With the end of 2017 up on us, what do you have planned for 2018 regarding strategies or events to engage your academic institution?
Just a few examples:
Here at the University of St. Thomas (MN) we have a unique opportunity to engage our faculty using online strategies in Canvas because the Super Bowl is being hosted here, just blocks away from our Minneapolis campus.
Some forward-thinking university Deans and Directors have offered their faculty teaching graduate programs the option to hold the first class session in Canvas instead of driving downtown amidst the 10 days of events leading up to Super Bowl LII.
So, the St. Thomas eLearning and Research (STELAR) center will be holding several training sessions to prep faculty on moving "common first day class activities" online using Canvas and other technologies. For instance -
Since the Super Bowl events fall during the first week of the new semester, and we're reaching a variety of new, adjunct, and tenured faculty, our approach as been to focus on basic online teaching strategies, but we will also offer an advanced track for those wanting to use Zoom, VoiceThread, Panopto or other technologies to deliver their content and engage students. We believe this accomplishes two things: providing an alternative to driving to class for the first night, and increasing faculty (and student) adoption of Canvas: a win-win opportunity!
Nice discussion starter Will
We have only just started down the Canvas road throughout the state.
Blended Learning Leaders are continuing to head out to school to support them wherever they can.
We have just started 'Digital Bites' skype sessions.
And Canvas Catch ups with schools we have already worked with, needs based.
At Valencia we have quite a few initiatives we are working on to help our faculty transition. We have bootcamps, online Canvas essentials courses, and, of course, we have instructional designers ready at our centers to work with faculty. We are also using our Circles of Innovation team to reach out to teachers through an On-Demand video series, customized webinars and mentored implementation projects. We are using a Canvas course to run the On-Demand training (with a hope that it will increase positive washback). Faculty experience the On-Demand videos in the course, they are using the scheduling assistant to sign up for the webinars (we are thinking about employing Big Blue Button to host the webinars), and then if they are interested they can sign up for mentored implementation of advanced techniques related to assessment, images/video, and FlipGrid. In the Spring we will have a new series of topics. Our On-Demand video series is called Digi-Know (Digital Knowhow), and each video starts with the question Digi-know...?
For example, Digi-Know about submission coments?
We are working to develop 50+ things you should know about Canvas in short 30second to 5 minute videos. Almost like a Netflix video series that can be easily binge watched. We have more than 60 ideas in our list (not all are made yet), but we would always love feedback and would like to share what we are working on with others. We are just not sure where best to share it (any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Where can we best share this content with others? Let us know what you think. Feel free to access our video playlist at this link.
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