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How (and Why) to Use Groups in Canvas

October 02, 2020

This video covers the Group tools in Canvas, and discusses a few different ways you might use them. 

 

Make Shorter Video Segments in Aggie Video

October 01, 2020

Aggie Video allows you to create links for shorter segments of longer videos, which can be useful to directing students to view shorter items. This video walks you through the process:

 

Try "Ready-Set-Go" for Zoom Discussions

September 13, 2020

In a recent post on his blog, Agile Learning, Derek Bruff (Director of Vanderbilt's Center for Teaching) describes a technique for Zoom discussions called "ready-set-go." The basic idea is that an instructor poses a question, asks everyone to type a response in the chat window, but tells them wait until instructed to hit "return." After allowing time for everyone to type a response, the instructor says "ready, set, go" and students all hit return at the same time.

Using Canvas Pages and Modules for Course Navigation

September 10, 2020

In this video, I walk through one method for combining pages and modules in Canvas to improve course navigation. It's designed especially for remote or fully-online instruction. Hopefully, this will help you develop your own approach to laying out your course in ways that encourages student success. 

 

Using Canvas Discussion Boards for Peer Workshops

August 30, 2020

In this video, I share one way I have had success using Canvas discussion boards for writing workshops. This video might be useful for teachers who ask their students to workshop papers in their courses and will not be using external tools.  

 

Humanizing Your Canvas Landing Page

August 30, 2020

This is a short video about how I have tried to humanize my landing page in Canvas, and a little about why. This video is designed to complement the "Canvas Landing Page Walk-Through" video because it explains why I have designed the page as I have.

 

Canvas Syllabus as Landing Page: Instructor Walkthrough

August 30, 2020

This is a walk-through of my Canvas landing page that uses the "syllabus" feature. This video might be useful for teachers thinking about how to design their landing pages, particularly if they're using the syllabus tool. 

Using a "Liquid Syllabus" for Pre-Course Engagement

August 12, 2020

One of the problems facing teachers of remote or online courses is that, because nearly all of our course materials are walled off inside a learning management system like Canvas, many students may not know much about the course beyond the generic course description. One way to encourage students to start thinking about your course is by creating what Michelle Pacansky-Brock calls a "liquid syllabus"—one that is more sharable and easier to engage with than a static document sitting in an LMS.

Making the Most of Discussion Boards

July 31, 2020

With the move online, discussion boards have become a go-to for class participation and having students connect with each other. Here are some strategies to make them more effective (a lot of these strategies come from this article)

What does hybrid teaching mean and how do I get started?

July 31, 2020

There are a lot of different ways to teach hybrid courses, and the terminology can become confusing, so this article will go through the terms for the different models, give you some examples of different ways to teach a hybrid course, and finish with best practices and resources to start designing your hybrid course. 

Online Teaching Resources

July 31, 2020

Of course, there are way more resources on OWI than we could ever get through, and there is another page on this website showing you some of them. What I’m listing here are a few practical resources that have been helpful to me during the pandemic, going from just getting a few ideas for a course to the whole redesign of a class.

Introduction to Eli Review

July 30, 2020

Eli Review is a program that allows students to upload drafts and complete peer reviews online. It has a lot more tools than the Canvas peer review feature. It collects data and saves all the comments so that students can self-reflect as writers during their revision process and self-assess as peer reviewers in order to provide stronger feedback.