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  • The Productive iPad
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  • Zoom Web Conferencing

tech talksTech Talks

Three lunchtime tech talks on Canvas from April 7- April 9 let you hear how the tool has been used in different courses. Topics are: Managing Student Work with Canvas Assignments; How to Use Canvas with a Rhetoric Composition Course; and Using Online Quizzes in Canvas.  All workshops are free and lunch is providedClick for more details and sign up.

Google Glass Opportunity

Interested in evaluating Google Glass as an emerging technology in higher education? The CIT has acquired several Google Glass kits to evaluate its relevance in teaching and learning. If you see a possible use of Google Glass in your course, email with your idea. A small working group will be formed to evaluate Google Glass during the spring 2015 semester.

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. 

Teach, Learn and Connect with Canvas

canvasDesign 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.

Canvas Notifications

Canvas employs a robust notification system that alerts users when various events occur within a course. If you find that you are getting too many notifications, or not enough, check your notification settings. A recent enhancement to notifications adds the ability for instructors to be notified and copied when they send emails as well as when they send announcements.

Starting the New Year with Canvas

Spring and Intersession 2015 course shells are now available. Instructors can get started adding content and configuring their courses. To aid in the transition from semester to semester, Canvas gives instructors the ability to merge course sections together as well as copy content from one course shell to another.

As the year comes to a close here a few things to remember…

* Add instructors before conclude date 
 - After January 31, 2105, Fall 2014 courses enter a concluded state. As result instructors will not be able to “add” Teachers or TAs to Fall 2014 courses without Canvas Admin help. Take the time now to add anyone who may which to access your material in the future. Adding a user to your course as a Teacher or TA will enable them to see your content and copy it into their own course.

* Modify Quizzes visibility - 
If you want to hide the correct answers for previously given quizzes, make sure to uncheck “show which Answers Were Correct” under Quiz settings. The can be done even after the course has concluded.

*Customize your Course list - 
If your Canvas Course drop-down menu has become a bit unwieldy after the semester, did you know you can customize what courses are listed on the menu? Here’s the Canvas Guide: "How do I customize my Courses dropdown menu?"

* Be aware of your Gradebook Totals
 - The Total column in the gradebook will reflect the current scores of your student. Any assignment where you have NOT entered a grade (showing a dash), will be ignored in the Total column calculation.
If you download your Canvas gradebook into Excel before you enter your grades in Banner, please note you will see Two columns for culmative scores, Current and Final. They may appear with different scores:

Current score = the Total column in viewable in Canvas gradebook

Final score = sets all not entered grades (showing a dash) to “0” 


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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. 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, 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 »