Canvas ” Magic!”

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The 3rd Annual ” Magic” conference is a one day conference for instructional designers, technologist’s, and faculty alike who get together to talk about and explore new ideas for working with the Learning Management System Canvas. As MICA makes its transition to Canvas in the fall, we felt that this would be a great opportunity together new ideas and information on how to get the most out of our new LMS! Here are some highlights from the day:

Keynote: The Higher Ed Canvas: Connecting Challenges and Tools

The keynote, given by Dr. Christina Sax  from the Maryland University of Integrative Health, went into great detail about the challenges that our industry will surely face in the upcoming years.She discussed the increased need for blended learning, and gave suggestions on how we could possibly humanized the online learning experiences. How do you individualize online learning and what tools do we currently have to create those unique online experiences?

Canvas for Norming: by Laura Yoo

This Breakout session discussed an experiment held by Howard Community College faculty member Laure Yoo and her quest to figure out an interactive and productive way to use canvas as an assessment tool. Using a canvas course shell Laura had various (volunteer) faculty member pilot a new way to do norming at HCC.

The course shell was set up with modules and the volunteer faculty were set up with a student account to anonymously grade papers. Incentives such as Professional development credit were offered in exchange for participation. In the end, they discovered that perhaps it would be better to have a set rubric to work off of and that this method of norming could potentially show a trend in student work over time. However, grading differences between faculty resulted in some challenges.Over all,this study produced interesting results, with both positive and negative results. This idea has a great potential for the future of norming using readily available tools.

 

Laying the Foundation: Penn State’s Approach to Building faculty support for Transition to Canvas LMS

This session was very helpful, as people from three different teams within the Penn State community discussed there techniques, trials, and tribulations from moving from the LMS Angel to Canvas. Being such a large university presents it unique challenges for the school, and they took a campus by campus approach to the migration. Some campus’s have been completely migrated for over a year now, while others are still hanging on to angel with all of their might.

In order to make their transition as smooth as possible they employed a multitude of different support methods such as virtual office hours, a help request portal, as well a learning center dedicated to the canvas LMS.While not every school has the resources that penn state does, there was some good new innovative ideas shared on how to make sure that help is accessible to every faculty member, whether it be online or in person, at times that are convenient for them. This produces happier and more involved faculty which creates a better learning environment for the students overall.

Canvas UX Research: Leveraging User experience Research to Understand student Preferences to Improve Canvas course design

Another group from Penn state showed their discoveries of a study that attempted to figure out what students were looking for in their LMS experience,particularly within canvas. The study aimed to try and really understand how students navigate and function within the confines of the system itself. Over the course of their study they discover that students want their work front and center. Modules are the most preferred homepage arrangements, and students cared the most about due dates, timely instructions and a course outline. The students also reacted positively to a more branded website, where they were reminded every step of the way to what school they were taking part in. Overall it was very insightful and will create a more overall user friendly experience within canvas for students and faculty alike.

 

Canvas+Google=Happy Pandas!

This Breakout session, given by Beth Crook from St. Andrew’s school of Delaware was a wonderful look into demonstrating the endless capability with the google LTI integrated into the canvas interface. Sharing photo galleries that can be automatically updated without logging into canvas through google drive, creating cloud assignments that move documents over to students drives and let them submit their own person copy of your doc without ever leaving the canvas environment. Google and Canvas work in seamless harmony that will make everyone using both systems jump for joy! These tools create a powerful new way to make the most out of google apps for education and integrate technology with MICA’s online learning environment. Canvas+ Google indeed makes Happy Pandas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAA Sponsored Webinars on Fair Use

In your teaching, have you ever wondered whether your use of copyrighted works of scholarship and art are permitted under Fair Use? Are you familiar with the four factors to weigh fair use in teaching? CAA is sponsoring a series of webinars on the topic starting this Friday.

CAA Fair Use

Register and view them on your own:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5040792786612356609

  OR

Come to the Teaching Technology Center and view with your MICA Colleagues. See schedule below.

All webinars will be broadcast in the new home of Academic Technology @ MICA in the Teaching Technology Center, Bunting 180.

The following webinars will cover these topics:

April 10, 2015, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT): Fair Use in Scholarship
May 15, 2015, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT): Fair Use in Teaching and Art Practice
May 29, 2015, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT): Fair Use in Museums and Archives
June 5, 2015, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT): Fair Use in the Visual Arts: A Review

Please RSVP to acadtech@mica.edu if you plan to attend in person. Archives of each webinar will also be made available.

For more information about copyright and fair use, here are some additional resources:

Know Your Copy Rights
http://knowyourcopyrights.org/bm~doc/kycrbrochurebw.pdf

MICA’s
 IP 
Policy
– Key
Points
http://www.mica.edu/Documents/Provost/IPpolicypoints.pdf

How to Integrate 3D Printing into the Classroom

If you missed the 3D printing webcast this week, click here to view an archive!

http://bit.ly/1F9b1An

In this webinar, several examples of how the Savannah College of Art and Design has benefitted from their use of 3D printing will be discussed. To name a few, students have worked to create custom fishing lures, a proprietary clip for a custom bag line, as well as detailed parts for the Fossil watch company.

Reminder Restoring and Importing into Classroom (Moodle)

Last semester the Office of Academic Technology started archiving all Moodle courses on classroom.mica.edu with the exception of the current (running) semester. On February 27, 2015 all Fall 2014 courses will be archived. Courses will not be deleted – only archived! If you reuse content on Moodle from past semesters you will have many options available to you going forward.

You may choose one of the following ways to prepare to teach using Moodle if you use past semester materials:

  1. Manage course files outside of Moodle and use the easy drag and drop function to create and organize your Moodle course each semester.
  2. Manage course backups independently by backing up and downloading course backups at the end of each semester, and restoring them to future course iterations. This takes a few steps and may require you to attend brief training, review documentation, or request support at the beginning of the semester.
  3. Contact Academic Technology at the start of the semester to receive a back up file from a previous semester. You can meet with me, attend training or follow instructions to restore the file to your new course.
  4. Contact Academic Technology at the start of the semester to restore a course for you.

Please allow for a turnaround time of 5 business days for Academic Technology requests, especially at the start of a semester.

Here is a link to the policy: http://www.mica.edu/Faculty/Academic_Technology_Training_Center/Academic_Technology_Policy.html

Feel free to schedule a consultation by contacting the Director of Academic Technology at acadtech@mica.edu.

Events:

https://academictechnologymica.wordpress.com/category/academic-technology/events-academic-technology/ 

Google Workshop at MICA Next Week!

Ever wonder what Google Hangouts is and how to use it to connect to individuals or groups online? Google Apps provide a variety of tools for teachers and students to connect, organize and share online. Come to a workshop on Wednesday, January 28th from 12 – 2pm in Bunting 360 for a workshop on the following topics:

Google Drive (with all the fun inclusions like documents, sheets, presentations, drawing)

Google Hangouts
Google Sites
Picasa
Google Scholar
Please RSVP to acadtech@mica.edu.