TUN Canvas Conversion

I will be offering open Canvas training sessions for the next four weeks on Tuesday from 9:00 – 10:30 AM in the new conference room. Please ask anyone who is responsible for Blackboard exports, course rolling, or course builds in your school to attend. The sessions will be very informal but will hopefully help us as we transition from Blackboard to Canvas.

Tuesday, June 19 (Exporting from BB and importing to Canvas)

Tuesday, June 26 (Exporting from BB and importing to Canvas)

Tuesday, July 3 (cleaning up the course in Canvas)

Tuesday, July 10 (cleaning up the course in Canvas)

More sessions as needed!

Debbie Millican
Fellow

Canvas Training Focusing on Assignments and Grading: How to Use Canvas

Below are some additional training opportunities related to implementing Canvas.

Jim O’Connor Ph.D.


Additional Canvas Training Focusing Exclusively on Assignments and Grading will be offered on the following dates:

Tuesday, June 19th at 11 AM – 12:30 PM (Eastern Time)

Tuesday, June 19th at 3 – 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)

Monday June 25th at 11 AM – 12:30 PM (Eastern Time)

We’ll answer the the following frequently asked questions:

  • How do I set up my gradebook?
  • How can I make one or more assignments count as a % of the final grade?
  • How can I check submissions for plagiarism without Safe Assign?
  • How can I annotate a student’s submission?
  • How do I grade assignments using rubrics?
  • How do I assign extra credit?
  • How can I align assignments with academic goals?
  • How do I create student groups for group assignments?
  • How can I moderate grades entered by Teaching Assistants?

We look forward to seeing you there.

Canvas Training: Assignments and Grading

Please note that the Canvas Project Team in New York have added some new sessions to their Canvas training schedule that are focused specifically on the Assignment and Grading features in Canvas. These sessions, which are offered in Zoom, are scheduled for (times are listed in Pacific Time):

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

8:00am – 9:30am Canvas Training: Assignments and Grading – https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ukcI4z0TTyKqonWovLMF1g
12:00pm – 1:30pm Canvas Training: Assignments and Grading – https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hH9R70IcRj2EZwuF3ZLdiw

Monday, June 25, 2018

8:00am – 9:30am Canvas Training: Assignments and Grading – https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_huR4gosrQla0WUxP_UUyxQ

A reminder that you can access the complete Zoom training schedule that the NY-based team are completing at https://touro-iits-dept.s3.amazonaws.com/canvas/calendar.html

Michael K. Barbour
Fellow

Activating Student Curiosity

The Chronicle of Higher Education publishes a weekly newsletter focusing on effective teaching in Higher Education, entitled “Welcome to Teaching”.

Here is an example of one article that may be of interest to you, which focuses on Activating Students’ Curiosity:

https://www.chronicle.com/article/How-One-Teaching-Expert/243609

Comments or questions?

Jim O’Connor
Director

Blackboard to Canvas Transition

As has been communicated in previous announcements, TUC and TUN will begin to transition from Blackboard to Canvas as the TCUS Learning Management System (LMS).  Blackboard will still be available for instructors to access courses and necessary content information until June 30, 2019.  To help facilitate the transition to Canvas at TUC and TUN, a TWD Transition Task Force (TTF) has been established with Drs. Michael Barbour and Jim O’Connor as co-chairs.

Over the course of the next year, the co-chairs will be responsible for the following general tasks at both TUC and TUN:

  • Dr. Barbour has had significant experience in converting courses from Blackboard to Canvas, as well as in developing the instructional design of courses using both of these LMS’s. He will provide coordination, training support, and general assistance with instructional design. He will also coordinate TWD activities with those of the TCUS transition team.
  • In his dual roles as co-chair of TTF and as TWD Director of the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, Dr. O’Connor will work with faculty of TUC and TUN to introduce new pedagogical approaches and the preparation of enhanced learning materials using Canvas as a LMS.
  • The co-chairs and the TTF members will also plan and coordinate training and create timelines for transition activities with college and school Canvas champions on both campuses.

In addition to the TTF, there will be a group of Canvas champions that will be designated in various colleges, schools, and programs at TUC and TUN.  The champions will act as points of contact for their respective units, and will also be responsible for the following:

  • Attending regular Champion meetings via Zoom;
  • Attending a one to two day Canvas training in May/June (dates and times TBD);
  • Assisting faculty with the use of Canvas in their respective programs;
  • Sharing pertinent Canvas related information with faculty, students, and staff in their respective programs; and
  • Reporting any issues and/or challenges regarding Canvas to the transition task force.

The deans will identify individuals to serve as college Canvas champions. During the Summer and Fall semesters, Canvas workshops offered will target outreach to TUC and TUN faculty and students. The transition task force and the local champions will work collaboratively with the TCUS Instructional Technology Canvas team to design, and conduct trainings for both students and faculty.  Workshops/trainings will be offered in the following formats:

  • Synchronous sessions via Zoom and in-person;
  • Self-paced orientation and training courses available in Canvas;
  • Asynchronous exploration of the Canvas community (guides, Live!, and discussions); and
  • Self-paced Touro-created student and faculty guides.

These training opportunities will be announced shortly.

In the meantime, if you have any questions please contact Jim O’Connor (jim.oconnor@tu.edu) or Michael Barbour (Michael.barbour@tu.edu) directly.

Sarah M. Sweitzer, PhD
Provost, CAO
Touro University California

Canvas Training Videos

We have added two new videos to the CILT Canvas Library:

Hiding Courses From Your Dashboardhttps://youtu.be/6uvlHjqr8bI

In this video we describe the process for hiding courses from your dashboard in Canvas.

Using Kaltura To Add Videoshttps://youtu.be/PJfV_viRZk4

In this video we outline how to upload videos to Kaltura and then embed those videos into a “page” in Canvas.

These two videos are added to the original videos (many of which were made for the CEHS during the Canvas pilot and the CILT branding has been recently added):

Transferring Content From Blackboard to Canvashttps://youtu.be/L9bSCWYb4j0

In this video we describe the process for exporting content from an existing Blackboard course and importing that content into Canvas.

Exporting Content and Importing it into Another Shellhttps://youtu.be/gdJwUj5DgpA

In this video we describe the process for exporting course content from one Canvas shell and then importing it into another Canvas shell.

How Students Can Update Their Profileshttps://youtu.be/QTAl4Cn9BjQ

In this video we provide an overview of how students can update the settings of their profile, add ways for Canvas to contact them, and then update their notification settings.

Change The Course Time Zonehttps://youtu.be/6a99O-6AhfU

In this video we demonstrate how to change the time zone of each of your courses in Canvas from Eastern to Pacific.

Many of these tasks are also described described in the “How to Use Canvas: A Guide for Instructors” that you should have access to in Canvas. Additionally, these tasks – and many others – are also included in the Canvas Community Guides at https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10460

If you have any questions please contact me at Michael.Barbour@tu.edu

Michael K. Barbour
Fellow

Initial Canvas Training Schedule for Touro University California

Please bring your laptop to any of these sessions that you plan to attend.

Introduction to Designing Course Content
Tuesday, 12 June 201 at 10:00am-11:00am (Library Annex 112)

Open Session
Thursday, 14 June 2018 at 10:00am-11:00am (Library Annex 118)

Introduction to Designing Course Content
Tuesday, 19 June 2018 at noon-1:00pm (Library Annex 112)

Open Session
Wednesday, 20 June 2018 at 9:30am-10:30am (Library Annex 118)

Introduction to Designing Course Content
Monday, 25 June 2018 at 10:00am-11:00am (Library Annex 118)

Open Session
Tuesday, 26 June 2018 at 10:00am-11:00am (Library Annex 112)

Introduction to Designing Course Content
Tuesday, 03 July 2018 at 11:00am-noon (Library Annex 112)

Introduction to Designing Course Content
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 at 10:00am-11:00am (Library Annex 112)

Open Session
Thursday, 12 July 2018 at 1:00pm-2:00pm (Library Annex 118)

Introduction to Designing Course Content
Monday, 16 July 2018 at 10:30am-11:30am (Library Annex 118)

Open Session
Wednesday, 18 July 2018 at 2:00pm-3:00pm (Library Annex 112)

Introduction to Designing Course Content
Tueday, 31 July 201810:00am-11:00am (Library Annex 118)

Open Session
Wednesday, 01 August 2018 at 1:00pm-2:00pm (Library Annex 118)

Introduction to Designing Course Content – An overview of the main functions needed to be able to design course content in Canvas. Functions include creating pages, uploading files, adding links, embedding Kaltura videos, creating assignments, adding quizzes, posting discussions, etc.. Sessions will generally have approximately 45 minutes of guided demonstration and approximately 15 minutes for questions and answers.

Open Session – A session without a formal agenda. This is an open 60-minute session designed to allow faculty to come and have their specific queries related to Canvas answered. Stay for as long or as little as you need.

Please note that the Canvas functions included in these sessions are the same functions described in the “How to Use Canvas: A Guide for Instructors” and the Zoom training sessions provided by the Canvas Project team in New York (see https://touro-iits-dept.s3.amazonaws.com/canvas/calendar.html for a complete calendar and to sign up for one of these Zoom sessions).

If you have any questions please contact me at Michael.Barbour@tu.edu

Michael K. Barbour
Fellow

Gaining Students’ Attention

One of the important aspects of cognitive processing is attention. Obviously, if we do not initially attend to a stimulus (such as a lecture, powerpoint or other course information) that information will not even make it into short-term memory, let alone move into longterm memory for future retrieval.

Here is a link to an article from UC Berkeley’s Center for Teaching written by Dr. Rita-Marie Conrad.

https://teaching.berkeley.edu/news/paying-or-gaining-who%E2%80%99s-responsible-attention

Feel free to send comments or questions.

Jim O’Connor
Director

Another Canvas Resource

The attached document compares the Blackboard and Canvas features.   In addition to the descriptions, there are links to either documents or videos from the Canvas Community website on how to use each of the features.

Questions or comments, please contact me, or Michael Barbour: Michael.Barbour@tu.edu

Jim O’Connor
Director

Attachment: Canvas-vs-Blackboard-Comparison.pdf

Video: Transferring Blackboard to Canvas

Below is a video link by Dr. Michael Barbour, which is an overview of transferring a course from BlackBoard to Canvas.

https://youtu.be/L9bSCWYb4j0

Jim O’Connor
Director