This Week at ATLE
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Go to Your Post: Tape a sign onto opposite sides of the walls with different preferences (different authors, skills, a specific kind of problem to solve, different values) and let students self-select their working group.
See the larger collection of tips here: http://www.usf.edu/atle/teaching/interactive-techniques.aspx.
If you'd like to share tips with the listserv, let us know (email@example.com)!
Announcement: Staff Change at ATLE
ATLE has the bittersweet announcement of a staffing change. Floyd Ballard, one of our Learning and Development Facilitators, has accepted a new position with USF Health and the College of Pharmacy. We wish him well!
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.
Mon., Feb. 16, 12:30-1:30
Workshop: Writing Good Clicker Questions
Using clickers can be simple indeed, but what are the ways to use these devices to maximum effect? We will focus on the skill of writing effective questions that accomplish specific goals.
Wed., Feb. 18, 12:30-1:30
Workshop: Helping Your Students Become Self-Directed Learners
Self-directed learning is an important part of the academic experience in college. This workshop explores strategies that you can use to aid students in developing and improving the skills that they will need to be successful independent learners.
Thurs., Feb. 19, 9:30-10:30
Unless otherwise noted, all workshops take place in SOC-025. Register online for all workshops: http://workshops.etg.usf.edu/.
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):
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: http://www.usf.edu/atle/technology/clickers.aspx), 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!
http://Blueprod.forest.usf.edu/Blue – Click on Dashboard (left side) then View Report (right side) for the PDFs.
These include helpful comparisons to department and college averages.
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: http://www.usf.edu/atle/teaching/policies-and-procedures.aspx.
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: http://www.usf.edu/atle/technology/eportfolios.aspx
New ATLE page for Higher Education Glossary
Joining our recent glossary of USF-specific terms (http://www.usf.edu/atle/services/faculty-glossary.aspx) 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:
- Overview of Using Canvas at USF (Video): http://bit.ly/1dhXb1W
- Using the Canvas Gradebook (Video): http://youtu.be/18F4WVEzBkI
- Canvas One-page Reference (Handout)
- All About Canvas (Handout)
- Canvas tutorial guides (Website): http://guides.instructure.com/m/4152
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 http://listserv.admin.usf.edu/listserv/wa.exe?INDEX 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 http://www.usf.edu/atle/events/teaching-essentials.aspx 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: http://wiki.etg.usf.edu/groups/irg/wiki/51185/Table_of_Contents.html
To join (or leave) the ATLE listserv, please visit http://listserv.admin.usf.edu/listserv/wa.exe?INDEX 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: