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Learning with Games

Learning with Games

I have been a gamer since I was 5 years old when I began to play the Nintendo NES. There were games like Super Mario Bros and Donkey Kong. The games did not have the most in depth story line, but I remember them all. I remember every time I failed a level and how […]

EdPuzzle:  Make Any Video a Lesson

EdPuzzle: Make Any Video a Lesson

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is the net worth of a video? With free video resources such as Youtube and the ease with which instructors can curate and create their own, augmenting  traditional print materials with video content in online, blended, and face-to-face classes is common practice. Videos have the capacity […]

Online & Blended Faculty Monthly Gathering – September

Online & Blended Faculty Monthly Gathering – September

Last Friday, we kicked off our monthly Faculty Gathering series with an inspiring conversation lead by our Canvas Mentor, Alison Perchuk Assistant Professor of Art and Ekin Pehlivan, Assistant Professor of Marketing. Both have been using Canvas since early this year. Dr. Perchuk shared her personal progression from thinking of Canvas as just another type […]

To Create or Cram

To Create or Cram

This vlog (video blog) describes how a Spark assignment can be used instead of a quiz or exam to engage students and check for understanding. Spark Paper Directions The Spark Assignment is designed to SPARK your mind. Through curation, collaboration, and creation explain your point of view, critical thoughts, and understanding of the material in […]

Using Online Annotation to Create More Inclusive Classes

Using Online Annotation to Create More Inclusive Classes

When we teachers get together, a common question is, “how can I get my students to deeply interact with the texts they read?” The question is the flip side to the lament, “Students don’t read anymore.” As an English teacher, of course, I am deeply invested in ensuring that students read and understand the texts […]

New Banners and Buttons in Canvas Commons

New Banners and Buttons in Canvas Commons

I am excited to share with you that we now have more options available in Canvas Commons which can be accessed in the Global Navigation Menu between ‘Inbox’ and ‘Help’. From within Canvas Commons, you can search ‘csuci button’ to see an array of module buttons and homepage kits which include a syllabus button, module […]

Canvas: An End of Pilot Semester Review

Canvas: An End of Pilot Semester Review

During the Canvas pilot in the Spring of 2017 we tested the LMS for a variety of roles. Instructors and learners tested the usability and features via the courses taught in the pilot program. One of our students browsed the LMS throughout the semester with a Teaching Assistant’s access and provided her brief experience in […]

Growing open at CI

Growing open at CI

Growth, renewal, and positivity have been themes as we begin a new academic year at CI. Just last week I attended sixth grade orientation, where the team of teachers were stressing the importance of helping students to steer away from the fixed mindset of being a “math person” or a “non-math person”. In the fourth […]

Thank You Canvas Pioneers!

Thank You Canvas Pioneers!

Its been a busy summer and we’d like to say thank you to all of our faculty who have participated in our Canvas workshops thus far. We’ve had 61 faculty participate Canvas 1: Getting Started workshops since they kicked off back in July. On top of this we’ve had 102 faculty enroll in our self-paced […]

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