This Week at ATLE

------------------------THIS WEEK'S TEACHING TIP------------------------

Fingers on Chest: Students vote on multiple choice questions by showing a finger count (1 through 4). Rather than raise them into the air, they hold their fingers across their chests so other students don't see what the majority is voting.

See the larger collection of tips here: 

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

New Announcement: Faculty Book Club - "Creating Significant Learning Experiences - An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses" by Dr. L. Dee Fink.
In this updated edition of L. Dee Fink's bestselling classic, he discusses new research on how people learn, active learning, and the effectiveness of his popular model; adds more examples from online teaching; and further focuses on the impact of student engagement on student learning. The book explores the changes in higher education nationally and internationally since the publication of the previous edition, includes additional procedures for integrating one's course, and adds strategies for dealing with student resistance to innovative teaching. This edition continues to provide conceptual and procedural tools that are invaluable for all teachers when designing instruction. It shows how to use a taxonomy of significant learning and systematically combine the best research-based practices for learning-centered teaching with a teaching strategy in a way that results in powerful learning experiences for students. Acquiring a deeper understanding of the design process will empower teachers to creatively design courses that will result in significant learning for students. Limited to 12 participants. Facilitator: Floyd Ballard

Schedule of Meetings:
Monday, February 2, 2015 - 11:00am to 12:15pm
Monday, February 16, 2015 - 11:00am to 12:15pm
Monday, March 9, 2015 - 11:00am to 12:15pm
Monday, March 23, 2015 - 11:00am to 12:15pm
Monday, April 6, 2015 - 11:00am to 12:15pm
Monday, April 20, 2015 - 11:00am to 12:15pm
Monday, May 4, 2015 - 11:00am to 12:15pm

Register by January 31:

Announcement: 12 Week Faculty Writing Group FLC
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!
Meeting Dates: 10:00-11:30am, every Wednesday from January 14th-April 15th (excluding March 4th and 25th).                 Faculty Champion: Nicole West.                                                                                                                                       Click here to register online:

Announcement: Spring 2015 TA Training
The Office of Graduate Studies requires TA Training for all TAs before they can teach, involving both a face-to-face one-day event and an online training. All Graders, Teaching Assistants, and Instructors of Record have the same training requirements. Those who have taught at USF before are exempted from the requirement. Spring 2015 TA Training will be held on Friday, January 2, 2015 from 8:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. in EDU 347.
• Click here to register for the face-to-face training:
• Click her to enroll in the online Teaching Essentials (TES2015.001S15) course:

Announcement: 2015 TA Awards
Applications for the 2015 Provost's Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Teaching Assistant can now be submitted. Winners in four categories (each representing a group of disciplines) will receive a $1,000 stipend. Applicants submit an electronic teaching portfolio. Applications are due Friday, February 13, 2015. Details here:


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

Workshop: Designing Rubrics to Enhance Learning
Using rubrics in Canvas can be very useful and is relatively intuitive. In this hands-on workshop, we will explore using rubrics to assess various assignment types, including quizzes and discussions. Using rubrics in Canvas can be very useful and is relatively intuitive. In this hands-on workshop, we will explore using rubrics to assess various assignment types, including quizzes and discussions. Using rubrics in Canvas can be very useful and is relatively intuitive. In this hands-on workshop, we will explore using rubrics to assess various assignment types, including quizzes and discussions.
Mon., December 8, 2:00-3:00

Workshop: TA Life: Tips for an Effective and Fulfilling Teaching Assistant Experience
So you've got some training under your belt, but now you want to know how you can ensure that your time as a Teaching Assistant will be meaningful. Join us for a discussion that will provide you with advice for making the most of your position as a TA.
Tues., December 9, 10:30-11:30

Workshop: Developing an Effective Syllabus
A syllabus provides a basic outline of an academic course, but that isn't all it has to be. With some tweaking, syllabi can be developed in order to supplement and enhance the learning experience in your course, right from the start.
Wed., December 10, 1:00-2:00

Workshop: Applying for the TA Teaching Award
Applications for the TA Teaching Award are due in early February. Learn how to use Google Sites to house your e-Portfolio, and gain insights into how to craft your application materials for maximum effect.
Wed., December 10, 11:00-12:00

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.

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).

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.

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

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

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These also provide daily links of interest to teaching and learning: