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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 (, and some of the amazing research being conducted there. ...continue reading "A field trip learning experience: the VHI lab at Stanford"

"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"

By: Mike Goudzwaard and Ashley Kehoe

Ashley and Mike recently attended the 2015 Association for Authentic Experiential Evidence Based Learning (AAEEBL) conference and had the opportunity to kick off the conference by giving 2 consecutive Ignite Talks. AAEEBL's goal is "to promote portfolio learning as a major way to transform higher education." The Ignite Model invites presenters to "share their personal and professional passions, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds for a total of just five minutes." The following are their reflections on the Ignite experience and the AAEEBL conference overall.

...continue reading "AAEEBL IgnitED: Reflections on the 2015 AAEEBL Conference"

This past week, several members of the Dartmouth Canvas campus team attended InstructureCon 2015 in Park City, UT.  This is the annual conference for Canvas LMS users internationally.  The conference was a jam-packed three days.  In this first feature, we dive into some of the announcements from the Canvas Product Team! ...continue reading "Canvas Product Changes Announced at InstructureCon 2015"

Recently, I attended the Online Learning Consortium’s (OLC) Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium (ET4Online). As I arrived in Dallas, I wondered what sort of technologies are “emerging” for online, blended, and face-to-face learning. Would sessions all be held in some virtual reality holodeck? By many appearances, ET4Online was a typical edtech conference with sessions, keynote addresses and the ubiquitous vendor hall, all infused with regular doses of caffeine and sugar. I soon found that there was no holodeck session, however ET4Online distinguishes itself in three important ways: ...continue reading "Emerging Tech: The Case for More Test Kitchens"

Last week, Adrienne Gauthier (EdTech), Cindy Tobery (DCAL), and I participated in a regional Learning Assistant Alliance workshop designed to support institutions in developing and implementing Learning Assistant (LA) programs on their own campuses. Across the country, campuses are launching LA programs to recruit talented undergraduates and provide comprehensive pedagogical training in order to revitalize courses and provide faculty with resources to support active learning.

...continue reading "Takeaways From the Northeast Regional Learning Assistant Alliance Workshop"

The Dartmouth EdTech team shares thoughts coming back from ELI’s 2015 annual meeting.  ETC asks them the open-ended question: What did you bring back from ELI 2015? 


...continue reading "Team Takeaways from ELI 2015"