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Gracious Failure: Creating a safe place to fail using Game-Based Learning (GBL)

Gracious Failure: Creating a safe place to fail using Game-Based Learning (GBL)

It almost seems every class has one assignment that just doesn’t hit the mark quite satisfactorily somehow. Whether it is the classroom dynamics or the structure of the assignment, it just doesn’t work as we may have intended or expected. Indeed, as an instructor it is a struggle to find the right activity for your […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Creating Opportunities Online for Service Learning

Creating Opportunities Online for Service Learning

I embarked on a new journey this semester into the unknown. I piloted a new Canvas online course which incorporated a service learning project. I had taught the same course the previous semester, face-to-face; however, it was the first time I taught it fully online. I wanted to incorporate a service learning project for the […]

Online & Blended Community Monthly Gathering – Tools for Humanized and Connected Learning

Online & Blended Community Monthly Gathering – Tools for Humanized and Connected Learning

What a great gathering we had this month!  We had new faces joining us and a big number of attendees participating remotely via ZOOM. Kudos to those that were using this tool for the first time! We discussed and shared some of the digital tools that are enhancing our courses (no matter their modality!): Google Sites, Canvas, Canva (not, not the same) […]

Fall 2016 Has Arrived

Fall 2016 Has Arrived

Every year August seems to roll around faster and faster. This year is no different. Unbelievably, students will be back at CI and classrooms will be buzzing in a few days. This is the time that of year that faculty put their heads down and work diligently to prepare classes for the students coming their way. […]

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