Tag: tips and tricks

Spring Cleaning: Five Ways to Spruce Up Your Course Site

Spring has finally arrived in Chicago, and with it, many people are starting to think about spring cleaning. This can apply to more than your home or office, though. In the time before Summer classes start, there are ways you can clean up your course site too. Check your dates Make sure the dates in your course are correct for the next quarter. Students will notice if your syllabus or assignment page says that something is due in September for a class that’s running from June to August. Forgetting to change those dates is not just frustrating for students–it can


Instructor Bio Tips & Tricks

The instructor bio is such a simple, basic part of the course that it can be easy to overlook its importance. When so much time is taken up with assignment rubrics, video scripts, and discussion prompts, thinking of how to describe yourself to students can seem pretty minor. But it is worth thinking about. The instructor bio is often the first introduction that students will have to you–as an educator, as a subject matter expert, and as a person. So it’s key to make a good first impression with an instructor bio that students will want to read. Quality Matters


Use Google Sheets to Adjust Due Dates in Canvas

Canvas provides many ways to change due dates of assignments. When copying a course from one quarter to the next you can use the Shift Dates feature during a Course Import. If you keep the same due date pattern each quarter, then simply setting a new start and end date for the duration of the course will distribute the dates evenly. Canvas even gives you the option to change the day of the week, so if in Fall quarter discussions were due on Tuesdays but in Spring you want them due on Fridays you can substitute a new day of


Make It Stick!

How do you know that what you’re teaching is truly sticking with students? Do their test scores reveal it? Or does that only show that they remembered and recalled it for the exam? Do students leave you confident that they can apply skills and knowledge when they’ll really need it? One man with the answer to that question is Mark McDaniel, psychologist, researcher, professor, and co-author of the book Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning.   An expert in human learning and memory, McDaniel recently delivered his “Toolkit for Teachers to Improve Student Learning and Retention” at Northwestern’s


Ways to Use Panopto in Online Courses

Since Northwestern IT recently announced the launch of Panopto, the Office of Distance Learning has been working to evaluate uses of this Learning Technology. There are many simple ways to use Panopto in Online Courses and a few will be shared in this blog post. Use Panopto for sharing videos you’ve already made If you have a large video library, possibly in another video hosting platform or in your Canvas course, you can move those videos into Panopto to free up space in your course or gain more insights into how your students are engaging with your videos. Since Panopto