Canvas Tech Tip of the Week! Using iCal Feed

Would you like to add your Canvas calendar events to a calendar in another web email application such as Google or Outlook? Go to your Calendars in Canvas (found on your global menu) and select the calendar you would like to feed into another application. (see below)

Once the calendar is selected, click on Calendar Feed.

Select and Copy the URL.

Open your Google Calendar. You can do the same with your web-based Outlook. Click on Add a Friend’s Calendar. Select from URL.

Paste the URL as shown below. Do not select the box to make the calendar public.

Click on Add Calendar. You will now see your Canvas event in your Google Calendar.

Debbie Millican
Fellow

Attachment: Using-iCal-Feed.pdf

Tips for starting the year: Suggestions from CILT

Dear Colleagues,

I found some great suggestions from Stanford’s Teaching Commons website about starting off the year on the “right foot”.

https://teachingcommons.stanford.edu/teaching-talk/great-start-stanford-teachers-share-tips-successful-first-day-class

There are some excellent tips in this article including:

  • Learning your students’ names.
  • Diligently vetting your classroom space
  • Arriving early to class
  • Greeting each student as they arrive to class
  • Getting students invested in your topic
  • Setting expectations for students
  • Teaching something important and interesting on the first day
  • Making your class memorable

Please read the article for details.

Questions or comments?

Why are we here? Our students!

Have a great academic year. Let me know how I can assist you in improving your teaching.

Jim O’Connor Ph.D.
Professor and Founding Dean Emeritus of the College of Education and Health Sciences
Director of the Center for Innovative Learning and Teaching, Western Division
Touro University California
1310 Club Drive
Vallejo, CA 94592

Know your LMS – Canvas (Creating a Sign-up Sheet)

You are invited to the following Canvas training session tomorrow at 11:00 AM. Click on the link below to join the Zoom meeting.

https://zoom.us/j/375541332

Session 2 (Tuesday, July 31 11:00 AM)
How to Create a Sign-up Sheet using the Scheduler (30 minutes)

  • This session will cover using the Calendar Scheduler feature to create a sign-up sheet for students in Canvas.

Debbie Millican
Fellow

Canvas Training Via Zoom

Over the next two weeks, we will be offering Canvas training sessions in Zoom.  Please see the times and registration links below (note that advanced registration is required).

Tuesday, July 31 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
– Register at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/b5117b3eb5a44601c5b9141539e44ee6

Wednesday, August 1 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
– Register at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/ab5b42512a3133b84ac87b605f06faf5

Thursday, August 2 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
– Register at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/da457c4a60c1d6128c34be5db4a05ad8

Monday, August 6 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
– Register at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/3fc069964b99d6a766858a512be5123a

Wednesday, August 8 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
– Register at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/0fd9486758c2327b7510d14dfea9e911

Thursday, August 9 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
– Register at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/8a0d72fffc35368b4ac87b605f06faf5

–> 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, etc..

Michael Barbour
Fellow

Faculty Opportunity: INFORMATION ON ACUE COURSE

Dear Faculty Colleagues

The Center for Innovative Learning and Teaching of Touro’s Western Division is pleased to announce that we are offering an online ACUE (Association of College and University Educators) Course in Effective Teaching Practices designed to enhance our campus commitment to faculty and student success. A limited group of (33) faculty participants will be selected to complete the nationally-recognized Certificate in Effective College Instruction endorsed by the American Council on Education (ACE).  The cost to participate in the program will be funded by the Provosts’ Offices at both Touro University Nevada (TUN) and Touro University California (TUC) with no cost to you or your department.

The Course consists of 25 modules that will be completed online with a cohort of other faculty and guided by facilitators from TUC and TUN. The modules include five units of study: Designing an Effective Course and Class, Establishing a Productive Learning Environment, Using Active Learning Techniques, Promoting Higher Order Thinking, and Assessing to Inform Instruction and Promote Learning.  You can learn more about the Course and the content of each module here: http://acue.org/course/

Attached and below is a tentative schedule for the ACUE Course at Touro Western Division. ACUE will kick off the program with an in-person Course Launch on Friday, August 3rd  from which participants will complete their first module. The Course will begin on August 6, 2018 and go through April 21, 2019 with coursetakers completing approximately one online module each week.  There will be four face-to-face sessions, each following a course block.
Participants will need to spend approximately two to three hours for each unit, which will be presented using Canvas. It is important that you are willing to make a commitment to completing this course, as there are others who are on a waiting list.

The Center for Innovative Learning and Teaching (CILT) enthusiastically supports this initiative and looks forward to recognizing participants at the end of the course via a pinning ceremony.

Participants will also receive a check for $500 upon completion of the course and a certificate in Effective College Instruction.

There may be some openings available for interested faculty.

If you are interested, please email me immediately so we can place you on a wait list.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.

Here is the current tentative schedule:

Touro University – Nevada and California
ACUE Course in Effective Teaching Practices
Proposed Course Sequence, 2018-19

Timeframe       Module  Unit    Meeting Topic
Aug 3, 1 – 4 p.m.        Course Launch – Motivating Your Students        2d      Orientation
BLOCK 1: Establishing a Productive Learning Environment
Aug 6 – Aug 12  Connecting with Your Students   2c      Supportive Learning Environments
Aug 13 – Aug 19 Promoting a Civil Learning Environment  2b
Aug 20 – Aug 26 Engaging Underprepared Students 2e
Aug 27 – Sep 2  Helping Students Persist in Their Studies       2f
Sep 3 – Sep 9   Embracing Diversity in the Classroom     2g
Sept 10 – Oct 7 Break or Makeup Weeks
BLOCK 2: Engaging Learners
Oct 8 – Oct 14  Planning an Effective Class Session     1e      Active Learning
Oct 15 – Oct 21 Delivering an Effective Lecture 3c
Oct 22 – Oct 28 Using Active Learning Techniques        3a, 3b
Oct 29 – Nov 11
(two weeks)     Planning and Facilitating Effective Class Discussions   3d, 3e
Nov 12 – Nov 18
Developing Self-Directed Learners       4e
Nov 19 – Dec 9  Break or Makeup Weeks           Celebrate!
BLOCK 3: Promoting Higher Order Thinking & Assessing Learning
Jan 14 – Jan 27 Leading the First Day of Class  2a      Higher Order Thinking
Jan 28 – Feb 3  Using Advanced Questioning Techniques   4a
Feb 4 – Feb 10  Using Concept Maps and Other Visualization Tools        4b
Feb 11 – Feb 17 Checking for Understanding      5d      Assessing Learning
Feb 18 – Feb 24 Providing Useful Feedback       5c
Feb 25 – Mar 3  Using Student Achievement and Feedback to Improve Your Teaching 5e
Mar 4 – 10      Break or Makeup Weeks
BLOCK 4: Designing Courses
Mar 11- Mar 24  Establishing Powerful Learning Outcomes 1a      Backward Design
Aligning Assessments with Course Outcomes       1b
Aligning Activities and Assignments with Course Outcomes        1c
Mar 25 – Apr 7  Preparing an Effective Syllabus 1d      Syllabus and Course Policies
Developing Fair, Consistent and Transparent Grading Practices    5a
Developing and Using Rubrics and Checklists      5b
Apr 8 – Apr 21  Makeup Weeks
TBD     Pinning Ceremony                Celebrate!
Course Ends – All reflections due by Apr 21

Thank you,

Yvonne M. Randall
Interim Associate Dean
College of Health and Human Services, Touro University Nevada

and

Jim O’Connor Ph.D.
Director, CILT

Attachment: ACUE-Course-ScheduleTouro_SuggestedCourseSequence_2018-19-3.docx

Canvas Tip of the Week! Analytics

There is some great information about course participation available at your fingertips in Canvas. Open a course in Canvas and on the right you will see:

Click on View Course Analytics and view great information for the users in your course. (See below)

Have a great weekend! I will try to send a Tech Tip for Canvas every Friday.

Debbie Millican
Fellow

Local TUC Canvas Training Sessions

Just a reminder of these up-coming local Canvas training sessions:

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

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

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

Monday, 16 July: 12:30pm-1:30pm
Introduction to Assignments & Grading (Library Annex 112)

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

Friday, 20 July: 11:00am-12:00pm
Introduction to Assignments & Grading (Library Annex 112)

Monday, 23 July: 11:00am-12:00pm
Introduction to Assignments & Grading (Library Annex 112)

Monday, 30 July: 2:00pm-3:00pm
Introduction to Assignments & Grading (Library Annex 112)

Tuesday, 31 July: 10:00am-11:00am
Introduction to Designing Course Content (Library Annex 112)

Wednesday, 1 August: 9:30am-10:30am
Introduction to Assignments & Grading (Lander Hall 111)

Wednesday, 1 August: 2:00pm-3:00pm
Open Session (Lander Hall 113)

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, etc..

Introduction to Assignments and Grading – An overview of the main functions related to assessment in Canvas. Functions include creating assignments, setting up the gradebook, differentiating assignment due dates and availability dates for students who require accommodations, making assignments available to students, enter grades, etc..

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.

Don’t forget these up-coming Zoom training that the folks in New York are doing this month (all of these times are Pacific).

July 25, 2018 – Wednesday

7:00am-9:00pm: Assignments and the Gradebook
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OLBeXp6RT_ujDI9YRAnf7Q

12:00pm-2:00pm: Quizzes, and Question Banks
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tzdFoQU4TzOEv1C7AVsuPg

July 26, 2018 – Thursday

7:00am – 9:00am: Quizzes, and Question Banks
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3fcpnKhATGiAEk3U-p55Lw

12:00pm – 2:00pm: Assignments and the Gradebook
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Wi1ucEmZRS25G-iyHD-E_w

July 30, 2018 – Monday

8:00am – 10:00am: Discussion Forums
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MzVtWp15SKybI-BPM_pFNw

11:00am – 1:00pm: Canvas Rubrics
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_81rl2OlARjeUrTlyGaKrAA

July 31, 2018 – Tuesday

12:00pm – 2:00pm: Turn-it-in plagiarism checker
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EPDQn0ijRp6i6NFElaYODA

The full schedule of Zoom training sessions from the Canvas team in New York is available at https://touro-iits-dept.s3.amazonaws.com/canvas/calendar.html

To stay up to date on the Canvas transition at TUC, please visit https://western.touro.edu/cilt/canvas-transition/

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

Michael K. Barbour
Fellow

CILT Website and Canvas Training Resources

The Center for Innovative Learning and Teaching now has a website:

https://western.touro.edu/cilt/

As a part of that website, there is a specific page dedicated to the Canvas transition – https://western.touro.edu/cilt/canvas-transition/ – that includes a copy of the transition plan for the Touro University Western Division, a list of the different ways to get trained on Canvas, a calendar of local training events at both Touro University California and Touro University Nevada, and resources that have been created specifically for our two campuses.

One particular item for the faculty at Touro University California, there is a resource video available at https://youtu.be/-ZonP_fCmO0 that outlines the five specific items instructors need to update to personalize the Touro University California blueprint that has been applied to their course.

Finally, we wanted to highlight some up-coming Zoom training that the folks in New York are doing this month. While they are continuing a lot of their “General Canvas Training Sessions” (see https://touro-iits-dept.s3.amazonaws.com/canvas/calendar.html ), there are also a number of other training sessions focused on assessment functions. All of these times are Pacific.

July 25, 2018 Wednesday

7:00am-9:00pm: Assignments and the Gradebook
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OLBeXp6RT_ujDI9YRAnf7Q

12:00pm-2:00pm: Quizzes, and Question Banks
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tzdFoQU4TzOEv1C7AVsuPg

July 26, 2018 Thursday

7:00am – 9:00am: Quizzes, and Question Banks
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3fcpnKhATGiAEk3U-p55Lw

12:00pm – 2:00pm: Assignments and the Gradebook
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Wi1ucEmZRS25G-iyHD-E_w

July 30, 2018 Monday

8:00am – 10:00am: Discussion Forums
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MzVtWp15SKybI-BPM_pFNw

11:00am – 1:00pm: Canvas Rubrics
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_81rl2OlARjeUrTlyGaKrAA

July 31, 2018 Tuesday

8:00am – 10:00am: General Canvas training sessions
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_h2D_ZWHsT2mCnQcL6OZpAw

12:00pm – 2:00pm: Turn-it-in plagiarism checker
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EPDQn0ijRp6i6NFElaYODA

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

Jim O’Connor
Director

Transparent Learning

Dear Colleagues,

Consider adding more active learning into your classroom by using some of the “transparent methods” described below.

This information is taken from the website: https://www.unlv.edu/provost/transparency from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and was developed by:

Mary-Ann Winkelmes, Ph.D., Coordinator of Instructional Development and Research, Office of Faculty, Policy, and Research as part of the Transparency in Learning and Teaching Project.

Transparent Methods

Transparent teaching methods help students understand how and why they are learning course content in particular ways.
This list of options is adapted frequently as faculty participants identify further ways to provide explicit information to students about learning and teaching practices.

These methods include:

  • Discuss assignments’ learning goals and design rationale before students begin each assignment
  • Invite students to participate in class planning, agenda construction
  • Gauge students’ understanding during class via peer work on questions that require students to apply concepts you’ve taught
  • Explicitly connect “how people learn” data with course activities when students struggle at difficult transition points
  • Engage students in applying the grading criteria that you’ll use on their work
  • Debrief graded tests and assignments in class
  • Offer running commentary on class discussions, to indicate what modes of thought or disciplinary methods are in use

Interested? Comments? Questions?

Let us know how we can assist you.

Jim O’Connor
Director

Dynamic Lecturing

Dear Colleagues,

Are you interested in improving the quality of your lecturing?

Listen to the podcast by Todd Zakrajsek: https://teachinginhighered.com/podcast/dynamic-lecturing/

Dr. Zakrajsek, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at UNC Chapel Hill, has recently written the book:

Dynamic Lecturing: Research-Based Strategies to Enhance Lecture Effectiveness (The Excellent Teacher Series)
by Christine Harrington and Todd Zakrajsek.

Consider taking 30 minutes to listen to this podcast to get some new ideas to improve your lecturing.

Questions or comments?

Best regards,

Jim O’Connor
Director