Service Learning Across the Curriculum

Special thanks to Heather Ramsier and Michael Robbins for leading another successful Service Learning Across the Curriculum Course! In this course, faculty develop lesson plans that integrate meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.  We are excited to share their completed lesson plans with you […]

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Flipping for FlipGrid

Thank you for attending my presentation at TESOL 2019. As promised, here is the outsourced memory for our session. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to send me an e-mail or hit me up on Twitter. What is Flipgrid? Flipgrid is an easy-to-use video response platform where educators can have online video discussions […]

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Embedding a LibGuide in Canvas with the new LTI Tool

Did you know that the library has recently upgraded Valencia’s software subscription to LibGuides (http://libguides.valenciacollege.edu/ ) to a version which includes an LTI for embedding LibGuides in Canvas. This new version allows faculty to embed entire guides or particular pages or boxes from guides at either the module level or the page level.  Special thanks […]

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Using the Hypothesis Collaborative Annotation Tool in Canvas

It is now possible to use Hypothesis, a free and open source collaborative annotation tool, in your Canvas course.  You could use this for activities in which your students collaboratively comment or annotate web sites, documents, and other items.  See this tutorial for how Hypothesis works, and here are some quick start guides for teachers […]

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Anticipating and Addressing Student Resistance in Your Courses

There have long been calls to incorporate evidence-based teaching techniques and technologies in the classroom to improve student success.  For example the 2012 “Engage to Excel” report by the Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) notes that “Classroom approaches that engage students in ‘active learning’ improve retention of information and critical thinking skills.” […]

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Digi-Know About Final Grades in Canvas

Digs-Know that in Canvas there is a difference between current grades (the ones you see in the canvas grade book) and final grades (the ones canvas exports to Banner)? Watch the video below to learn more.

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Circles of Innovation On Demand

So, perhaps you got an email, heard from your Dean or a colleague, or maybe even just saw it on the Circles of Innovation website, and you are wondering “What is Circles of Innovation on Demand?” Well this year, based on feedback from faculty, the Circles team is trying out a new on-demand model of […]

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The Case for Open Textbooks: Research & Data

The Open Textbook Alliance created a nice handout explaining The Case for Open Textbooks.  Open textbooks are textbooks that are free for students to use and openly licensed so that instructors are free to revise and redistribute them, with attribution. Below are some arguments for open textbooks explained in more detail and updated with more recent research […]

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Using FlipGrid Video Discussion Boards in Canvas

FlipGrid is a free video discussion tool that allows for threaded video discussions in your Canvas course.  It’s become very popular in both K-12 schools and college classes lately, possibly even more popular that Kahoot 🙂  And Microsoft recently bought FlipGrid and opened up all the premium features (such as maximum video length, now 5 […]

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How to Embed Videos & Interactive Media in Canvas

Have you ever wanted to embed a video or a 3rd party interactive widget in your course?  This lets students watch your video or use a 3rd party tool right in Canvas without having to open up a separate page. Embedding Videos There are actually 4 different ways to embed videos in Canvas.  The simplest […]

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How Ready are You to Teach Online in Canvas?

Are you prepared to teach online courses in Canvas?  Take this Canvas Online Teaching Readiness Self-Assessment to see for yourself.  At the end of the survey, you’ll receive links to resources related to each of the questions.  This survey is being used in the Boot Camp for Online Instruction PD course.  You can also download and import […]

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Curriculum Builder

Special thanks to Beth King and the library team for sharing this video about Curriculum Builder, a tool that allows faculty & staff to create reading lists of library resources inside of Canvas. What a great tool to help us start a new semester! According to Beth: “It works best with databases produced by EBSCO, such as […]

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Evidence-based Teaching Strategies in Canvas

Here is a resource in Canvas Commons with some examples of brief, research-based teaching strategies implemented in Canvas, such as: transparent assignments, minute papers, values affirmation, social belonging, goal setting, student testimonials, nudges, discussion protocols, wrappers, and midterm student feedback.   You can preview this resource here. Evidence-based teaching refers to teaching strategies and principles for which there […]

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Bricks, Clicks and Teacher Tricks for Engaging Gen Z

Thank you for coming to my session today at the BJ Moore Center for Faculty Innovation. As I noted in the presentation,  this page is your outsourced memory for the session. Feel free to take any of these ideas and remix them and share them as you see fit. If you would like to contact me, please […]

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Short Links to Canvas Resources

Here are some quick & short links to various Canvas resources available to you, if you find them useful. And here’s a short link to a printable version of these short links 🙂 bit.ly/valenciacanvaslinks Canvas Start of the Semester Checklist  bit.ly/startcanvaschecklist Request a Canvas Sandbox  bit.ly/valenciasandbox Copy a Canvas Course  bit.ly/copysandbox Rubric for Online Competencies […]

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