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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Keeping Up with Canvas Updates and Community

Once a year, Instructure hosts the InstructureCon conference in Colorado where folks can share tips and news about the Canvas learning management system.  This year’s conference starts today, and our very own James May is attending.  This year’s conference has a carnival theme, hence the “InstructureCarn” label. You can watch the keynote speakers live online […]

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Images Not Showing Up in Canvas? Here’s What You Can Do

Occasionally you may notice that one or more images do not appear to be loading on a page in Canvas – especially pages that have a lot of images.  Usually this is just a temporary issue and reloading the page fixes it. Why does this happen? There are various reasons why this may happen – […]

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Destination 2018 Participants Infuse Sustainability into their Curriculum

Valencia defines sustainability as resilient economic, social, and environmental systems that enhance quality of life for all community members present and future. Sustainability is a multi-faceted concept that impacts our daily lives, engages our students, and can enrich any classroom curriculum. On the last day of Valencia College’s annual professional development program Destination, the 2018 […]

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Service Learning Across the Curriculum

Special thanks to 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. Below is a sample of lesson plans from participants of the course: David Buchman, […]

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Ruby Calculator

There is a new calculator in town, and it has been described as “The Ultimate Exam Cheating Device.” Math teachers, we thought you should know it is out there. Here are some of the key Features Web Search. Search the internet and read the search engine results page from your calculator. Chat with both iOS and Android […]

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Circles of Innovation: Bricks, Clicks, and Teacher Tricks

Thank you for coming to our session today at The Teaching Professor Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. As we noted in our workshop,  this page is your outsourced memory for the session. Feel free to take our ideas and remix them and share them as you see fit. If you would like to contact either of us, please feel free […]

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