Upcoming Training Roundup: Week of June 10-14

Over the next few weeks, the Digital Learning Team will be highlighting upcoming online trainings for Canvas and beyond! Check out the list below to find out what’s available next week, June 10th through 14th.

Respondus Online Trainings

Title: Instructor Training: LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor
Date and time: Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at 3:00 PM EST
Register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3805168249257676802

TurningPoint Online Trainings

Title: PowerPoint Polling (60 minutes)
Date and time: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 2:00 PM EST
Register: https://www.turningtechnologies.com/turningpoint/turningpoint-desktop/training-webinars/webinar-registration/?webinarKey=2315571887057576972&hide=&webinarTitle=PowerPoint%20Polling

Title: Anywhere Polling (60 minutes)
Date and time: Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 10:00 AM EST
Register: https://www.turningtechnologies.com/turningpoint/turningpoint-desktop/training-webinars/webinar-registration/?webinarKey=6367453654830724620&hide=&webinarTitle=Anywhere%20Polling

Upcoming Training Roundup: Week of June 3-7

Over the next few weeks, the Digital Learning Team will be highlighting upcoming online trainings for Canvas and beyond! Check out the list below to find out what’s available next week, June 3rd through 7th.

Canvas Online Trainings

Title: Group Work & Collaboration
Date and time: Monday, June 3, 2019, at 12:00 PM EST
Register at: https://www.cysalesteam.com/instructure/event/group-work-collaboration-june-3-2019  

Title: Quiz Basics
Date and time: Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 8:30 AM EST
Register at: https://www.cysalesteam.com/instructure/event/quiz-basics-june-4-2019

Title: Home Pages
Date and time: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 5:30 PM EST
Register at: https://www.cysalesteam.com/instructure/event/home-pages-june-5-2019

Title: Content Pages
Date and time: Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 8:30 AM EST
Register at: https://www.cysalesteam.com/instructure/event/content-pages-june-6-2019

Title: Outcomes & Rubrics for Instructors
Date and time: Friday, June 7, 2019 at 9:00 AM EST
Register at: https://www.cysalesteam.com/instructure/even t/outcomes-rubrics-for-instructors-june-7-2019

Badgr Online Trainings

Title: Demo Days: Getting Started with Badgr
Date and time: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 11:00 EST
Register at: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ecyjhl72RDe_H3ij7B_b0g

Student Guest Post: My Experiences Using the Canvas Mobile App

By Danea Manson, 4th Year Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Student at Georgia Tech 

One of my favorite parts about the transition from T-Square to Canvas has been the mobile app. Grades, assignments, files, and announcements have never been so easily accessible. With the Canvas app, I have real-time access to my courses to ensure that I am always on top of my schedule. Additionally, the Canvas app allows me to learn across multiple devices, picking up where I left off. Some of the features that I find most useful are:

  1. To-Do List. Canvas automatically consolidates the due dates for my upcoming quizzes and assignments in all my courses into a single to-do list. Being able to view all my assignments in one place and in chronological order helps me plan for the week and allocate my time efficiently. 
  2. Messaging. Canvas’s messaging platform is fully functional within the mobile app, which allows me to communicate on the go with classmates, TAs, and instructors. 
  3. Submissions. Not only can I view all the course content from the mobile app, I can also actively participate in the course from my phone by submitting assignments, taking quizzes, and posting to the discussion board.  
  4. Push Notifications. I get notifications every time files are added to my course, an announcement is made by the instructors, and grades are updated.  
  5. Canvas Widget. With the Canvas widget, I can view my overall course grades at a glance without logging into the app just by swiping left to the Today View (iPhone).  

What I appreciate most about the Canvas app is that its interface is user-friendly; it’s intuitive and extremely easy to navigate. The Canvas app is so similar to the desktop view that the learning curve is minimal. 

New Feature Spotlight: CIOS Link in Canvas

As of this week, the Course Instructor Opinion Survey (CIOS) is now accessible via Canvas! This integration aims to make the CIOS more convenient for students, and in turn increase response rates for the survey itself. 

A link to the CIOS will now appear at the bottom of the Course Navigation Menu within Canvas. This link leads to the CIOS site, where students will be able to complete their course surveys. For students using tablets or smartphones, the Canvas App provides the best display for completing the CIOS.

Students will also continue to receive the surveys via email, but the sooner they complete the survey, the sooner the reminder emails will cease. And everyone likes a cleaner inbox!


Questions? Please contact cioshelp@gatech.edu

Faculty Guest Post: Reflections on Using Respondus 4.0 within Canvas (Part 2 in a Series)

By Dr. Michael Smith, Full Time Lecturer in Information Systems

I have keyed many questions into Canvas quizzes to create short quizzes, but that process would be tedious and slow for tests. Since I have many tests already created as Word documents, I sought a way to upload them into Canvas. However, Canvas cannot import directly from Word documents and I didn’t want to rekey so many questions, so I had to find a way to migrate questions from Word to Canvas, including images referenced in questions.   

Canvas accepts mass question uploads in several ways. A review of options and discussion on the topic led me to select the QTI .zip file upload method using the Respondus 4.0 exam authoring tool. Respondus 4.0 is the only program I have found that can convert questions in Word documents into QTI .zip files. The product is offered by the same company that makes the LockDown Browser. I spent $80 for a single-user license. A site license is also available. 

Before importing the questions into Respondus 4.0, they must be reformatted to indicate correct answers, among other possibilities, and saved as a .txt or .rtf file. The help system in Respondus 4.0 indicates how to accomplish these tasks for different kinds of questions.  

I find it useful to create titles for the questions, as that helps me group them later according to topic by sorting them in Respondus 4.0. Here is a sample MC question indicating title and correct answer. The title formatting is my own.  

TITLE:  GT History – mascots – Stumpy’s bear 
1.Which GT “mascot” was a gift from a defeated football rival? 
*a. Stumpy’s bear 
b. Sideways 
c. Burdell the Bulldog 
d. The original Ford Model A Ramblin’ Wreck 

Since I direct Canvas to scramble answers when it creates quizzes, I usually put the correct answer first just to make creating questions more regular. For the same reason, I must change answers such as “b and c” to answers that don’t depend on any specific answer order, since Canvas will order the answers when it generates the quiz for each student. If I didn’t scramble answers, I would not need to do these things. 

If a question refers to a graphic, that graphic must be uploaded into Respondus 4.0 and embedded in the question. If the same graphic is referenced in several questions, all can refer to the same image file. Respondus 4.0 provides an editor for doing fancy formatting of questions and placing images within them.  

Respondus 4.0 provides for the export of groups of questions into QTI .zip files, among other formats.   

In Canvas, the upload process is accessed through Settings | Import Course Content | Content Type = QTI .zip file. After having uploaded the questions into a bank linked to the appropriate Canvas course, I import them into a question group in a quiz.  

In my next post, I will write about managing questions in a quiz.   

Guest Post: Updates to Banner Grade Publishing Tool within Canvas

By Matt Lisle, Director of Digital Learning Technologies at C21U

Around the same time that Georgia Tech implemented Canvas as its new learning management system, the new Faculty Grade Entry (FGE) module was introduced in Banner. This module makes it much easier for faculty to import and finalize grades in Banner. However, we needed to make a few minor improvements within Canvas to streamline the process.

Last Fall, we launched a pilot of a newly-developed “Banner Grade Publishing” tool created by my team in the Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U). Around 50 faculty members volunteered to try the new tool and provide feedback. We are taking those suggestions into account and will be rolling out version 2 of the grade publishing tool to all Canvas courses in the coming days. 

To access the tool, look for “Banner Grade Publishing” in the left-hand menu of your Canvas course. This tool exports your grades into a Banner-ready spreadsheet that can easily be imported into FGE. If you’re teaching a Canvas course in which you’ve combined multiple sections, you can export one spreadsheet and import it into each of your sections in Banner.

We hope to continue improving this process, and we have high hopes for some of the emerging standards coming out of IMS, including EDU-API. As our platforms continue to recognize and adhere to industry standards, this process can be streamlined even more.

As always, email us at canvas@gatech.edu if you have any questions about this new tool.

Dropbox + Canvas = Streamlined Collaboration

Thanks to the integration between Dropbox and Canvas, students and faculty can safely access, edit, and submit their Dropbox content within Canvas! For both students and teachers, the use of Dropbox allows for seamless access to the correct and most up to date files.

How does this integration benefit teachers?

Teachers can embed any type of document from their Dropbox account (e.g. course materials, study resources, syllabi, etc.) into Canvas, either directly into pages using the Canvas Rich Content Editor (RCE) or directly into modules.

How does this integration benefit students?

Students can link their Dropbox files to course content, or in conjunction with coursework submissions. Students can also access, embed, or submit their Dropbox files as assignments within Canvas. This integration also improves the ease and efficacy of student collaboration, allowing students to collaborate on many types of files (Word Docs, PDFs, Photoshop files) within Dropbox. Once students have completed their assignments, they can upload and submit their final drafts from Dropbox within Canvas.

For more info on Dropbox, visit the link below:

Dropbox at GT – General Information


Faculty Guest Post: Reflections on Using LockDown Browser within Canvas (Part 1 in a Series)

By Dr. Michael Smith, Full Time Lecturer in Information Systems

I was eager to use Canvas’s quiz feature to give tests in class because it would help me reduce the drudge work associated with testing, including preparing multiple versions of tests by scrambling question and answers, copying tests, grading multiple versions of tests, and compiling item level data for required reporting and for improving questions, tests, and teaching materials and activities.

The LDB (LockDown Browser) makes the use of Canvas to administer high stakes tests practical, because it prevents access to unauthorized resources through testers’ laptops. I use the features of the product that are suitable for a proctored environment.

This post includes some information and reflections regarding my experience introducing high stakes testing using Canvas/LDB during the 2019 spring term.

I was fortunate in my room assignment because some rooms don’t have enough electrical outlets to be suitable for giving tests on laptops. Since the rooms I teach in do, and I now know to request rooms that have plenty of outlets, I put it on the students to bring a power cord and make sure the outlet they use supplies power in case their batteries are not sufficient.

In business we say, “Never let your first presentation be to the client”— that is, take a few practice swings before you step up to bat. I wanted the Canvas/LDB test process to be like “drinking a glass of water” for my students. To help students prepare, I created two GT trivia quizzes in Canvas, set them up to be accessible only through LDB, and used a few minutes of two days in class so the students could practice with the product. I also made those quizzes available outside class time so students could practice the process as many times as they wanted before tests and sent them several messages advising them to practice. Before the first real test, almost all students had used the product several times.

Live by technology—die by technology. I bring a handful of paper copies of the test in case something goes wrong. Given enough students, it’s inevitable. That said, so far this term, I’ve given six high stakes tests and have had only a handful of problems with Canvas/LDB. The most easily preventable problems have been students not having installed the LDB software before the test (despite my appeals) and students signing in with their email addresses instead of just their GT account. If it seems like more than a few minutes will be needed to resolve the problem, I just seat the student near the front of the class and give them a paper copy.

In my next post, I’ll write about the process of migrating my old tests from Word documents to online banks of questions suitable for random ordering within a test which also includes random ordering of answers.

Respondus 4.0 and LockDown Browser

What is Respondus 4.0?

Respondus is an exam authoring tool used to create and manage exams, which can then be printed to paper or published directly to Canvas. Whether you are a veteran of online testing or relatively new to it, Respondus will save you hours on each project.

For more info, visit the Digital Learning Team’s Respondus page here.

Download Respondus 4.0 from OIT Software Distribution here.

(Please note: Respondus 4.0 is currently only available for Windows.)

What is LockDown Browser?

LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Canvas. Used at over 1000 higher ed and K-12 institutions, LockDown Browser is the top choice of educators for securing online exams in classrooms or proctored environments.

How can I find out more or attend an online training?

Click the links below to access a variety of online training videos and webinars:

Video – LockDown Browser (Instructor Training)
Video – Respondus 4.0 (Create and Manage Content)
Instructor Training (Live Webinars) for LockDown Browser

TurningPoint Training Round-Up: February 20th, 2019

Are you a faculty member who is using TurningPoint this semester? Are you interested in learning more about its classroom capabilities? In this week’s training round-up, the Digital Learning Team highlights several training webinars for both TurningPoint Desktop and TurningPoint Web platforms, any of which can be accessed when it’s convenient for you!


TURNINGPOINT DESKTOP TRAINING WEBINARS

PowerPoint Polling:
This training class is designed to get you up and running using the direct integration with PowerPoint!
Date Start Time Duration Register
2/27/2019 10:00am EST 1 hour
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3/5/2019 2:00pm EST 1 hour
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3/12/2019 10:00am EDT 1 hour
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3/19/2019 10:00am EDT 1 hour
Register 
3/20/2019 2:00pm EDT 1 hour
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3/27/2019 2:00pm EDT 1 hour
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Anywhere Polling:
This training class is designed to get you up and running using Anywhere Polling to poll over any application!
Date Start Time Duration Register
2/21/2019 10:00am EST 1 hour
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2/28/2019 2:00pm EST 1 hour
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3/6/2019 10:00am EST 1 hour
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3/7/2019 2:00pm EST 1 hour
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3/14/2019 2:00pm EDT 1 hour
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3/21/2019 2:00pm EDT 1 hour
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3/28/2019 10:00am EDT 1 hour
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Self-Paced Polling:
 This training class is designed to comprehensively teach all users how to build answer keys, as well as facilitate a self-paced polling test!
Date Start Time Duration Register
2/26/2019 2:00pm EST 1 hour
Register 
3/13/2019 10:00am EDT 1 hour
Register 
3/26/2019 2:00pm EDT 1 hour
Register 


TURNINGPOINT DESKTOP WEB TRAINING WEBINARS

TurningPoint Web for Powerpoint:
This training class is designed to get you up and running using the direct integration with PowerPoint!
Date Start Time Duration Register
2/21/2019 11:00am EST 30 minutes
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2/25/2019 11:00am EST 30 minutes
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2/27/2019 11:00am EST 30 minutes
Register 
 
TurningPoint Web:
This training class is designed to get you up and running using the web platform for live polling and scheduling polling!
Date Start Time Duration Register
2/20/2019 2:00pm EST 30 minutes
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2/21/2019 2:30pm EST 30 minutes
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2/26/2019 1:30pm EST 30 minutes
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