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For the past two years, the Washington Canvas Users Group (WACUG) has held a conference for Canvas users in Washington (which seems a little redundant to actually write out…)
For various reasons, the conference was cancelled this year, but people felt so strongly about the opportunity to learn, network and share with each other that an impromptu mini-con has been launched.
It’s one day, March 27, in Olympia at South Puget Sound Community College. See below for all of the pertinent details, including registration information. Consider presenting, if you have something awesome that you would like to share.
Cost for this mini-con is free.
(Mini) Washington Canvas Users Group (WACUG) Conference Information
Tentative Workshop Categories
Interested in learning more about how to create screencapture videos?
Do you want to capture the lecture portions of your class so that your students can reference them later?
Are you thinking about flipping your classroom?
Come to the TLC on
Thursday, February 26,
from 2-3 pm
for hands-on training on how to use Panopto.
Please complete the registration form if you plan to attend.
If you are unable to attend, you can find additional resources on our local Panopto site.
Jean Arthur says, “Panopto made me into the star I am today!”
Classroom Assessment Techniques (also known as CATs) are excellent methods of learning whether your students are getting out of your lectures and assignments what you expect or need and evaluating your teaching. Here are some great CAT resources ...
What is SRS? It's an online application teachers (or presenters) can use to actively engage their student/audience.
After hearing/observing a UW Physics teacher use SRS (Student Response System) in his classroom, our innovative chemistry teacher, Jessica Whitman, met with me in our Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) to talk about classroom clickers, how they've evolved into SRS online apps, and how to use/apply them in her classroom.
Online SRS polls and quizzes are typically accessible via any laptop, computer, tablet or smart phone (even flip phones!) with Internet access.
I recommend two online SRS (Student Response System) platforms: Socrative and Poll Everywhere.
While I use and like them both, I typically drive faculty to Socrative because it's free whereas Poll Everywhere is only free at the entry level which only allows 40 votes, per poll/quiz.
Jessica, created an account with Socrative and is developing her first quiz/poll in it.
She's going to be introducing Socrative (and her quiz) on the second day of class this Winter quarter to review her Syllabus and acquaint her students with this engaging method of formative assessment.
If all goes well, she's going to use Socrative for group lab assessment using Space Race.
Because she's going to display her questions and realtime responses on her classroom overhead data projector, I recommend having students choose super hero names for the quarter, keeping their real names on a spreadsheet, and have them use their super hero names when logging in so student answers are anonymous to everyone on the data projector screen.
Both Socrative and Poll Everywhere provide quiz/poll "results" for the teacher/presenter, as well. Socrative provides your data report to you via email, google drive, download to your computer in an excel spreadsheet or view the live data online.
Please take a moment to consider how you might use the above SRS synchronous, formative assessment tool in your classroom to engage your students. Because it's so easy to setup you probably won't need help. However, if you would like help, please make an appointment with me or our Instructional Designer, Tom.Gibbons@SeattleColleges.edu.
CATs (Classroom Assessment Techniques)
The above system and other methods are a wonderful way of actively engaging students and gathering formative assessments. To learn of other classroom assessment techniques (CATs) please review this post and its resources: http://sites.southseattle.edu/tlc/Home/cats
South Seattle College (SSC) eLearning & TLC Director
During winter break (12/11 - 01/04) please direct all SSC TLC appointment requests to me, Sara Newman, via my online form http://tinyurl.com/sara-appointment and/or email Instructional Designer, Tom.Gibbons@SeattleColleges.edu
On January 5th, our TLCA's will be returning to their TLCA roles for winter quarter and they will have their winter offerings (available days, times, and contact information) posted on their individual TLCA pages soon, as well.
South Seattle College (SSC) eLearning & TLC Director
Ischedule time with your favorite TLCA's now, well before the end of Fall quarter on December 10th Wednesday - as they won't be available again until Monday, January 5th 2015.
If you need TLC support over Winter break, contact TLC and eLearning Director Sara.Newman@SeattleColleges.edu and/or Instructional Designer Tom.Gibbons@SeattleColleges.edu to schedule an appointment.
The Carnegie Foundation defines “Productive Persistence” as a set of behaviors that involves the tenacity and good strategies students need to be academically successful.
Below is the registration link and workshop descriptions for three Productive Persistence Training Workshops. You can attend workshops at any of the three Seattle Colleges. Workshops may be taken in any order. You can sign up for just one, or for all three of them. Faculty will receive hourly stipends for participating. Each workshop is limited to 30 Seattle District participants so sign up early! Click here to view dates and times.
After working with leading social psychologists at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Lawrence Morales and Jane Muhich have been working with Seattle Colleges faculty to development and implement activities to facilitate students having the productive mindsets and effective strategies needed to be academically successful. Come learn proven strategies you can include in your class to help your students be more successful.
Faculty will learn how to create a successful initial experience for students by implementing the evidence-based “Starting Strong” activities. The Starting Strong activities support establishing a classroom culture that promotes productive mindsets, encourages student participation and engagement and facilitates students grappling with challenging course content.
How often have you heard a student say “I’m not a math person”, “I can’t write” or “I can’t do this.” as you watched that student divest their best efforts? Creating a classroom culture that supports a growth mindset, where students believe they can learn using effort, takes more than just a brief intervention or having them watch a Ted Talk. After this workshop you will be able to implement a suite of promising faculty tested activities that promote a growth mindset. With this multipronged approach your students will be able to put forth their best effort, engaging in the academic tasks needed to be successful.
Want to maximize participation and engagement in your classroom work groups? Want your students to have strong social-ties shown to improve retention and course success? In this workshop we’ll share promising practices that have been tested and refined by Seattle District and other faculty over past two years. Improve your classroom culture and student academic outcomes by getting your groups to work like a well-oiled machine using the promising strategies presented in this workshop.
Tom Gibbons presented on Universal Design Strategies in Teaching and Communication as part of a cooperative effort with Disability Student Services on October 16, 2014. Topics included using basic headings and styles in Word, issues with email and accessibility, color and contrast, and accessibility and PDFs.
You can view a video recording of the presentation and access the PowerPoint slides here: https://seattlecentral.instructure.com/courses/969196/pages/universal-design-strategies-in-teaching-and-communication
All sessions are available face-to-face and via webinar (except the UD session on 10/16, at this point—not quite sure of the tech in that room, and it’s something I’m doing for DSS at South; there will be a similar session at Central at some point in October).
Interested people can register for these sessions by filling out the usual form, here: http://goo.gl/0ckhqU (Happy to have North faculty, too, if there’s any interest.)
A calendar of all upcoming advanced Canvas trainings are available here: https://sites.google.com/a/seattlecolleges.edu/canvas/training-opportunities
Google Drive Essential Training (from Lynda.com 2013) online training, Jess Stratton teaches the essentials of creating, formatting, and sharing documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and forms with Google Drive. Discover the differences between the Google Docs and the new Google Drive.