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.


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).