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Virtual Fall Institute Registration Now Open

Are you new to Canvas? Maybe you're looking for ways to increase student engagement with your course content? Or are you just curious about tech tools available at Stan State? Join the 2022 Virtual Fall Institute and get the information and inspiration you need for a successful Fall 2022 semester! Selected participants can also earn a $750 stipend for completing the institute requirements.  All faculty are welcome to attend sessions without participating in the stipend program.

Institute Schedule

All sessions are held on Zoom. View the complete schedule for access links and session descriptions.

Monday, Aug. 8 - Optional Pre-Institute Session: Welcome to Canvas!
9:30-10:30 - Setting Up Your Canvas Course (profile, course settings, using Modules)
11:00-12:00 - Canvas Assignments, Quizzes, and Discussions
1:00-2:00 - Canvas Grades: Grade Book & SpeedGrader

Tuesday, Aug. 9 - Content
9:30-10:30 - Designing Your Course in a Post-Pandemic World
11:00-12:00 - Canvas Potpourri (Turnitin, Zoom, Rubrics, Course Settings)
1:00-2:00 - Using Panopto Video Creatively

Wednesday, Aug 10 - Interaction
9:30-10:30 - GoReact
11:00-12:00 - Discussions Plus
1:00-2:00 - Hypothesis

Thursday, Aug 11 - Assessment
9:30-10:30 - Canvas New Quizzes
11:00-12:00 - Canvas Outcomes
1:00-2:00 - Using Ally to Create Accessible Learning Experiences

Friday, Aug 12 - Participant Presentations
8:30-9:30 - Optional Presentation Tune Up Session
9:30-10:30 - New Classroom Technology for Fall
11:00-12:00 - Presentations, Session 1
1:00-2:00 - Presentations, Session 2

Stipend Requirements

To receive a stipend, participants must:

  1. Attend 9 of 10 sessions from Tues-Thu and the non-optional Friday sessions
  2. Prepare a 10-minute presentation on at least three ideas you will incorporate into your Fall courses based on the workshops attended.

How to Register

Read complete information and register for VFI

Panopto Instructor Survey

Panopto logoPanopto has been the video delivery service at Stan State since Fall 2020, and OAT is interested to know how it's being used (or not being used). Please complete our (very short) survey to help us better plan training and support offerings.  Thank you!

Open the survey (Note: a university sign-in is required, but your responses are anonymous)

Turnitin Improvements Now Available in Canvas

Turnitin logoAn additional method for using Turnitin with Canvas is now available.  Called "Plagiarism Framework," the new method is not a replacement for the existing External Tool work flow (both options exist side by side), but it is a more direct interface between Canvas and Turnitin for those instructors who wish to use it.

The following comparison provides an overview of the main differences between the two options:

Using the Plagiarism Framework Using the External Tool
Plagiarism checking can be enabled for "text entry" Assignment submissions in addition to uploaded files Plagiarism checking in assignments can be enabled only for uploaded files
All settings can be configured right on the Assignment settings page Requires additional configuration via External Tool interface
Submissions are read and evaluated using standard Canvas SpeedGrader only Submissions can be read in SpeedGrader or in Turnitin's full Feedback Studio
Peer review uses standard Canvas peer review feature Peer review possible via Turnitin's Peermark feature
Annotations cannot be reused on other papers; comment library is only for overall comments Annotations can be stored and reused in your personal Turnitin comment library
At-a-glance view of submission originality scores available in main Canvas grade book At-a-glance view of submission originality scores available in Assignment Inbox, as part of the Canvas assignment.
Easily set up and use standard Canvas rubrics for assignment grading in SpeedGrader Rubrics only available in SpeedGrader via non-standard multi-step setup process
Easily roll over assignments to the next semester without additional instructor action required Rolling over assignments to next semester requires instructor to open the Assignment Inbox to activate it in the new course. Students will encounter an error trying to submit if this isn't done

Usage instructions for Turnitin

Spring 2022 VoiceThread Usage Statistics

VoiceThread logoVoiceThread has long been a popular tool for asynchronous online courses, but since the pandemic it has also been used heavily in other course modalities.  Using voice and/or video, VoiceThread helps you create reusable lectures, hold online discussions, and is a great option for student-generated presentations.

In Spring 2022, Stan State students and instructors compiled the following impressive statistics:

  • 74,728 total usage hours (vs 12,064 in Spring 2019)
  • 44,867 total slides created  (vs 8,592 in Spring 2019)
  • 48,885 total comments recorded via voice, video, or text (vs 11,860 in Spring 2019)

Learn more about VoiceThread

Measure Learning Outcomes in Canvas 

Departments now have a powerful way to create and assess learning outcomes/objectives in Canvas. Thanks to a reorganization of the way classes are laid out within Canvas, it's possible to easily create centralized learning outcomes that can be attached to specific assignments within any course. Once assessed by an instructor, that assignment data is available as part of a departmental report that an assessment coordinator or similar individual can retrieve. Bonus: outcomes can usually be assessed in past courses, retroactively! 

Contact Glenn Pillsbury in OAT to learn more. 

Instructors! You can also use Outcomes to assess students according to the formal learning outcomes that you’ve developed for your course. Results of those assessments can be viewed using the “Learning Mastery Gradebook” feature of Canvas. 


Accessibile PDFs

Supercharge accessibility scores for your Canvas courses! 

Now that the Spring semester is winding down, now is the perfect time to have our Document Remediation team make your PDF files accessible! 

  • Were your PDFs created by scanning printed pages? 
  • Is the image quality of your PDFs less than ideal? (e.g., skewed pages, handwritten notes) 
  • Is the PDF your only copy of the content? 

If your answer is yes to any of the above questions, the PDFs are a perfect fit to submit to our Document Remediation team! 

  • Submit a document remediation work order: Select Accessibility Work Request in the Request Type drop-down menu, and Make my document accessible for me in the Service Type section

Student Employment Opportunities - OIT Learning Services

Faculty, we're asking for your help in reaching out to students. OIT Learning Services is hiring student assistants for the Turlock and Stockton campuses. Students would get hands-on experience with classroom technology, Audio/Visual equipment, creative content development in our studio, and many other areas of skills development. More information about these positions can be found in the Learning Services Student Assistant job posting. If you have any questions, please contact:

Tawn Anderson
Director of Learning Services & OIT Communication
(209) 667-3470


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