Canvas Webinars

From PowerPoint tips to engaging today’s digitally distracted learners, Instructure sponsors webinars on a variety of teaching and learning topics presented by leading experts to offer free professional development to those using Canvas.

Other popular topics include sessions on flipping the classroom, supporting at-risk students, integrating third party tools such as MyLab and McGraw Hill Connect, and using Canvas analytics.

To browse the archive of recorded webinars, or view upcoming topics, visit the Canvas Webinars webpage.

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Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Available This Fall

Starting this Fall, the USF System is making Blackboard Collaborate Ultra available for use in all courses in Canvas.

What is Blackboard Collaborate Ultra? Ultra is a virtual classroom tool that allows you to host synchronous web meetings with your students online. It is similar to Google Hangout, Skype, and our current tool, Blackboard Collaborate. Ultra allows you to use video, audio, chat, polling and screen sharing to interact with your students.

One of the key differences from the original Collaborate is that Ultra is a web-based platform that will not require students to download and launch any programs or meeting files to join the session. This new method can save a lot of time and frustration for both instructors and students. It also boasts a more user friendly interface with intuitive design that makes it easy to interact.

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Collaborate Ultra. Source: Blackboard.com

The one feature that is not present in Ultra, but will remain a part of the original Collaborate, is the use of breakout rooms. If you tend to use your synchronous sessions for collaborative work among smaller groups, you may wish to stick with the original version of Collaborate.

To learn more about the Ultra experience, watch this video.

To learn more about using Ultra within your course, check out these resources from USF Health and Blackboard or contact Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services.

Adding Ultra to A Canvas Course PDF

Creating an Ultra Session in Canvas PDF

Using Ultra as a Moderator PDF

Getting Started Guide for Students

 

Online Course Design Evaluation

Feedback pictureSeeking feedback from students is a key component to assist in determining necessary refinements to a course; however, you may find that the Student Assessment of Instruction that the USF System distributes to all students at the end of the semester is not designed to seek feedback in regards to the design of an online course.

OLITS Instructional Designers have developed a brief Online Course Design Evaluation with questions that seek meaningful feedback from students regarding common elements of an online course. The results can then be used by the Faculty member (and in consultation with an Instructional Designer if desired) to identify and implement refinements to improve the student learning experience within that course.

The questions on this evaluation include:

  1. How would you rank the structure, flow, and navigation of the course?
    1. Exemplary (perfect as is, change nothing)
    2. Commendable (overall above average and very strong)
    3. Adequate (does the job, but could be improved)
    4. Needs Improvement (requires a complete overhaul)
  2. Please share any comments regarding the previous question.
  3. How would you rank the written course materials? This includes the textbook, articles or any other forms of instructional content within the course.
    1. Exemplary (perfect as is, change nothing)
    2. Commendable (overall above average and very strong)
    3. Adequate (does the job, but could be improved)
    4. Needs Improvement (requires a complete overhaul)
  4. Please share any comments regarding the previous question.
  5. How would you rank the online course presentations? This includes the lecture presentations, examples, and any guest speakers.
    1. Exemplary (perfect as is, change nothing)
    2. Commendable (overall above average and very strong)
    3. Adequate (does the job, but could be improved)
    4. Needs Improvement (requires a complete overhaul)
  6. Please share any comments regarding the previous question.
  7. How would you rank the engagement of the course activities? This includes discussions, quizzes, and assignments.
    1. Exemplary (perfect as is, change nothing)
    2. Commendable (overall above average and very strong)
    3. Adequate (does the job, but could be improved)
    4. Needs Improvement (requires a complete overhaul)
  8. Please share any comments regarding the previous question.
  9. How would you rank the instructor’s presence throughout the course? This includes announcements, email communication, grading and feedback and any other instructor engagement.
    1. Exemplary (perfect as is, change nothing)
    2. Commendable (overall above average and very strong)
    3. Adequate (does the job, but could be improved)
    4. Needs Improvement (requires a complete overhaul)
  10. Please share any comments regarding the previous question.
  11. What in the course has been the most beneficial to you as a student?
  12. What could be done to this course to improve it?
  13. How many online courses have you taken?

Feel free to download the ZIP File to import the evaluation directly into your course in Canvas and use it as an anonymous survey. Or, contact your Instructional Designer today to learn more about how to customize these questions or implement the evaluation in an alternate format.

Be Mobile with Canvas

Did you know that you can teach with your tablet? Grade papers on your cell phone? Canvas mobile apps give you the power to interact with your course from anywhere and engage your students in mobile learning online or in the classroom.

Check out the full suite of Canvas mobile apps below and contact Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services to discuss ideas and strategies to effectively incorporate these into your teaching and learning.

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Canvas by Instructure

Canvas by Instructure

This app is the mobile instance of the Canvas LMS. Through this app you have access all of your courses at USF. You can participate in discussions, post announcements, upload files and video, and manage your Canvas inbox.

Although this app is not optimal for heavy course building, it is a great way to quickly get connected with your course and students.

Available for iPad, iPhone and Android.

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SpeedGrader

SpeedGrader

This app allows you to grade assignments from all of your courses. You will be able to view submissions including text, video and audio. You can grade using points, a letter grade, and/or a rubric. You can provide feedback as comments, audio or video. Once you’ve opened an assignment, you can move between student’s submission with a swipe to the right.

Although the app does not provide the same annotation tools as the SpeedGrader in you web browser on the computer (i.e. comments and strikethrough), this is a quick way to grade quizzes or submissions that don’t need annotations.

Available for iPad and Android.

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Polls for Canvas

Polls for Canvas

This app allows you to instantly assess student comprehension with live, in-class polling using the students’ own smartphones or tablets. You will be able to ask the students true/false or multiple choice questions.

Because Canvas Polls integrates with Canvas courses, participation and performance data is saved for every student.

Available for iPad, iPhone and Android.

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Magic Marker

Magic Marker

This app allows you to assess students’ mastery of learning objectives in a face-to-face class. Have the app open and wander around the room during an activity. As you witness students master the objectives of the lesson, track this with the app and it will update the grade book by the time you sit back down.

This app works with the Outcomes tool in Canvas.

Available for iPad.

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Teacher Tools

Teacher Tools

This app consists of three tools to make teachers’ lives a little easier. One tool shows pictures of the students to help teachers learn their names. Another tool randomly selects students for activities. The last tool allows teachers to take notes about each student.

Available for Android.

 

Blackboard Collaborate Now Available in Canvas

collaborate logoBlackboard Collaborate, an upgrade from Blackboard Elluminate, is now available in Canvas.

This tool will allow you to host, record and archive virtual classroom sessions. Features include audio, video, chat, white board, web tour, document and application sharing. Maximum seating capacity is 250 people.

ALTE has developed step-by-step instructions for getting started with Collaborate. The development of additional training for this new tool is in progress.

Canvas Quick Video Tutorials: Instructor and Student

Atomic Learning LogoCan’t make it to one of our Canvas Open Labs? Need a quick answer to a quick question about how to use a Canvas feature? Well…do you have a minute or two? Literally, just one to two minutes!

Atomic Learning, available for free through USF, offers short video tutorials on several Canvas features including Assignments, Groupwork, Quizzes, Communication, and much more. If you have an hour, you can watch the whole series in sequence, or watch one of the specific tutorials, none of which are longer that 2.5 minutes.

Accessing these tutorials is quick and easy. Just visit the Atomic Learning: Canvas Instructor Training Page. Log in with your NetID and Password. Click the “+” icons next to your desired topic to view the available videos. Then click on the title of the video to view.

Atomic Learning Expand GroupAre you ready for even better news? Atomic Learning also has a series of Canvas Video Tutorials for Students. You can share the link and remind students that they will be asked to log in with their NetID and password. Or, if you have a specific tutorial you want them to view, click the “Share” button on the left side of the video viewer and send them the direct link.

Atomic Learning Video Share Link