It can be difficult to stay up to date on both new and existing Canvas features! Here’s a quick rundown of some things SPS Online faculty might want to know about prior to Fall quarter. Contact Cards Canvas has recently introduced Contact Cards, which make it much easier to stay in touch with your students! From the People tab in Canvas, clicking on any student’s name now reveals a pop-up window on the right hand side of the screen with information about the student’s participation level, recently graded assignments, and a link to their course analytics. Most convenient, there is
In April’s Online Learning Webinar, learning designers Jessica Mansbach and Krissy Wilson and instructional technologist Jackie Wickham responded to recent student survey results indicating that students want more individual feedback from faculty, sharing six topics related to feedback for online students: Providing Useful Feedback Frequency and Timing of Feedback Getting Students to Use Your Feedback Tone and Bad Feedback Time-Saving Feedback Strategies Considering Feedback in Building Course Structure Faculty attendees also shared experiences and concerns related to providing feedback to students in the online environment. To view a recording of the webinar, click here. To visit the Canvas site displayed
Reba-Anna and Elizabeth shared tips on creating a student-centered syllabus. They answered common questions about the function of the syllabus and provided information about incorporating media, making the syllabus easy for students to read, and important Northwestern resources to include in the syllabus. A recording of the webinar is available through Blue Jeans.
Having worked in online education for the past five years, I was intrigued by Darren Rosenblum’s recent New York Times article, “Leave Your Laptops at the Door to My Classroom.” While reading it, Rosenblum’s observation of a colleague’s course, where laptops were allowed, stood out to me: “[The students] took notes when [the professor] spoke, but resumed the rest of their lives instead of listening to classmates.” At the School of Professional Studies, we focus on student-to-student interaction as one of the three types of interaction, along with student-content and student-instructor, when designing courses. Rosenblum’s observation that students didn’t value
Northwestern University Librarians Charlotte Cubbage and Tracy Coyne joined us for November’s Online Learning Webinar, Take A Trip Beyond Google: Support for Your Online Course Information and Research Needs. Tracy and Charlotte shared information about the library as well as tips and tricks for finding resources related to your program and course. If you couldn’t make the webinar, view the recording. SPS hosts Online Learning Webinars the first Wednesday of every month at noon. If you have a topic you’d like to see covered in an upcoming Online Learning Webinar, please contact Instructional Technologist Jackie Wickham.