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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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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CARE Intervention: Resources & Support

The other day while attending the CARE track, they shared some really neat documents and ideas. And with their permission, I am now sharing them here on circles. For example, here i s a link to 60 Formative Assessment Tools CARE Faculty have many resources and tools available, both campus and college wide.  To support […]

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Circles of Innovation: CARE Track Acing Assessment in Canvas

Retrieval Practice Featured in in the book Make It Stick and supported by quite a bit of research….Retrieval practice is a learning strategy where we focus on getting information out. Through the act of retrieval, or calling information to mind, our memory for that information is strengthened and forgetting is less likely to occur. Retrieval practice is a powerful tool […]

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How to Fix and Prevent Accessibility Issues in Your Canvas Course

Below are some tips for fixing accessibility issues in Canvas after the fact, followed by tips for preventing issues from arising in the first place.   You can learn more about accessibility & universal design at webaim.org & cast.org.  A short link to a handout version of this resource is at: bit.ly/canvasaccessibility How to Fix Accessibility Issues […]

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Kaltura Video Quizzing in Canvas

Have you ever thought about making a video introduction to your online class? What if you could make the video and turn it into an auto-graded video quiz that would let you know that your students had watched it and learned from it. Or Perhaps you have Youtube Videos that you use in class. Would […]

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Library Resources for Canvas

Special thanks to Beth King, West Campus Librarian, for sharing these training videos which offer a variety of ways to enhance your Canvas courses with easy to use Library Resources. Creating a Library Menu Item in Canvas   Linking to a LibGuide in Canvas   Linking to a Kanopy or Swank Video in Canvas   […]

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Backup Your Canvas and Blackboard Courses Now

Here are scenarios that have actually happened, to help convince you that you should regularly download backups of your Canvas and Blackboard courses: An instructor was working on building their course in their Canvas CRN real course space (not a sandbox space).  The department made changes to who is teaching what CRN, and suddenly the […]

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How Your Students can Submit Handwritten Work with CamScanner or FlipGrid

Especially if you are teaching an online STEM-related class like math or science, you may find it difficult for students to submit homework online.  They either have to enter their formulas and equations using an online tool, or you have to use multiple choice or fill-in-the-blank type questions.  You don’t get to see the work […]

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Using the Unicheck Plagiarism Checker in Canvas

The Unicheck plagiarism checker has been enabled in Canvas to allow instructors and students to check papers for similarity and originality.  This video walks through how to enable the Unicheck option in Canvas assignments and how to access and interpret the reports that it generates.  See also this handout on how to use Unicheck in Canvas that Amanda Molina […]

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