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New Changes to Canvas

Rich Content Editor Canvas has rolled out a new Rich Content Editor, the content editing tool in numerous Canvas features (Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, Pages, Quizzes, or Syllabus). This New Rich Content Editor is intended to enhance the content creation experience in Canvas. The toolbar includes a condensed, more intuitive look. Toolbar menus are grouped by common icons and interactions. Per Canvas, the following enhancements are included with this feature update: The Rich Content Editor expands to the full width of the browser Toolbar menus are grouped by common icons and interactions The content sidebar only displays when linking to other parts of Canvas, accessing Canvas files, or accessing uploaded media Image and media...

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Contingency Planning for Fall Face-to-Face Teaching

Contingency Planning for Fall Face-to-Face Teaching

As you prepare for teaching in person classes during fall, TEP advises all instructors to prepare a contingency plan for pivoting to a fully remote course at any time. To help you make a plan, we outline a few steps to help make a transition to a fully remote course as smooth as possible, should this become necessary. We also advise faculty to visit our Remote Course Builder for more ideas. (1) Include a syllabus statement that acknowledges the possibility of going fully remote and indicates basic strategies for how this will happen in the course. Such a statement can help students be more prepared and know what to expect. Here is an example statement: As the university community...

Coordinating Teaching Teams

Coordinating Teaching Teams

Faculty and graduate student teachers who collaborate across lecture and linked discussion sections and labs face distinct challenges--and also enjoy special opportunities to collaborate and deepen student learning. Especially in fall 2020, when lectures and sections/labs may be taught across modalities (including asynchronous online, remote, and face to face for a single course) coordination is crucial. The Setting Expectations for Teaching Teams sheet of goals and reflective questions offered here may help your group come to a more explicit and shared understanding of how they'll work together. TEP will host a Coordinating Teaching Teams Workshop...

Summer Reading

Summer Reading

If you're reading about teaching this summer, let us know and we'll build a recommendation list together! Small Teaching Online by Flower Darby with James Lang "The concept of small teaching is simple: small and strategic changes have enormous power to improve student learning. Instructors face unique and specific challenges when teaching an online course. This book offers small teaching strategies that will positively impact the online classroom." The administrative team at UOTeach recommend the following books during this time of uncertainty and inequality in our schools. These books are required reading for all UOTeach students and faculty. We Want to Do More than Survive by Dr....

New Changes to Canvas

New Changes to Canvas

Rich Content Editor Canvas has rolled out a new Rich Content Editor, the content editing tool in numerous Canvas features (Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, Pages, Quizzes, or Syllabus). This New Rich Content Editor is intended to enhance the content creation experience in Canvas. The toolbar includes a condensed, more intuitive look. Toolbar menus are grouped by common icons and interactions. Per Canvas, the following enhancements are included with this feature update: The Rich Content Editor expands to the full width of the browser Toolbar menus are grouped by common icons and interactions The content sidebar only displays when linking to other parts of Canvas, accessing Canvas...

Making Flexible, Supportive End-of-Term Allowances in Canvas

Making Flexible, Supportive End-of-Term Allowances in Canvas

by Pat Fellows Faculty may be considering how to enact end-of-term flexibility for students in keeping with Academic Council’s June 4, 2020 advice. UO Online and TEP are available to help you consider how to communicate changes to students and technically make allowances within Canvas. We will be monitoring and responding to support requests, including over the weekend June 6-7. Submit a support request here. Here are some suggestions: When students are excused from an assignment, enter an “EX” for their grade in the gradebook. If an assignment is changed so that it does not count toward the final grade, check “Do not count this assignment towards the final grade” in the assignment set...

Closing Class Amid National Rage, Sorrow

Closing Class Amid National Rage, Sorrow

by Jason Schreiner and Lee Rumbarger In a recent TEP/UO Online workshop about closing this extraordinary term, taught at a distance during a pandemic, we discussed ways to bring into focus what students learned—especially the resilience they demonstrated and the urgency of their new knowledge and skills for building a different, better world. Now, with the May 25 killing of George Floyd in police custody, intense grief and anger at another example of lethal state power exerted against a person of color, and protests rumbling across the United States and world, UO’s spring term draws to a close in a context of intensifying social unrest. Understandably, many of us are seeking to express...