Faculty Experience and Orientation Resources for Elluminate Live

If you have not yet used Elluminate Live because you are unsure of its capabilities or need more information to get started, then read on! There’s a lot this tool can do for you!

Elluminate Live is a virtual classroom tool that is available within Blackboard and will most likely be available in Canvas. The tool functions similar to a web conferencing tool in that students are invited to attend a synchronous web meeting in which the instructor will present information and can allow opportunities for student interaction.

Features include whiteboard, application sharing, file transfer, and web tour. The software also includes a record feature that allows the instructor to record the class for others to watch later as well as a graphing tool, breakout rooms for group work, and timer. The whiteboard supports the uploading of presentations for viewing on the whiteboard for class or meeting.

JSM sits at a computer during an Elluminate session

Dr. Scourfield-McLauchlan conducts an Elluminate Live session at DL Services in the Library.

Dr. Judithanne Scourfield-McLauchlan uses Elluminate Live to engage her American National Government students in live role-play simulations of government procedures. Students pass the microphone back and forth and communicate via the chat tool in order to take part in the simulation. She records the session for students who are unable to attend the live session so that they can review and complete a reflection assignment. This allows for participation from students who are unable to participate in synchronous activities.

When asked about her experience with the technology, Dr. Scourfield-McLauchlan stated:

There were ways in which I feel like this online tool actually produced a more robust learning experience for my students for this simulation. I have only ever done this in person before and there is something fun about changing the setting so it is like a city council chamber. I didn’t want to give up my simulations when transferring my course to online format, and with this tool I didn’t have to.

In my in person simulations, I don’t interject while students are speaking, but in Elluminate I was able to provide guidance without interrupting them. Using the chat tool, I was able to answer questions and give suggestions to students while they were speaking. We actually ended up with a simulation that was much better. So, now I am thinking of ways to incorporate this into my face-to-face class as well.

If you are looking for more information or orientation guides for yourself as well as to provide to students, consider the following resources:

For Instructors

Elluminate Live Intro Webinar for Instructors

Elluminate Live Quick Reference Guide for Instructors (PDF)

Elluminate Live Accessibility Guide for Instructors (PDF)

Elluminate Live Student Orientation Slides (PPT) – for you to use during your first session to orient your students.

For Students

Elluminate Live Intro Webinar for Students

Elluminate Live Quick Reference Guide for Students (PDF)

Elluminate Live Accessibility Guide for Students (PDF)

Canvas and Scribd

For those of you working in Canvas right now, you may have noticed that the Scribd preview feature is not working correctly. For those of you new to Canvas, Scribd is a third-party program used by Canvas to allow teachers and students to preview their documents in the browser window before downloading them. Here is an example picture:

Scribd preview window

Scribd is a great tool employed by Canvas. It also provides a few options such as Fullscreen, Print, and Zooming in/out of the page.

However, going forward, Canvas will only be using Scribd is limited usage. Here is a quote from their update notes from 9/15/12 (original posting can be seen here):

“We’ve been working with the team at Scribd and they’ve been great. It turns out the bandwidth issues due to a network configuration on our side. We’re working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Scribd to find a speedy resolution. Scribd has reaffirmed their ability to handle the quantity of files we’ll be sending. The previewing option is being removed from the File Repository, Pages, and other locations short term.”

While most locations are unavailable at this moment for Scribd usage, the Assignment area still works:

“This still works for assignment submissions in Speedgrader where it is mostly used by our clients, but we want to make sure there are previewing options in a variety of locations across Canvas.”

According to their 9/29/12 update notes, they have found a new technology to use known as Crocodoc. Crocodoc is software similar to Scribd in both look and ability. However, Crocodoc provides a few more options in it such as the ability to create annotations directly in Speedgrader. Crocodoc is expected to go live in Canvas this weekend.

Check back here next week for a posting about Crocodoc and some of its features!

Optimizing Learning Activities for Student-Centered Learning

Increasingly, instructors are asked to create activities and learning experiences that are student centered. Learning activities can occur throughout the learning process as prerequisite, pre-instructional, instructional, post-instructional and remedial.

Do you want to create meaningful course activities that actually help students learn? Visit Cengage Learning’s website and and take a look at Jason Lancaster’s eNewsletter where you will find several helpful to help get you started.

Don’t forget that our Distance Learning Instructional Design Strategies Series “bootcamp” is just around the corner, October 12th from 9am-5pm. Visit our professional development website for more information.

iPads are Appearing in Schools Around the Globe

iPads are being used to help recruit students, save paper, and educate students with new applications in classrooms around the globe. Some colleges are even giving out the iPads to new students and faculty so they are working with the same technology. Medical students are using the iPads to communicate with patients and teachers. Saving paper has new meaning and starts with digital books replacing printed copies.

edudemic article 9 Surprising Ways Schools Are Using iPads Around The World shares some of the coolest ways iPads are being used on college campus from Ohio State to Dubai. Thinking about how you can use an iPad in your curriculum? Check out how these universities are changing it up!

SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 17, 2012: The University of South Florida Moves to Canvas – Insurance – MiamiHerald.com

SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 17, 2012: The University of South Florida Moves to Canvas – Insurance – MiamiHerald.com.

SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The University of South Florida has chosen Canvas by Instructure as the institution’s new learning management system for its 47,000 students in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland, Florida. The move is expected to reduce overall operating costs while also enhancing support for student success with learning outcomes, analytics and mobile applications.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120201/SF45541LOGO)

“Canvas meets the demand from our students and faculty for a 21st century platform,” said Michael Pearce, System Vice President of Information Technology and CIO at USF. “We chose Canvas because it is flexible, cloud-based and easy to use.”

In 2011, USF faced a substantial impact to faculty if it upgraded to Blackboard 9.1, so it chose to compare learning management systems by inviting providers to visit the campus and run a pilot program with its faculty. After the tests were completed, 80 percent of faculty members said they preferred Canvas for the following reasons:

  • Video (seamless playback, students able to upload)
  • Performance evaluation (outcomes, rubrics, accreditation artifacts)
  • Intelligent course features (communication, calendar, syllabus, plagiarism detection integration)
  • Innovative applications (SpeedGrader mobile, ePortfolio, peer review)
  • Optimized user interface (consistent, built-in workflow)
  • Assessment feedback (activity reports)

“Canvas is a lot like using the Web. Students love it. It’s fast, flexible and intuitive,” said Mark Walters, an associate professor in Journalism and Media Studies at USF St. Petersburg. “I can now concentrate on getting students the material they need, seamlessly and in virtually any format. Canvas’ reliability and ease of use actually make online teaching fun and exciting.”

The USF evaluating committee also reported that Instructure as an organization is easy to work with, transparent to community recommendations, responsive and rapid in its implementation of product enhancements.

“Canvas enables the individual to transform learning, whether it be the student or the faculty member. Our goal is to get out of the way so learning can flourish,” said Devlin Daley, co-founder and CTO at Instructure. “We welcome all 232 degree programs from USF to our Canvas Community and look forward to serving them.”

“Canvas is the best solution for the modern mobile student,” said Michael Canfield, a student who participated in the LMS evaluation process and graduated this year from USF. “Students will no longer be tied to a computer and an outlet. Canvas places control in the hands of the students and will change the way USF students complete their educational goals.”

For more information about Canvas, visit http://www.instructure.com/canvas.

About The University of South Florida:

The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the top tier of research universities, a distinction attained by only 2.2 percent of all universities. It ranks 50th in the nation for federal expenditures in research and total expenditures in research among all U.S. universities, public or private, according to the National Science Foundation. The USF System has an annual budget of $1.5 billion, an annual economic impact of $3.7 billion, and serves 47,000 students in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland.

About Instructure:

Instructure is a technology company committed to improving education. We provide instructors and students modern tools and resources to empower the learning experience. Founded by graduate students in collaboration with educational institutions, Instructure provides Canvas – the open, easy-to-use, cloud-native learning platform.

Copyright © 2012, Instructure, Inc.  All rights reserved. Instructure, Canvas and their respective logos are registered trademarks or trademarks of Instructure, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Other brands and names may be claimed as the property of others.

Devin Knighton, Director of Public Relations
(801) 722-8187  |  devin@instructure.com
Twitter: @devinknighton  |  www.instructure.com

Canvas Training – Still Available

If you are interested in learning about our new learning management system, there are still plenty of opportunities. New sessions for late October and early November have been added. To see the new dates / times or to register for a session click the link below.

Canvas Overview – an introduction to the interface and to its capabilities and features

The Great Migration – practical help to start converting your courses

Canvas Open Lab – a chance to get one-on-one help in building or converting courses in Canvas.

All sessions are held in the Library’s classroom (POY 218)

Getting Started with Canvas

Importing the Canvas Template

If you are just getting started creating a course in Canvas, the Instructional Design Services department has created a template you can use as a guide to your new course. This tutorial will show you the process of finding the template and uploading it to your course. The tutorial is available as a PowerPoint slide show or a PDF.