Canvas: Working with the BC Law template

In this training session, you’ll learn how to import and make use of the BC Law Canvas templates for your current Canvas courses. You will learn how to find and import the template, get an overview of the various template components, what the best practices for Canvas course design are, and more! You will also have an opportunity to ask questions about your specific course setup and how to make the most of the template to suit your own needs. I’ll even touch on some of the advanced design tools components and break down how to use the module progress bar and the home page module navigation menu.

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Panopto: Get more out of your content management system!

After a brief overview of our Panopto environment, we’ll dive deeper into some lesser-known features that you may find helpful.  I’ll touch on how to properly share videos, how to set permissions for different scenarios, cover the basics of editing, and how to enable automated captions. You’ll also learn about some additional student-centric features like adding a table of contents. I’ll also share some information about various Panopto integrations with other campus-wide systems like Canvas and Zoom.

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Course Materials and Course Reserves

Did you know that Canvas automatically integrates with the course reserve system at BC? In this workshop, you’ll learn more about how to secure course materials and course reserves for your students. We’ll also cover how the library can support you when it comes to tracking down free course materials for your course, learning shortcuts for navigating the various databases available to you, and showing you how to submit requests for course reserves and where they appear in your Canvas site.

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Special thanks go to Melissa (melissa.grasso@bc.edu) and Stephanie (farne@bc.edu).

Canvas: Assignments and the Gradebook

Learn about the different assignment options and considerations you have available when developing your Canvas courses. You’ll learn about the most common assignment types including quizzes, discussion boards, and file submissions. You’ll learn more about how to give feedback to students on assignments via SpeedGrader as well as how you can control when students see their grades and feedback using the grade posting policy settings. I also cover how to utilize assignment groups to automatically handle weighting assignments.

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Password Management

Ever wondered why we use passwords? Why are they such a hassle? Or what can be done about it? This training is for you! We will begin with the history of passwords and identity management, then pivot to a demo of how to set up a password manager so that you yourself can use one on your own after the training ends.  Password managers are excellent tools that each person in ATR uses. They make our lives easier and we hope they will make life easier for you too!

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Key Takeaways:

  • Use a password manager to simplify storing your online accounts
  • You only have to remember one strong password for your password manager and let it handle all of your other accounts
  • Start small, add high-priority accounts first such as banking, financial, or other accounts that store credit card information
  • Helps you easily share accounts with family members as well as keep personal accounts separate for your own use
  • Never have to think of a password again, generate strong passwords for accounts using the password generator with your manager of choice
  • Install on the personal devices you use – mobile phone, personal computer, dedicated office machine, etc.

Canvas: Course Planning and Design

Learn about the different course design options and considerations you have available when developing your Canvas courses. We’ll touch on what kind of course design suits you best and how to start incorporating features of Canvas to make your life easier when it comes to course content delivery, student engagement, and tracking student progress.

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Zoom Bootcamp: Level up your hosting game

Have you felt like the last two years were just a fever dream and you never really learned how to use Zoom to its fullest potential? Well, this workshop will turn you from a zero to a hero when it comes to hosting Zoom meetings, workshops, and other events. This workshop will focus primarily on tactics for running a successful virtual event. Tips for things like how to share responsibilities during a meeting with other co-hosts, becoming proficient in the various crowd management techniques, and identifying if audio issues are coming from your end or your remote participant’s end. I’ll also cover some best practices for things like how to set your meeting view to provide the best experience to your viewers. Spotlighting, sharing screens, queuing up presentations, I’ll cover it all in this workshop.

Zoom Bootcamp: Understanding your Zoom account

If you’re new to BC or feel like you still haven’t found time to get a handle on making the most of using your Zoom account then this workshop series is for you! Part one of this workshop will cover how to utilize your Zoom account. This workshop will focus primarily on understanding the ins and outs of your Zoom account, creating and sharing meetings for various purposes, and tactics for running a successful virtual event. I’ll also cover some best practices for preparing materials and content prior to your meeting for a smooth meeting experience.

Key Points:

  • How to access your full Zoom account settings via the web
  • The difference between accessing your account via the desktop app and the website
  • Explaining BC’s Zoom security settings
  • Enabling screen sharing for participants by default
  • Learn how to fully control your meeting’s chat feature
  • Learn where to find your recording settings
  • Scheduling and sharing meetings both via the web and the desktop software
  • Requiring meeting registration
  • Google Calendar tips (stop creating dual virtual meeting options with Google Meet!)
  • Zoom browser extension tips
  • How to find, move, and share your Zoom recordings
  • Tips for preparing your computer to start a meeting
    • Turning on “Do not disturb” mode
    • Closing unnecessary applications and windows

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January 12 Workshop – Course assessment techniques: Canvas and in the classroom

In this workshop I’ll cover the Canvas tools for assessing student progress. We’ll take a look at Canvas assignments, Quizzes, and Discussions. You’ll learn how to set up each of these assignments as well as how to provide feedback to students. You’ll also learn the basics of the Canvas gradebook and how its settings affect how your students’ ability to review your feedback.

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January 11 Workshop – Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere is Boston College’s personal response system. This workshop will cover everything you need to know to get the most out of your account. You’ll learn about the basic types of polling questions, how to organize polls for class purposes, how to present in the classroom, and how to run reports on polls.

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