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CIT Quarterly Newsletter - July 2013

Training for Canvas... July-September

CanvasCanvas is here! For our summer roll out, the CIT is providing consulting and training for faculty and staff in USF's new Learning Management System. As a reminder, Blackboard will retire August 31st, 2014. Please don’t delay; summer is a great time to attend training. Did you know that most Instructors’ courses for summer and fall are already available in Canvas? Access Canvas under the 'Learning Technologies' tab inside USFconnect! Attend a training to jump start your course building for the fall semester!
Choose from our current classroom offerings which have been tailored to your varying needs and schedules. 
Introduction to Canvas
 is a two hour class that covers the foundational skills needed to begin course building. 
Course Builder 101 is a one hour class focusing on the specific skills of creating assignments and activities within your course. Combine both of these instructional experiences in a four hourCanvas Comprehensive workshop. This is an intensive experience and includes lunch for participants. 
Do you just have a question about Canvas? Drop in on a Canvas Open Lab to consult with trainers about building your course in Canvas. Please consult our Training page to reserve your preferred dates and times. We look forward to working with you. What will be on your Canvas?
Visit the Training Calendar and register online

Welcome our New Team Member

Greg CrumGreg Crum is the CIT's new Online Instructional Designer. Greg will be working very closely with faculty in their efforts in set-up courses as we begin the transition from Blackboard to Canvas. 

Meanwhile, faculty are welcome to schedule an appointment should you need consultation on curriculum design or support. Group training on Canvas is ongoing. [Learn more]

Tech Certificate Program

CIT Tech Certificate ProgramFaculty and staff can now register for the 2013 Certificate Program.  There are four different technology tracks available: Teaching and Learning with Technology, Design and Media, Office Productivity, and  The objective for the program is to encourage effective technology use in the workplace and classroom. Complete five CIT classes in any one track along with a technology project to earn a certificate. [Learn more

Tech Intensives Program Update

Tech Intensives 2013The CIT Tech Intensive Program successfully supported 21 faculty during the month of June. Participants received an iPad 4 or iPad Mini for their participation in the program. The 3-day program offered an opportunity for conversations on pedagogy, new teaching methods including MOOCs and Flipped Classrooms, and learning how to use the iPad and web-based applications that could be adopted in the classroom. Follow-up meetings are scheduled in August and December when all participants will come back to share their newly-designed courses.

Presenting with Prezi

Prezi Think of a way of presenting where you choose and design the viewing palette around the content, not as a set of slides but as a free flowing diagram, a digital story where you decide the path. That's what Prezi is all about, a non linear way to create and show presentations. You can incorporate text, images, video, audio and PDFs as well as Prezi's assortment of clip art and objects. Show your creation online or download the presentation onto your PC, Mac or iPad. Contact us here at the CIT to learn more about this unique way to create and present or sign up for the introductory course on our CIT training registration site. It's time to start Prezinting!

Director's Note

Summer is upon us and with it comes time to reflect, relax, and to begin planning for the fall semester. The CIT is offering several opportunities for professional development over the summer months. First is Canvas, USF's new learning management system, a user friendly and 21st century teaching and learning platform. Second, the CIT Technology Certificate program has returned to provide faculty and staff with a structured process for achieving their technology goals. Ongoing consultations are also available, so email us to discuss planing your technology goals this summer.

- John Bansavich 

Web Conferencing with Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect was selected as USF's new web conferencing platform. Connect can be used to hold virtual office hours, live presentations, polling, white boards, video conferencing and more. With Connect, presentations can be recorded for later viewing. Email to request a Connect account and training.


KnowmiaKnowmia is a website and free iPad app for creating, sharing and viewing video lessons. It works like PowerPoint where slides (steps) can be used to create sequential instructions. You can easily reorder steps by dragging them up or down. It's very easy to insert text, shapes, images, graphics and video clips, and you can draw using highlighters and pens. There is also a pointer tool to focus the user's attention if needed. You can record everything that you do on the whiteboard along with voice or video.  The presenter's face can be displayed allowing your audience to see you while you are presenting. Lessons can be published on or imported to the iPad from Dropbox,, or Google Drive. Download it from iTunes Apps Store.

Training Break             

Whether you are faculty or staff, we surely have the right class for you! Visit our Training Calendar and register online. Our training calendar is updated quarterly. Group and individual training opportunities are available.
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