This Week at ATLE

------------------------TIPS OF THE WEEK------------------------

Interactive Teaching:
Icebreaker: Name Game –
Students form circles in groups of 8-10 and one at a time state their name with an alliterative action: "I'm Jumping James!" Optimally, they should perform the action as well. They proceed around the circle, stating names and performing the actions, adding names one at a time, until the last person in the circle will have to say everyone's name and perform all the actions.
See the larger collection of interactive tips here:

Web 2.0 Tools:
Atomic Learning –Video tutorials on using software, both everyday and specialized to disciplines, so that faculty do not need to "train" students on how to perform software tasks. USF has a site license with over 44,000 tutorials; students access Atomic Learning through the Library website.
See the larger collection of Web 2.0 tools here:

Customize Course List – Alter the default listing of courses that show up when you mouseover "Courses and Groups" by click the "view all or customize" link in the corner of the mouseover window, then left-click each star next to the courses you DO want to show up when mouseover the "Courses and Groups" button. Classes that you access frequently will now take fewer clicks to find. See the Instructor Guide here:

Blog Link:
"Using Cumulative Exams to Help Students Revisit, Review, and Retain Course Content"– The merits of forcing students retain information throughout the semester with an updated assessment strategy.


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------------------------NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS------------------------

Summer Teaching Symposium Returns May 4-5: Only TEN spots left open!
Full-time faculty are invited to join the Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence (ATLE) for our annual Summer Teaching Symposium. The Summer Teaching Symposium is a multi-day event that focuses on teaching and learning strategies and renewal ideas for faculty members. We emphasize interaction across disciplines, sharing of tips and tricks, and focusing on classroom applications (turning theories into practices). The 2015 Summer Teaching Symposium (STS-02) will be held on May 5-6 (Tuesday-Wednesday), from 8:30 to 4pm. Each day we will offer a full complimentary breakfast buffet and a lunch buffet. The theme will be "The Science of Learning" - find out how the lessons from brain science offer direct suggestions for more effective ways to structure course assignments, deliver lectures and content, and encourage student memory and retention. For Summer 2015, the giveaway item will be a 1-terabyte external hard drive (really an extra-large flash drive). Click here to register:

Announcement: Use Chrome for Workshop Registration
We've been hearing from several folks that our workshop registration system might not work well with Firefox. We're recommending the use of Chrome instead to register, as we've heard of no problems there. 


 ------------------------THIS WEEK----------------------- 

Workshop: Creating Great Group Assignments
Join us for this discussion about the most common student objections to group work and explore features in Canvas that can be used to facilitate cooperative learning experiences that you and your students will enjoy. Held in SOC-025 (basement). Register online:
Mon., March 30, 3:30-4:30

Unless otherwise noted, all workshops take place in SOC-025. Register online for all workshops:


                                                    ------------------------OLDER ANNOUNCEMENTS------------------------

iClicker Software Update

1. Download entirely new software from here – either Mac or PC (these are the same links as always, but just updated):

2. Drag over the following, from the OLD software to the NEW software:
a. The entire "classes" folder (this will make ALL of your old i>clicker scores/registrations/data transfer over).
b. The following files that are found inside the "resources" folder (put these files into the "resources" folder of the new software):
i. CMS_Wizard

Announcement: Lecture Hall WiFi Upgrades
Recently most of the large lecture halls on campus have had their WiFi capabilities expanded, if needed, so that more simultaneous connections are possible. It should now be possible in most large lecture halls to implement "Bring Your Own Device" response systems, such as the free Polls For Canvas for smartphones (more info here:, as well as the full-service clicker companies and their "use your own device" wireless products.

New Section of ATLE Web Site on Policies

ATLE's Web site has added a new section on "policies and procedures" to provide links to faculty all in one place.
Have a look:

New ATLE page for Higher Education Glossary
Joining our recent glossary of USF-specific terms ( we now have a glossary of terms for Higher Education in general. This is sure to be of use to instructors from outside the United States!

Canvas Help Files

There are several help files to get you going with Canvas:

Canvas Listserv
We've created a faculty-to-faculty listserv so that you can email each other with ideas, news, announcements, tricks, tips and workarounds about using Canvas (or ask questions of other subscribers). Several support staff will also be part of the list. To subscribe, visit and locate "Canvas" in the alphabetical list, then click it to find the link to JOIN CANVAS.

"Teaching Essentials" Online Guide to Teaching
This free online "course" on how to teach was developed by national leaders in the field of education, and includes many videos and interactive features. There is no sign-up date, as enrollment is ongoing. Open to faculty member, adjuncts, and teaching assistants. Visit to learn more and self-enroll.

Instructional Resource Guide
A fully-online guide to the policies, procedures, resources, and services available to instructional staff at USF.
Open to faculty member, adjuncts, and teaching assistants.
No registration needed:

------------------------ATLE ONLINE------------------------

To join (or leave) the ATLE listserv, please visit and locate "ATLE" in the alphabetical list, then click it to find the link to JOIN ATLE.

You may also follow ATLE events via several online options.
These also provide daily links of interest to teaching and learning: