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Higher Ed:

Columbia Business School: Embracing Modern Classroom Technology

Thursday, May 1st at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET

Register below for this free webcast with Donald Lemma, Associate Dean for Technology and CIO of Columbia Business School, to learn how Columbia embraces modern classroom technology.

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K-12

Using an LMS Is Not a Matter of If,
But When

Thursday, May 8th at 12 p.m. PT

K-12 technology initiatives benefit greatly by having an easy-to-use, highly adoptable LMS to facilitate interactions between teachers, students, and content. If you’re not using an LMS today, come find out why Tempe Union HSD thinks you will be (or at least should be) soon.

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Archive

Packing Your Virtual Bags: Taking What Matters into Your School's Online Environment

One of the great challenges for schools configuring or creating digital tools is determining just how closely to mirror the "reality" of school life in the online environment. When does an exact replica support students and teachers? When does a simplified model do the trick, making our lives more efficient? Walk through one school's process for identifying, interpreting, and transmogrifying school life into effective and valued online tools that support the work of students, teachers, and administrators.

In this webinar, we'll cover:

  • Timeline for making decisions about online projects
  • Process for configuring online tools
  • Sample Canvas configuration for a small boarding school
  • Process for assessment and reflective ongoing planning
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Using Course Analytics to Improve Your Course Design

Online courses are usually designed based on one or more of a number of factors, including: 1) faculty experience, 2) pedagogical principles, 3) institutional guidelines, and 4) classroom components. All of these contribute to the final design and flow of a course. Until now, it has been difficult to assess how well courses actually meet many institutional and teaching goals. While assessments seek to evaluate whether students have acquired skills and knowledge, there has been little examination of the actual learning process from students’ perspective aside from anecdotal survey responses.

The ability to extract learner interaction data from modern LMS platforms has begun to provide insight into what students actually do in a course—how often they work in the course, the order in which they interact with course content, patterns of interactions that can reveal content and process problems, and so on. Using data from two sample courses, Pamela Wik-Grimm will give examples of course design issues uncovered by analyzing student data. Solving these issues provides benefits, including improved student completion rates, reduced instructor teaching burden, and help for institutions in meeting budgetary and student performance goals.

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How to Personalize K-12 Learning

This webinar will explore how personalized learning encourages creative thinking skills and innovation. It will demonstrate ways K-12 teachers can use Canvas to provide differentiated learning while challenging learners at their own ability levels. It will also present the benefits of individualized instruction for students, as well as for schools. Time will be allocated for open discussion and questions.

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MediaCore + Canvas: Video Learning Made Simple

MediaCore’s cloud-based platform makes it easy for schools and universities to capture and create content, build and manage a high-quality media library, and share content securely between students and teachers, on any device. And MediaCore is now seamlessly integrated with Canvas, allowing instructors and students to use its powerful video tools within Canvas courses.

This webinar will explore the MediaCore platform, how institutions across the world are using video to create awesome learning experiences, and demonstrate MediaCore’s seamless Canvas integration.

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Implementing Simple Clean Course Design in Your Class

Are you ready to design your first online course? Or to incorporate more online content into a face-to-face course? Do you know where to begin? This webinar will offer a clean and simple approach to course design. Working in Canvas, participants will be introduced to design tips and tricks for building a learning module in no time. Find out what you'll need, where you'll need it, and how to engage your students.

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Good for Students, Good for Faculty: UW Reviews the LMS

In 2011 the University of Washington had a complex and difficult to maintain learning management landscape. Faced with increasing demand to improve the LMS experience for students and faculty, the UW launched a one-year pilot of Canvas by Instructure. The pilot provided compelling results that subsequently led UW to standardize on Canvas across all three UW campuses. View this free webinar to learn about UW's systematic effort to define a new LMS strategy.

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Teaching Math and Technology in a 1:1 Environment

Join us as we explore the benefits of technology integration in the math classroom for both educators and students. Topics will include using a learning management system and Google Apps for Education; experiencing a flipped/blended classroom; and creating a student-centric classroom through the use of technology.

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Elements of High-Quality Professional Development for Educators

What are the key elements of high-quality professional development programs for educators? This webinar will provide strategies for working with adult learners and share tools to help you plan, design, and evaluate your district or school’s professional development program. Participants will also explore integrating and using technology for professional development. Come learn how to enhance learning for teachers, so they can pass on the benefits to students.

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Collaboration in a Software Selection Process

Selecting an institution-wide software solution is often complex, but collaboration and good planning can help the process run smoothly. This free online webinar will focus on Del Mar College’s evaluation and selection of two large-scale campus systems with pre-built integrations: the Canvas by Instructure learning management system and Blue by eXplorance course evaluation.

Join us and learn more about Del Mar College’s collaborative software selection process, including:

  • How they selected the selection committee
  • The evaluation and selection criteria
  • What Del Mar College did right
  • Lessons learned
  • Integration of Canvas and Blue
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Using Open Education Resources to Strengthen Learning

Participants in this webinar will learn about Open Education Resources (OER) and how remix culture can enliven the learning experience. An OER is a resource that is free to revise, remix, and distribute freely to students. The flexible nature of OERs mean that they can be adapted to specific learning objectives and instructor style. The freedom of OER is enriched when coupled with strong course design and effective use of delivery tools such as a learning management system. Attend this webinar to learn how to use OERs in your teaching and learning.

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Synthesizing a 1:1 Initiative and a Flipped Classroom

Flipping a classroom as part of a successful 1:1 initiative offers major benefits. Knowing students have consistent access to technology, teachers have more options for activities in and out of the classroom.

This webinar will introduce a "flipped-cloning" model. This means students watch pre-recorded lessons outside of class and teachers conduct 1:1 conferencing with students during class time. The presenter will also provide an overview of Canvas’ toolset, which enables expanded collaboration, audio/visual interactions, and useful add-on integrations.

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How to Build an LTI for an LMS

If you’re one of the many LMS users interested in building an LTI app, but you aren’t sure about the "right" way to do it, this webinar’s for you. First we’ll cover the basics of LTI (the standard mechanism for most LMS integrations), then we’ll review some example apps and show you how to make them work with an LMS.

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Engaging the Millennial Generation

The Millennial generation, often referred to as "digital natives," are taking our world by cyber-storm. They are often seen as raising the bar with respect to mobility, innovation, collaboration, flexibility, transparency, access to information, and especially their connectedness. This session will present techniques for using Canvas and other online tools to create an online presence that will engage all learners, including Millennials.

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Ramp Up Your Online Course This School Year

With a new school year upon us, what better way to start it off than with a Canvas K12 webinar! Take a peek under Canvas’ hood and learn how you can revolutionize your teaching experience this year. We’ll share some of our users’ favorite features and show you how they can transform your online courses. Let Canvas K12 help you start the school year off right!

Come learn more about…

  • SpeedGrader, including Crocodoc for annotation
  • Outcomes aligned with Rubrics
  • Analytics
  • Rich Content Media tool
  • Mobile Apps Center
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Flipped Off: Dumping Dichotomies in Favor of the Pervasive Education Environment

With the advent of advanced learning platforms and ubiquitous mobile devices, it's time to move past the false dichotomies of traditional and so-called flipped classes and embrace a Pervasive Education Environment. This requires adoption of empirically supported pedagogy and the integration of the co-located class meeting as just one of the affordances of instructional design. This webinar provides a conceptual framework for designing the always-on classroom using basic Canvas features. Access slides here.

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Using Syllabus or Wiki pages — an Online Teaching Dilemma

We've designed courses using a Syllabus/Wiki Page structure as well as the traditional Module structure. This session explores the pros and cons of each, and includes a discussion about what seems to work best for young students between the ages of six and 15.

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Avoiding Death by PowerPoint: Tips, Tricks, Cool Tools From the Web 2.0 Frontlines

How can you avoid the dreaded “Death By PowerPoint”? Are you curious how faculty at other institutions design their courses? What about transitioning from face-to-face to online learning? This session will cover a variety of cool — sometimes FREE! — tools that facilitate teaching and learning online without subjecting you to PowerPoint overload.

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Using Google App Scripts and Spreadsheets to Analyze Canvas Usage Data

JISC Cetis will introduce some basic Google Spreadsheet features. They will also show you how to dig deeper with Canvas API integrations using Google Apps Script and Google Spreadsheets. In the end, you'll have a better understanding of learning analytics and how to collect and measure data about learners.

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Extending Your LMS With LTI Integrations

Building an LTI app is actually pretty straightforward — once you know how. The good news is there are plenty of examples out there of campus-specific apps and third-party integrations. Come learn the ins and outs of writing an LTI integration, see what other people are doing, and learn from their examples. Fifty minutes of glorious geek splendor is imminent!

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Get to know Canvas — the Smart and Easy Learning Platform

Have you heard the buzz about Canvas? This is a free 70-minute presentation about the Canvas learning platform. You’ll see why some of the largest and most innovative colleges and universities have made the smart move to Canvas.

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Bringing Humanness Into Online Learning with Video

The history of online education is built on text-centric learning, but instructors who rely only on text-based discussion boards have difficulty building communities and creating a feeling of humanness. The online program at BYU-Hawaii has pioneered the use of asynchronous video as a mechanism for student assignments, discussions, and teacher feedback. A majority of students in the program have consistently reported that they feel connected to and learn from other students, and feel a close connection to their teachers. Many students also say that their connections in courses using asynchronous video as a central communication method were superior to those formed in face-to-face classes.

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From Orientation to Online Learning

By implementing a mandatory online orientation, Alamo Colleges have increased student retention, as well as student success in online courses. Learn how to create and implement online orientations at your institution. We’ll also share our successes to help you improve your online courses.

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Athletics, Clubs, and Meetings – Leveraging the Canvas Experience

Learn how Naperville North High School is leveraging the power of Canvas to improve communication and collaboration in athletics, clubs, and meetings. With Canvas, teachers, administrators, coaches, and students have access to all their work—all the time—so conversations and learning are no longer limited to the hours of practices or meetings. See how schools can use Canvas on and off the field, as well as in and out of the conference room.

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5 Ideas for Improving Professional Learning

Today is all about educational farming and how to plant seeds across the Professional Learning Spectrum. See how Canvas is changing the K-12 way of teaching. This webinar will provide an overview of the communication tools within Canvas and tips for leveraging the full power of the Canvas LMS.

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Bringing Gaming Into Online Learning

The mental and social habits gaming encourages, and the sense of motivated optimism it cultivates, are exactly what we as educators hope to encourage in our students. As we learn more about the relationship between engagement, achievement, well being, and play, we see that meaningful learning can happen naturally in a game-based context.

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Your K-12 Back-to-School Preflight LMS Checklist

Do you ever get that uneasy feeling just before school starts that despite all of your preparations and hard work your class is going to crash and burn? Does the thought of using a high-tech learning management system scare you or give you confidence? We may not be able to check your flight-suit, but we can help you get off the ground and stay on course. Our Back-to-School K-12 Preflight LMS Checklist will highlight the most important things you need to do to ensure you have engineered an effective learning environment for your online, flipped, or blended class. Additional resources can be found here.

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Back-to-School LMS Checklist (Higher Ed)

Do you ever approach a new semester with the disconcerting feeling that you've forgotten something important? Now that you're teaching with a learning management system, does that feeling just get worse? We may not be able to help you remember to wear that lucky bow tie to the first day of class, but we can help you get your LMS straight. Our Back-to-School LMS Checklist webinar will cover the most important things you need to do to make sure your online course strategy is primed and ready for students from day one. Additional resources can be found here.

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Knowing Who's on First and What's on Second With Canvas Analytics

Last month Instructure released analytics for Canvas complete with Student, Course, and Institutional views. Join us as Devlin Daley, co-founder of Instructure, dives into these individual views to showcase the power of data. Access slides here.

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Learn How Canvas K-12 is Changing Education

Come learn how Canvas K-12 is revolutionizing the classroom. Canvas is improving student/teacher/parent collaboration both inside and outside the classroom. It also provides an online home base in support of 1:1 programs. Canvas also extends the classroom with easy-to-use online tools that facilitate learning beyond school/daytime constraints.

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Lower Columbia College picks Canvas. Learn why.

After Blackboard announced its acquisition of Angel in 2009, Lower Columbia College put together a plan to assess its LMS options. In 2011 the college assembled an LMS task force. After piloting Canvas in 76 courses during winter 2012, LCC picked Canvas as its next education platform. This process coincided with the selection of Canvas by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Learn about LCC's evaluation process and the reasons why the institution chose Canvas.

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Course Tips and Tricks for the End of the Semester

The semester is over, so now what? This webinar will provide some tips and tricks along with an end-of-semester checklist for instructors who have just wrapped up teaching with Canvas.

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3 Tips for Making the Most of Your 1:1 Initiative

Mike Kisow presents tips for getting the most out of your 1:1 initiative. Learn about logistics, coordination, and professional development. You will see how Canvas is a one-stop shop, where you can manage multiple classes from all areas in one place. Canvas provides a large spectrum of resources that will accommodate different teaching styles, skills, students, grades, subjects, as well as the needs and wants of all users.

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What Your Students Need to Know About Canvas

Knowing your Canvas platform better than your students will help you become a more effective online teacher. This webinar will give you an overview of Canvas and the things your students will need to know, including how to navigate Canvas and understand all the tools it has to offer. We'll show you the ins and outs so you can navigate Canvas better than your students.

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Leveraging Canvas as a Platform/Adding 3rd-Party Tools to Canvas

Want to make your Canvas courses even better? This webinar will provide the knowledge you need to incorporate third-party tools that will take your courses to the next level. See how to incorporate tools like NOOK Study textbooks, Writeback, and Quizlet flash cards. Other useful links:

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5 Smart Things To Do in Online Course Design

Make your Canvas course an object of art. Learn five easy steps that will help you create courses designed to increase course interactions. This webinar also addresses the misconceptions of online courses and how to break down barriers of the past. Online learning is the way of the future, so fill the gap by creating some amazing courses. Additional resources can be found here.

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Collaborations and Peer Review in Canvas: Making Student-Student Interaction Everyday

This webinar will show how collaborations are actively engaging students and how students can work together online. This allows students to have more flexibility, use multimedia, and have greater interactivity. Online peer reviews give students the power to have their projects reviewed at any time, allowing others to give feedback sooner, and providing more time to revise projects. Learn how these tools are being used.

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Building Easy-to-Navigate Courses: Leveraging Modules and Pages in Canvas

Having easy-to-navigate courses will help you and your students succeed even more. Learn how to create courses that allow students to easily flow through content and find what they're looking for with minimal effort. Simple changes, such as using pages instead of a course stream, will provide quick links. Join this webinar to boost your courses' accessibility to students.

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Keeping Students on Track in Canvas

Keeping students on track can pose quite the problem. We all know how long the average human attention span is, but we're not only talking about the average human, we're talking about busy students. Communication is key and Canvas will allow you to keep students informed and actively engaged in your courses. This webinar will give you some very helpful tips on what some instructors are doing to keep students on track.

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Grading in Canvas

Grading can be a teacher's worst nightmare. We'll show you how fast and easy grading can be with Canvas Gradebook. We'll demonstrate multiple ways to set up your Gradebook, as well as other cool things, like grading rules and calculations that will make your life simpler.

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Canvas for iOS

Is that Canvas in your pocket? Yes it is! Finally! This webinar will give you an overview of Canvas for iOS. We'll show you how to access the same functionality from almost any mobile device, and from anywhere!

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Course Organization Frameworks, Selective/Gradual Release, and Hiding Content

Are you always wondering about the best way to organize your course? This webinar will cover the things you need to know to build an effective, clean course. It will cover these topics: selective release of content, hiding/locking content, hiding pages from students, self indexing Canvas with pages, and the super GUI method (pages, pictures, and graphical links).

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Outcomes, Rubrics, and Grading

This webinar will show you the importance of using rubrics and outcomes. Rubrics will help increase the consistency of grading, whether you're teaching solo or with multiple instructors. Also learn how to establish guidelines for assignments, which will help students produce better outcomes. Learn about other ways rubrics are changing the teaching and learning game.

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