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Dear Faculty Colleagues,

On April 21st at noon in 1310 Surge III / The Grove, we will hold a faculty forum on UC Davis Canvas, with a focus on faculty stories of overcoming challenges, making discoveries, and increasing comfort with our new learning management system. As you know, this spring quarter (2017) is that last quarter that SmartSite will be used for instruction, though faculty will still have access to an archive of teaching materials in SmartSite for those who will be teaching with Canvas for the first time this fall.

At the April 21 gathering we will be joined by Canvas users, experts, and enthusiasts. Those who join us will surely benefit from the conversation. See you then!

Happy Picnic Day!

Andy Jones


Faculty Forum on UC Davis Canvas

April 21st


1310 Surge III / The Grove


Diverse Nuts

Resources for Teaching Diverse Learners

Gathered by Dr. Andy Jones

For DOLCE: Discussing Online Learning and Collaborative Education

Academic Technology Services

UC Davis


“Tips for Educators on Accommodating Different Learning Styles.” Center for Access and Success. University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, n.d. Web. 7 Apr. 2017. http://www.umassd.edu/dss/resources/facultystaff/howtoteachandaccommodate/howtoaccommodatedifferentlearningstyles/.


“Inclusive Teaching Strategies.” Center for Teaching Excellence. Cornell University, n.d. Web. 7 Apr. 2017. https://www.cte.cornell.edu/teaching-ideas/building-inclusive-classrooms/inclusive-teaching-strategies.html.


McCarthy, Andrew T. “Designing Online Course Assignments for Student Engagement: Strategies and Best Practices.” Currents in Teaching and Learning 4.2 (2012): n. pag. Web. 7 Apr. 2017. http://www.hartnell.edu/sites/default/files/u285/designing_online_course_assignments_for_student_engagement-strategies_and_best_practices.pdf.


“Recognizing and Addressing Cultural Variations in the Classroom.” Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence. Carnegie Mellon University, n.d. Web. 7 Apr. 2017. http://www.cmu.edu/teaching/resources/PublicationsArchives/InternalReports/culturalvariations.pdf.


“Strategies for Teaching International Students.” Center for Teaching Excellence. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Apr. 2017. http://cte.virginia.edu/resources/teaching-a-diverse-student-body-practical-strategies-for-enhancing-our-students-learning/international-students/strategies-for-teaching-international-students/.


“Teaching International Students.” Office of Teaching and Learning. University of Denver, n.d. Web. 7 Apr. 2017. http://otl.du.edu/teaching-resources/teaching-international-students/.


“Teaching International Students: Pedagogical Issues and Strategies.” Center for Research on Learning or Teaching. University of Michigan, n.d. Web. 7 Apr. 2017. http://www.crlt.umich.edu/internationalstudents.


Dear Faculty Colleagues,

For the April 7th DOLCE, faculty and staff will gather together to discuss strategies for creating, implementing, and assessing responses to assignments for diverse learners. Instructional Designer Fernando Socorro and a team of colleagues in Academic Technology Services have recently been awarded a Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Grant, and we will ask representatives of that team to talk about their “Be the Geek” proposal. Faculty participants will ask to share stories and strategies regarding meeting the learning and support needs of the great diversity of students at UC Davis.

Meetings of DOLCE, which stands for Discussing Online Learning and Collaborative Education, occur every first Friday of the month during the school year. Faculty and staff share strategies for teaching with technology in ways that are student-centered and activity driven with many opportunities for feedback and communication. You are invited to join us on April 7th at noon in 1310 Surge III / The Grove. Feel free to bring a friend, your lunch, and your questions.

Happy springtime to you and your students,

Andy Jones


Assignments for Diverse Learners

DOLCE, Discussing Online Learning and Collaborative Education

Friday, April 7th, 2017


1310 Surge III / The Grove


P.S. The ATS instructional technology and instructional design teams have started holding open office hours on Wednesday mornings from 10-12 in 1310 Surge III / The Grove. You are welcome to join us with your open-ended or specific questions, or just to meet members of the teams.


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



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.



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


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


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.




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)





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




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