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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MICA Teaching Technology How-to Guides

Addressing some of your Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), here are some How-to guides that take you step-by-step through tasks within the various online tools you use everyday – Google Apps for Education, Moodle, Online Evaluations and Adobe Connect for Web Conferencing.

Google Apps for Education @ MICA

Sharing files with Google Drive

This short guide walks you through the Google Drive sharing interface and what different things may be accomplished with Drive.

Syncing Drive to My Computer

Google Drive has an option akin to Dropbox, where you designate folder(s) on your
personal computer that are connected to an online version of that folder on Google
Drive. Syncing these folders will automatically reflect changes in both locations made online or on your computer.

Moodle@MICA

Adding your syllabus to Moodle

Syllabi are most likely to be the first thing uploaded to your Moodle course. Follow this short step-by-step guide to successfully upload any files that you might want to have online for students via Moodle.

How to add a GTI or teacher to your course page in Moodle

To grant your GTI access to things on your Moodle course page, they have
to be specifically assigned as GTI. This guide shows how to do that.

How to Import Old Course Material into a New Moodle Page.

If  you find yourself teaching the same or a similar class every semester and wish to
transfer course material from semester to semester, this tutorial will help you do just that.

Adding the Quickmail Block to your Moodle Page

Sometimes it is easier to email your students directly from your Moodle page without
switching to another browser window or email application. To have this function available to you, follow this quick how-to.

Online Evaluations with EvaluationKit @ MICA

Creating Custom Questions

Want to know what your student think about your course? This step-by-
step guide shows you how to add custom questions to the course survey.

Result Reporting for Instructors

This tutorial will guide you on how to obtain the results for end-of-semester evaluations.

Result Reporting for Administrators

This tutorial will guide you on how to access results as a departmental admin for end-of-semester evaluations.

Adobe Connect for Web Conferencing @ MICA

Adobe Connect Best Practices

Adobe Connect is a really great tool for web-conference calls with your students when
you are not physically in the classroom or have a guest lecturer/presenter call in from
off-campus. These are some best practices to keep in mind when working in
Adobe Connect.

Adobe Connect Audio Troubleshooting

If you run into problems with sound while running Adobe Connect, this guide will help you troubleshoot your web-conference.

* Don’t forget to contact us for any help with these or other teaching technologies at MICA.

Bloemfontein Courant | Students interacting across board

MICA Photo Faculty Colette Veasey-Cullors and MICA photo students have recently embarked on an online course collaboration and shared exhibition with students from the Department of Design and Studio Art at Bloemfontein’s Central University of Technology in South Africa. You can find details of their online activities and more in the article below!

Bloemfontein Courant | Students interacting across board.

Where is Bloemfontein?

Online Collaboration: An Interview with Ginger Spivey

Ginger Spivey, Art Matters instructor, shares tips and tricks as well as the methods and tools she used in her class to establish an environment where collaboration amongst students could thrive. In the interview she explains how she uses GoogleDocs and WordPress as tools for collaborative projects. She also mentions the challenges in establishing a collaborative environment when “students start getting really caught up with the traditional structure in higher education.” Spivey encourages her students to focus more on the final, collaborative products rather than what individuals do because that way of thinking can hinder a collaborative process. You can hear more details on collaborative process and the tools she uses in this interview below.

Ginger Spivey Interview on Collaboration

Google and more!

We have created a Youtube playlist of some great introductions and tutorials on Google Apps that you can use via Google Drive to improve connectivity and interactivity in classrooms. Some apps/videos you may have heard of like Google Docs or Google Forms are included in the playlist. In videos of Google Apps for Education, you can view how to create a survey, explore data visualization, and other advanced features.

In addition to videos on those familiar apps, we also feature on the playlist others like Pear Deck which can help you create an interactive classroom using polling, question and answer slides, and other creative presentation features. You can also find a video on Conceptboard which allows you to work collaboratively online on a group project.

You can check out the first video of the playlist below. You can also browse through the playlist to find videos that interest you and that are relevant to your teaching by clicking the playlist icon in the upper left corner of the video.

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.