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Office of Instructional Design News – Spring 2015

Lunch’n Learns & Annual Instructional Technology Workshop
We are happy to announce the return of the Lunch’n Learns!  If you are not familiar with Lunch’n Learns, these are 1 hour events where faculty and staff presenters give an overview of cool things they are doing with technology (in or out of the classroom) while the rest of us have lunch.  : )  Past sessions included A Look at RefWorks, Using Twitter in the Classroom and Discovering Video Conferencing Options @ TCNJ.  For the spring semester, we are tentatively planning on holding one on March 25 and another on April 22.  If you would like to present or have suggestions, please contact us at its@tcnj.edu. 

Save the date for the 16th Annual Instructional Technology Workshop on May 20, 2015. 

Canvas
The Spring 2015 semester is here and your Canvas course shells are ready to be set up.  You can find Canvas support resources and workshop schedules at http://its.pages.tcnj.edu/ under the Canvas menu.  You can also reach these resources using the Canvas Help menu.  Below are some tips and links to help you get started.

-          Remove prior courses from your course menu by Customizing your Courses & Groups dropdown.  This helps reduce the number of course options on many of the menus in Canvas.

-          Check out the instructor quick start guide for a course check list and glossary of Canvas common terms.

-          In order for students to access a course, the course needs to be published and the start date needs to have passed.  The course start date is determined by the dates sent from PAWS.  Most undergraduate courses are set to start January 26.  Instructors can change the start date to allow early access to a course.

-          To message your students in Canvas, make sure the course has been published.  It takes some time for your course to appear in the inbox after publishing.  Select multiple recipients by holding down the ctrl key while selecting.

-          Merge courses by cross-listing them under your course settings.

-          If you previously taught the course in Canvas, import previous course content into the new course.

-          Hide Canvas tools you aren’t going to use from students. 

For additional assistance, use Report a Problem through the Canvas Help menu or contact us through canvashelp@tcnj.edu. 

If you would like to schedule Canvas training for your department, please reach out to us to setup an appointment.  We can work with you to create a training tailored to your needs.

SOCS
SOCS has been retired over the winter break and is no longer available.   

Canvas End of Semester for Instructors

The end of another semester is here.  We’ve put together a guide to help wrap up the end of the semester with Canvas.  We hope you find it helpful.  If you have any questions, tips or discover issues with Canvas, please let us know at canvashelp@tcnj.edu.  You can find the “End of Semester Guide” at…Continue Reading

SOCS Retirement – December 17, 2014

SOCS will be retired on Wednesday December 17, 2014.  Access to the system will no longer be available.  Instructors, please be sure to download your SOCS resources before December 17, 2014.  Directions for doing so can be found at http://its.pages.tcnj.edu/socs/socs-resource-export-utility/. We recommend saving your SOCS resources to a “Courses” folder on your computer. SOCS archiving…Continue Reading

Save the date: Lunch’n Learn – October 29, 2014

The Office of Instructional Design is pleased to announce the Fall 2014 Lunch’n Learn workshop. Please join us on Wednesday, October 29 in the Business Building room 205 from Noon to 1:00 PM. Lunch will be served. This Lunch’n Learn will feature Wendy Clement (Biology Department) and Kathleen Webber (English Department). Wendy Clement will explain…Continue Reading

Fall 2014 ITS News Letter

Canvas The Fall 2014 semester is almost here and your Canvas course shells are ready to be set up.  You can find Canvas support resources and workshop schedules at http://its.pages.tcnj.edu/ under the Canvas menu.  You can also reach these resources using the Canvas Help menu.  Below are some tips and links to help you get…Continue Reading

Need Canvas before Fall 2014?

We are offering a series of Basic basic training sessions for Canvas before the start of the Fall 2014 semester. You can sign up here: Register for a Summer Basic Basic Training Session Read more about the sessions and schedule at the Training and Workshop page. These sessions will cover how to transfer your materials (files)…Continue Reading

Canvas Release Notes 6/18

Production Features Groups Student Group Leader As part of creating a new Group Set, instructors can choose to set a student group leader. Group leaders can help manage student groups within the course. By default this option is not automatic and only appears when creating a self sign-up group or splitting students into equal groups.…Continue Reading

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