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Creating Community in the Online Classroom

On Thursday, March 15th, I attended Dr. Lisa Cravens-Brown’s TeachXperts presentation, “Creating Community in the Classroom.” Although Dr. Cravens-Brown’s presentation focused on physical spaces, I was curious if some of her ideas could also apply to online learning; and was delighted to discover that they did. Dr. Cravens-Brown began her presentation by sharing two main concepts from research on community building in education. First, a sense of belonging to a community positively impacts several variables in education: task persistence, motivation, course success, and perception of the instructor. Second, environments influence perception – the structure of the classroom sends students a


Copying a Canvas Course with Panopto Videos

Use Panopto when You Want to Know More About How Students Watch Videos If you use video in your Canvas course, you might use Panopto to create or host your videos. Panopto videos are capable of showing detailed student interaction data. Get Better Video Analytics By Using Unique Videos Each Time You Teach Panopto video analytics are stored in Panopto forever, which means reusing Panopto videos that contain student discussion comments can be a privacy risk. For this reason, it is helpful to use separate instances of your Panopto videos every time your teach your course. If not, you may


Reflecting on the Loyola Digital Accessibility Conference

Introduction The Loyola Digital Accessibility Conference was organized by graduate students in the digital humanities program at Loyola University. The event drew presenters and attendees from all over the country, including a team who called in from University of California-Davis! Content Specialist Christine Scherer and Learning Designer Krissy Wilson represented the School of Professional Studies Distance Learning department on the Tackling Large Scale Accessibility panel. The presentations covered a wide range of issues, from accessibility of digital library resources to podcast transcripts to retrofitting inaccessible web pages. But there were common themes raised throughout the conversations. One theme was that


Universal Design for Learning – March 2018 Online Learning Webinar

In March’s Online Learning Webinar, Learning Designer Krissy Wilson presented background information on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and five easy ways to incorporate UDL into an online course. Faculty attendees shared ideas and strategies they’ve used in past courses. You can watch a recording of the webinar on BlueJeans. As a follow-up to a question in the webinar, anchor tags can be used in Canvas. For more information, see this thread from the Canvas Community.


TEACHx 2018

Share your ideas! Do you have a teaching innovation that you would like to share with the Northwestern community? TEACHx is a showcase of experiments in teaching and learning—a conference attended by instructors and staff from a wide array of disciplines which is held each spring. This year, TEACHx takes place on the Chicago campus on May 23,, 2018. The organizers are looking for proposals, so if you have an idea that you’d like to share, please consider submitting a proposal by the March 16th deadline. This year’s organizers are looking for sessions that focus on inclusive teaching and student