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 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.
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.
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!
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:
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.
Date: Friday, February 19th
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.
Apple Education and Digital Technology: A Conversation with Dr. Bill Rankin
December 11, 2015, 9-11 amPlenary Room
Room 1310 Grainger Hall
975 University Avenue
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.
Friday, August 7 to learn about initial findings of the UW Canvas LMS pilot project. Thanks to Bethany Gordy (DoIT AT), Josh Morrill (DoIT AT), Emily Baker (DCS), Billy Kardasz (School of Business), Steve Cramer (Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning), and Bruce Maas (UW CIO) for presenting.
The session offered participants and opportunity to ask questions. If you were unable to attend or didn't have the opportunity to ask a question, please add your question to our collaborative Google Doc (UW Google Apps account required). The document will be monitored for the next week and questions will be answered soon after.
Below are the slides used by our presenters.
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