Want to help your students be prepared for the first day of class but don't want to publish your Canvas course? Use the Course distribution list for your course section in Gmail! All courses get them once they are active in SIS. When you send an email this way any student that is registered for your course at the time will receive your message*! Remember to Blind Carbon Copy your students so that if they reply all the other students will not receive the email. This is the same as checking the box to send an individual message to students in Canvas.
*This function remains available for 90 days after the semester ends, but you need to add ".completed" to the address. Example:
Current Student Gmail Group:
Completed Student Gmail Group (students have been graded in SIS):
Before I talk about some of the ways in which you can encourage student engagement with videos in your Canvas course, let’s talk just a bit about some video recording options as well.
The CTLA receives quite a few questions about digital annotation for online instruction, be it for synchronous sessions or for making videos. This week. Engineering Faculty Fanny Silvestri shared her expertise regarding a variety of tools that can be used for virtual whiteboards!
NOTE: We also took a quick look at a small document camera (about $80 on Amazon) that can be used for Live sessions and/or for recording videos.
On March 9th, we shared ideas for supporting teaching & learning by using Digital Interactive Notebooks. We also provided links to FREE templates - downloadable as Google Slides or as Powerpoint - so that you don't have to build your own from scratch.
Last week, we offered the "Survival Tips for Navigating Live Online" on Monday 1/11 for Faculty Convocation, and again on Wednesday 1/13 as part of CGCC's Week of Accountability offerings. Between the two sessions we had nearly 150 attendees!
If you missed both of the LOL sessions, you can still get the info by watching the video below.
We won't be having aN LOL session today, but...
We'll be back LIVE on Tuesday, January 26th | 2:30-3:30PM (session room opens 15 minutes prior to start time) for an "Organizing Your Lesson" session. This one will be great for ANY type of instruction... Keep an eye on your email for more details!
No registration necessary.
Use this link to join the Webex session:
The link to the webinar recording will be made available to you weekly - watch your email!
This week, The CTLA's own Kali Andrews, Instructional Designer, joined us to share one of her favorite tools - Padlet! Kali shared the basics of setting up Padlet, strategies/activities, two ways to include your live Padlet discussion wall within Canvas, and her thoughts on free (Padlet Basic) vs. paid (Padlet pro).
You all know that I am the biggest advocate ever for free tools, but this week I want to share one of the most-used tools in my arsenal, which did in fact cost me about $30 - TechSmith's SnagIt.
A lot of software companies these days work on a subscription basis, but the $29.99 education price pays for a license, not a periodic subscription fee (you will need to provide proof that you are an educator in order to take advantage of the education pricing).
I use SnagIt pretty much on a daily basis, for many tasks:
Awesome people who want to help you do awesome stuff in the classroom! Join the conversation here or in our Facebook Group: CGCC Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment