Posts By: James May

Five Things: Our Canvas Transition

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This month we are sharing five things faculty should know about our Canvas transition: Canvas Training, The ROC, Campus Transition Plans, UdoIT, and Canvas Help.  Tune in next month for five things you should know about your Syllabus in Canvas. If you would like to access last month’s video, here is the link.

Resetting Canvas Wiki Pages

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Some teachers like to use “Find the Flaw” challenges with their students. For example, I like to give my students a letter to fix. This is a lesson I have used in my classroom for years. Long story short, I stumbled upon the following letter on a trip to the National Archives in Washington, DC. In […]

Meet Zenbo – Your Smart Little Buddy

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Zenbo is described as a, “capable home robot designed to provide assistance, entertainment, and companionship to families.” What do you think? Would you want one? What about Zenbo for the classroom? Would you like to learn more? Click here. 

Five Things: Blackboard Vs. Canvas

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Last month, Liza Schellpfeffer and I kicked off a new video series called “Five Things.” The plan is to release a short video each month on the five things you should know about Canvas and/or our Transition to Canvas. If you have questions, or would like to see something featured in one of our five things […]

VR Kits: A Quick How To

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If you have been hesitant to try out the new kits, we know this lesson will having you exploring VR in a GIFfy. It is easier than you might think.  Special thanks to Kevin Thomas for his help with the videography and to Amanda Molina for her acting talents, and, of course, special thanks to the […]

Introducing Hypothes.is

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The Hypothesis Project is an effort to implement an old idea: A conversation layer over the entire web that works everywhere. Imagine having your students interact with each other in an online conversation that takes place in a content layer over an existing website, image, infographic, news article, poem, etc. You don’t need permission from […]

Faculty and Instructional Development at Valencia

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Click the image below or this link to view the 2017 Faculty and Instructional Development Graphic. Valencia College has a Teaching and Learning Division which houses Faculty and Instructional Development, the Teaching/Learning Academy for tenure-track faculty, Online Teaching and Learning, and Strategic Learning Initiatives (such as our QEP). The division is led by an Assistant Vice […]

5 Keys to a Successful Team

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I recently read an article in the New York Times titled What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team. Interested in the topic, I then found the Google Re-Work post  The five keys to a successful Google team. Long Story short, researchers at Google spent over two years conducting 200+ interviews with the employees and looking […]

Virtual Reality Kits

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Special thanks to the Valencia Foundation and the Dr. P. Phillips Foundation Chair in Free Enterprise for “Connecting the World to Valencia and Valencia to the World – A Virtual Reality.” This year, as part of my endowed chair work, I got the opportunity to learn about some amazing teaching applications for Virtual Reality and […]

Air Hockey: Smartphone vs Human

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Chances are you have played Air hockey, the classic arcade game. Some of you may have even played Air Hockey on a smart device with others or against the computer, but have you ever seen real life Air Hockey against your Phone? Would you like to know more about how they did this? Want to […]