CITL Week of Teaching Monday Minute Video

The new academic year brings the third annual CITL Week of Teaching. We have a variety of development and networking opportunities available Aug 19-22, 2019.

CITL is excited to start off the 2019-2020 academic year with the third annual CITL Week of Teaching. We have a variety of development and networking opportunities available during the week of Aug 19-22, 2019. All events will be at the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library.
Register for each event using the links below.
Photographers will be available for Faculty Photos on Mon and Weds from 3-5 pm
Attend workshops Weds and Thurs for Giveaways and Chance to Win Prizes!!
UPCOMING EVENTS
Open Labs
Visit OLITS during any of the dates and times listed below for drop-in support from an Instructional Designer. Whether you need help recording a video, submitting first-day attendance, or setting up an assignment in Canvas, we are here to help.
Can’t get to campus? Use the virtual attendance link below to join any of these sessions via web meeting.
No registration required.
Attend Virtually: Canvas Open Labs
August 21 9am-12pm
August 22 9am-12pm
August 23 1pm-4pm
August 27 9am-12pm
August 28 1pm-4pm
August 29 9am-12pm
August 30 9am-12pm
David Brodosi teaching learning training

 

Monday Minute: Canvas Link Checker

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This Monday Minute video shows you how to check your links in Canvas courses to make sure they are all working properly.

 

OLITS YouTube page with Monday Minute videos

Full schedule of upcoming workshops

OLITS Teaching and Learning Blog

Visit our website to see the latest events and workshops on our training calendar.

 

Congratulations Karla Kmetz-Morris

I wanted to share some exciting news about Karla Kmetz-Morris, lead instructional designer here at USFSP. She received a call last week asking her to serve on the Board of Directors for the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology, which also serves as the State Advisory Committee for the Assistive Technology Act.

In this role she will collaborate with other board members and key stakeholders across the state and nationally on issues surrounding funding, awareness, training, programs, device loans, and advocacy for assistive technology and services.

This is amazing news for USFSP and I know Karla is happy to represent USFSP with this important work. As you can see, we have a really impressive team in OLITS! We are very honored and proud of Karla for how she represents USFSP, the Nelson Poynter Library and OLITS!

Karla was also elected as Chair of the Webinar Committee for the Quality Matters Instructional Designers Association. She is working closely with a few other instructional designers in the QM network to develop and facilitate a webinar series that provides professional development opportunities to instructional designers in the areas of design research, strategies, QM implementation, etc.

Congratulations Karla!

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AHEAD to You Technology Access Series – Document Structure, the Key to Navigability

Join us for the third session of the AHEAD to You Technology Access Series.  Tuesday, November 19, 2013 from 3:00-4:30pm in the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library, POY 234.

Higher Education professionals increasingly need a firm knowledge base in the area of Technology Access. Alternate Format isn’t just plain text anymore! This session will explain document structure and how reading tools use it to improve accessibility and navigability.

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For more information about the Technology Access Series, visit AHEAD, Association on Higher Education and Disability. 

Pearson My Labs: Accessibility Tips and Updates

George Mason University recently offered and has archived a webinar about recent accessibility updates from Pearson Higher Education North America.

Topics include:

  • Discussion on the accessibility of MyMathLab, MyITLab, and MyWritingLab, all with live demonstrations.
  • Broader information sharing for other MyLabs
  • Introduction of accessible HTML eBooks across several disciplines
  • Explanation of various workarounds that can be provided
  • What should be coming in 2014

View the archived webinar using the link on the right hand side of GMU’s Assistive Technology Initiative Website.

Typeface

According to Wikipedia, typeface is designed as a set of characters that share common design features. Typeface is usually represented by things like style, condensations, width, slant, and ornamentation (among other things). The text on your document, presentation, or website is the crux of your item. People need to be able to read the information that you are presenting!

Much like the information she gave on color palettes, Bianca Woods at Learning Solutions 2013 gave some great information on using typeface in your documentation. Unfortunately, I did learn that despite my best efforts I will probably not be bringing back Comic Sans to the mainstream. Kidding aside, typeface is very important when publishing material online. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when choosing a typeface.

Serif vs. Sans-Serif

Both serif and sans-serif fonts have their individual uses. Serif fonts are categorized by the end-caps (actually called “Serifs”) that are placed on individual letters. Serif fonts allow some people to read material quicker as well. Examples of serif fonts include the following:

  • Cambria
  • Georgia
  • Times New Roman

Sans-serif fonts do not have those end-caps at the end of their letters. Sans-serif fonts also tend to have less line width than serif fonts. Some examples of sans-serif fonts include:

  • Arial
  • Calibri
  • Verdana

This image helps to delineate the two:

Image courtesy of Wikipedia

Image courtesy of Wikipedia

Which font do you use then? Typically, serif fonts are great for paper materials, while sans-serif fonts are the more popular choice for computers, tablets, and phones. Keep this in mind when choosing your fonts! I recommend that you should use one of each (serif and sans-serif) when creating your materials. Find two that complement each other and it can add a nice touch to your materials.

Emphasis

Emphasis can be hard to get across in text. If you had to guess what someone’s go-to strategy for emphasis was, what do you think it would be?

YEP. IT’S ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. SURE, I’M MAKING IT A POINT THAT YOU READ THIS, BUT DOESN’T IT FEEL LIKE I’M YELLING AT YOU? DO YOU REALLY WANT TO READ A TEXTBOOK OR POWERPOINT THAT YELLS AT YOU? WHAT?

There are plenty of ways beside all capital letters to grab someone’s attention. Here are some tips:

Emphasis Dos:

  • Use bigger sizes to highlight titles and paragraphs. I’m not saying a massive size like 72pt though. Something a few points higher will do the job just fine.
  • Use bold or italics (bold more specifically in my opinion). The darker and stronger the font on screen/paper, the more likely someone’s eye will move to it. The italics also add a nice touch.

Emphasis Do Not’s:

  • Do not use underlining. When someone sees an underline online they automatically assume a hyperlink. Underlining will just cause confusion.
  • Do not use different colors. As awesome as hot pink or neon green is, this can cause issues with readability. Also, using crazy colors will make your website/presentation inaccessible to those with vision impairments.

I hope that you have found these tips helpful. Give some new typefaces a chance! See what you like and see what you can read. A nice typeface can really spice up a presentation.

Respondus Lock Down Browser Now Available in Canvas

Respondus Lock Down Browser is now available for use with tests, quizzes, and exams in Canvas.

What is Lock Down Browser?

Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Blackboard, ANGEL, Desire2Learn, Canvas, Moodle, and Sakai. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. When an assessment is started, students are locked into it until they submit it for grading.

Features Include:

  • Assessments are displayed full-screen and cannot be minimized
  • Assessments cannot be exited until submitted by users for grading
  • Task switching or access to other applications is prevented
  • Print, Print Screen and capturing functions are disabled
  • Copying and pasting anything to and from an assessment is prohibited
  • Screen capture, messaging, screen-sharing, virtual machine, and network monitoring applications are blocked from running
  • Right-click menu options and function keys are disabled
  • Browser menu and toolbar options are disabled, except for Back, Forward, Refresh and Stop

How do I enable this in Canvas?

Follow this tutorial to enable Lock Down browser in Canvas.

How do my students install Lock Down Browser?

Provide your students with this information and installation tutorial. One step in the directions indicates that the institution will provide a link for the download, direct students to this Respondus Download Link. If they get stuck at any point in the process, they can contact the USF IT Help Desk at 813-974-1222.

Accessibility Note: Lock Down Browser renders a test inaccessible to students with disabilities who use certain assistive technologies. If you have a student with a disability in your course, be sure to let them know about the use of this product so they will have that information as they work with Student Disability Services to arrange accommodations.