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Course Review: From One Educator to Another

Course Review: From One Educator to Another

When I first began teaching fully online courses about five years ago, I was lucky that I had some incredible colleagues that let me “borrow” activities, course organization, and other lived-and-learned lessons from their experiences teaching online. I also used our Teaching & Learning Innovations resources — I was part of the Summer 2014 Blended […]

Creating Effective Group Projects in an Online Classroom

Creating Effective Group Projects in an Online Classroom

“To go fast, go alone. To go far, go together.” – African Proverb quoted in Together is Better by Simon Sinek The Group Work Challenge I have been fortunate in my teaching career to work on classes that have creative, meaningful and interesting group projects. The projects my students work on require most of the […]

CI Universal: Something for Everyone

CI Universal: Something for Everyone

First of all, I just wanted to take a moment to welcome you all to the Fall 2018 semester. It’s great to see the campus abuzz with students, faculty, staff, and guests again as we get this semester underway. I also wanted to remind you that Teaching & Learning Innovations (T&LI) is here to support […]

Grading with Rubrics

Grading with Rubrics

I can hear the groans already: “Not another rubric pusher!  Enough with this cockamamie writing-instructor stuff!”  But I am neither a traditional rubric pusher nor a writing instructor.  Instead, I am an art historian who had never graded successfully with rubrics before trying them out in Canvas—and now I absolutely swear by them for Canvas […]

Extra Credit in Canvas

Extra Credit in Canvas

Many of us award extra credit in our courses.  As an art historian, I like to encourage students to visit museums and galleries, attend artists’ talks, watch documentaries, and engage in other co-curricular activities in the world of the visual arts.  It’s very easy to incorporate extra credit into grade calculations when one is grading […]

Building Assignments in Canvas

Building Assignments in Canvas

“But I want my students to learn to keep their own calendars.  Auto-scheduling assignments for them doesn’t support this life skill.” This was a colleague’s comment earlier this year as I was touting the benefits of building assignments in Canvas.  She collects papers in hard copy and had planned to provide students with PDF assignments […]

Accessibility for All

Accessibility for All

The twelfth week is upon us and I have exciting news! There’s a built-in Accessibility Checker in Canvas!! This tool will help as you build out your final activities this semester and is a ‘must use’ when you start developing your spring courses. It is important to create accessible content for students from the onset […]

Canvas Tips & Tricks: Integrating Google Docs

Canvas Tips & Tricks: Integrating Google Docs

As a writing instructor, Google Docs has been one of my favorite tools for student writing and collaboration. Even in non-writing intensive courses, Google Docs is a great way to be able to view student work, revisions, and collaboration. Students can conduct peer review on Google Docs (and we are able to see their comments […]

New Canvas Workshops

New Canvas Workshops

There are only a few weeks remaining of the Fall 2017 semester and so many of you are using Canvas already (Hooray!) that we decided to add more workshops to our Canvas series. From November 28th – December 19th we will be offering Canvas 3-5* but don’t worry these workshops will also continue during the […]

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