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Tech Tips for Teachers

Specifically designed for University of Utah teachers and teaching assistants, Tech Tips for Teachers offers short, practical tips on how to use technology in face-to-face, hybrid, or online classrooms. Please note that since these Tech Tips were recorded, the Canvas interface has undergone significant updates. If you are unable to figure out how to implement one of the tips with the new interface, feel free to contact us at CTLE or contact Teaching and Learning Technologies, which manages Canvas here on campus.

 

 

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Tech Tip #2016-04

Using Video to Connect with Students

You can use short videos to introduce yourself, make announcements, explain course content, or provide feedback on student work. Especially in online courses, using video can foster a more authentic environment because students can see you as an actual person and feel as if they know you. This Tech Tip explains two easy methods for recording and embedding video into your Canvas courses.

Click here to see how to use video.

If you would rather read a transcript of the screencast above click here for the .pdf file or here for the Word file.

If you have any questions about this Tech Tip, email info@ctle.utah.edu. If you want one-on-one help using Canvas in your University of Utah course, contact classhelp@utah.edu or visit TLT during their drop-in hours, Mondays & Tuesdays 9:00 am - 4:00 pm in the Faculty Center (MLIB 1705).

Tech Tip #2016-03

Save Time by Combining Course Sections in Canvas

If you teach multiple sections of the same course or you teach a course that is cross-listed in multiple departments, you can save yourself time if you use the Canvas cross-list feature to manage all of the sections at once. If you cross-list in Canvas, grades, people, assignments, and modules will appear in a single Canvas course. This allows you to send announcements to all sections simultaneously, grade in a single Speed Grader window, and use Canvas analytics to evaluate all courses as a block. Cross-listing also allows you to build and maintain course content in one Canvas course instead of multiple courses. Even after sections are cross-listed, you can interact with them separately.

Click here for instructions about linking your sections together in Canvas.

If you would rather read a transcript of the screencast above click here for the .pdf file or here for the Word file.

If you have any questions about this Tech Tip, email info@ctle.utah.edu. If you want one-on-one help using Canvas in your University of Utah course, contact classhelp@utah.edu or visit TLT during their drop-in hours, Mondays & Tuesdays 9:00 am - 4:00 pm in the Faculty Center (MLIB 1705).

 

 Tech Tip #2016-02

Save Yourself Time and De-Mystify Grading With Canvas Rubrics

Canvas allows you to create rubrics for assignments that give your students a window into your grading process AND save you time while grading. This tech tip shows you how to create rubrics and integrate them into SpeedGrader so that your grading process becomes far more streamlined and efficient.

If you would rather read a transcript of the screencast above click here for the .pdf file or here for the Word file.

If you have any questions about this Tech Tip, email info@ctle.utah.edu. If you want one-on-one help using Canvas in your University of Utah course, contact classhelp@utah.edu or visit TLT during their drop-in hours, Mondays & Tuesdays 9:00 am - 4:00 pm in the Faculty Center (MLIB 1705).

 

Tech Tip #2016-01

Minimize Due Date Confusion on Discussion Boards

If you’ve used Canvas to assign discussion boards for your students, you have probably also had students who were confused about due dates. Perhaps it seemed like no matter how you set things up, some students forgot to contribute an initial post, while others forgot to respond to their classmates’ posts. This Tech Tip explains one way to set up Canvas discussion boards so as to minimize this confusion.

 For instructions on how to set this up, click here.

If you would rather read a transcript of the screencast above click here for the .pdf file or here for the Word file.

If you have any questions about this Tech Tip, email info@ctle.utah.edu. If you want one-on-one help using Canvas in your University of Utah course, contact classhelp@utah.edu or visit TLT during their drop-in hours, Mondays & Tuesdays 9:00 am - 4:00 pm in the Faculty Center (MLIB 1705).

 

Tech Tip #2015-05

Using Canvas to Gather Anonymous Student Feedback

This Tech Tip shows you how to easily gather anonymous feedback from your students using Canvas’ quiz feature. By creating a special kind of ungraded Canvas quiz, you can provide students an open-ended mechanism for providing suggestions about course content, your teaching style, design changes you are considering, or anything else. Feedback is an essential part of faculty development, and giving students a safe way to offer it makes that feedback more honest and useful. This kind of feedback can supplement the University-sponsored mechanisms already in place.

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If you would rather read a transcript of the screencast above click here for the .pdf file, or here for the Word file.

If you have any questions about this Tech Tip, email info@ctle.utah.edu. If you want one-on-one help using Canvas in your University of Utah course, contact classhelp@utah.edu or visit TLT during their drop-in hours, Mondays & Tuesdays 9:00 am - 4:00 pm in the Faculty Center (MLIB 1705).
 

Tech Tip #2015-04

Make Your Courses More Accessible to Students with Sight Impairments

Watch this Tech Tip for an introduction on how to make your courses more accessible to all students, including those with disabilities. Learn specific things you can do with colors, format, and design so your course pages and handouts can be read by assistive technology and by students with vision impairments. This tip is the first in a series about making online, face-to-face, and hybrid courses useful to a wider variety of students. Look for the other four tips spread throughout the rest of the school year.

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If you would rather read a transcript of the screencast above click here for the .pdf file, or here for the Word file.

 

Tech Tip #2015-03

A Tool for Connecting the Internet to Course Content

This Tech Tip shows you how you can bring web sources into your classroom's Canvas community. The Yellowdig application allows instructors and students to pin scholarly journal articles, blog posts, videos, and news into a class board where members can comment and discuss the media item. The app is a great way to demonstrate how your course theme or content presents itself in the world outside the classroom. Yellowdig is considered a form of social media, so it promotes collaboration along with exploration. But wait, there's more: Yellowdig has an optional integrated point system for posts and comments that can be connected directly to your Canvas gradebook.

You can add Yellowdig to your course just as you add any other app, but you will need to copy and paste the Consumer Key: utah.consumer.key and Shared Secret: e1e3bf03b816fa7376b854e1d810b883

Below is a screencast with step-by-step instructions on how to set this up.

 

Click here to access a transcript of the screencast above if you would rather read than watch.

To learn more about the basics of Yellowdig click here to watch the official "How to get started - Professor" video.

 

Tech Tip #2015-02

Improve Consistency and Avoid Embarrassment When Grading in Canvas

This Tech Tip shows you how to use the Mute/Unmute feature in Canvas to give yourself more control of the assessment process. You can mute assignments until you are finished scoring them so you have time to review for consistency, correct your own mistakes, and finish grading all students’ work before any students see scores. You can also use the Mute function to release feedback at times when you will be available online or in-office to answer student questions.

Below is a screencast with step-by-step instructions on how to set this up.

 

Click here to access a transcript of the screencast above if you would rather read than watch.

 

Tech Tip #2015-01

Respond More Quickly to Canvas Messages from Students

This Tech Tip shows you how to respond to Canvas messages right from your email inbox without having to log in to Canvas. Your response is displayed to the student in a Canvas message thread and archived for future reference inside Canvas just like it would be if you had logged in to Canvas to send it.

Below is a screencast with step-by-step instructions on how to set this up.

 

Click here to access a transcript of the screencast above if you would rather read than watch.

 
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Last Updated: 9/12/16