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CIT Tech Certificate Program Wrap-up

On August 15th, the Tech Certificate Program concluded with a luncheon and project sharing session. Participants presented their projects on various technology tracks. The CIT staff would like to thank all of the hard-working individuals who made this program a success. Click here to view participants' names and presentation titles.

Certificate program 2014

Certificate program 2014

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Teach, Learn and Connect with Canvas

Design your next course in Canvas. Make an appointment with a CIT Instructional Designer for an individual consultation today, and visit our One-Stop Canvas Page for helpful resources on Canvas.

What's New?

In June, members of ITS traveled to Park City Utah to attend InstructureCon2014, the annual user conference for Canvas.This was an opportunity for Canvas users from all over the world to meet each other, share stories and best practices and find out the the latest news from Instructure, the developers of Canvas.

At this year’s conference, Instructure introduced Lossless Learning, an initiative to build technology tools that ensure knowledge transmitted by instructors is received and applied by students. For a complete description, click on the Lossless learning tab on the Canvas Features page.

One powerful tool introduced at the conference and designed specifically to improve in-classroom assessment and interaction is Mobile Polls.

The free Moblie Polls app, enables students to use their mobile device to respond to polls created by instructors through the mobile app.

For information on Mobile Polls other Canvas improvements, please visit the Canvas product page at each).


Instructional Design Q&A

Question: Why should I use rubrics to grade assignments in Canvas?

Answer: A rubric is an assessment tool that helps you communicate grading criteria and work quality expectations to your students up-front. This means that fewer students will contest their grades since the points they earned are clearly delineated. Rubrics also help you identify the learning outcomes your students need more help with, and they help you grade assignments more quickly and systematically because with rubrics, you assign ratings for each grading criterion, instead of grading the assignment holistically with a single score.

To set up a rubric for an assignment, click "Outcomes" in the left navigation menu, then click "Manage Rubrics," then click "Add Rubric." When creating a rubric, you list what your grading criteria are, then specify (for each criterion) how many points your students will get for each rating. For example, a criterion might be "Uses Correct Grammar;" you can then specify that students will get 5 points for an "Exemplary" rating (which you can describe further), 3 points for a "Satisfactory" rating, and 1 point for an "Unsatisfactory" rating. You can later add the rubric to an assignment or discussion thread by clicking the gear/setting button from the "Edit" mode. Although rubrics take a little bit of thought and planning up-front, they are a great tool to use since they will save time, help communicate assignment expectations, and help you assess intended learning outcomes systematically.

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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, Blackboard, SPSS, and more. Login through USF Connect, choose the Learning Technologies tab, and then choose to access your free subscription.

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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, teaching and Learning, and Wikis. 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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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 »