TLOS Top 10 for Spring 2023
At the start of the new year we tend to think about setting goals and new beginnings. On Nov. 1, 2022, Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS) had something of a new beginning when it was announced we would be moving from the Division of IT to the Provost’s Office. While reporting lines are changing, TLOS will continue to offer the same services to the university community. We strive to support teaching goals and improve student learning through the thoughtful application of educational technologies. As classes get underway, here are ten things we hope will help faculty prepare for a successful spring semester.
- Try Gradescope in Canvas courses
- Submit an XCaliber Award nomination
- Choose accessible learning materials
The TLOS Accessible Technologies team provides a collection of services and software to help make course materials accessible. Some popular options include:
- Keep C.A.L.M. and Simplify Slides by developing slide-based presentations using best practices for digital accessibility.
- Use Ally to scan existing course content and follow guided feedback to increase accessibility. Additionally, students can use Ally to convert course materials into preferred alternative formats.
- Make PDFs accessible using the PDF Document and Remediation Platform (PREP). Enroll in an upcoming PREP workshop to learn more.
- Complete the self-paced courses PDF Accessibility and Universal Design for Learning 101.
- Access additional resources through a free International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) Membership.
- Learn more about Accessible Technologies through the Accessibility Professional Certification Grant program. Apply today for the spring 2023 cohort. The deadline to apply is Feb. 6, 2023, at 5 p.m.
- Check out Canvas New Quizzes
New Quizzes is an assessment engine that integrates with Canvas, allowing faculty to access new features, including
- setting student quiz accommodations for the whole course (not just quiz by quiz).
- shuffling answers by question.
- printing quizzes.
- requiring a waiting period between attempts.
- using stimulus, ordering, and hot-spot question types.
- Add LinkedIn Learning videos to courses
- Request a Cloud-Based Computer Lab
- Consider using the modernized Blogs@VT platform
- Schedule meetings in Canvas using the Zoom calendar function
- Register for professional development workshops
- Get Technical Support
Gradescope, a Canvas-integrated assessment platform, offers flexible options for grading paper-based, digital, and bubble-sheet quizzes, exams, and homework assignments. The tool pairs AI-assisted grading with instructor-created rubrics to increase the efficiency and consistency of scoring and facilitate more timely feedback. After assignments are graded, faculty can analyze questions to gain a better understanding of student performance. Virginia Tech has secured a one-year license for Gradescope to pilot the platform. Gradescope is available in all Canvas course sites through fall semester 2023 while TLOS evaluates the tool for long-term use. Learn more by watching a brief introductory video. An interest session focused on Scoring Bubble Sheets with Gradescope is scheduled for Feb. 2, 2023, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
The XCaliber Award — shorthand for exceptional, high-caliber contributions to technology-enriched learning activities — celebrates courses and significant projects that demonstrate the exemplary use of technology and student-centered pedagogy. Recipients receive a cash award and a commemorative plaque, and an invitation to showcase their award-winning activities at a special event. To apply for the XCaliber Award, download and complete the nomination packet and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Feb. 22, 2023.
Classic Quizzes will be discontinued in 2024. To be an early adopter of New Quizzes, use this checklist to get started.
LinkedIn Learning offers more than 17,000 on-demand courses and learning paths designed to help users gain new skills and knowledge. Access is free for current Virginia Tech students and employees when they log in at linkedinlearning.vt.edu using their VT username and passphrase. An improvement to the LinkedIn Learning Canvas integration makes it easier to add videos to courses. Users can now browse the LinkedIn Learning library from within Canvas and can embed videos on pages and modules.
Many Virginia Tech courses rely on computer labs for in-class instruction or homework. Adding a cloud-based computer lab to a Canvas course provides students convenient access to many popular software options with a consistent desktop experience for all users.
Blogging can be used to enhance course interaction and student learning. At Virginia Tech, TLOS provides the Blogs@VT WordPress platform for course-based or degree-related sites. Request a consultation to explore incorporating blogging into your courses. Note that the legacy site hosted at blogs.lt.vt.edu will be deleted June 30, 2023.
An update to the Canvas Zoom integration calendar function now pushes scheduled meetings to appear accurately on the Canvas Calendar for everyone in a Canvas course.
Registration is open for spring workshops offered through the TLOS Professional Development Network (PDN). Featured topics include outreach and engagement, inclusive pedagogy, assessment, teaching and learning, and research. TLOS hosts in-person workshops in one of four classrooms, with a virtual attendance option for most workshops. Need information about a learning tool or strategy right now? Check out the TLOS On-Demand website.
Have a question about using our software or services? Search the 4Help Knowledge Base for step-by-step instructions, request a consultation, or submit a 4Help incident for technical assistance. And coming soon in Canvas, you’ll see a new Help Docs button located near the Support button that will provide quick access to a knowledge base located inside Canvas.
Stay connected with TLOS throughout the semester on Twitter or Facebook for tips, updates, and news about learning technologies. Contact us at email@example.com with questions or to share an idea.