English Computing Workshops Spring 2019

You must sign up for the workshops you are interested in taking by using our enrollment form

For details on the Writing Programs Online Teaching Certification, see: https://english.clas.asu.edu/wp-online-teaching.

Abigail Oakley's Workshops

Teacher Persona & Managing Online Discussion, Wednesday 2/6 10:00AM

Sometimes it can be difficult to know how to present ourselves to students in an online classroom. In this workshop we will discuss strategies for introducing ourselves as well as strategies for being “present” in the online classroom. We will also be talking about strategies both for productive online discussion and time management regarding online discussion. This workshop will count as a pedagogy badge.

Designing Learning Modules on Canvas, 2/21 10:00AM

This workshop will provide a detailed look at how to use Canvas modules to design assignment sequences for your online class. Packaging weekly assignments or individual class lessons in a learning module is a convenient way to organize your class lessons and ensure that your students don’t miss any parts of a lesson. This workshop will count as an application badge.

The Importance of Reflexivity in Online Learning, Wednesday 3/20 10:00AM

In this workshop, we will discuss the pedagogical tenets of self-reflexivity and valuing student experience as a strategy for helping students to see themselves as learners in the online classroom. By incorporating self-reflexivity and valuation of student experience in both course design and teaching praxis, you can help students to better articulate their own learning and make their online learning experience meaningful to them. This workshop will count as a pedagogy badge.

Teaching Hybrid Courses, Thursday 3/28 10:00AM

One of the most common approaches to hybrid courses is assigning a discussion post for the online “meeting” and holding a typical face-to-face session on the alternate days. However, this approach is not necessarily the best model for teaching hybrid courses. In this workshop, we will discuss the affordances of hybrid courses as well as techniques for running a “flipped” class where students spend the face-to-face portion of the class doing some form of workshopping. This workshop will count as a pedagogy badge.

Changing Expectations, Wednesday 4/17 10:00AM

Teaching online often means a change in mindset. Similar to how you would change your teaching strategies for a classroom with or without computers, you also need to change your teaching strategies for the online classroom. Sometimes, this also means changing your expectation of what a writing class looks like. We will discuss this change in mindset as well as some things you can expect to encounter when teaching online. This workshop will count as a pedagogy badge.

Creating Your Online Classroom, Thursday 4/25 10:00AM

This workshop focuses on how to approach the structure of your online classroom, covering topics like centralized, decentralized, and distributed course structures. We will take a hands-on approach to designing a Canvas shell. Get a head start on designing your Canvas shell for Fall 2019. This workshop will count as an application badge.

Bruce Matsunaga's Workshops

Canvas Basics

  • Friday, 1/11/2019 @ 1 pm, RBHL 115
  • Thursday, 1/17/2019 @ 3 pm, RBHL 115
  • Thursday, 3/21/2019 @ 3 pm, RBHL 115
  • Friday, 4/19/2019 @ 1 pm, RBHL 115
  • Tues, 5/7/2019 @ 1 pm, RBHL 115

Canvas is coming, Canvas is coming! If you’ve been putting off diving into Canvas this workshop will allow you to get started with just the basics that most of our teachers need. We’ll slow down the pace and give you a solid foundation to explore as we transition over the next semester from Blackboard to Canvas. 

This will be a hands-on course so please have a Canvas Dev Shell to work in. You can request a Canvas development shell by:

  1. Log in at https://my.asu.edu/courserequest/
  2. Select “Request a Canvas training / development / organization course“
  3. Enter a name, I recommend using a course number to identify the specific course later. Usually you should use DEV as your selection.
  4. The rest of the procedure is the same as requesting a Blackboard course. I recommend adding yourself as an Instructor. The techs usually do this automatically, but occasionally I've heard that they might miss this step. 

This workshop will count as a skills badge.

How to Copy your Blackboard Course Shell to Canvas

  • Friday, 1/25/2019 @ 1 pm, RBHL 115
  • Thursday, 1/31/2019 @ 3 pm, RBHL 115
  • Thursday, 4/25/2019 @ 3 pm, RBHL 115
  • Wed, 5/8/2019 @ 1 pm, RBHL 115

This workshop will teach you how to create an export of a Blackboard Course shell and how to import that content to a Canvas shell and provide an overview of the imported content. I recommend taking my Canvas Basics or one of the Canvas introductory courses prior to attending this workshop. 

This will be a hands-on course so please have a Canvas Dev Shell to work in. You can request a Canvas development shell by:

  1. Log in at https://my.asu.edu/courserequest/
  2. Select “Request a Canvas training / development / organization course“
  3. Enter a name, I recommend using a course number to identify the specific course later. Usually you should use DEV as your selection.
  4. The rest of the procedure is the same as requesting a Blackboard course. I recommend adding yourself as an Instructor. The techs usually do this automatically, but occasionally I've heard that they might miss this step. 

This workshop will count as a skills badge.

Canvas Assignments

  • Friday, 2/8, @ 1 pm in RBHL 115
  • Thursday, 2/14, @ 3 pm in RBHL 115

The Assignment tool in Canvas is very versatile and can be used for a variety of purposes. In this workshop, we'll cover:

  • Creating Assignments
  • TurnItIn
  • Using the Speedgrader
  • Grading Assignment submissions
  • Grade Assignment submissions offline
  • Creating Rubrics
  • Setting up and using Peer Reviews

This workshop will count as a skills badge.

Canvas Grades

  • Friday, 2/22, @ 1 pm in RBHL 115
  • Thursday, 2/28, @ 3 pm in RBHL 115

The Canvas Grades tool or gradebook has some striking differences from Blackboard’s Grade Center. In this workshop, we’ll cover:

  • Ways to get to the Speedgrader
  • Moving the Total column
  • Arrange Columns
  • Message students using an assignment criteria
  • Weighted Grades
  • Mute Grades
  • Notes

This workshop will count as a skills badge.

Canvas Solutions

  • Friday, 3/29, @ Noon - 1:30 pm in RBHL 115

Andrea Dickens (ASU Instructor and Canvas teacher) and I will be hosting an open session on using Canvas. Come with your Canvas questions and we will help you find solutions! 

Canvas Assignments & Grades

  • Friday, 5/10, @ 1-3 pm in RBHL 115

The Assignment tool in Canvas is very versatile and can be used for a variety of purposes. I’ll cover some of the most notable differences from Blackboard’s Grade Center in the Canvas Grades tool or gradebook. In this workshop, we'll cover:

  • Creating Assignments
  • TurnItIn
  • Using the Speedgrader
  • Grading Assignment submissions
  • Grade Assignment submissions offline
  • Creating Rubrics
  • Setting up and using Peer Reviews
  • Moving the Total column
  • Arrange Columns
  • Message students using an assignment criteria
  • Weighted Grades
  • Mute Grades

This workshop will count as a skills badge.

Screencast-O-Matic (if available) 

  • Thursday, 4/4, @ 3 pm in RBHL 115
  • Friday, 4/12, @ 1 pm in RBHL 115

Screencast-O-Matic is screencasting and video editing software tool that can be launched directly from a browser or through an installable program. Screencast-O-Matic (SOM) has many more features than Relay, you can define a portion of the screen to record, zoom in on the cursor, edit, and annotate the video. The only drawback to this change is that SOM does not have an automatic upload feature. Instead, you will manually upload your video files to MediaAMP or YouTube account. An important note, Relay videos are stored in MediaAMP or YouTube so there is no change to existing videos created through Relay. The TechSmith Relay server will stop allowing the creation of new videos on May 10. I’ll share additional information once it is finalized, perhaps by the end of the month.