As part of Destination Canvas during the summer, this Inventory Checklist was created to help faculty identify important elements within their Blackboard Courses that they need to consider as they began the transition to Canvas. “This checklist serves to assist you in reviewing the current contents of your course. For each section below, check the […]
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Designed for “Destination Canvas” last summer, This chart outlines differences in LMS language and function between Blackboard and Canvas. Keep in mind that while some terminology is the same, the tools may not function as expected. The crosswalk is helpful though in getting a better understanding of the two systems.
Over the summer, the Canvas Transitions Team developed a “Roadmap to Canvas” designed to give you the support and resources to help faculty navigate the expressway to excellence. Click here or on the Roadmap image to download a copy.
Short link to this page: http://bit.ly/valenciaroc Valencia’s Canvas transition team is hard at work making materials to aid faculty with the transition. Recently, Liza Schellpfeffer was kind enough to share the most current version of the Rubric for Online Competencies (ROC). This page contains links to the Printable PDF versions of the ROC, the 1 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Special thanks to Lauri Lott for sharing her strategy for using Skype to better connect with students. As a part time faculty member I don’t have office hours nor an office to have them. So, instead of asking my students to come to me, I go to them. During our course, I schedule Skype video conferences with […]