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Online Summer Workshops at the CTL

All of us at the Center for Teaching and Learning would like to wish our faculty and students a safe and productive Spring/Summer term!  We’re here to support you as Macomb transitions toward hybrid and online classes.  This summer, we continue to offer a full schedule of online workshops related to Course Management, Activities and Assessments, and Teaching With Technology.  To register, visit the Noncredit/Continuing Education area of the Self-Service menu in MyMacomb, or see the instructions at the bottom of this post.

Macomb Online Facilitation Training (MOFT) 
MOFT is for faculty who want to teach online using an existing course. This training will guide faculty through best practices in online teaching focused on building a community, ensuring learner interaction, and timely feedback/responses. Please contact your Dean or AD if you are interested in completing MOFT.

Introduction to Canvas  
This workshop is designed for faculty who want to begin using Canvas. You’ll become familiar with the user interface, gradebook, messaging and more.  In this workshop, you will use your First Day Handout to set up your gradebook and assignments, create an accessible Welcome page, and use Canvas tools to communicate with students. (Note: Please register for the month you plan to take Intro to Canvas.  All other workshops will use only one registration code.)

June:     82418          July:              82419
August:  82423          One-on-one: 82441

Course Management      

Ready, Set, Start Your Canvas Course  
This workshop is designed to help faculty prepare a live course for a new semester. You will customize your course navigation menu, adjust assignment dates, update your bio, and validate links.  You’ll learn how to submit the Section Course Request Form, check accessibility in Canvas pages and files, and ensure your course is ready to go for students. (Note: Completion of Introduction to Canvas is a prerequisite to this workshop.) 
Reg. Code: 82425

Digital Accessibility  
How do you prepare instructional materials to meet the needs of all students?  In this workshop, you will learn simple tools and practices to make your content more accessible to students with disabilities. You will identify the benefits of universal design and learn common tools to create an accessible First Day Handout and PowerPoint presentation.
Reg. Code: 82426

Copyright & Fair Use  
Copyright and fair use are critical issues for educators today, especially those providing course materials online. In this workshop you will apply Macomb’s Fair Use Policy, practice correct source citation format, identify common copyright issues and solutions, and apply these principles in your course.
Reg. Code: 82427

Grading Tools  
You learned how to set up your assignments and enter grades in Introduction to Canvas, but there’s much more you can accomplish using Canvas grading tools!  In this workshop, you’ll learn advanced features in Assignments and Grades, explore how to use SpeedGrader to provide several types of feedback, and reflect on effective grading practices.
Reg. Code: 82428

Modules, Pages & Files in Canvas  
Modules enable you to organize your course the way you want. Pages and files are key components of modules, and can contain a variety of multimedia and textual content. In this workshop, we’ll create modules that align with your First Day Handout, explore advanced module and page settings, review the Rich Content Editor, and reflect on how to organize course content for optimal navigation.
Reg. Code: 82429

Canvas Groups  
Canvas Groups are a great way to increase engagement and interaction among students! Using Groups, students may collaborate on assignments, presentations and projects and create their own pages, discussions, and conferences. This workshop will guide you through the process of setting up Groups and creating a Group Assignment, as well as navigating Groups from a student’s perspective.
Reg. Code: 82433

Activities & Assessments      

Create Assignments, Instructions and Feedback  
Quality instructions and feedback are essential for an effective assignment. In this workshop, you’ll learn best practices for useful feedback, create clear instructions and grading criteria for an assignment or exam, use Canvas Rubrics, and provide different types of feedback using SpeedGrader.
Reg. Code: 82434

Want to replace your on-ground Scantron or paper exams with online exams?  Learn how to design and manage Canvas Quizzes, and you can create graded (and ungraded) quizzes, exams, surveys, and other assessments. We’ll dive into advanced features like Question Banks, Moderate Quiz Attempts, and Quiz Analytics.  CTL Instructional Designers will guide you every step of the way in implementing online assessments, which will save you much time in creating and grading exams.
Reg. Code: 82435

Canvas Discussions  
Discussions that engage students in course content and with each other promote student satisfaction, interaction, and retention. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to design and facilitate individual, group and class (ungraded) activities and (graded) assessments, and you’ll have an opportunity to participate in Discussions as a student.
Reg. Code: 82436

Teaching with Technology 

Web Conferencing with Zoom  
Schedule, Invite, Meet — it’s that easy to connect with students and colleagues using Zoom video conferencing. Use Zoom for online office hours, holding live discussions, providing student feedback, or any number of live online activities. You’ll learn how to set up a Zoom account, prepare your personal meeting room, invite others to a video conference, security features, screen-sharing, and more!
Reg. Code: 82437

Create and Share Video 
Online media is becoming increasingly popular and effective in delivering course content, and students look forward to seeing media in their courses. Macomb provides mobile-friendly, Canvas-enabled, fully-licensed software that you can use to create videos and other media. We’ll walk you through the process to record a screen-capture or lecture video, upload it to Macomb’s streaming service, and share it to students in Canvas.
Reg. Code: 82438

How to register using WebAdvisor:
1. Login to My Macomb.
2. Under the Self-Service Menu, select Non-Credit / Con’t Ed Students.
3. Select Registration, then Search and Register for Continuing Ed Classes.
4. Enter the 5-Digit Registration Code and click Submit.
5. Check the checkbox to the left of workshop and click Submit.
6. Complete the next screen as indicated. Click Submit.
7. Select Register Now (check out) from the “Select one of the following” drop down menu. Do NOT select a payment method. Click Submit.

You will receive an email confirming your registration.

January 5 Canvas Release

Canvas is updated every third Saturday with new features and fixes. The Macomb CTL posts highlights from the production release notes and related content to our blog at ctl.emacomb.com.  Please contact us at ctlsupport@macomb.edu if you have any questions about Canvas releases.


January 5 Release

Please view the New Feature Screencast for a demonstration of the updates in this release:


Resource Previews in Commons

Canvas Commons now includes a preview of the content which is to be imported.

Now users can view the content of the Commons resource without having to import it to their own Canvas instance first.


Course Link Validator Enhancements

The Course Link Validator in Course Settings now specifies whether a link or image is either invalid or unreachable.

  • Invalid – file is corrupt or unopenable
  • Unreachable – indicates file may have been moved or deleted from its host server. Try to find an updated link.

This change is intended to give instructors and designers more useful information to resolve broken links more efficiently.


Settings: Course Dates Clarification

This is a design change only – all functionality and user actions on the Course Details page remain the same.

The change of language on this page is intended to clarify the difference between courses and the larger term in which they’re scheduled.


The complete production release notes for the December 8 release are available on the Canvas LMS Community.

The next Canvas release will be deployed on Saturday, January 26, with release notes available Monday, January 14.


Images on this page are from the Canvas Guides, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Agreement.

Canvas Update December 9

Canvas was updated to a new version on Saturday, December 9. Here we’ll highlight some of the noticeable changes.

First, you’ll see a new Move Contents menu item under the Assignment Group Settings menu:

New Move Contents option for the assignment group Settings menu

Selecting this option will bring up a sidebar menu where you may specify the Assignment Group where you’d like the assignments moved.

Move Content option with drop-down placement menus

This is analogous to the Move Contents function which was recently added to the Module Settings Menu:

Module settings menu

You can still use the dots on the leftmost side of the module item or assignment to drag and drop individual items within and between modules.

Another update is that the student Groups page will now show the “inactive” label for any inactive students.

Groups inactive status

Previously, you would have to view the People page to identify inactive students. Students can be inactive for a variety of reasons such as no show, drop, or unpaid tuition, and typically are set as inactive at the SIS level (Datatel/Colleague.) With the inactive status now viewable on the Groups page, you can more quickly identify and remove inactive students from Groups.

This change only affects instructor view – student view does not show inactive students.

Watch the New Feature Screencast for a walkthrough of these changes:

Full release notes are available on the Canvas site. The next beta release will be available on December 18 (see Macomb Canvas beta server), and the next official production release will be on January 6.

The Center for Teaching and Learning has also released the Winter 2018 Professional Development Brochure. We have a full lineup of workshops, courses, and Lunch & Learns prepared for the new semester, so please look over the booklet to see what interests you. Printed copies should be available in early January.

New ANGEL documents

Online education is here to stay. If you don’t believe me, just see the chart below or Google “online education trends” to see for yourself! Macomb’s virtual and hybrid courses fill up faster than many of the on-ground courses, and we are making a strong effort to meet that demand.

(Source: National Center for Education Statistics,
U.S. Department of Education)

We are in the process of re-working our ANGEL “Getting Started” training just a bit, and want to share our progress with you:

  • ANGEL Getting Started – Orientation: provides an introduction to ANGEL at Macomb, takes you through the first steps of logging in, and prepares you for the workshop.
  • ANGEL Getting Started – Building your Course: used during the workshop, and can also be used as a reference guide. All the basics are covered, with step-by-step instruction of important features including the Gradebook. (We plan to visually enhance this document in the near future, stay tuned.)

We welcome your comments and suggestions!

Facebook for Academia

Annnnd, we’re back! The mad dash at the beginning of the semester has subsided, and we’ve got some new bits of instructional technology goodness to share with you. To kick things off today, let’s take a look at www.Academia.edu, which has been affectionately referred to as the “Facebook for academia!”

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