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To make recording of academic activities (verification of work by students in a course to qualify for their financial aid disbursement) easier on teachers and faster for both the financial aid office and students we started a process using available canvas features, the APIs and our SIS.


Teachers can now record attendance, give quizzes/exams, or homework assignments. Once those items are completed our SIS using the APIs can see if an "activity" has been recorded. Now teachers no longer have to fill in a form or going into the SIS and manually enter information.


This process is now used by teachers who teach only face to face classes to those who only teach online and everyone in-between.

1. Prep. Before the end of the previous semester we're already prepping for the next one. [A meeting between our front desk, tech support, IDs, and admins.] There's another meeting the week before and one the week after classes start just to make sure everything is going smoothly.


2. Check. We make sure everything is ready. File runs are flipped to the next semester.


3. Support. Our support office offers extended hours and open labs for faculty who need help.


4. Help support our Special Programs area (non-academic course like virtual orientation and ferpa training).


5. Snackfest. Take a moment to have a break. We setup a room and everyone brings food. It's all day grazing on the first day of classes but it allows everyone a moment to take a breather and walk away from their desk. And, enjoy the yummy snacks.

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