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Dear Faculty Colleagues,

To better prepare you for grading with Canvas at the end of this winter quarter, a number of us in Academic Technology Services have prepared what we are whimsically calling “Gradeapalooza,” a series of events that will take place during much of the day on Friday, March 17th, and Monday, March 20th. Please bring your UC Davis Canvas and especially Canvas grading questions to 1310 Surge III / The Grove on those two days to get the help you need from our instructional technologists and other members of the faculty support staff.

 

UC Davis Canvas Gradeapolooza

Friday version, March 17th

10:30 — Morning snacks delivered

10:30–11:15 am – Workshop on Finalizing your Gradebook

12:00-1:00 – Faculty Forum on using Canvas

2:00-2:45 pm – Workshop on Finalizing your Gradebook

Open grading party from 3-4:30pm

 

UC Davis Canvas Gradeapolooza

Monday version, March 20th

9:00 — Morning snacks delivered

10:30–11:15 am – Canvas Getting Started

12:00-1:00 – Open Office Hours

2:00-2:45 pm – Workshop on Finalizing your Gradebook

Open grading party from 3-4:30pm

 

The faculty forum will provide faculty an opportunity to chat with each other about their Canvas experiences, discoveries, and concerns. You are encouraged to stop by at any time during the Friday or Monday events. No registration is required, and snacks will be provided.

As always, please visit Movetocanvas.ucdavis.edu with your questions. And please share this with colleagues who would like to learn more about our campus learning management system, UC Davis Canvas.

Best regards,

 

Dr. Andy Jones

Academic Associate Director, Academic Technology Services

 

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Getting Started with UC Davis Canvas

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to remind you or make you aware of a resource Academic Technology Services developed to assist faculty in utilizing and implementing our new LMS: Canvas. Getting Started with UC Davis Canvas is a resource you could use to help you transition to Canvas, and to help you design your course with a focus on student learning.

The site is divided into two sections: Getting Started and Beyond Getting Started. We designed it with a faculty member’s time demands in mind. In this way, the site tries to curate resources about Canvas and organize them so faculty can pick and choose what they need to help their own class and students.

We hope you’ll check it out.

Thank you for your time!
Alex and Kayce

Alex Rockey is a Graduate Student Researcher with Academic Technology Services. She spends her time working towards her Ph.D. in Education with a focus on Language, Literacy, and Culture and a designated emphasis in Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition Studies as well as Second Language Acquisition. Before coming to UC Davis, she was a high school English and Puente teacher.

Kayce Mastrup is a Graduate Student Research with Academic Technology Services. Currently, Kayce is working towards her Ph.D. in Education with a focus on Mathematics and is particularly interested in teacher preparatory programs and technology integration and practices in K-12 math classrooms. Kayce is a former middle school math and AVID teacher.

 

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Hammer and Nails

“Take a chance on making mistakes to create something you haven’t created before.” Dave Brubeck

 

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you can join us at noon on Friday, March 3rd, for the March meeting of DOLCE, Discussing Online Learning and Collaborative Education. We will feature a talk on using improvisation as a teaching method in order to encourage active learning, and another on exploring the benefits of sequencing learning activities. Both talks will include discussion of UC Davis Canvas as a teaching tool.

The first speaker, Dr. Andy Jones of the University Writing Program, will discuss syllabus and classroom strategies to balance what historian James W. Loewen calls the “tyranny of coverage” with an active learning approach that we know works best with adult learners. Dr. Andy will share his recent research into the “Teaching as Jazz” approach championed by Cornell music professor Steve Pond, and exemplify some of the improvisational methods that he has been trying in his Winter quarter “Writing in the Fine Arts” class.

Secondly, instructional designers Mark Wilson and Margaret Merrill will discuss the value of guiding learners through a strategic sequence of learning activities. Wilson and Merrill will explain what the various stages in that sequence might look like, how each stage can benefit your students, and how that sequence might best be communicated to students.

So we will sample both creative chaos and necessary order in the same DOLCE. Please join us for the conversation.

Andy Jones

 

 

DOLCE — Discussing Online Learning and Collaborative Education

Friday, March 3rd at Noon

1310 Surge III / The Grove

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As Friday, February 17th is the last faculty forum meeting before we start receiving final assignments and final exams from our students, this month we will focus our monthly gathering of faculty on Grading in Canvas. Please join us with your questions about best practices in setting up your Gradebook, accounting for missing assignments from your students, sharing grades with students, and submitting grades to the Registrar.

Todd Van Zandt, the LMS (Learning Management System) Manager for Academic Technology Services and UC Davis, will be joined by instructional technologists and others to talk about Canvas, grading with Canvas, and other instructional technology concerns. Please join us Friday at noon in 1310 Surge III / The Grove.

 

Grading with Canvas: A Faculty Forum

Friday, February 17th

12:00 PM

1310 Surge III / The Grove

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Drill Bits

 

Dear Colleagues,

I write to invite you to our February 3rd DOLCE (Discussing Online Learning and Collaborative Education) meeting in 1310 Surge III / The Grove, at which time we will hear from two experts on instructional technology tools and practices.

Melinda M. Livas, MS, MLIS, MA, is a Physical Sciences & Engineering Librarian, as well as an instructional technologist with a passion for online teaching and learning. As instructional design becomes increasingly important to the success of our face-to-face, web-enhanced, hybrid, and online courses, we will look to many sources of support of our campus instructional technology efforts. We are lucky that Ms. Livas has this expertise to share with the campus community.

During this DOLCE meeting, Ms. Livas will introduce a number of instructional technology applications, and help lead a discussion about the new ways we can start to imagine engaging with our students. We will also discuss the extent to which our learning management system Canvas can replicate the functions of some of these tools. If there is significant faculty interest, we can also investigate the extent to which Canvas can work with the following tools in the future. They include the following:

Padlet– One of the most collaborative, online bulletin boards available. Extremely intuitive, and easy to use.

Screencastify- Quickly create screencasts using a chrome extension.

ScreencastOmatic- design clear screen recordings on the fly.

Tildee– Create mini tutorials on the fly, and easily share with peers.

Haiku-Deck-   Create presentations with 40 million free images at your fingertips.

Prezi- a uniquely different platform for presenting, and sharing content.

Because clickers are teaching tools that have been widely-adopted at UC Davis, I’ve asked a representative from our primary clicker vendor, i>clicker/REEF to join us at the February 3 DOLCE. Tricia Salata has taught English at five colleges and universities before joining i>clicker, and she will be given the last ten minutes or so of our hour to discuss best practices and new uses of clicker technologies.

Please join us at this event on Friday, February 3rd for this wide ranging discussion of instructional technologies and pedagogical excellence. And please share this with colleagues whom you think would benefit from reviewing the topics we cover.

 

Best,

 

Andy Jones

 

DOLCE: Discussing Online Learning and Collaborative Education

Featuring Melinda Livas and Tricia Salata

Friday, February 3rd

12:00 – 1:00 pm

1310 Surge III / The Grove (two buildings west of the Silo)

 

 

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Canvas_in_Vienna

Faculty Forum on Teaching with Canvas

January 20, 2017

12 Noon

1310 Surge III / The Grove 

(Three buildings west of The Silo)

 

Dear Colleagues,

Happy New Year, and welcome back to campus! At noon on Friday, January 20th, UC Davis faculty will participate in a faculty forum on teaching with Canvas. Two of our most seasoned Canvas users, Wrye Sententia from the University Writing Program and Paul Salitsky from Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, will share stories about the joys and challenges of using our new learning management system.

Todd Van Zandt, the LMS program manager for Academic Technology Services, will be on hand to answer questions, and to update us on some lessons that we have learned about the grading process (now that our first full quarter of Canvas use at UC Davis is behind us).

About 75% of classes are using Canvas this winter quarter, so I expect a number of new users with questions to join us for this forum. Please share this invitation with anyone you know who would benefit from some additional demystifying and support.

Best regards,

 

Andy Jones

Academic Associate Director for Academic Technology Services

UC Davis

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grades-of-currants

 

Dear Faculty Colleagues,

Typically, on the first Friday of the month we hold a DOLCE meeting that covers a number of teaching and instructional technology topics. This coming Friday, however, we thought it best to focus on a topic of interest to all UC Davis faculty: (final) grading with Canvas.

Faculty and teaching assistants who have questions about Canvas, especially its Grades tool, are invited to attend an open forum from noon to 1 on this coming Friday, December 2nd, in 1310 Surge III/The Grove. At this faculty forum we will hear from Canvas experts, share some of the more common grading with Canvas questions that we have received in recent weeks, and share ideas on how we are using UC Davis Canvas to inform, inspire, and assess our students.

As you know, UC Davis Canvas is replacing SmartSite, which will remain available for teaching only through spring 2017. Most of our faculty colleagues and almost all of our undergraduates have been using UC Davis Canvas this fall. Because students benefit from using a single learning management system in all their classes, we hope that all UC Davis faculty will plan their move to Canvas soon.

If you have questions but can’t attend the forum, you can also contact the Move to Canvas project team at movetocanvas@ucdavis.edu. To read more about Canvas, and to find resources to help you use it, see movetocanvas.ucdavis.edu.

Happy holidays, and I hope to see you at 1310 Surge III this coming Friday at noon to discuss grading with Canvas.

Best regards,

 

Andy Jones

Academic Associate Director of Academic Technology Services

UC Davis

 

Faculty Forum: Grading with Canvas

Friday, December 2nd at Noon

1310 Surge III/The Grove

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Looking forward to today’s Canvas faculty forum, we wanted to share with you the handout prepared by Dr. Tabia Lee, one of our Instructional Technologists.

canvas-workshop-handout

 

On another front, if you have been having trouble connecting with certain internet resources today, you are not the only one: See “When the Entire Internet Seems to Break At Once,” an article in today’s Atlantic by Robinson Meyer and Adrienne LaFrance.

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Another wheel

Dear Colleagues,

Every third Friday of the month, Academic Technology Services hosts a faculty forum on different topics. This month we will be discussing grading with Canvas. Many UC Davis faculty have approached Instructure (for instance, by phoning 844-303-8285), or they have approached our LMS support team in 50 Hutchison, with questions about assignments, SpeedGrader, or the Canvas Gradebook. On October 21st, we will discuss these tools, and hear your questions and concerns.

I will briefly update assembled faculty on how I use SpeedGrader, Microsoft Word’s autocorrect feature, and rubrics within Canvas.

Instructional Technologist Tabia Lee will preview some of her planned advanced Canvas workshops on assignments and the Gradebook.

And should we have time after answering your questions and discussing your use of Canvas, LMS Manager Todd Van Zandt will share with us some Gradebook tips and tricks, including marking students excused from an assignment, setting default grades for assignments, and sharing relevant Canvas Community resources.

I hope you will join us Friday, October 21st at Noon in 1310 Surge III / The Grove. And as always, please see http://movetocanvas.ucdavis.edu with your questions.

Best,

Andy Jones

Academic Associate Director, Academic Technology Services

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A Bicycle in The Grove

A Bicycle in The Grove

Dear Colleagues,

This Friday we restart our meetings of DOLCE: Discussing Online Learning and Collaborative Education. Taking place on the first Friday of every month, DOLCE meetings typically feature a number of speakers on a variety of pedagogical and instructional technological topics.

This coming Friday we will hear from new instructional technologist Tabia Lee (known simply as “Lee”) on “Navigating Transformative Technological Change.”

Dr. Lee will ask and answer these questions: What is transformative technological change, and how does teacher ideology-in-practice intersect with pedagogical design, teacher agency, and individual and collective decision-making?

Tabia Lee holds a Doctor of Education in Urban Educational Leadership and Administration from University of California, Irvine, and has contributed to the design, implementation, and evaluation of numerous educational and professional development programs. Having worked with Canvas in previous faculty positions, Dr. Lee joins Steve Faith and Fernando Socorro as one of our three campus Canvas training experts who stands ready to answer your questions about our campus move to Canvas.

Members of the UC Davis community are also encouraged to call Instructure directly with Canvas questions. Staffed 24 hours a day, Instructure’s user support phone bank can be reached at 844-303-8285.

On Friday, we will also hear from Spanish professor Robert Blake. Many faculty in Spanish and other languages have moved to Canvas, in part because of Bob’s leadership and support. Bob will tell us some success stories.

If we have time, we will also share data about the LMS decisions made by different campus departments (with almost 60% of LMS users already choosing Canvas this fall). We may also discuss the Photo Rosters tool.

I hope you can join us Friday, October 7th at noon in 1310 Surge III / The Grove. Please also share this invitation with new and curious faculty who would benefit from hearing from the prepared and unprepared thoughts of these campus leaders.

Best regards,

Andy Jones

 

DOLCE: Discussing Online Learning and Collaborative Education

Friday, October 7

12 Noon (though you may join us at 12:10)

1310 Surge III / The Grove

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