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Faculty Technology Workshops Return in 2024… FTW!

First up, Academic Technology Services will host the Canvas workshop Final Grades & Wrapping Up Your Canvas Course on December 6, 2023, at 11 a.m. As the semester comes to an end, let’s do a check of your Canvas course before submitting grades to my.SMU. In this workshop, we will cover final grades in Canvas by reviewing assignment scoring, assignment groups, and the gradebook.

Faculty Technology Workshops (FTW)
Back-to-School Boot Camp

Starting in January, the Back-to-School Boot Camp returns. Whether you are new to Canvas, or you need a refresher before the next term, our upcoming Faculty Technology Workshops have all you need to hit the ground running. Check out our upcoming sessions!

Ready, Set, Pony Up! Getting Started with Canvas
January 8, 2024, 9:30 a.m.

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Let’s make sure your course (and you!) are ready to start the spring semester in Canvas. In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Import course content;
  • Update imported announcements;
  • Review the syllabus, assignment settings, and gradebook for alignment;
  • Set up proctoring tools and adjust navigation links; and
  • Check for broken links

Canvas Assignments: Assess for Success
January 8, 2024, 11:00 a.m.

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Canvas Assignments are a great way to assess student learning. In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Create different assignment types;
  • Set availability and due dates; and
  • Access Speedgrader for grading

Conquering Quizzes in Canvas
January 8, 2024, 1:00 p.m.

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Quizzes are a way of assessing student learning. In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Understand Classic Quizzes versus New Quizzes
  • Use Question Banks/Item Banks

Zoom + Panopto
January 8, 2024, 2:30 p.m.

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Zoom and Panopto can work seamlessly together to record and share videos. In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Record videos inside and outside of the classroom
  • Share recorded videos with an entire class or with individuals

It’s in the (Simple) Syllabus!
January 9, 2024, 9:30 a.m.

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Simple Syllabus makes it easy to communicate to your students exactly what will be required of them throughout the course. In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Use the Simple Syllabus template tool
  • Import previous semester’s content
  • Create syllabus visibility

Anyone There? Communicating with Canvas
January 9, 2024, 11:00 a.m.

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Canvas has several features that simplify communicating with your students directly from the course. In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Use Canvas Announcements and the Canvas Inbox to send messages to your class
  • Use messaging features in the Canvas Gradebook
  • Respond to Canvas messages from Microsoft Outlook

Grading – The Good, The Late, and the Extra Credit
January 10, 2024, 9:30 a.m.

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The Canvas Gradebook helps instructors easily view and enter grades for students.

In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Manage your late policy grades
  • Organize your gradebook
  • Weight assignment groups
  • Give extra credit

Student Engagement Using Poll Everywhere
January 10, 2024, 11:00 a.m.

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Poll Everywhere provides a safe platform for every student to ask questions, participate in group activities, and share thoughts and insights, right from their phone or computer. It can also be used to streamline attendance taking. In this workshop, you will:

  • See a demonstration of the multiple ways you can utilize Poll Everywhere in your course
  • Learn how to gain access to Poll Everywhere

Power of Effective Feedback Strategies with PlayPosit
January 10, 2024, 2:00 p.m.

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This training will highlight the fundamentals of PlayPosit with an emphasis on the feedback functionalities within the platform. In this workshop, you will:

  • Learn what is PlayPosit
  • Experience PlayPosit from your students’ perspective
  • Build an interactive video together that you can use immediately with various forms of feedback for learners
  • Participate in Q&A
  • Obtain PlayPosit resources

Accelerating Research at SMU: Who, What, How
January 10, 2024, 3:30 p.m.

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Get to know who supports Data Science, High-Performance Computing, Artificial Intelligence, and Internet of Things!

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • What hardware resources are available
  • How to ask for help when you need it

Readings & Resources: Organize Course Materials, Track and Improve Student Engagement
January 11, 2024, 9 a.m.

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SMU Libraries incorporated Readings & Resources as a tool in Canvas that organizes your course materials in one place and tracks and encourages student engagement. In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Add any type of course materials or reserves to a single list in Canvas
  • Use analytics and student engagement features to track and encourage students in reading course materials

The AI Experience: Explore the Possibilities
January 11, 2024, 10:30 a.m.

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Generative AI – the discussions are happening everywhere these days! But what can it really do? This session will provide an opportunity to explore generative AI and all the possibilities to provide more insight into the current tools.

Course Design with Accessibility in Mind (PopeTech)
January 11, 2024, 1:30 p.m.

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An accessible course is a benefit to all! Recently introduced in Canvas, PopeTech provides a way to evaluate how accessible your course is and quickly make changes in your current workflow. In this workshop, you will:

  • See a demo of the accessibility tool
  • Learn the 5 most common accessibility issues in course design
  • Participate in Q&A

Use the Calendar to Your (and your students!) Advantage
January 11, 2024, 3:00 p.m.

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The Canvas Calendar is a great way to view everything for all your courses in one place. In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • View individual and course calendars
  • Create appointment groups for office hours
  • Add quick assignments and events

Canvas Questions? We Have Answers!

Do you have questions about Canvas? Attend our open Q&A session to get answers!

Zoom Dates:

January 12, 2024, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.:
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January 12, 2024, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.:
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Jennifer Mayes

Jennifer is an Instructional Systems Administrator with OIT and began her career here at SMU in 2021. She obtained her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Oklahoma. She also has her PMP certification. Jennifer enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends.