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  •  Need end-of-quarter help with Camino, or assistance with your spring quarter courses?

    Do you need help with Camino?  These are the types of sentiments we hear from faculty who call us with Camino questions:

    I wish I'd called you earlier...
    It's so much easier to do it that way...
    Thanks for helping me set up the gradebook...
    Speed grader and rubrics are saving me so much time!

    Please don't struggle with your Camino issues or questions - we are here to make your life easier!

    FINALS WEEK Drop-In Camino Hours:  come in and meet the Instructional Technology Resource Specialists, have some refreshments and get your questions answered:

     

    Faculty Development Lab, Learning Commons Room 142
     

    Wednesday, March 19th, 9am - 12:00pm

    Thursday, March 20th, 9am - 12pm and 2:00-5:00pm

    Friday, March 21st, 1:00pm-4pm


    OR call one of the Instructional Technology Resource Specialists to set up an appointment:

    Mike Ballen, mballen@scu.edu, 408-551-1842

    Michael Gilkison, mgilkison@scu.edu, 408-551-6087

    Gloria Hofer, ghofer@scu.edu, 408-551-1863

     

     

     

     

  •  Camino 2.0: Tips of the Week and Canvas support


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    PLEASE NOTE that ANGEL will continue to be accessible for retrieving materials, as well as for Community Groups,  through June 30, 2014]

    Need assistance with Canvas for your winter quarter courses?  Please contact one of the Instructional Technology Resource Specialists to set up an appointment - they are eager to help you!  

    Mike Ballen, mballen@scu.edu, 408-551-1842
    Michael Gilkison, mgilkison@scu.edu, 408-551-6087 
    Gloria Hofer, ghofer@scu.edu, 408-551-1863


    Tip #1 - Want to archive your fall quarter Canvas course? Here's how to export the content to your computer:

    -Open the course you wish to archive.

    -Go to settings on the left column at the bottom.

    -In the top right corner of your screen, select “Export Course Content”

    -For “Export Type” make sure “Course” is selected; click “Create Export.”

    -You will see a progress bar that is creating a file of your Canvas course. 

    -After blue progress bar has finished, select “Click Here to Download” option. The file will then go to your downloads folder.

    -Create a folder, labeled with course title and quarter, and save the file there.

     

    NOTE: This export only exports the content that you loaded into the course. Any student work or discussion boards are not backed up. This export will assist you in populating content when teaching the same course again.

     

    Tip #2 - Want your students to continue to have access to your fall course next quarter? Here's how to change the end date of your course:

    -Open the course you want to make accessible.

    -Go to settings on the left column at the bottom.

    -Select the “Course Details” tab if it is not already selected.

    -Select “Edit Course Details” at the bottom of the screen.

    -About the 6th option from the top, entitled “End” is where you select the end date for the course. You can go years from now if you choose, and you can change these settings at any time.

    -Once you have the desired date selected, scroll to the bottom of the screen and select “Update Course Details.”

    -Once the page saves, make sure the change is reflected on the current page. Once again, as the instructor you can change the start and end date at any time.

     

  •  Camino 2.0: Tips of the Week

     Are you using the Canvas calendar?  It offers some great features....

    Note: iOS users can sync the Canvas calendar with the calendars on their mobile devices. Here's how: http://guides.instructure.com/s/2204/m/11980/l/129814-how-do-i-subscribe-to-a-calendar-feed-on-the-canvas-app-on-my-iphone


    As always, please contact us if you need help with Canvas!! If you need one-on-one help, or just have a few questions you need answered: 
     
    Michael Gilkison, mgilkison@scu.edu, 408-551-6087
    Gloria Hofer, ghofer@scu.edu408-551-1863
     
       
  •  Camino 2.0: Tips of the Week

     Tip #1:  Are you grading in Canvas? Would you like to hide the individual student grades for a specific assignment until you are finished grading them for the entire class? You can do this by using "mute the assignment" in Speedgrader.  Check out the help guide in Canvas at:

    http://guides.instructure.com/s/2204/m/4152/l/45129-how-do-i-mute-or-unmute-an-assignment-in-speedgrader

     Tip #2:  Do you want to save time giving feedback to your students? You can use text, an attached file, video or audio in Canvas.  Check out the help guide in Canvas at:
     
     
    We are here to assist you, if you need one-on-one help with Canvas, or just have a few questions you need answered.  Please contact one of the two Instuctional Technology Resource Specialists on campus this week --
     
    Mike Ballen, mballen@scu.edu, 408-551-1842
    Michael Gilkison, mgilkison@scu.edu, 408-551-6087
    Gloria Hofer, ghofer@scu.edu, 408-551-1863
     
     

     
         

     
     
  •  Camino 2.0: Countdown... moving to Canvas for all Winter and Spring courses

    As we announced this past summer, ANGEL will stop being used for your classes at the end of the calendar year.  Are you still using the old Camino (ANGEL) site?  NOW IS THE TIME to start the transition to Canvas!  Have you archived all of your ANGEL courses for use in future quarters?  NOW IS A GOOD TIME to archive your recent courses so you can import them into Canvas later!


    Please follow these steps to archive ANGEL courses to your desktop:

    1. go into your old Camino course and click on Manage

    2. click on Export Console

    3. click on ANGEL format

    4. select the types of content you want to export 

    5. click Next

    6. click Go back to Export Course Content

    7. click the Refresh button until you see your course and a green check mark in Status

    8. click on the File name to download it to your computer. The file will download as an ANGEL .zip file.  Save it to your computer.  

    When you are ready to import the archived course (ANGEL .zip file) into a Canvas course, please follow these directions:

    9.  log into Canvas and point the mouse at Courses (in the red stripe at the top of the page) to see your courses, and click on the course name

    10. click Settings (on the left navigation panel on the bottom left side of the screen)

    11. click Import Content into this Course (on the navigation column on the far right of the Course Settings)

    12. in the Content Type, choose ANGEL Export .zip format

    13. click on browse to choose the file, and choose the zip file you archived to your desktop

    14. click Import -- this could take anywhere from 4 to 45 minutes in duration, depending on the size of your course.  

     
    For help with this process or answers to any Canvas questions, please contact one of the Instructional Technology Resource Specialists:
     
    Mike Ballen, mballen@scu.edu, 551-1842
    Michael Gilkison, mgilkison@scu.edu, 551-6087
    Gloria Hofer, ghofer@scu.edu, 551-1863
     
  •  Camino 2.0: Tip of the Week and Brown Bags

    Tip:  Are you using online quizzes in Canvas? If so, do you need to make accommodations for students who need more time to complete them?  On a quiz, you can give an individual student, several students, or the entire class extra attempts or extra time by using the "moderate this quiz" options. It is also possible to control access to the quiz/responses once it is taken. Check out the help guide in Canvas at:

    http://guides.instructure.com/s/2204/m/4152/l/50753-once-i-publish-my-quiz-how-can-i-give-my-students-extra-time-or-extra-attempts?utm_source=scu&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=1982&

    Join us for a Canvas Brown bag on EITHER Thursday, 11/7 or Friday, 11/8 
    Come share how you are using Canvas and get answers to your questions.  

    Thursday, 11/7  12:15 - 1:15pm, Learning Commons' Faculty Development Lab
     

    Friday, 11/8  11:45 - 12:45pm, Learning Commons' Faculty Development Lab
     
     
     

    Bring your lunch and we'll provide drinks and cookies.
     
     

    We'll have a short demo on how the Moderate a Quiz works, showing how to accommodate students that need extra time or attempts added onto a quiz. 

     
     
     
     
     
  •  Camino 2.0: Tip of the Week and Canvas Brown Bags

    Tip #1:  Are you taking attendance using the Canvas roll call feature? If so, are students complaining that they are getting emails each time?  If this is the case, you can mute roll call in the grade book and reduce student notifications!  Check out the help guide in Canvas at:

    http://guides.instructure.com/s/2204/m/4152/l/107414-how-is-roll-call-attendance-graded-in-canvas

    Tip #2:  Do you take time in class to schedule meetings with your students?  Check out the Scheduler tab on your Canvas calendar where you can create an Appointment group so that students can schedule themselves during the times you specified.

    http://guides.instructure.com/s/2204/m/4152/l/59601-how-do-i-use-the-scheduler


    Join us for a Canvas Brown bag on EITHER Thursday, 10/31 or Friday, 11/1
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    Come share how you are using Canvas and get answers to your questions.  

    Thursday, 10/31  12:15 - 1:15pm, Learning Commons' Faculty Development Lab


    Friday, 11/1  11:45 - 12:45pm, Learning Commons' Faculty Development Lab
     


    Bring your lunch and we'll provide drinks and cookies.
     

    We'll have a short demo on how Roll Call works, and how to use the scheduler to create an Appointment Group that allows students to "sign up" in available time slots.

     
  •  Camino 2.0: Importing Courses from old Camino (ANGEL) into Canvas

    Don't have time for a Canvas overview?  Just want to export your course from the old system into the new? Follow these steps, and with a little editing, you'll be set for start of the quarter! 

    1. go into your old Camino course and click on Manage

    2. click on Export Console

    3. click on ANGEL format

    4. check the types of content you want to export 

    5. click Next

    6. click Go back to Export Course Content

    7. click the Refresh button until you see your course and a green check mark in Status

    8. click on the File name to download it to your computer. You can save this file as an archive.

    go to camino.instructure.com and login using your normal SCU login (like logging in to SCU gmail) point the mouse at Courses (in the red stripe at the top of the page) and you'll see your Fall courses click on the course name to:

    9. log into your Canvas course

    10. click Settings (on the left navigation panel on the bottom left side of the screen)

    11. click Import Content into this Course

    12. choose ANGEL export .zip format

    13. click Choose file and choose the zip file you exported out of Camino

    14. click Import -- this could take anywhere from 4 to 45 minutes in duration, depending on the size of your course.  

     
    For help with this process or answers to any Canvas questions, please contact one of the Instructional Technology Resource Specialists:
     
    Mike Ballen, mballen@scu.edu, 551-1842
    Michael Gilkison, mgilkison@scu.edu, 551-6087
    Gloria Hofer, ghofer@scu.edu, 551-1863
     
     
     
  •  Camino 2.0: Move to Canvas

    The following was sent from Ron Danielson to SCU faculty and staff on May 30th:

    Dear Faculty and Staff, 

    I’m writing to announce that the ANGEL learning management system that underlays Camino is reaching end of life.  ANGEL was purchased by BlackBoard in the Spring of 2009, and while Blackboard has continued to support ANGEL, there have been few updates, limited improvements, and almost no new functionality added to the product as Blackboard has concentrated on implementing their new LMS platform - Learn.  Blackboard will eventually end-of-life ANGEL .

    We started a year ago evaluating systems to identify an application that would better support faculty trying to integrate best practices in their design of face-to-face, hybrid/blended, and online courses.  After exploring a number of open source options, such as Moodle and Sakai, we started testing three learning management systems in the fall of 2012, piloting three systems – Canvas, Desire 2 Learn, and Blackboard – with 10 faculty and 400 undergraduate and graduate students.  The faculty participating were Olin Bjork, English; Steve Johnson, Education; Katie Heintz, Communication; Pedro Hernandez-Ramos, Education; Harold Hoyle, Education; Michael Lasley, English; Robert Michalski, English; Sharon Merritt, English; Larry Nelson, Philosophy; and Damian Park, Economics.

    The overwhelming preference from the faculty and students was for Canvas, based on ease of use, functionality (e.g., speed grader), and the level of tech support received during the pilot.  All faculty using Canvas said they would recommend Canvas to their colleagues, all but one strongly recommending.  

    These few comments from different faculty sum up the feedback:

    “Canvas was easy to learn and use – the students loved it.  It did the important things an LMS does well…the ease of use, social utility, and grading functions are superb.”

    “It is an excellent LMS, by far the best experience I’ve had with an LMS before (I’ve worked with Camino and with Blackboard in the past). I used it for every aspect of my course – from syllabus to schedule of classes (a great feature on Canvas) to posting essays.  And students submitted all of their work onto Canvas.”

    “Students loved the interface, and I found it really ease to use.”

    “I piloted both Canvas and Blackboard.  I strongly prefer Canvas for its ease of use and great customer service.”

    Student feedback was similarly supportive of Canvas.  On learning to use Canvas with very little difficulty, 91% of students who used that system agreed (44% strongly agreed).  Compared to Camino, 70% of the Canvas students found it easier to use and thought it was better.  Canvas students had an overall satisfaction rating of 85%.  These few comments from different students sum up the feedback:

    “Advantage is there in “upcoming assignments due” on the right side that disappear when you have turned them in.  It acts as a check list.  Easy to see assignments and easy to see grades.  Teacher can also comment easily on turned in assignments.  First class that has been all online, no hard copies ever, and because of Canvas has not been a hassel.”

    “I like the modules being set up and easy to access.  The discussion is helpful with the number of posts in the thread as well as the number you have not read.  That helps me know when I need to check if someone’s added to the discussion and specifically which posts are new.”

    “Having been a person who used Blackboard previously, Canvas was a BIG step forward. The user interface was easy to use.”

    “Best feature was group collaboration tools it offered.  It took our learning and collaboration to a different level.”

    “I liked how we could view all of our assignments and it told us which assignments were due the soonest. It was fairly easy to view files and it was nice that the teacher and students could comment on our assignments directly and we could share our thoughts that way.”

    Please watch for the announcement of a variety of support opportunities launching early this summer for migrating your courses from ANGEL to Canvas.  If you would like further information, please contact Nancy Cutler (ncutler@scu.edu, 408-554-4915).

    I would be happy to talk to anyone about this decision (rdanielson@scu.edu, 408-554-6813). 

     

    Ron

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