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CIT Tech Intensive Program
Twenty faculty participated in the Tech Intensive program this summer. Faculty were enthusiastic about the technologies they explored and look forward to continued use during the Fall semester. Common themes included: strategies for Flipping the classroom, using Echo360 Personal Capture to record mini-lectures, adoption of Canvas, and using the iPad in the classroom.
The program continues through the fall semester and concludes in December, when faculty present how they implemented technology in the classroom and the results of their implementation. [View Gallery]
CIT Tech Certificate Program Attracted Big Interest
This summer, the Certificate Program supported more than 80 faculty and staff. Participants complete five classes and a work-related project to qualify for a certificate of completion. Candidates present their projects at an August luncheon. For more information, visit http://www.usfca.edu/its/learning/training/certprogram/.
Teach, Learn and Connect with Canvas
Blackboard will retire on August 31st, 2014. Design your next course in Canvas this fall. 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.
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 products.instructure.com
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.
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 - lynda.com
lynda.com 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 lynda.com to access your free subscription.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 http://ems.usfca.edu/Virtualems for your request. To reserve a lab for academic course, please contact the Program Assistant of your Department. Learn more about the CIT labs »