This Week at ATLE
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PollEverywhere: Cloud-based clicker alternative that uses cell phone texting (SMS) for student responses. Business model calls for faculty-centered payment by user, but the free option suffices for anonymous polling of up to 35 students.
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: 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: http://www.cte.usf.edu/survey//TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=8lLI853K.
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: http://www.cte.usf.edu/survey//TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=8lLI7p3K.
• Click her to enroll in the online Teaching Essentials (TES2015.001S15) course: https://usflearn.instructure.com/enroll/GTRBEA.
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: http://www.usf.edu/atle/faculty/ta-award.aspx.
Reminder: Thanksgiving Holiday
The University is closed on Thursday and Friday (Nov. 27-28) for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Workshop: Un-Lectures: Using PowerPoint Completely Differently
Rather than use PowerPoint to relay information (i.e., the answers), we'll talk about strategies for using it as a platform for questions, and also explore the myriad ways we can turn traditional lectures upside down.
Mon., November 24, 3:30-4:30
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: