This Week at ATLE
------------------------TIPS OF THE WEEK------------------------
Word Association Cloud – Collect secret-ballot responses to a word association prompt related to your topic, and paste them into a word-cloud generator to create an image that shows which words were used the most.
See the larger collection of interactive tips here: http://www.usf.edu/atle/teaching/interactive-techniques.aspx
Web 2.0 Tools:
Wikispaces – Wikispaces is a free online wiki (quick webpage) creator, giving students an option to create and host websites without having to learn HMTL. This is particularly useful for projects and student portfolios. http://www.wikispaces.com/
See the larger collection of Web 2.0 tools here: http://www.usf.edu/atle/documents/handout-technologies-for-teaching.pdf
Give the Same Grade to All Students – If a graded item is meant to give full credit just for attempting it, a simple way to update the entire class at once is with a menu item in that column of the gradebook. Click on the blue triangle in the right-bottom corner of the column header, and select "Set Default Grade" and follow prompts. See the Instructor Guide here: http://guides.instructure.com/m/4152/l/55002-how-do-i-set-a-default-grade-for-an-assignment
"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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)!
Announcement: Fall Adjunct Retreat registration is now open, for August 15
USF Adjunct Instructors are invited to attend this one-day seminar dedicated to teaching practices. Designed for new and experienced instructors alike, this free seminar will discuss both basic and advanced techniques on topics such as course design, classroom management, lecturing effectively, assessment, and collaborative learning. The retreat is Saturday August 15, from 9am-4pm (with an hour free for lunch on your own).
Click here to register online: http://usf.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3s1wUdTT1IV4LZz
Announcement: TA Training registration now open for August 21
The Office of Graduate Studies mandates a two-part training for all new TAs and Graders; an online portion and a face to face one-day training (this year to be held on Friday August 21).
Register for online portion: https://usflearn.instructure.com/enroll/GTRBEA
Register for face to face portion: http://usf.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8Ij89kjx6v58ML3
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.
Tues., May 19, 11:00-12:00
Workshop: Teaching Critical Thinking
Developing students' critical thinking skills is often listed as an important objective in many courses. But what, exactly, are we asking them to do? How can we help students identify key critical thinking skills and know when to apply them? We'll discuss some effective strategies that you can use to promote critical thinking in your course.
Tues., May 19, 1:00-2:00
Unless otherwise noted, all workshops take place in SOC-025. Register online for all workshops: http://workshops.etg.usf.edu/.
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.
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.
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: http://www.usf.edu/atle/teaching/policies-and-procedures.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: