
CELT developed this Canvas Course Building Basics YouTube video (below) and a Course Building Basics web guide on these actions that you can take to (re)build your course in Canvas.

If you have made it this far in the teaching tip, Congrats!

You probably realize this is going to be a multi-step journey. Don’t fear! CELT’s open labs will be closed Dec. 8-Jan. 2, 2018, but consultations with our instructional designers may be scheduled during that time via the appointment scheduling website. There are multiple ways to learn the Canvas learning management system, including workshops (below), recorded resources, self-paced tutorials and webinars on the ISU Canvas training and resources website.
Additionally, Canvas offers 24/7 support, listed in the “? Help” icon on the global navigation (far left of your Canvas website) or via the Canvas support line, 515-294-4000 (press 2, then 1).
Best wishes for your winter break and spring semester canvas course building,
Sara Marcketti, Interim Director
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT)

Full Teaching Tip

View the published CELT Teaching Tip: “A journey of a 1,000 miles begins with a single step” (December 14, 2017 – Constant Contact) website.

Print Version?

Prefer a Print version? If you would prefer to view the Teaching Tip as a printable document with web addresses, download the CELT Teaching Tip December 14, 2017 (PDF)


Marcketti receives awards

Sara Marcketti is the Interim Director for the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) and Professor in Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management Department will be receiving two awards this upcoming spring:

Marcketti named Fellow of Costume Society of America

Sara Marcketti, a professor in apparel, merchandising, and design and interim director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, will receive the Fellow Award from the Costume Society of America. Deemed CSA’s highest honor, the award recognizes Marcketti for providing outstanding leadership and contributions to the field of costume. As a Fellow, she also is considered an exemplary mentor for other members. Marcketti will be recognized for the honor annually, beginning in March at the CSA National Symposium in Williamsburg, Virginia. She also serves the organization as president-elect. CSA members are people involved in the study, education, collection, preservation, presentation, and interpretation of dress and appearance in past, present, and future societies. For more information, contact Eulanda Sanders in apparel, events, and hospitality management at 515-294-7474 or sanderse@iastate.edu. View the Costume Society of America Fellow Award website.

Laura Jolly, Sara Marcketti, Wanda Grogan to be recognized at University of Georgia’s Family and Consumer Sciences 100 Gala

The College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia has named two Iowa State faculty among the Family and Consumer Sciences 100 Centennial Honorees, and one Iowa State alumna as a member of the Honor Hall. Laura Jolly, dean and Dean’s Chair of the College of Human Sciences; Sara Marcketti, professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management and interim director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching; and Wanda Grogan, a 1978 alumna of Iowa State’s home economics education doctoral program, will be recognized at the FACS 100 Gala: A Centennial Celebration on Feb. 24, 2018. Honorees embody conviction and commitment to the ideals of the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences, and through vision and hard work have been instrumental in advancing the ability of the University of Georgia to serve students and enrich lives through their mission. For more information, contact Sara Marcketti at 515-294-4887 or sbb@iastate.edu.View the University of Georgia’s College unveils FACS 100 Centennial Honorees list website.


Fight the Fear: Confessions of a Procrastinator

As Interim Director of CELT, I have participated in CELT-led workshops, sat in on implementation team meetings, and spoken all over campus about the transition from Blackboard to Canvas. However, I still have not built my spring 2018 course in Canvas.

Sure, I thought about the wonderful features that Canvas would let me do, such as the media rich editor that will let

me and my students post video and audio comments and how the speed grader will let me grade student work side by side course rubrics. But, it is still not built!

Do you relate to my confessions of a procrastinator?

If so, here are a few tips that might help:

1. Log into Canvas

Go to the Iowa State University website. Then, locate the “Sign Ons” link found on the upper right corner (above the search box), and then select “Canvas” from the menu (Figure 1).

Use the sign-ons link to access Canvas
Figure 1. Use the Sign-ons link found on the Iowa State University website

2. Check for your Spring 2018 courses

To see what courses you have in Canvas, view the How do I view my Canvas courses as an instructor? web guide. If your spring 2018 course shell(s) do not appear on the Canvas dashboard or in your course list (Figure 2), contact your departmental representative using the Registrar’s Course Offering Department Contacts website.

Canvas course list with an arrow pointing to the Courses icon, and another arrow pointing towards the All Courses link
Figure 2. Courses list on Canvas

3. Build your course

On June 7, 2017 course materials were exported from Blackboard and imported to Canvas (Figure 3). Since Canvas is a different system, you’ll want to spend time learning which course materials you keep and where you put them. Many instructors have decided to re-use aspects of their Blackboard courses. Other instructors have decided to start new within Canvas.

Blackboard course materials are found under the Past Enrollments header
Figure 3. Locate Blackboard course materials under the Past Enrollments heading in the Courses list

Additionally, this article published in The Chronicle of Higher Education (2017) article “Fight the Fear/ Procrastination Cycle With Small Tasks ” fits perfectly: the notion that by delegating small tasks you could move forward on a high priority project. To help you (and I) get over the fear of starting in Canvas, CELT has created the following How-to Build a Simple Course in Canvas YouTube video.

To accompany this brief video CELT has developed a How-to Build a Simple Canvas Course web guide on the MyCanvas Teacher at ISU site. For face-to-face help, CELT will be hosting Open Labs until December 8 and CELT-led Workshops until December 22.

As the Blackboard countdown clock informs us, Blackboard access ends soon (January 5). However, those with the instructor role will be able to view their previous courses in a Blackboard Archive (More information to come soon).

In closing, Early Adopter Rose Martin’s advice for those new to Canvas is: “Keep the big picture in mind [which is] providing students access to your course content quickly and easily. Keep an open mind about how you can reorganize course content and steps or tricks used so your course flows as intended. Also, keep Canvas help desk number handy, 515-294-4000, then press 2, then 1.”

And if you are not a procrastinator, thanks for sharing your experiences and knowledge with fellow instructors!

Let’s get going!

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

Full Teaching Tip

View the published CELT Teaching Tip: Fight the Fear: Confessions of a Procrastinator (November 30, 2017 – Constant Contact) website.

Print Version?

Prefer a Print version? If you would prefer to view the Teaching Tip as a printable document with web addresses, download the CELT Teaching Tip December 1, 2017 (PDF)


Canvas… Get Started Now.

Arne Hallam: Associate Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Economics Professor, and Canvas Early adopter shares his advice for this edition of the Teaching Tip.

With Blackboard access ending on January 5, 2018, we asked Dr. Arne Hallam, a Canvas early adopter, for his advice on learning the new learning management system in this brief Canvas… Get Started Now YouTube video [1 min 15 seconds].

He stated, “Start working on it because it’s not like you’re just going to turn it on and it works there’s going to be all kinds of things that don’t look the way you want it to look.

Arne then said, “The other thing with that is there the support on campus is very very good. But you have to use it. And what I mean by what I mean by You have to use it you have to call 4-4000 You have to send e-mails or you need to walk over to the Library walk over to CELT because they have people sitting there if you walk over you basically got an individual who is there who’s going to help you do it.”

“I mean who will sit and help you do it. And once you’ve done it two or three times. You sort of pick it up. The other thing is I found the Canvas Guides which are available within Canvas. You go down you click Help Canvas Guides will have training.”

“You can see OK how do the grade book or how to do such and such. But probably more useful as you type in questions and they’ll start to give you other people or other universities pinging back and forth about this and to be blunt Google searches also work out in Google and say you know Canvas blah blah blah. But you just you’ve got to get hands on and so on.”

Finally, Arne shared, “My biggest concern is that people will think oh this will just take me you know three or four hours before class starts in the spring and that won’t happen. It will take some time but it’s very straightforward. It works really well but that’s the biggest thing is to not postpone.”

You have heard it here first. CELT is here to help. There are resources available. Don’t wait – the time to learn Canvas is now!

Kind Regards,

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

Full Teaching Tip

View the published Teaching Tip: Canvas… Get Started Now (November 9, 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 • Nov 9 (PDF)


Seeking Students for the NCORE-ISCORE Project

Please help us recruit a talented and diverse group of students for the 2018-2019 NCORE-ISCORE (National Conference on Race and Ethnicity and Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity) experience. We sincerely appreciate your assistance in helping us recognize deserving individuals who help to make Iowa State a stronger university.

Learn more about the project, via the NCORE-ISCORE Project for Students website.

Find out how-to apply from the Students: How to Apply for the NCORE-ISCORE Project website.

Questions? Contact Japannah Kellogg via email japannah@iastate.edu.

Thanks for your help!

Recruitment and selection committee, NCORE-ISCORE

 


CELT-led Canvas Workshops (Nov. 1 – Nov. 17) and Additional Ways to Learn Canvas!

Lesya Hassal facilitating a Canvas workshop to instructors in a classroom with laptops and monitorsCELT-led Canvas Workshops (Nov. 1 – Nov. 17)

The CELT staff is offering five 90-minute Canvas workshops multiple times this November to highlight the pedagogy and mechanics behind Canvas functions. Read the workshop descriptions on CELT’s Event and Registration website, determine which day/time you would like to attend, and register via the Learn@ISU website:

  • The Pedagogy of Canvas Quizzes: Mon., Nov 6 (2:00 – 3:30 p.m.) OR Fri., Nov. 17 (10:00 – 11:30 a.m.)
  • Assignments and Grading in Canvas: Wed., Nov. 8 (2:00 – 3:30p.m.) OR Tues., Nov. 14 (2:00 – 3:30 p.m.)
  • Groups and Collaborative Work in Canvas: Wed., Nov. 1 (10:00 – 11:30 a.m. or 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.), Thu., Nov. 9 (10:00 – 11:30 a.m.) OR Wed., Nov. 15 (10:00 – 11:30 a.m.)
  • Accessibility in Canvas: Thu., Nov. 2 (10:00 – 11:30 a.m. or 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.), Fri., Nov. 10 (2:00 – 3:30 p.m.) OR Thu., Nov. 16 (2:00 – 3:30 p.m.)
  • Course Design in Canvas: Fri., Nov. 3 (10:00 – 11:30 a.m. or 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.), Mon. Nov. 6 (2:00 – 3:30 p.m.) OR Fri., Nov. 17 (10:00 – 11:30 a.m.)

Additional 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:

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


Workshop: Documenting Your Teaching using the DART Matrix (Nov. 3)

In this interactive session, Sara Marcketti, Interim Director, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Professor, Apparel Merchandising and Design, will lead you through a personalized workshop designed to help you consider where you are on the Dimensions of Activities Related to Teaching (DART) matrix. You will leave this session with a clear understanding of your teaching so far and a path for where you’d like to be. Participants will find this especially useful for documenting teaching for promotion, tenure, and professional development. To view resources for this workshop, visit CELT’s Using the DART Matrix website.

To participate in this Friday, November 3 (12:10 – 1:00 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall) workshop register through the Learn@ISU website.


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.