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coffeelearn_headerCoffee & 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"

On Friday, August 12, 2016, 55 participants representing 21 different institutions in the northeast gathered at Dartmouth to share experiences, identify best practices, and build community around Canvas as a learning management system and strategy for pedagogical innovation. This was the fourth iteration of the Canvas User Roundtable hosted by the Dartmouth College EdTech team, with the goal of learning from colleagues and creating a local community of practice for institutions at varying stages of Canvas implementation. The agenda was a combination of of pre-planned demonstrations/discussions and unconference-style breakout sessions:

  • Data and Analytics
  • Rubrics
  • User Experience and Course Design
  • Universal Design
  • Accessibility
  • LTI approval and “Hacking”
  • Governance and Leadership
  • Piloting and Evaluation of Canvas
  • Templates and Standardized Course Design

During the event, we also used the Twitter hashtag #CanvasRound16 as a backchannel to capture ideas and generate discussion – which resulted in a lively digital community and conversation.

fourth-canvas-roundtable ...continue reading "4th Annual Canvas Roundtable"

If you're teaching in the summer and would like help setting up your Canvas sites, the Ed Tech team is happy to assist!

Summer 2016 Canvas Office Hours

All office hours will be held in Berry 178. Our offices are located behind the computer walk-in center in Berry Library. Please look for the yellow "Instructional Design" sign and follow the arrow!

Date Time Location
Monday, June 20th  10:00 am - 1:00 pm  Berry 178
Thursday, June 23rd 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Berry 178
Friday, June 24th 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Berry 178
Monday, June 27th 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Berry 178

If you're unable to make any of the times listed, please send an email to edtech@dartmouth.edu. An instructional designer will contact you to set up an appointment.

If you're teaching in the spring and would like help setting up your Canvas sites, the Ed Tech team is happy to assist!

We're offering two Beginning Canvas Workshops before the start of the term. These workshops are designed for both new users of Canvas and anyone who would like a refresher on designing a course site. We will provide examples of different types of sites in Canvas and explain:

  • navigation
  • using the calendar feature
  • creating new pages
  • creating links to pages and files
  • adding media
  • organizing the course navigation menu

Please use these links to register for a Beginning Canvas Workshop:

Tuesday, March 15th, 10:30 am to noon, in DCAL (Baker 102)

Monday, March 21st, 2:00 to 3:30 pm, in DCAL (Baker 102)

Remember to bring your laptops! And please email edtech@dartmouth.edu with any inquiries.


In addition to Beginning Canvas Workshops, the Ed Tech team will also be available for office hours every business day between Thursday, March 17th and Tuesday, April 5th. All office hours will take place in the Arts and Humanities Resource Center (AHRC), which is located in 201 Bartlett Hall.

Please view the schedule after the break. ...continue reading "Need Help with Canvas for Spring Term?"

ITS and the Library recently hosted the first Digital Seminar of the academic year.  October's topic was "Research Computing and the Digital Humanities", and the seminar consisted of a panel discussion with George Morris, Director of Research Computing, and members of his team that work most closely with faculty in Arts and Humanities departments. Please join us after the jump for a conversation with George and more information about Research Computing!

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"Throw Open the Doors" on the Humanities with MOOCs

On Friday October 16th, Dartmouth hosted faculty and instructors from several institutions teaching MOOCs (massive open online courses) in humanities disciplines. These teachers and scholars were joined by members of the Dartmouth community to discuss the particular challenges and opportunities related teaching a humanities course on a massive scale.

Learn more about the event and view recorded sessions here.

Participants were invited to consider the following questions:

  1. What does it mean to teach arts and Humanities disciplines for a global audience?
  2. How and why might we scale up learning opportunities up in the Arts and Humanities?
  3. How have instructors adapted new digital learning strategies for the Humanities residential classroom?
panel speakers
Steve Swayne (Dartmouth), Emily Silk (Harvard), Adrienne Raphel (Harvard) , & Jed Dobson (Dartmouth)

The dedicated faculty who spoke about their experiences provided much groundwork for continued conversation.  There were some answers, some new questions, and a wealth of "teacher talk". And as good teachers know, the best conversations come from questions. Jed Dobson (Dartmouth) convened the presenters from a range of disciplines within the Humanities and provided context and opportunity for a fabulous discussion.

As someone entirely new to the Humanities, it was my pleasure to learn from these amazing folks.  I'd like to share with you six big questions that were raised for me throughout the day.

...continue reading "Catalyzing Community: Reflections on Digital Learning in the Humanities"

Please join ITS and the Library for the following Digital Humanities events scheduled for fall term 2015:

Catalyzing Community: A Humanities Symposium on Digital Learning and Engagement

October 16, 1:00 pm–5:00 pm in Dartmouth Hall 105

Sponsored by DartmouthX, Educational Technologies, the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning, the Friends of the Dartmouth College Library, the Leslie Center for the Humanities, the Dartmouth College English Department, and the MALS Program. A reception will follow in the Arts and Humanities Resource Center (201 Bartlett Hall).

Learn from Dartmouth faculty and those at peer institutions who have taught Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) in arts and humanities as they explore the impact for and pedagogy of teaching innovation.

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Attention: Helpful and rich conversations happening inside!
Attention: Helpful and rich conversations happening inside!

On Thursday September 10th it was our pleasure to co-sponsor a New Faculty Orientation with the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL).  The event focused around teaching and learning here at Dartmouth.  Together with President Hanlon, an amazing group of librarians, and a fantastic panel of "not so new" Dartmouth faculty, we began conversations ranging from course design, student engagement and grading policies to time management techniques.

As everyone has gotten busy settling in, we encourage you to remember how important it is to keep these conversations active, connecting with colleagues and resources that can help and inspire.

We want to keep this great dialog going.  To that end, please consider this term's New Faculty Luncheons. Focused on helping new faculty jump start their teaching program, these lunchtime sessions will provide opportunities to share concerns and successes and ask questions regarding teaching, student learning and instructional technology.

Wednesday October 21st: Syllabus Design

12:30pm-2:00pm in DCAL (102 Baker Library)

For October's session, we’ll learn about Syllabus design, starting with the development of learning outcomes. Preparing to teach a course next term? Learn how identifying and incorporating learning outcomes into your teaching can help make course design decisions easier and effective to enhance student learning.


Wednesday November 18th: Student-centered assignments

12:30pm-2:00pm in DCAL (102 Baker Library)

November's lunch will explore student-centered assignments, discussing the research behind the approach, and best practice ideas for implementing them in your course.

 

In this hands-on workshop, we will explore how you can best use Canvas to facilitate the assignment process.  From creating the structure in your course site that allows you to collect, weigh, and manage assignments, to Canvas' online grading options (including mobile!), explore the tools you can use to best meet the needs of your own course.

Wednesday, October 7th 12:30pm-2pm in DCAL

Click here to register!

 

By: Ashley Kehoe & Erin DeSilva, Instructional Designers

Canvas User Roundtable 2015

On Friday, August 14, 2015, 52 participants representing 15 different higher education institutions in the northeast gathered to share experiences, identify best practices, and build community around Canvas as a learning management system and strategy for pedagogical innovation. This was the third iteration of the Canvas User Roundtable hosted by the Dartmouth College EdTech team, with the goal of learning from colleagues and creating a local community of practice for institutions at varying stages of Canvas implementation. ...continue reading "3rd Annual Canvas Roundtable: As Told in Tweets"