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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.

Dartmouth students on Canvas ( 8:20)

...continue reading "What do students think about Canvas?"

A redux from InstructureCon 2016

Several members of the EdTech team attended this year’s annual Canvas Users Conference, InstructureCon, in Keystone, Colorado. Pat Coogan and Adrienne Gauthier facilitated a great session on building a regional Canvas community – this topic came about since our Ed Tech team has taken on a leadership role in pulling together a Canvas users and constituency group in the Northeast, targeted at Instructional Designers and Canvas administrators  (side note: it is not too late to register for the 4th annual Canvas Round Table at Dartmouth College, to be held on August 12).

This shout-out aside, here are some of the product announcements, to give you a sneak preview of Canvas’ roadmap for the next year. They can be grouped under four main themes – read on below – but if that’s tl;dr (Too Long; Didn’t Read) for you – here’s the redux in a single tweet:


...continue reading "What’s in store for Canvas in 2016-17?"

A couple of weeks ago, I had the chance to attend the annual POD conference in Burlingame, CA, along with my colleagues from DCAL, Lisa Baldez and Cindy Tobery. POD (The Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education), in case you are wondering, is the professional organization for Teaching & Learning Centers, and attracts primarily T&L center directors, faculty developers and instructional designers. It was an amazing conference, and hands-down the most well-designed conference experience I have ever been a part of.

Many useful take-aways and action items for us here at Dartmouth – but what I wanted to tell you about is my field trip to the Virtual Human Interaction Lab at Stanford (https://vhil.stanford.edu), and some of the amazing research being conducted there. ...continue reading "A field trip learning experience: the VHI lab at Stanford"

Yes!!! We have an opening for an Instructional Designer on our team! We invite our ID peer and colleagues to apply - and please help us spread the news about this opening through your social networks.


You: An inspired learning design professional who wants to improve higher education by working with faculty to provide stellar learning experiences for Dartmouth students.

Us: The Educational Technologies Group at Dartmouth – a growing team of Instructional Designers and Academic Technology Consultants, working together to support innovation in high-impact teaching and learning at Dartmouth.

 

OperaX Launch
Instructional Designer Adam Nemeroff and the OperaX team celebrate the launch of their edx course!

What you’ll be doing:

  • Consult with faculty on educational technology, course design, and solving teaching challenges
  • Provide expertise to our faculty in optimizing our learning management system (Canvas) for teaching and learning
  • Lead or serve on teams supporting large-scale learning initiatives such as developing courses for the edX platform and re-designing large “gateway” courses to increase student engagement
  • Serve as a teaching and learning expert in campus groups
  • Build strong relationships with Dartmouth faculty
  • Collaborate with colleagues in the Library, Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning, and the professional schools on teaching and learning projects
Mike and Ashley AAEEBL 2015
Instructional Designers Mike Goundzaard and Ashley Kehoe presented at AAEEBL 2015.

You’ll be right for this position if you:

  • Have experience in course design and course development, and instructional technology
  • Have skills and experience in supporting faculty
  • Have enthusiasm for technology, pedagogy, and teaching and learning
  • Enjoy working in a team, learning from others, and sharing what you know
  • Love working with people and helping them learn and navigate problems
  • Have excellent communication skills, and are good at “translating” technology
  • Enjoy change, and think that learning new stuff is fun
  • Are looking for a job that challenges your imagination, creativity and ambition

Work environment:

  • A meaningful mission: Supporting teaching, learning, and technology innovation in higher education
  • A dynamic, collaborative team of colleagues who have each other’s back
  • Great opportunities for growth and professional development
  • Outdoor recreation opportunities galore, right in your backyard
  • 2.5 hours to Boston, 3 to Montreal, 5 to NYC
  • Excellent benefits

To apply for this position, visit http://bit.ly/Dartmouth-ID

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.
Questions? E-mail educational.technologies@dartmouth.edu

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer that has a strong commitment to diversity. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Starting July 13, an important change will come to all of Dartmouth’s web-based systems, including Canvas: any system using Dartmouth's WebAuthentication (WebAuth) system for access will require answering one of the security questions you set when you “claimed” your account, in addition to entering your NetID and password as part of the login process. The security question prompt will appear only if you attempt to log in from a new browser, new computer or device, or new IP location. This means that, past the July 13 switch-over, you should get prompted for a security question only occasionally.

What security questions???? If this is your immediate reaction, i.e. if you do not remember your security questions and/or the answers you chose for them, you will need to contact your academic technology consultant, or the help desk, at help@dartmouth.edu or 646-2999, in order to reset them. You cannot reset your security questions on a self-serve basis. The help desk will have extended phone coverage in the weeks following this change. You should also feel free to contact your academic technology consultant or the help desk between now and July 13, if you would like to reset your security questions now, and as it were, pre-emptively.

This change is part of the larger “Towards a Secure Dartmouth” initiative by Dartmouth Information Technology Services (ITS) to improve the security of Dartmouth data, Dartmouth systems and Dartmouth technology users. Recent high-profile security breaches at companies such as Anthem underline the importance of such an initiative. A summary of this security initiative is posted on the ITS website: http://www.dartmouth.edu/comp/help/secure.html.

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Changes are coming… as part of our ongoing commitment to protecting your data and identity within the Dartmouth Community, Information Technology Services (ITS) will make several changes in the coming months to improve the security of data and systems for Dartmouth users. These changes will include new service offerings, and improvements in usability. Highlights:

  • A new and improved VPN service
  • Enhanced authentication for web applications (such as Canvas)
  • New: secure data backup for faculty
  • New: secure data storage and file sharing

Watch for detailed communications and updates, as we roll out these changes and new services.

For more details visit:

Questions? E-mail help@dartmouth.edu