Posts By: James May

Canvas Conferences and Big Blue Button

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Today I went to a wonderful presentation at our spring division retreat. The team shared techniques for using Canvas Conferences and Big Blue Button, they also shared a handout and were even kind enough to share this how to video. Enjoy! Thank you Chiara, Liza and team for sharing.

Crowdsourcing Writing and Editing Resources in the Age of Empowerment

Posted by & filed under Canvas, EAP.

During the 2018-19 academic year, the EAP team at Valencia’s East Campus piloted a method for crowdsourced, cloud-based development of free and open source supplementary writing and editing materials that could be used with EAP students at varying levels within Valencia’s EAP program. While many of Valencia’s English language learners are conversationally fluent, others still […]

Flipping for FlipGrid

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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 […]

Embedding a LibGuide in Canvas with the new LTI Tool

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Did you know that the library has recently upgraded Valencia’s software subscription to LibGuides ( ) 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 […]

Digi-Know About Final Grades in Canvas

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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.

Circles of Innovation On Demand

Posted by & filed under Canvas, Circles.

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 […]

Curriculum Builder

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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 […]

Bricks, Clicks and Teacher Tricks for Engaging Gen Z

Posted by & filed under Circles, Ideas.

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 […]

Ruby Calculator

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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 […]

CARE Intervention: Resources & Support

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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 […]

Circles of Innovation: CARE Track Acing Assessment in Canvas

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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 […]

Kaltura Video Quizzing in Canvas

Posted by & filed under Canvas, Kaltura, Training, Video.

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 […]

Library Resources for Canvas

Posted by & filed under Canvas, Library, Video.

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   […]

Force Multipliers

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Force Multipliers are tools/attributes or a combination of tools/attributes that dramatically increase or multiply the effectiveness of any given person or group. If you are a teacher or student interested in getting more work done in less time. You might want to take a look at some of these Google Chrome Extensions that can be […]