Every three weeks Canvas updates features and applies bug fixes. The next production release is scheduled for Saturday, June 24, 2017. View the full Canvas Production Release Notes, watch the release screencast, or continue below for a "what you need to know" summary of the latest updates for Dartmouth.
This week is the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Online Focus Session: New Directions in Instructional Design: Keeping Pace in a Time of Rapid Change. The program is robust, lining up experts to talk about trends and innovations in teaching and learning while focusing on where instructional (learning or educational) designers have impact and directions we might grow in the future. My colleague Melody Buckner (University of Arizona) and I were asked to help design the focus session activity workbook. Our goal was to bring purposeful reflection and meaningful application to participants as they look toward the future of their careers, projects, and roles as potential agents of change at their institutions.
Like a huddle on a sports team, teaching huddles are an opportunity for members of a teaching team to regroup and evaluate their teaching strategies. Teaching huddles are rapid-fire problem-solving sessions that take place each week while a course is in session. They are agile, meaning that they respond quickly and flexibly to the evolving needs of a course as it is being taught. Teaching huddles may be appropriate for any course that has more than one person working to help students learn course material. Some examples of teaching huddles include professors co-teaching a course, a professor working with graduate teaching assistants or Learning Fellows, or a professor working with instructional designers. ...continue reading "Teaching Huddles"
Coffee & Learn is a new series of mini-workshops held at the Arts & Humanities Café in Bartlett 201 every Monday afternoon from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. Members of Dartmouth's Digital Humanities community will discuss technologies for research and teaching, and participants will have plenty of time for guided practice over delicious afternoon cappuccino. Read more for a list of Coffee & Learns that we've organized for the remainder of winter term. ...continue reading "Coffee & Learn"
At ELI 2017, Instructional Designers Erin DeSilva and Adam Nemeroff represented Team Access at Dartmouth College. Team Access is an inter-departmental group of staff from Classroom Technology, Educational Technology (Instructional Design), and Student Accessibility Services. Together, we work to improve access to learning experiences for all learners. The following is our poser we presented and the resources we frequently consult with through our work. ...continue reading "Our Poster and Resources: Access First! Igniting a Campus-wide Universal Design Mindset"
Group work can take many forms, from short discussions to term-long projects. In our Active Learning Canvas site, we have resources on many activities that could be group based, such as Case Study Approach, Creating a Shared Knowledge Base, Peer Instruction, and of course Team-Based Learning. ...continue reading "Using Student Groups in Your Teaching "
By Adam Nemeroff and Erin DeSilva
The following is a guide for creating materials that are accessible to a variety of students, regardless of accommodation need. ...continue reading "Creating Accessible Materials"
"How can I make my site great?" (or versions thereof) is one of the most commonly asked questions we receive.
Our answer is the following list of questions. We designed it to help you prepare your course according to current "best practices" in student learning and course design. Each is also grounded in the principles of Universal Design. You'll notice that there are many items here that you might consider addressing outside of Canvas - that's great too!
Many items include links for you to learn more about each particular topic. Please also feel free to contact your Instructional Designer to discuss any or all of these items! ...continue reading "Leveling Up Your Course Design Using Canvas"
By Alicia Brandon (Student Accessibility Services) and Adam Nemeroff (Instructional Design)
This post is the first in a series of collaborations between Student Accessibility Services and EdTech where we will explore the role of Universal Design for Instruction (UDI) and its role in creating an inclusive classroom environment. In this first post, we will introduce UDI and its principles, frame definitions for each principle, and provide examples of the principles in use.
UDI is a set of principles meant to address the needs of all learners. A classroom that adopts these principles seeks to not only support the needs of students requiring accommodations, but the needs of all learners to allow them to learn at their best. These principles, introduced by Scott, McGuire, and Shaw (2001), are increasingly being embraced by educators across the nation. ...continue reading "Creating Inclusive Courses with Universal Design"
This summer, we asked some Dartmouth students about their experience as learners using Canvas. Here is what they had to say - watch either the entire 8-minute clip, or even briefer, focused segments.