OIT’s ATS Offers New Canvas LMS Workshops

To help our faculty and instructors stay on course with instructional technology, OIT’s Academic Technology Services Team is offering several workshops in December and January to allow for smooth sailing into the new term.

Need a Canvas refresher; we have that. If you are looking to implement active learning experiences or improve course feedback and rubrics, we have sessions for that too. These one-hour sessions will help you plot a course to success. Registration is required, so save your seat now!


Wrapping Up Grades in Canvas

GradebookAs 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.

Type: Zoom Workshop
Date: December 12, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

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Getting Back to Basics: Canvas Refresher

CourseLet’s make sure your course (and you!) are ready to start the 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 any broken links

Type: Zoom Workshop
Date: January 9, 2023
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

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It’s in the Simple Syllabus!

SyllabusSimple 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;
  • Create syllabus visibility

Type: Zoom Workshop
Date: January 10, 2023
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

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Introduction to PlayPosit

VideoPlayPosit is the ultimate instructional design studio that offers content creators simplicity (templates, reusable learning objects, over a million premade learning objects) and power (jumps, website embeds, overlays, complex behavior, choice trees, discussion threads) to create an active learning experience by layering activities, websites, feedback, videos, questions, and more on top of the video, audio, and text.

  • What is PlayPosit & Why/when would you use it?
  • Be the Learner! Experience PlayPosit from your students’ perspective
  • Build a bulb together
  • Supporting your learners
  • Resources
  • Q&A

Type: Zoom Workshop
Date: January 10, 2023
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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Gradescope

FeedbackGradescope is a feedback and assessment tool that enables instructors and graders to give better and more timely feedback on exams, homework, and other assignments. Dynamic rubrics help streamline the tedious parts of grading while increasing grading consistency. In this workshop, you will learn the great features that reduce the pain and time associated with grading.

Type: Zoom Workshop
Date: January 11, 2023
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

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Canvas Assignments

assignmentsCanvas 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

Type: Zoom Workshop
Date: January 11, 2023
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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Grading – The Good, The Late, and the Extra Credit

GradebookThe 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; and
  • Give extra credit

Type: Zoom Workshop
Date: January 12, 2023
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

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Conquering Quizzes in Canvas

QuizQuizzes 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

Type: Zoom Workshop
Date: January 12, 2023
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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Use the Calendar to Your (and your students!)

CalendarThe 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

Type: Zoom Workshop
Date: January 13, 2023
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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Need Additional Help?

And you can always contact us directly for any help with Teaching Tools like Canvas and Zoom. Feel free to schedule an appointment with your school’s Academic Technology Service Director or contact the IT Help Desk.

Research and Data Science Services Launch NVIDIA DLI Workshops

NVIDIA Deep Learning InstituteOIT’s Research and Data Science Services Team, in coordination with NVIDIA and Center for Research Computing, is offering two new free NVIDIA DLI workshops to the SMU community. These all-day workshops will provide the foundations for using multiple GPUs on a single computer with Nvidia CUDA and how to speed up data engineering tasks using GPUs. In addition, those who successfully complete the workshop assessment will receive an NVIDIA DLI certificate.

All workshops are in Ford Hall 124 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A personal laptop and registration is required. Lunch will be provided. Continue reading Research and Data Science Services Launch NVIDIA DLI Workshops

Research and Data Science Services Offer More Free Workshops this Fall

Data ScienceThis fall term, OIT’s Research and Data Science Services Team, in coordination with the Center for Research Computing and the Data Science Institute, is offering more free workshops to the SMU community.

All workshops are 10-12 in Ford Hall 124 unless otherwise noted. No registration is required, just walk right in. Continue reading Research and Data Science Services Offer More Free Workshops this Fall

Canvas Boot Camp Sessions Now Available On-Demand!

OIT Canvas Boot Camp LIVEOur Canvas Boot Camps for this Fall 2022 term have been a great success! We thank each and every one of you that have attended and hope the session provided great info and insights to take your Canvas courses to the next level. If you missed any of the sessions, or simply want a refresher, we now have Boot Camp sessions available on-demand. Check out the links below to view the recordings. Continue reading Canvas Boot Camp Sessions Now Available On-Demand!