This Week at ATLE

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Layered Cake Discussion:  Every table/group works on the same task for a few minutes, then there's a plenary debrief for the whole class, and finally repeat with a new topic to be discussed in the groups.

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Workshop:  Cultivating a Culture of Academic Integrity
This workshop is designed to familiarize you with Turnitin, USF's new plagiarism detection software in Canvas, and to stimulate discussion about ways faculty can discourage student academic misconduct.
Wed., July 22, 9:30am-10:30am

Workshop: Canvas Best Practices
Learn how to get started in Canvas and explore what's new and different in this learning management system. We will also discuss best practices in using the software.
Wed., July 23, 11:00am-12:00pm

Workshop: Various Ways to Supplement Your Face-to-Face Classes Using Canvas
Now that you know the basics of Canvas, join us as we explore some instructionally effective ways to supplement your face-to-face classes with the Canvas LMS.
Thurs., July 24, 11:00-12:00

Announcement: Additional section of "12 Week Faculty Writing Group FLC" open for Fall 2014!
Meeting Dates: Every Wednesday from September 3rd through November 19th (10:00-11:30am)
Receive the free book "Writing a Journal Article in Twelve Weeks" and work through the program WITH fellow faculty members--by the end of the process, you'll have an article ready to submit to a journal!
Facilitated by Nicole West.
Click here to register online:

Announcement: New ATLE page for ePortfolios
Learn how to use Google Sites to house your own teaching portfolio, or to ask students to create electronic portfolios for your class:

Announcement: 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!

Announcement: Tech Camp is Coming August 7
Our annual event that discusses more than two dozen discrete instructional technologies (and related technologies that could fruitfully be applied to the teaching endeavor) is back on Thursday August 7. This is a drop-by event (come and go as your schedule allows) but we request RSVP "for the day" to ensure our room is large enough—no need to reserve individual sessions.

Register here:

Each technology is shown in an academic context, but the "how to" is left for the Technologies for Teaching comprehensive booklet (provided free at the event), or you can follow-up with ATLE for individual consultations, as desired. We focus on showing "what is possible" in these 15-minute parlor sessions:

9:00 - iClicker, CPS, TurningPoint
9:15 - PollEverywhere
9:30 - Dropbox
9:45 - Evernote
10:00 - Prezi
10:15 - Slideshare
10:30 - YouTube uploads (by faculty OR students)
10:45 - Video Tutorials (Screencast-O-Matic)
11:00 - Recorded PowerPoint Movies (YouTube option, iSpring Free)
11:15 - Panopto
11:30 - Respondus
11:45 - Atomic Learning
12:00 - iPad apps
12:15 - PowerPoint hacks and tricks
12:30 - Blogs (Blogger, Instablogg) and Wikis (Wikispaces)
12:45 - Podcasts (Mp3, iTunes, Podomatic)
1:00 - Story sites (Storybird, Story Jumper)
1:15 - Social Media used academically (Facebook, Twitter)
1:30 - Royalty-free images and music (Compfight, Wylio, Incomptech)
1:45 - Word clouds (Wordle, Tagxedo, Tagul) and Game Creators (ProProfs BrainGames, Quizboxes, YoYo Games)
2:00 - Image Hacks (Clipping Magic, Gigapan, TinEye)
2:15 - Slideshow movies (Kizoa, Animoto, Photo Story 3) and Online Quizzes (Quizlet, Hot Potatoes)
2:30 - Avatars (Voki, Xtranormal, Second Life, VoiceThread) and Story Assembly (Bubblr, Storify, Glogster)
2:45 - Visual tools (StripCreator, Thinkmap, Visuwords, Visual Thesaurus, Photosynth)
3:00 - Google Services (G+ Stories, G+ movies, Video Hangouts, Skype, Adv Search, Moderator, Forms) and HTML (basics)

Announcement: Canvas Camp on Tuesday, August 19 from 8-5
Join the Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence for this new one-day event, co-hosted with Innovative Education, that will offer workshops and best practices on using Canvas. This event is open to graduate students, adjuncts, and full-time faculty. There is no limit on numbers of participants, and participants may feel free to drop in only for those sessions which interest them.

8:00 Introduction and Overview of the Day
8:30 Getting Started in Canvas (Account Settings, Course Settings, Photo Roster, FDA, etc.)
9:00 Assignments
9:30 Work Session
10:00 Discussions
10:30 Work Session
11:00 Group Assignments (Groups, Collaborations)
11:30 Work Session
12:00-1:00 Lunch on your own
1:00 Quizzes, Respondus, Question Banks
1:30 Work Session
2:00 Grades & Speedgrader
2:30 Turnitin
3:00 Modules, Files, Pages
3:30 Work Session
4:00 BBB vs. Blackboard Collaborate
4:15 Q & A Session
4:45 Canvas Resources and Closing

Register for Canvas Camp here:

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

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

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:  Workshop room has changed!
ATLE has been fortunate to use the workspace space owned by Innovative Education in the SVC building, but this space has unexpectedly needed to undergo sudden renovation, and we have to move all workshops effective immediately.  For the summer 2014 (and the remainder of this semester), we will be in SOC-025 (basement level of Social Science).

Announcement: Registration now open for fall/spring Peer Observation Groups
Peer Observation Groups provide an informal opportunity for USF faculty to observe each other's classes in small teams, both giving and receiving useful feedback on their teaching practices. Groups are constructed to be deliberately interdisciplinary, in order to maximize the chances that fellow teammates are not involved in each other's annual or tenure evaluations. This enables a more free-flowing exchange of ideas and strategies in a safe environment. Or, participants can make a special request to be placed with others in similar disciplines if content-related feedback is requested.
Participants are free to visit each other's classes with no written report, or to use this purpose-created visitation form. Peer observers are discouraged from providing criticism or suggestions for improvement (unless specifically requested by the instructor being observed). Instead, the focus is meant to be on the observers' own reflections concerning the witnessed best practices and effective techniques that the observers can then adopt in their own teaching.
Peer Observation Groups are reformed each academic year and usually kept to three or four members. Ideally, each member would observe a class from each of the other members at least once over that academic year. Groups are encouraged to meet casually once or twice during the year, to discuss visitations so far and to debrief particularly effective strategies.
ATLE plays several roles in the process: Assemble the Peer Observation Groups from individual registrations; Coordinate a kickoff event and a concluding event (hosted lunch provided at both); Create annual certificates of participation; Provide an optional visitation form.
Participation in the Peer Observation Groups is open to full-time faculty (9 or 12 month appointments) and adjuncts. Graduate students are encouraged to register for the PCT course, which will provide opportunities to build informal networks for similar purposes.
Please use the following link to register to join a 2014-2015 Peer Observation Group (single registrations only):

Announcement:  Faculty Learning Communities for Fall 2014 registrations now open
USF's Faculty Learning Communities will be made up of about ten faculty each and will meet several times during the academic year (see descriptions below for dates).

Creativity in the Classroom
Meeting Dates: 9/18, 10/9, 10/30, 11/20 (All dates are Thursdays, from 9:00 – 11:00am).
Faculty Champion: Angela Stuesse, Anthropology
The Creativity in the Classroom Faculty Learning Community will be focused on exploring ways to be more creative with our teaching methods, styles, and strategies.
Click here to register online:

12 Week Faculty Writing Group
Meeting Dates:  Every Tuesday from September 2nd through November 18th (10:00-11:30am)
Faculty Champion: Nicole West, ATLE
Receive the free book "Writing a Journal Article in Twelve Weeks" and work through the program WITH fellow faculty members--by the end of the process, you'll have an article ready to submit to a journal!
Click here to register online:

The Flipped Classroom
Meeting Dates: 8/28, 9/11, 9/25, 10/09, 10/23, 11/06, and 11/13  (All dates are Thursdays, from 10:00am – 12:00pm).
Faculty Champion:  Gerald Woods, Physics
This Flipped Classroom Faculty Learning Community will be focused on researching and developing various Flipped Classrooms to try out on either a small scale or a larger scale, depending on the Faculty's interest.  Faculty will have an opportunity to test the effectiveness of a flipped classroom in one of their courses for the fall semester.  The goal is that the Flipped Classroom experience will positively impact student success and bring about a high degree of Faculty satisfaction.
Click here to register online:

Announcement:  New ATLE Web Page explaining USF teaching terms, acronyms, and jargon
We've built a glossary of common terms for USF teachers of all audiences. Have a look, and spread the word to any new instructors you come across:

Download Your eXplorance PDFs from Fall before they disappear! – Click on Dashboard (left side) then View Report (right side) for the PDFs.
These include helpful comparisons to department and college averages.

Save the Dates - August 2014

ATLE holds the following major events in August:

Mark your calendars now!  Online registration for these events are below:

Article: Active Learning Leads to Higher Grades and Retention in STEM
A meta-study (228 studies) published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds numerically large and statistically significant differences when comparing lecture-only and active-learning courses.
Full study:

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:

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: