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Summer 2021

Library Resources Workshop

In this workshop, faculty meet UNF Online Learning Librarians Dan Feinberg and Sarah Moukhliss (STEM) who showcase what the Carpenter Library has to offer for both faculty and students. Integrating library tools and services into Canvas Courses are discussed, along with best practices for copyright so you can build your course with confidence.

Zoom for Synchronous Instruction

In this workshop, we discuss the best practices for hosting virtual class meetings. Topics include an overview of Zoom (including functions such as breakout rooms and polling), as well as strategies for scheduling and facilitating virtual meetings.

Grading Rescue

This event provides tips and tricks to reduce the time faculty spend on grading course assessments. Topics include Canvas gradebook and rubric strategies, scaffolded assessments, student peer-review feedback, and university support for instructors.

The Human Element in Online Learning

Let’s face it—the online environment presents some challenges, especially when it comes to replicating the familiarity of the traditional classroom. However, research shows that online learning can instill greater engagement than F2F environments. The key is tuning into the human element.


Mindfulness and Canvas tools can help you humanize your online course and tap into meaningful learning experiences. Whether you're teaching your first online course or eager for new ideas, these strategies can be tailored to your needs to evoke the human element from you and your students.

Virtual Tour of the One-Button Studio

The video recording studio, audio sound booth, and lightboard are all now available for faculty use. Come take a virtual tour with us where we demonstrate the capabilities and possibilities of this newly updated CIRT facility.

Effective Online Office Hours

This workshop will demonstrate a variety of tools and strategies that instructors can use to schedule and host virtual office hours. Specific features that can be customized within Canvas, Zoom, and Teams will be highlighted, and best practices for connecting with students and encouraging student participation will be discussed.

Canva Banner Workshop

Adding visuals to your Canvas course can make an impact on a student’s first impression and create a cohesive theme or brand for your course. We encourage faculty to include a banner and coordinating course card in their Canvas courses. Banners are displayed at the top of the course home page. Course cards are designed to coordinate with the banner and display on your Canvas dashboard screen. (View banner and course card examples here.) 

 

In this workshop, participants create unique banner and course card designs using the free, user-friendly graphic design platform, Canva. Feel free to look over the workshop outline

 

Create your free Canva account at www.canva.com. For assistance, watch the “Canva: Creating your Free Account” video tutorial.

Accessibility in Canvas

Canvas content can easily be made accessible. This workshop provides hands-on instruction for making course content accessible in the Rich Content Editor and using the built-in accessibility checker.

Creating Accessible Electronic Documents

This workshop covers how to make electronic documents in Word, PowerPoint, and PDF more accessible. Topics covered include accessibility basics on heading structure, alternative text for images, reading order for slides, and more. Adhering to these simple guidelines improves access to your content for all students.

Updating Canvas Course Library Links: New and Improved

The UNF Carpenter Library is in the process of revising how library resources are accessed in order to improve student and faculty experiences. Links to many library resources in Canvas courses will need to be updated over the coming months for students to maintain access to course materials. Join Online Learning Librarian, Daniel Feinberg, and Systems and Digital Technologies Librarian, Adam Chalmers, to learn how to perform these necessary updates and make this transition seamlessly.

Studio: Video Publishing & Communication Tool for Canvas

This session provides an overview of Studio, UNF’s video platform in Canvas. Studio was built to promote active learning, allowing instructors and students to not only publish video, but also to engage with media content by commenting (and replying) directly on media timelines. Studio provides users with asset management tools as well as analytics about how users interact with media. Session attendees learn how to import and publish media, create Studio assignments and provide feedback, and discuss best practices for tool use.

Canvas Basics

This session is geared toward instructors who are new to using Canvas. Topics covered include a general introduction to Canvas features and functions, such as how to create course content, assessment types, file uploads and a Gradebook overview.

Spring 2021

Virtual Tour of the One-Button Studio

The video recording studio, audio sound booth, and lightboard are all now available for faculty use. Come take a virtual tour with us where we demonstrate the capabilities and possibilities of this newly updated CIRT facility.

Updating Canvas Course Library Links: New and Improved

The UNF Carpenter Library is in the process of revising how library resources are accessed in order to improve student and faculty experiences. Links to many library resources in Canvas courses will need to be updated over the coming months for students to maintain access to course materials. Join Online Learning Librarian, Daniel Feinberg, and Systems and Digital Technologies Librarian, Adam Chalmers, to learn how to perform these necessary updates and make this transition seamlessly.

Up and Running with Your Remote Course – Using the Quickstart Template (Summer 2021)

In this workshop, instructors learn how to use the Quickstart Template to create organized and user-friendly learning experiences. The workshop also explores considerations for remote instruction along with support resources for course design and remote teaching strategies. Follow this link to preview the Summer Quickstart Template. If your interest is piqued, email CIRT Lab (cirtlab@unf.edu) to request the template to be uploaded into one of your course shells.

Using Canvas Analytics to Improve Student Success

This session explores analytics available to instructors of online courses in Canvas. Learn how to leverage course and student analytics throughout the semester to identify at-risk students, foster engagement, and promote retention and success. Leave with a checklist of practical measures for utilizing the analytics reports.

Library Databases Meant for Media

Looking for a way to expand your Canvas hybrid course or DL course in terms of classroom media? Or maybe add content to an in-person course with a video? Online clips are a wonderful way to allow for varied styles of learning. UNF’s Thomas Carpenter Library subscribes to many databases that include full length videos. In effect, one can work to add multimedia to an online course easily. Learn about Films on Demand, Kanopy Streaming Videos, and Naxos Music Library. The goal of this session is to provide information about databases that provide rich and informative videos and how to embed those videos in your Canvas course.

Five Steps to Successfully Complete a Quality Course Review

This session provides an overview of UNF’s Quality Course Review process, a brief orientation to the nationally recognized Quality Matters (QM) rubric, an exploration of quality course examples, and tips for designing a quality online course.

Introduction to UNF Faculty Domains

In this workshop, participants learn how to get started creating websites with UNF Faculty Domains. We also explore the different type of sites that can be built including personal, portfolio, and virtual presentation/conference websites.

Canvas Gradebook

In this workshop, instructors learn about the features and functions of the Canvas Gradebook. This tool's functionality makes grading flexible and intuitive, thus improving the grading experience. Topics include multiple options to sort and filter assignments, applying grade status colors, and customizing grade posting policies.

Tools for Student Engagement in Canvas

This workshop provides an introduction to tools in Canvas that promote student engagement. Strategies for implementing learning activities that prioritize learner-learner, learner-content, and learner-instructor interactions will be highlighted. Tools that encourage collaboration, participation, and feedback will be showcased.

Accessibility in Canvas

Canvas content can easily be made accessible. This workshop provides hands-on instruction for making course content accessible in the Rich Content Editor and using the built-in accessibility checker. No prior knowledge is needed.

Zoom for Synchronous Instruction

In this workshop, we will discuss the best practices for hosting virtual class meetings and office hours. Topics include an overview of Zoom (including functions such as breakout rooms and polling), as well as strategies for scheduling and facilitating virtual meetings.

Fall 2020

Effective Online Office Hours

This workshop demonstrates a variety of tools and strategies that instructors can use to schedule and host virtual office hours. Specific features that can be customized within Canvas, Zoom, and Teams are highlighted, and best practices for connecting with students and encouraging student participation are discussed.

aPlus+ Attendance

aPlus+ Attendance brings tightly integrated manual or automated attendance features to Canvas. aPlus+ Attendance allows instructors to take attendance manually using custom statuses, automatically via Zoom integration, or by providing a secret code that students can enter on the Canvas website or app. In this workshop, instructors learn how to integrate aPlus+ into their Canvas courses, record attendance, and customize attendance statuses, as well as how to download and analyze student attendance data.

Five Steps to Successfully Complete a Quality Course Review

This session provides an overview of UNF’s Quality Course Review process, a brief orientation to the nationally recognized Quality Matters (QM) rubric, an exploration of quality course examples, and tips for designing a quality online course.

The Human Element in Online Learning

Let’s face it—the online environment presents some challenges, especially when it comes to replicating the familiarity of the traditional classroom. However, research shows that online learning can instill greater engagement than F2F environments. The key is turning into the human element.
Mindfulness and Canvas tools can help you humanize your online course and tap into meaningful learning experiences. Whether you're teaching your first online course or eager for new ideas, these strategies can be tailored to your needs to evoke the human element from you and your students.

Innovative Solutions for Teaching During COVID Faculty Panel

During the past year, UNF faculty have done extraordinary work in responding to COVID and innovating to provide meaningful and engaging learning experiences for students. This faculty panel highlights six of those stories and showcases a variety of approaches. The intent of the session is to spark conversation and further innovation. After each panelist shares their story, there will be time for QA and for participants to share their own experiences.

Online Testing Best Practices

This event provides instructors with best practices for delivering quizzes and tests in Canvas. Topics will include quiz settings, question banks and groups, test integrity considerations, and quiz analytics.

Turnitin: Plagiarism Detection Tool

Turnitin is the university’s plagiarism detection tool. In this workshop instructors learn how to integrate Turnitin into an assignment submission and review the setting options that can be set for each assignment. Options include comparison sources, content exclusions, and display of report to students. We also review the similarity report in Canvas and tools available in that report. These tools include percent matching by color code, excluded sources, and available filters.

Canvas Conferences

In this workshop, instructors will learn about how to use Conferences (powered by Big Blue Button), which is one of the video conferencing tools integrated with Canvas. Topics include an overview of the tools and features of the Big Blue Button platform, as well as strategies for scheduling and facilitating virtual meetings with Canvas Conferences.

Creating Accessible Electronic Documents

This workshop covers how to make electronic documents in Word, PowerPoint, and PDF more accessible. Topics covered include accessibility basics on heading structure, alternative text for images, reading order for slides, and more. Adhering to these simple guidelines improves access to your content for all students.

Ally: Canvas Accessibility Tool

This workshop allows instructors to learn how to use Ally to their advantage, improve accessibility scores, and convert uploaded content to more accessible formats. No prior knowledge is needed.

Canvas Basics

This session is geared toward instructors who are new to using Canvas. Topics covered include a general introduction to Canvas features and functions, such as how to create course content, assessment types, file uploads and a Gradebook overview.

Summer 2020

Best Practices for HyFlex Courses

HyFlex (Hybrid-Flexible) courses utilize lecture-capture technology in the classroom to provide a combination of remote and in-person attendance options for students. In this session we will discuss best practices for implementing the HyFlex delivery model, provide a template for setting up the online portion of a HyFlex course, and guide participants through creating a lesson plan for one HyFlex class session, with considerations for attendance in-person, synchronously, and asynchronously.

Quickstart Template for Fall 2020

Need to build a Canvas course but not sure where to begin? Use the Quickstart Template to get a headstart on your course developments with just a few clicks! By uploading this template into your course shell, you’ll gain access to customizable content and a weekly learning structure (modules) for the Fall 2020 term. In this workshop, instructors learn how to use the Quickstart Template to create organized and user-friendly learning experiences. The workshop also explores considerations for remote instruction along with support resources for course design and remote teaching strategies.

Honorlock for Online Proctoring

This session is geared toward faculty who will be using the online proctoring service, Honorlock. Topics covered include enabling Honorlock in an exam, creating and managing exam rule profiles, viewing Honorlock results, and what students will experience when taking an exam with Honorlock.

Best Practices for Remote Large Lecture Courses

Teaching online courses can be challenging with a large number of students. We will discuss strategies to harness Canvas and assessment design to balance engagement with teaching high enrollment courses. We will provide opportunity for participants to ask questions and share their experiences. This workshop is co-facilitated by two UNF faculty: Drs. Nilufer Ozdemir and Daniel Gottlieb.

CIRT Services to Support Instruction and Research for New Faculty

CIRT provides expertise, resources, and training to assist faculty in ways that enable them to develop greater capacities for using technology for teaching and research. Join us to learn about the tools and services available to support you as you join the Nest.

Canvas 101 for New Faculty

This session is geared towards new faculty, and provides an overview of Canvas, UNF’s learning management system. Instructors learn about the Canvas interface and how to create content, assignments, quizzes, and discussions. Grade management and instructional best practices are also covered.

Library Databases Meant for Media

Looking for a way to expand your Canvas hybrid course or DL course in terms of classroom media? Or maybe add content to an in-person course with a video? Online clips are a wonderful way to allow for varied styles of learning. UNF’s Thomas Carpenter Library subscribes to many databases that include full length videos. In effect, one can work to add multimedia to an online course easily. Learn about Films on Demand, Kanopy Streaming Videos, and Naxos Music Library. The goal of this session is to provide information about databases that provide rich and informative videos and how to embed those videos in your Canvas course.

Online Testing Best Practices

This event provides instructors with best practices for delivering quizzes and tests in Canvas. Topics will include quiz settings, question banks and groups, test integrity considerations, and quiz analytics.

Canvas Gradebook

In this workshop, instructors learn about the features and functions of the Canvas Gradebook. This tool's functionality makes grading flexible and intuitive, thus improving the grading experience. Topics include multiple options to sort and filter assignments, applying grade status colors, and customizing grade posting policies.