Instructional Continuity

Workshops and Help Sessions

The CTE, ID&T, and DMS delievered a series of workshops during the spring and summer of 2020. On this page, you can see descriptions of workshops offered, or explore the archive of recordings and handouts

Check back soon for Fall 2020 workshops.  

Past Webinars

Advanced Zoom Features for Active Learning

In this webinar, facilitated by Paul Weber and Daniel Wooddell, you will learn strategies for making your synchronous Zoom class sessions more interactive and keeping students engaged with you, your content, and each other. Learn how to gauge understanding with polls and nonverbal feedback, divide students for group work, and manage attention by signaling different sections of class time. There will be demonstrations of  multiple features. If you’re familiar with the basics of Zoom and want to learn how to get the most out of your class meetings, this is the session for you!


Utilizing the Canvas Remote Teaching Templates

Summer 2020 courses will be made available in Canvas with pre-loaded templates to make it easier for students to navigate remote learning. In this webinar, instructional designer Amy Gardner will walk you through how you can utilize these templates to set yourself and students up for a successful remote learning experience this summer.


ACADEMIC HONESTY, CANVAS EXAMS AND ASSIGNMENTS

This webinar will cover several strategies for preventing or detecting academic dishonesty on exams or paper assignments. You will learn how to create online exams through Canvas Quizzes, with the option of using Respondus Monitor to make your exams more secure through browser lockdown and webcam recording technology. You will also learn how to create assignments in Canvas and utilize Turnitin for plagiarism detection. Canvas assignments can also be used as an alternative way to have students download an exam in document form and submit it as a Turnitin assignment.


Grading and Feedback in Canvas

In this webinar, you will learn how to use the Canvas gradebook, and use Speedgrader to provide feedback on student work with text, audio, or even video. You will also learn how to customize your gradebook display, create rubrics, and set up assignment group weighting if you plan to weight the final course grade.


VIRTUAL BROWNBAG: FINAL EXAM STRATEGIES AND ALTERNATIVES

Join ID&T and CTE staff members for a virtual brownbag discussion on final exam strategies and alternatives in the remote teaching environment. Come ready to ask questions, share ideas, and give and receive feedback. 


Helping Students Manage Remote Learning

In this webinar, you will learn strategies for helping students manage the expectations of remote learning. Without the structure offered by on-ground classes, students might feel less focused and struggle with how to stay motivated and on task. Course design elements can help by providing clarity, consistency, and routine to students’ remote learning. Strategies discussed will include utilizing Canvas Calendar and To Do list functions, deliberate spacing of assignments and tasks, creating benchmarks within larger projects, and regular student check-ins.


Maintaining Connection with Your Students

A hallmark of Xavier courses is the connection between instructors and students. This webinar will focus on strategies that help you preserve your connectedness with students in the remote learning environment. You will learn how to maintain your presence through options like video announcements, instructor presence in discussion boards, video comments on assignments, and providing textual context for course readings and materials. Helping your students feel less distant, even while they are miles from campus, will help them be more successful in their classes.


Proctoring and TurnItIn

This session will focus on how to use Respondus Monitor and Turnitin to promote academic honesty. Respondus Monitor locks down the student's browser, records students taking Canvas tests via their webcams, and flags suspicious behaviors in the recorded videos. Instructors receive notification of flagged behaviors and can review the Monitor recordings to determine any issues related to academic honesty. Turnitin detects plagiarism by checking students’ work against an 8 million page database. Both Respondus Monitor and Turnitin can be enabled and used in any Canvas course. Check the archive for recordings of previous sessions.


Student Interaction

In this session, we will review strategies and tools to promote student interaction remotely. We will address synchronous and asynchronous solutions for discussions and group work using tools available within and outside of Canvas, such as Zoom, Big Blue Button, and Discussion Boards. Check the archive for recordings of previous sessions. 


Videoconferencing and Video Options

In this session we will explore the opportunities and limitations of synchronous and asynchronous video learning and discuss the tools you need to succeed, including Zoom, VidGrid, Canvas recordings, and Big Blue Button. Check the archive for a recordings and a handout from previous sessions. 


Video Whiteboard

In this session we will review options available to create video substitutes for classroom whiteboard/chalkboard work. We will discuss fully digital and physical writing options and tools available through Xavier for you to use with class material such as working equations and formulae, molecular structures, and other basic handwriting and illustration needs. Check the archive for recordings of previous sessions.


Online Discussions 

This session will focus on designing discussions in Canvas that engage students with course content and with each other. The session will cover creating effective discussion prompts, promoting quality student participation, directions for setting up discussion boards in Canvas, and grading. Check the archive for recordings of previous sessions.


Quizzes, Grading, and Feedback in Canvas

In this workshop, you will learn how to create quizzes, use the Canvas gradebook, and use Speedgrader to provide feedback on student work with text, audio, or even video. You will also learn how to customize your gradebook display, create rubrics, and set up assignment group weighting if you plan to weight the final course grade.


Canvas Essentials

This workshop is designed for faculty who currently use Canvas minimally, or not at all. It will focus on basic functions of Canvas to equip you to continue your course instruction remotely, so that you can communicate with your students, distribute course content materials, facilitate class discussions, create quizzes, and grade and offer feedback to student assignments. Check the archive for a recordings and a handout from previous sessions. 


Consultations: Teaching Remotely

If you need help, contact staff from Instructional Design & Technology (ID&T) or Digital Media Services (DMS). 

Amy Gardner, Instructional Designer, is available Monday through Friday to assist with strategies for adapting to remote teaching. Amy can help you think through delivering content, creating assignments, assessment, engaging students, and more. Email Amy or schedule a Zoom meeting with her.

Daniel Wooddell, Instructional Technologist, is available Monday through Friday to assist with using Canvas, integrating Zoom in your Canvas courses and using it to schedule meetings, or using other supported learning technologies in your courses. Email Daniel, or call 513-745-1901 to leave a message and receive a call back. 

Paul Weber, Manager of Digital Media Services, is available Monday through Friday via Zoom for assistance using VidGrid and developing video usage strategies. Email Paul or schedule an appointment with him.