Atomic Learning: Online Technology Tutorials for Students & Faculty

As we get further into the semester, students may find themselves in need of training on certain software programs to be able to complete major course activities and assignments such as creating presentations with Prezi or analyzing data using SPSS. When it comes to facilitating that participation and grading assignments, faculty may want a refresher on those programs or how to use certain feedback features in Canvas.

Through the USF system subscription to Atomic Learning, all members of the USF St. Petersburg community have unlimited access to online tutorials for commonly used web and software applications. These online training resources teach you “how do I do that” through a library of thousands of short, easy-to-understand tutorial movies.  Topics include Microsoft programs, Adobe programs, Apple programs, Canvas, mobile apps, and much more.

To access this resource, log into Atomic Learning using your USF NetID and password.

Once logged into the Atomic Learning site, you will be able to browse or search for specific programs.

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After finding the program you wish to learn more about, click on the Series Title to view the available tutorials.

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Then click on the title of the tutorial to load the video and learn more about the topic.

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For more help with getting started, view this text getting started guide (PDF) or video orientation.

If you have trouble with accessing this resource, contact the USF System Help Desk at 813-974-1222 or help@usf.edu.

If you have any questions about how to best use this resource for you or integrate it within a course, contact Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services at 727-873-4409.

 

 

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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.

Distance Learning Studio Tour

Located in the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library, the Distance Learning studio is a fully functional classroom with the capability of audio and video recording. It has the ability to not only record your lectures, but record your PowerPoint, documents, and whatever else you show to your class. Every semester we have at least one faculty member who holds class within the studio and records their lectures to use in the future.

Below is a video that we put together with the hope of showcasing some of the technology that is available to faculty members and others who wish to use our studio.

I would also like to mention and thank Robert Vessenmeyer and Timi Hager for helping put this video together.

If you have any more questions about the DL studio, feel free to contact one of us here in Distance Learning and we would be happy to help. I am also available to emcee all dinner parties, award shows, and revolutions you might be having in the future.

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

 

USF Canvas Listserv for Faculty

email iconUSF has created a faculty-to-faculty listserv so that you can email each other with ideas, news, announcements, tricks, tips and workarounds about using Canvas. You can also use it to ask questions of other subscribers. Several support staff, include Information Technology and Instructional Designers, will also be part of the list.

To subscribe, visit the listserv index page and locate “Canvas” in the alphabetical list, then click it to find the link to “Join or Leave CANVAS.” Use that link to enter your preferred email address and select whether you would like receive emails as they are sent, as a daily digest, or as a weekly digest.

Literature & The Occult, Dr. Francis Tobienne Receives Quality Matters Certification

Dr. Francis Tobienne, JrInstructional Media Services at Nelson Poynter Library is very pleased to announce that Dr. Francis Tobienne’s course, Literature & The Occult (LIT 3451), received Quality Matters Certification yesterday, May 7, 2013. Not only did Dr. Tobienne’s course meet QM standards, he received a perfect score of 95 points.

Dr. Tobienne’s course is the third course to receive QM Certification at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and the first course from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Quality Matters LogoThis QM Certification process consists of a peer review guided by a research based rubric for high quality distance learning course design. The eight elements of the rubric include: Course Overview & Introduction, Learning Objectives, Instructional Materials, Learner Support, Accessibility, Learner Interaction and Engagement, and Assessment & Measurement.

Dr. Tobienne worked with staff at Instructional Media Services to support his online course design. Of his experiences with the review process and the IMS team members, he states:

“As with any rigorous activity, the telos of that experience yields a far better fruit than its beginning. Such was my experience with designing a Lit. course and undergoing the QM certification process. I applaud and look forward to more opportunities to work with the IMS group as they provided the sagacious-glue to my otherwise, frenetic mens mentis.”

~Dr. Francis Tobienne, Jr.

Congratulations to Dr. Tobienne! To learn more about Quality Matters, visit our Professional Development page or contact Instructional Media Services.

New this week in Canvas

As many of you may already know, Canvas is a living and breathing LMS. Canvas schedules updates and new features every three weeks! This week canvas released several new items that I thing faculty will like.

Attendance

  • The Attendance is a new tool that Canvas just enabled.  It links to a service called Roll Call, and is used to take daily classroom attendance.  This attendance tool is supposed to be integrated with the Gradebook as well.  It’s a brand new tool, so there’s not yet any documentation, so use it as you will.

Calendar 2

  • Also enabled for us this week was the option of using Calendar 2.  This is a revamped version of the Calendar.  The new calendar is faster, supports weekly and daily views, along with Scheduler.  The scheduler tool lets you set up time slots that students (or student groups) can sign up for.  For more information on Scheduler visit the Canvas help guides.