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Class Highlights - View April- June Training Calendar  

  • Canvas Feedback and Assessment (New class with reward!)
  • Digication ePortfolio
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  • The Productive iPad
  • InDesign Interactive Fixed Layout ePUB
  • USFBlogs
  • Zoom Web Conferencing

Get Gift card and win iPad3 Steps to learn Canvas and to Win! 

Take a class, get a Target Gift Card and be entered to Win an iPad Mini!

In support of a current internal research study, the CIT is offering a new workshop, Canvas Feedback & Assessment. Participants will learn how to use the Speedgrader & Crocodocs, Discussions, the Rich Text editor and Discussion boards to give feedback to students. Participants will receive compensation for completing the workshop and completing a few short surveys.

To be eligible:

  • Register for either a Canvas Essentials class offered between April 6 and April 30 OR the new Canvas Workshop, Canvas Feedback & Assessment
  • Come 15 minutes before the session to complete the pre-workshop survey
  • You will be sent an additional survey to fill out a few weeks after the course

 Note: Target Gift Card and chance to win iPad is limited to first 15 participants in each class.

Apply today for the Faculty Tech Intensives

Tech Intensives Join us this May/June for our annual three-day tech intensive program to introduce instructional technologies to full-time and adjunct faculty. Participants will receive an iPad Air (16 GB) or iPad mini (32 GB) in exchange for their participation. Read more and apply.

Teaching with Technology Video: Brandon Brown in Classroom

brandon_icon View the first video in a series focused on faculty's use of technology in teaching. Professor Brandon Brown from the Department of Physics and Astronomy presents Using a SMART Podium in a Physics Classroom. In this video, Dr. Brown demonstrates his use of the SMART Podium in Harney 127 to illustrate concepts that are projected on the classroom screen for students to view.

General Announcements on Canvas


Get a Jump on your Courses

Canvas course shells for Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 are now available. If you forgot how to copy content from one Canvas course to another, click here.
Recent Updates and Improvements

Modules Files Management

Instructors can manage files directly from Modules. Any file that is linked to a module can be published, unpublished or restricted by clicking the publish cloud next to the item.The state of the file is aligned with the Files repository. If a file is unpublished within Files, the file will also be shown as unpublished on the Modules page etc.

Best Practices and Tips

Too Many Courses Displaying

If you find your my Courses Drop-down list becoming too long and unwieldy, try configuring the list to display only the courses you want. Here is how to customize your my Courses” drop-down menu.


How Do Students see Speedgrader feedback and Turnitin Reports? 
Students can view instructor comments by clicking on Grades and the selecting the Assignment where the comments were given. You can forward this document to your students. 

Once Turnitin processes the student submission, an originality report will be generated. It is viewable by students in the Assignment Details page. Here's how students can access this page.
For questions and comments on Canvas, please email 


Zoom Web Conferencing

Connect with Zoom ( ) for real-time web-based video and audio conferencing. Use a dedicated meeting room to hold virtual office hours, present PowerPoint or Keynote presentations, conduct interviews, and more. Learn how to get online and interact with a remote audience. Attend an online training or email to get started sooner.

USF Blogs

USF Blogs is a new service that will allow the USF community to develop blogs/websites within the USF domain. Using the WordPress platform, USF Blogs can facilitate online discussions, presentations of teaching and learning materials, and professional looking websites. Attend a CIT class to learn more.

Digication ePortfolios 

E-portfolios allow students to collect and store work online that includes reflections on learning, projects, courses or entire programs. Portfolios are an authentic form of assessment that can be used to document student learning and growth, or to share student work to prospective employers.

Qualtrics: Online Surveys

Attend a class in the CIT this semester to get up to speed quickly with the robust and powerful survey development tool designed for research, assessment, and evaluation. Select from a wide variety of question-types and survey distribution options to maximize your response rate. View survey results as they are collected in real-time using the highly effective reporting tools.

Nvivo 10 for Mac and Win

The leading qualitative research software is available free to USF employees. Download a copy by logging into myUSF, clicking Fav Apps, and selecting Personal Software Purchases (if you don't see this option, select Preferences under Fav Apps, then go to the All Apps tab to find Personal Software Purchases). NVivo supports the collection, organization and analysis of data from interviews, focus groups, observations and literature. You can work with content from documents, PDFs, audio and video, enabling you to evaluate, interpret and uncover social phenomena. Save time with NVivo’s powerful querying and automation tools. 

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Want to know more about iPad?

If you are a new or experienced user of the iPad, please review our iPad Resources, which is full of tips and tricks. Every now and then, we will also share with you different apps our staff recommends.

Training Resource - is available free to all faculty, staff and students as a robust web-based technology training service. There are hundreds of high-quality video tutorials ranging from Microsoft Office to Adobe design and media, Canvas, SPSS, and more. Log into myUSF, click Fav Apps, and then choose to access your free subscription. (If you don't see this option, click Preferences under Fav Apps, then go to the All Apps tab to find

Tech Tools-To-Go

Classroom Resources - Tech Tools-To-Go!

Visit our new Tech Tools page to find all kinds of tools you can experiment with in your classroom. These tools are recommended by our staff, and are usually freeware that you can download. We have categorized them into the areas of Design and Media, Communications, Office Productivity, and Teaching and Learning. If you would like to recommend a new tool to share with our community, please feel free to email us at

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Like us on Facebook to receive updates to events and activities happening in the CIT. If you like learning about different educational technologies, and would like to keep up with the trends, follow us on Twitter @usfcit.

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LAB RESERVATION POLICY: The CIT's classrooms are designed to provide instructors and their students with access to technology that is an integral part of the course. If your course format does not require students to use computer technology during class time, we recommend that you reserve a standard USF Smart Classroom. Room requests have to be made at least 24 hours in advance. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

If you wish to reserve a lab for non-academic lectures or trainings, please login to for your request. To reserve a lab for academic course, please contact the Program Assistant of your Department. Learn more about the CIT labs »