Teaching & Learning – Reciprocal Feedback in the Online Classroom – Magna Publications

Teaching & Learning – Reciprocal Feedback in the Online Classroom – Magna Publications.

Understanding learners’ experiences in the online classroom can help you improve your courses for current and future students and help build a strong learning community. Jill Schiefelbein, owner and guru of Impromptu Guru, a company focused on helping individuals and groups improve communication in both face-to-face and online environments, recommends using a reciprocal feedback process to elicit this valuable information from students.

Giving feedback about the learning experience might be new to some students. In order to get students on board with this process, Schiefelbein includes two videos in her courses: one that introduces the instructor and one that explains course expectations. “I make these two separate videos because they are for two very different purposes. I don’t want to put them together. I want them to be short and to the point,” Schiefelbein says.

Read more of Rob Kelly’s article at Magna Publications website.

This article originally appeared in the newsletter Online Classroom 12.5 (2012): 4, 5. The Online Classroomnewsletter helps you stay current with the latest trends in online learning by offering ideas and advice for the new trailblazers in higher education.

A Guide for Writing and Improving Achievement Tests

Looking for ways to develop or improve your assessments? This USF System document, prepared by Teresa Flateby, Ph.D., breaks down the fundamentals of achievement testing. In this document, she also provides strategies for creating different types of test items, evaluating existing test items, and creating aligned assessments that measure the student based on the cognitive domains set forth through your learning objectives.

A Guide for Writing and Improving Achievement Tests PDF

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.

Accommodations: Extended Time on Tests in Canvas

One of the most common accommodations that students with disabilities need is extended time on quizzes and exams. Providing this accommodation in Canvas is relatively simple and does not require you to alter the testing time for all students.

Follow this process to implement this accommodation in your course:

1. Click “Quizzes” on the left course menu

2. Click on the name of the exam/quiz you want to update for this student

3. Click “Moderate This Quiz” on the right side of the screen

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4. Click the checkbox next to the student’s name on the list that appears

5. A button will appear that says “Change Extensions for 1 selected students”, click that (it may appear at the bottom of your list of students)

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6. In menu that pops up, type the extra amount of time that student should get in addition to your currently allotted time in the box labeled “Extra Time on Every Attempt.”

For example, if your exam is timed for 90 minutes, and the student’s accommodation allows for double time, you would type “90” in that box.

7. Click Save

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Repeat this process for all timed exams and quizzes within the course.

Spring 2013 Professional Development Workshops

training support for all your onlines requirementsInterested in learning more about teaching online or advancing your skills with specific technologies? Take a look at our workshop offerings for Spring 2013. These include:

  • Transitioning your course to Canvas
  • Video editing with Panopto and Camtasia
  • Creating effective rubrics
  • Improving accessibility in your course
  • Basic Instructional Design principles

To register, complete the Workshops Registration Form (also linked on our webpage).

Upcoming features available now on Canvas BETA

Two new features that are going to make many of you very happy are available now for testing in the Canvas BETA area.

Attendance Tracking
This is a 3rd party integration with a product called RollCall.  Unfortunately at this time there is no documentation, no references with a Google search on this product and no ETA for it’s release.
 

One Question at a Time
This feature will be included in the 12-22-12 Production release.
Instructors will now have the option in Quiz Settings to choose one quiz question at a time for all types of quizzes and surveys. This checkbox is cleverly titled “Show one question at a time” in the quiz setup. Instructors can also choose to restrict students from going back to questions they have already answered using the new checkbox titled “Lock questions after answering”.
Lock Question After Answering is only available if One Question at a Time is selected. These settings are created on a quiz by quiz basis. There are no global settings that apply to these features yet.
Students will be warned in several ways about these new features.  If Lock Question After Answering is chosen for a quiz, the student will be notified when they first take or resume the quiz that once they have submitted an answer they will not be able to go back and view or change that answer later.  The student is given a warning if the current question is blank and they attempt to move to the next question.  The warning will notify them that they can’t return to answer the blank question.
Students also won’t be able to use the back button in the browser or leave the quiz in hopes of coming back in to access a previous question.
This has been a highly requested feature in the Canvas forums and it is the first part of several Quiz Tool refactoring steps being taken over the next few releases to build out a more robust Quiz Tool.
One of the major strengths of Canvas is balancing the simplicity of the user experience with pedagogical flexibility. This new quiz feature, along with several other features in the coming months, supports that theme.
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USFSP – Students Access to Canvas for Spring/Summer

Guest posting from Glen Parker…

I was asked the preferred way to direct students to Canvas for those courses being taught in Canvas during the Spring/Summer.

I recommend multiple paths.

  1. The easiest would be to give your students a direct link to Canvas:  https://usflearn.instructure.com .
  2. There will be a link in myUSF to Canvas
  3. For those familiar with Blackboard, a link in the Bb course reminding them to go to Canvas would be helpful.   Our official recommendation will be to :- Make sure the Announcements page is the entry page for your Bb course

    – Create a single announcement telling student about canvas and provide a link to Canvas.

    – Disable other menu items so there is less visual clutter in the Bb course to distract from the redirection