ATLE Events

In addition to our weekly events below, ATLE hosts several signature events for Faculty, Adjunct Instructors, and Teaching Assistants throughout the year including the Summer Teaching Symposium (STS), Celebration of Teaching, Canvas Camp, and Tech Camp.


-----------------------Teaching Tips of the Week------------------------

Interactive Teaching:
Round Robin – 
Have groups silently list top 3 answers to a problem/question. Allow all groups to present one idea in a round robin format until all groups have exhausted their lists. Scribe all answers and then discuss how to reduce/re-categorize answers. Have groups vote on top three, provide results, discuss, and vote again.
See the larger collection of interactive tips here:

Web 2.0 Tools:
Evernote – Evernote is a storage/bookmarking website that enables cloud-based note-taking across multiple devices, and makes it easy to update ongoing projects whenever thoughts occur to you. Try using it to create lesson plans, for example, and you'll find that refinements come to mind across several days, resulting in a stronger document. Also ideal for research papers. Available as website, program, or mobile app.
See the larger collection of Web 2.0 tools here:

Anonymous Survey as Midterm Evaluation  – A few weeks into the semester, it's a great idea to find out what students think is working in the class, and what could be improved. This task can be done within Canvas as a survey (a variant of a quiz). Don't forget to choose settings for "ungraded" and for "anonymous".
See the Instructor Guide here:
In addition to our weekly events below, ATLE hosts several signature events throughout the year including the Summer Teaching Symposium (STS), Celebration of Teaching, Canvas Camp, and Tech Camp.

Article Link:
"From the other side of the screen: An online student's Webster [College] experience"
A thought-provoking quote (and challenge for us) from the article: "The major difference between being an online student and being on campus are the relationships developed in the classroom. There is something special about being able to put a face and voice to a name, which is something online learning doesn't always accomplish. Some teachers try to be interactive and use video and audio lessons to teach, which is nice, but it isn't the same as in person. It would be wonderful to say I feel connected with my classmates and teachers, but it wouldn't be the truth."

If you'd like to share tips with the listserv, let us know (!

-----------------------New Announcements------------------------

New "Flipped" Classroom Layouts
Starting in January, CHE-101 and CHE-103 (both capacity 96) will move from rows of standard student desks to four-person "tables," enabling faculty members to focus on student-centric activities when desired. The students will still be able to see the screen and front of the room, but many faculty members will find the new layout more amenable to active learning strategies typical of a "flipped" classroom. Those wishing to switch to these rooms should check with their college schedulers.

-----------------------Workshops this Week------------------------

Choosing Where to Publish Your Article
Impact factors and journal rankings figure heavily into are important in the promotion and tenure process because they indicate to others the visibility and value of work in the public sphere. Metrics are used to evaluate journal quality when submitting manuscripts for publication. By the end of this workshop you will be able to: identify library resources that offer journal profiles; locate bibliometrics that offer journal rankings and impact factors; and identify tools to avoid predatory journals. Facilitated by Susan Ariew.
Tues., Sept. 22, 10:15-11:15 (note: held in LIB 125D)

Team-Based Learning (TBL)
Redesign your course using the Team Based Learning (TBL) structured approach to group interactive learning and apply the immediate feedback assessment technique (IFAT).
Tues., Sept. 22, 11-12

Service-Learning: Using High Impact Practice to Engage Students and Community
This workshop provides an overview of service-learning, which integrates community service into course curricula through explicit learning objectives, preparation, and critical reflection. Participants will learn how to design a service-learning course that can provide students with structured opportunities to apply what they are learning in the classroom or online to community-identified concerns in real-world contexts. Co-facilitated by Lance Arney & Bonnie Silvestri.
Wed., Sept. 23, 2-3

Anatomy of a Lecture
Join us for this interactive discussion regarding ways you can structure your lectures for maximum impact, or at least keep students interested and engaged.
Fri., Sept. 25, 11-12

All workshops take place in SOC-025, unless otherwise noted
Please register by emailing a list of all workshops (& dates) you plan to attend

 ------------------------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.

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------------------------

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