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October '17 Flash Talk Recap

posted Nov 3, 2017, 2:47 PM by Lane Sunwall


The October Flash Talks were held October 6th in College Library and focused on new Canvas information found at InstructureCon 2017.

Below is a sample of what was discussed.



Grades Are Not Enough: Using Outcomes in Canvas to Target Student Learning

Erica Hagen via Gerol Petruzella and Erin Milne (both of Mass. College of Liberal Arts)


Erica Hagen spoke briefly about her InstructureCon experience. The most valuable session she attended was on Outcomes in Canvas: Grades Are Not Enough: Using Outcomes in Canvas to Target Student Learning.  The InstructureCon presenters discussed how and why they use Outcomes to better student learning in their respective courses. This included building a successful student learning outcome in the first place and using the Learning Mastery Gradebook.  


Their demonstration is available via this link (starts at 31:40): https://youtu.be/WC5eXP9KSPc?t=31m40s


New Updates in Quizzes and Gradebook,

Antonella Caloro via an InstructureCon 2017 presentation from Jason Sparks


Quizzes LTI will replace Quizzes.next

Quizzes LTI is a new assessment engine built to improve Canvas’ current quizzing functionality, known as ‘Quizzes Classic’. Instructure representatives state that Quizzes LTI will include a series of feature enhancements, new quiz-item types, and bring workflow improvements to Canvas quizzes. Quizzes LTI beta is currently being evaluated at UW-Madison. It will eventually supplant the current quizzing engine, Quizzes Classic, which will be retired one year following the public launch of Quizzes LTI.

Canvas Gradebook changes

Antonella Caloro and Dale Johnson via an InstructureCon 2017 presentation from Kristin Wruck


There are also some noteworthy changes coming down the pike for the Canvas Gradebook. Instructure has outlined three implementation phases; we are currently in what is called phase 0.5.  Instructure intends to include new filtering and sorting options, drag & drop, columns totals, cross-hairs, and highlighting.




Additional Information

For more information regarding InstructureCon 2017 or new Canvas feature check out the following links


Keynote address - https://community.canvaslms.com/videos/3296-keynote-mitch-benson

Canvas Outcomes - https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10711

Quizzes LTI - https://community.canvaslms.com/videos/2424-quizzesnext-modern-quizzing-in-canvas

InstructureCon 2017 - https://community.canvaslms.com/videos/2424-quizzesnext-modern-quizzing-in-canvas



June 2017 comETS Flash Talk Notes

posted Jun 30, 2017, 3:04 PM by Lane Sunwall   [ updated Jun 30, 2017, 3:09 PM ]


On June 8th comETS gathered together a diverse set of topics & speakers to share new ideas on topics important to education!

 

Click on link for presentation slides - https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1R6Ipc9mUWzahoNocJwcG5or7c_iLWm3IIVkl3aj283I/edit?usp=sharing


Hidden figures & obscure icons. Canvas Quizzing.

In its attempt to be streamlined and simple, sometimes the Canvas interface can seem to hide important features right under our noses.  Erica Hagen and Sara Hagen discussed those hard to find options hidden in icons. 


  • Started with https://quizizz.com/ game - free, anonymous, game

    • “How do I use files as an instructor” - in Canvas Community site, features important changes to using file.

  • Undelete

    • Go to course homepage - add “/undelete” at the end of course URL, you can then "undeleted" deleted content

  • Rubrics

    • Go to course homepage - add “/rubrics? At the end of course URL to go to rubric

  • Quizzes

    • If quiz is unpublished - you don’t have right-hand quiz menu - quiz statistics, moderate this quiz, speedgrader

    • During quiz - you can moderate it - and during moderation, you can click on clock in student row and change individual student time on the fly.

  • http://ceete.engr.wisc.edu/hidden-figures-easy-to-miss-canvas-icons-doing-important-things/

 


Canvas Homepages -  Share & Tell

Want to build a custom homepage in Canvas? Kevin Thompson, Jonathan Klein, and Maria Widmer, joined together to give the audience a glimpse of at homepages they’ve created.


 


Mastery paths and outcomes - A Case Study

I-Pang and Ian Muehlenhaus shared how they’re using Canvas Mastery Paths & Outcomes to create a competency based learning environment for students in the GIS Web Map Programming degree


  • Give students limited choice on what assignments they do

    • Have one big assignment - or - have multiple small assignments

  • Students liked having choice - they were “jazzed”

  • Can build in different learning paths within Canvas

    • Do this using outcomes, learning mastery

 

 

October Flash Talks Recap - Canvas Conversations

posted Jan 18, 2017, 7:44 AM by Michael Fleischman

October's Flash Talk event featured six presenters who attended Canvas's annual user conference, InstructureCon this past summer. Dan LaValley, Dale Johnson, Kristy Bergeron, and Brian McNurlen from DoIT Academic Technology and Paul Oliphant and Billy Kardasz from the Wisconsin School of Business gave talks that highlighted topics from sessions they attended at the conference. Topics included recent Canvas updates and improvements to features like quizzes and the gradebook, as well as insight into research being done regarding how students interact with courses and how to improve user experiences. The talks were followed by a Q&A with the presenters and table discussions focusing on key Canvas features and issues. View the slide presentation below to learn more about the InstructureCon sessions our presenters attended.

ComETS Flash Talks - October 2016


July Flash Talk Recap - Dealing with Change

posted Aug 8, 2016, 8:32 AM by Jonathan Klein   [ updated Aug 8, 2016, 8:33 AM ]

ComETS members gathered on Tuesday, July, 19th to hear stories about managing change. We were fortunate to have three presenters, each with a unique perspective and context to lend: Jen Gundry (DoIT Academic Technology), Elizabeth Harris (Engineering), and Tyler Gregory (Veterinary Medicine). View the slide presentation below to learn from their experiences and borrow their strategies for successfully navigating, enacting, and shepherding change in their professional lives.


ComETS Flash Talks - July 2016


Resources: 

Flash Talks Invitation: Tuesday, July 19th

posted Jul 18, 2016, 10:43 AM by PHOEBE JORDAN

We invite you to our July ComETS Flash Talk Event! Flash talk events are designed to rapidly connect members of the UW support community around innovative ideas and shared challenges. Each event will feature several short presentations followed by breakout conversations for more in-depth discussion on each topic.
 
The theme for this event is dealing with change. Change is inevitable. It’s also necessary for us thrive. However, the seemingly constant state of change can make us uncomfortable and anxious, and paralyze our ability to accomplish our work. We’ll hear presentations from three of our peers who are tackling change at the level of individual tools and technologies, organizational-level change, and change as they assume a new job. Tyler Gregory, Elizabeth Harris, and Jen Gundry will share their perspectives with us and makes themselves available for Q&A as well.
Register:
Time & Location:
Date: Tuesday, July 19th
Time: 2:30 - 3:30 pm  (Networking from 3:30-4:00)
Place: Wisconsin Idea Room (159 Education Building)

We hope to see you there!

February Flash Talk Recap

posted Apr 25, 2016, 6:28 AM by PHOEBE JORDAN   [ updated Apr 25, 2016, 6:30 AM ]


ComETS February Flash Talks

The second ComETS Flash Talk event was held February 19 in the Media Studios in College Library with refreshments provided by the CIO's office. We had three presenters:

  • Steel Wagstaff, L&S Learning Support Services, presented on his recent work building OpenAuthor, a web-based tool that can be easily used to create free, openly licensed books.

  • George Jura, School of Nursing, presented on the TopHat student response system (SRS), which has been used in the School of Nursing undergraduate program for the last two years.

  • Brandon Bernier, a co-leader of the UW-IT Connects group, shared information about this umbrella organization and how you can participate in leadership, networking, and engagement opportunities across campus.

February Flash Talks: OpenAuthor, Top Hat, and IT Connects

posted Feb 9, 2016, 3:42 PM by Jonathan Klein

We invite you to our February ComETS Flash Talk Event! Flash talk events are designed to rapidly connect members of the UW support community around innovative ideas and shared challenges. Each event will feature several short presentations followed by breakout conversations for more in-depth discussion on each topic.

Register:

Please register for the session by adding your name and email here.

Time & Location:

Date: Friday, February 19th
Time: 2:30 - 3:30 pm  (Networking from 3:30-4:00)
Place: College Library Media Studios (2252A & 2252B)

Flash Talk Presenters

Steel Wagstaff

OpenAuthor: A web-based tool for creating openly licensed texts
Steel Wagstaff from L&S Learning Support Services will present on recent work he’s done to build OpenAuthor, a web-based tool that can be easily used to create free, openly licensed books (electronic and print) with audio, video, and learner interaction. He will also talk about plans to further develop OpenAuthor and make it available to all interested parties on campus.
 

George Jura

TopHat for UW-Madison
George Jura from the School of Nursing will present on the TopHat student response system (SRS), which has been used in the School of Nursing undergraduate program for the last two years. he will share a few lessons learned during this time, plus an update on how UW-Madison campus agreement affects the departments that have been using TopHat for a while: what we are very happy about, and a few limitations of the system that one should keep in mind, at least for now.
 

Brandon Bernier

Leadership, Networking, & Engagement Opportunities
Brandon Bernier is co-leading the UW-IT Connects group, sponsored by the Office of the CIO and Vice Provost of Information Technology in partnership with campus affiliates, addresses areas of professional development by creating events and programing to enable a diverse set of opportunities for the community to engage. He will share more about this umbrella organization and how you can participate in leadership, networking, and engagement opportunities across campus.

Nov. 20, 2015 - Flash Talk Recap

posted Dec 9, 2015, 9:01 AM by Jonathan Klein   [ updated Mar 15, 2016, 6:35 AM ]

November 20th marked the first ever ComETS Flash Talk event. This format allows for rapid sharing of emerging ideas, campus resources, and connection to colleagues from all parts of campus. Review this summary and presentation to sample key ideas.

Lightboard Video 

I-Pang Fu recently joined UW from Penn State where he helped implement a new approach to video lectures using illuminated glass and neon markers. You’ll be amazed at the effect and
the possible impact for online and blended courses.

Key Resources:

Becoming a Leader in Ed Tech 

Where do you hope to be in five years? For those of us looking to expand the possible answers to that question, Brian McNurlen shared resources on leadership and career trajectories for educational technology professionals.

Key Resources:

ComETS Member Spotlight

Congrats to Carrie Nelson! She recently started a new position with the UW Libraries, leading efforts around scholarly communications and copyright. Carrie shared context for her new role and highlighted a few of her many emerging responsibilities.

Key Resources:



Brian McNurlen presenting a Flash TalkFlash Talk break out conversation

Apple Education and Digital Technology: A Conversation with Dr. Bill Rankin

posted Dec 2, 2015, 10:14 AM by PHOEBE JORDAN   [ updated Dec 2, 2015, 10:16 AM ]

Dr. Bill Rankin, Director of Learning at Apple, has been studying and educating about the implications of educational digital technology and emerging pedagogies around the world.

Join us for an exclusive conversation with Dr. Rankin on Friday, December 11 on digital technology trends and large scale digital initiatives in higher education institutions.

Event Details

Apple Education and Digital Technology: A Conversation with Dr. Bill Rankin

December 11, 2015, 9-11 am

Plenary Room

Room 1310 Grainger Hall

975 University Avenue

Seats are limited. RSVP here.

Learn more about Apple Education here.


Speaker Bio 

Dr. William Rankin

Director of Learning, Apple Inc.

Dr. William Rankin is Director of Learning on the education team at Apple, Inc., with special responsibility for promoting and enhancing innovative teaching and learning throughout the world. Bill’s time is spent visiting with customers, engaging thought leaders to imagine and plan for the future of learning, presenting to educators, and working on large-scale learning initiatives.

Prior to joining Apple, he worked as an academic in higher education for 24 years, concluding his time as a Professor of English and Honors College Fellow at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. As ACU’s Director of Educational Innovation, he helped design the world’s first one-to-one that gave every student an iOS device as a platform for exploring the impact of next-wave mobile devices on learning. As project lead for this initiative, Dr. Rankin was named Campus Technology magazine’s Innovator of the Year for mobile learning in 2008. In 2009, he was named an Apple Distinguished Educator and in 2010, he began a three-year tenure on the US Board of Directors for Apple’s Distinguished Educators program. He has received numerous awards for teaching and has presented on the implications of educational technology and emerging pedagogies in more than 30 countries, and at national and international conferences on utilizing technology in research, teaching and clinical practice.

ComETS Flash Talks

posted Nov 4, 2015, 8:58 AM by Jonathan Klein

We invite you to the first event in our new ComETS Flash Talk series! Flash talk events are designed to rapidly connect members of the UW support community around innovative ideas and shared challenges. Each event will feature several short presentations followed by breakout conversations for more in-depth discussion on each topic.

Register:

Please register for the session by adding your name and email here.

Time & Location:

Date: Friday, November 20th
Time: 2:30 - 3:30 pm  (Networking from 3:30-4:00)
Place: 2301 Sterling Hall

Flash Talk Presenters: 

I-Pang Fu

Lightboard Video
I-Pang Fu joins UW from Penn State where he helped implement a new approach to video lectures using illuminated glass and neon markers. You’ll be amazed at the effect and the possible impact for online and blended courses. I-Pang will highlight the process and examples.   

Brian McNurlen

Becoming a Leader in Ed Tech
Where do you hope to be in five years? For those of us looking to expand the possible answers to that question, Brian McNurlen will join us to discuss leadership and career trajectories for educational technology professionals.

Carrie Nelson

ComETS Member Spotlight
Congrats to Carrie Nelson! She recently started a new position with the UW Libraries, leading efforts around scholarly communications and copyright. Carrie will join us to provide a bit of context for her new role and highlight a few of her many emerging responsibilities.


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