The blessed occasion is almost upon us here at Centralia College. Start of the term - Yay! There are some important things you can do as an educator or student services member to help students start the term off well. Having a friendly face, giving clear directions or expectations are a couple of ideas, but … Continue reading Want to Help Students Start the Term Off Well? Tell Them About Week Zero
We’d like to recognize TRiO Programs - Student Support Services as 2015 Innovators. They are a federally-funded grant program designed to provide additional support, advocacy, and services to students who are first generation (neither parent has a bachelor degree or higher), low income, or have a disability. Basically, these folks do everything they can to … Continue reading Congratulations to Faculty/Staff Innovators – TRiO: Student Support Services
Sam Small is one of our recently recognized innovators. He is the Applications Developer for Centralia College and in his own words, he “[serves] up data analysis, software engineering, and anything else related to the software/data side of Computer Science.” In addition to his mad computer coding, Sam teaches in the Computer Science workforce program, … Continue reading Congratulations to Faculty/Staff Innovator – Sam Small
Dave Peterson, one of Centralia College’s recognized innovators, teaches Electronics, Robotics and Industrial Automation. Dave says “this includes technical math specifically for electronics, like circuit analysis, graphing and data visualization, and trigonometry applications.” If you know anything about Dave Peterson, you know he’s no stranger to innovation. He builds robots, for crying out loud. In … Continue reading Congratulations to Faculty/Staff Innovator – Dave Peterson
Do You Use the "Announcement" Feature in Canvas? Beware: Your Students May Not Be Getting the Messages You Think They Are Using announcements are easy. You just click on that easy little navigation button on the left side of your class, click +Announcement and boom, you could use pictures, videos, attachments, text, etc. Then, click … Continue reading Using Announcements in Canvas – Do Students Get These?
Are you surviving winter quarter? Here are a few tips and reminders that should make things easier. Advising - You can set up a Canvas course for your advisees. Then, you can message all your advisees at the same time in the Canvas messenger or put all the information on the classes or deadlines they … Continue reading Winter Quarter Survival Tips
Phew! We have made it past midterms (hopefully, relatively unscathed), and we are into a serious countdown to Christmas (or winter break). Fall quarter is always a blur. There's a HUGE build up to prep, the most new students at once all year and the largest break between quarters happens right before fall. Talk about stressful. Students … Continue reading Are You Surviving Fall Quarter?
Do you ever have that problem where you're on a committee or a group of some kind and you just can't coordinate a live, in person meeting? All the time, right? I just had that issue with a hiring committee I'm on. We met for our first meeting and then decided to send out a … Continue reading I Just Used Canvas to Coordinate a Hiring Committee
I went to an amazing session at the Washington Canvas User's Group conference (WACUG) right before spring quarter and I heard the MOST AMAZING statement from a faculty. They said, "I found that the more of me I put into my classroom, the more my students engage." The context was that this was a session … Continue reading “The More of Me I Put in My Classroom, the More My Students Engage”
Here's a list of more apps available in Canvas and how you can use them. Click here if you missed the first edition, or click here if you missed the second edition. Voicethread This is a cloud based application that requires no software to install. It does require an up-to-date version of Adobe Flash. This … Continue reading Focus On Apps in Canvas – 3rd Edition