• Canvas,  Teaching & Learning

    Three Reminders to Help Lower Hyflex Stress

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Congratulations for making it through the first third of the semester! This semester has provided some unique challenges, and we’re here today with a couple reminders about techniques or tools you can use to help keep your courses running smoothly.  1. Use Canvas to your advantage.  Canvas can be the central hub for your class. It contains your syllabus and gradebook, and you can take it a step further by using the Canvas Announcements to communicate with your whole class. If you aren’t currently using Quizzes in Canvas, consider using them to make it very simple for students to complete those assessments whether they’re in the…

  • Canvas

    How do I give a student extra time on a quiz or exam?

    Reading Time: 2 minutes With the changes of this semester, you may have moved some in-class quizzes or exams into Canvas. And with that change, there’s a feature you’ll need to use – moderating quizzes to give a student extra time for an accommodation.  Even though the steps are a little different depending on whether you built your assessment as a Classic Quiz or New Quiz, the basic idea is still the same. You need to update the availability and due dates as well as give the student the extra time. Let’s look at how to do this in each quiz type. Remember: the Classic Quiz icon is just outlined, and…

  • Canvas,  Educational Tools

    What Do I Need to Know about Using Proctorio in Canvas?

    Reading Time: 3 minutes If you’re wanting to use a lockdown browser with your quizzes or exams in Canvas, Proctorio is the answer. It’s not hard to start using it, but there are a few things you need to know.  You (and your students) must use Google Chrome. Proctorio works through a Chrome extension, so you cannot use any other browser when adding Proctorio to a quiz/exam or when students attempt the assessment.  Before you can add Proctorio to a quiz/exam, you need to add Proctorio to your course and install the Chrome extension. Adding Proctorio to your course Click “settings” in your course navigation. Scroll to find Proctorio. Add…

  • Canvas,  Teaching & Learning

    Course Objectives in Canvas

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Over the course of two years, Assessment and Accreditation Services worked with school deans, department chairs, and assessment coordinators to capture objectives for all of our programs and courses. Once a baseline was captured, reports were generated and sent to the appropriate dean or chair for verification. During the 2019-20 academic year these objectives were uploaded into the University’s new assessment software called AEFIS (Assessment, Evaluation, Feedback, and Intervention System). Going forward, it is the Academic Division’s intent to manage all program and course objectives within AEFIS. Over the last month IT has developed a script that will load course objectives from AEFIS into Canvas. Once this script is run,…

  • Canvas

    How Can I Import My Course Content without Overriding the Autosyllabus?

    Reading Time: < 1 minute Cedarville is launching an “autosyllabus” this fall – a syllabus template that’s pre-loaded into your course sections. This syllabus will have some sections pre-filled, but there are others where you’ll need to add the necessary information. Since the syllabus is already loaded in your fall section, you’ll need to remember that so you don’t override it when you bring over your course content.  So how do you bring over your course content without overriding the syllabus?  Go to your fall course and click “add existing content.”  Select “Copy a Canvas Course” from the drop-down and search for the course. Next to the “Content” label, choose…

  • Canvas,  Teaching & Learning

    Assessing Assessment: Practicing What We Preach with Enhancements for Fall 2020

    Reading Time: 2 minutes We all know that assessment is important. But, its importance means different things to different people. It is true that our regional accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) requires us to assess. It’s the only way we can prove that our faculty are teaching, and our students are learning, what we say we are delivering in each program. However, this assessment isn’t just for HLC accreditation. Faculty have their students’ best interests in mind, and they naturally want their courses to be the best they can be. That means looking at content and even pedagogy carefully. To answer the question “Are my students learning?” it is…

  • Educational Tools,  Teaching & Learning

    Using a Virtual Background in Zoom

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Have you gotten all set up and ready to host a Zoom meeting or record a lecture only to realize that the background of your video is not what you want? Or maybe you didn’t get that far – you’ve spent time contemplating what room of your house or angle in your office not only provides good light but also a pleasant backdrop.  Zoom has a feature that can take away some of those considerations: virtual backgrounds. They provide a few default options, and you can also upload your own backgrounds. And this is where the good news gets better. Cedarville has created backgrounds featuring views…

  • Canvas,  Educational Tools,  Teaching & Learning

    How Can My Students Do Presentations in an Online Course?

    Reading Time: 3 minutes Having students give presentations is easy enough in a face-to-face class – everyone is present and there’s few technology considerations that have to be made. But once you swap to an online format, a once-simple assignment gets more complex. How can students record presentations that include sharing a screen, video of themselves, and audio? How can students submit their videos so that just the professor can watch them? How can they submit videos so that their peers can view and comment? We’re going to walk through all the options so you can choose what is right for your course, and then we’ll also provide resources for…

  • Educational Tools,  Teaching & Learning

    Scheduling a Zoom Meeting through Google Calendar

    Reading Time: < 1 minute Scheduling a Zoom meeting through Canvas is an excellent way to meet with all the students in your course. However, what’s the best way to meet with a single student when you want to ensure nobody else can join the call?  Enter scheduling your Zoom meetings through Google Calendar. With a simple add-on, you can create a meeting through Google Calendar and set it to launch a Zoom meeting.  Installing the add-on Go to Zoom for GSuite Click the “Install” button If you have multiple Google accounts, it will ask you to confirm which account you want to use. Make sure you select your Cedarville…

  • Teaching & Learning

    Everything has changed…again

    Reading Time: 2 minutes “And the days went by like paper in the windEverything changed then changed again” – Tom Petty, “To Find A Friend” So, you’ve been teaching remotely for a week because of COVID-19. You thought you were halfway through, and then you got the latest news: We’re doing this for the rest of the semester. (And if you’re hearing this for the first time…surprise?) Whether you’re excited or apprehensive about the rest of the semester, know that you’re not alone. The CTL is here for you, and we’re going to help however we can. We’ll be adding to the Getting Started with Remote Learning course, and we’ll…