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April Monthly Newsletter

Blackboard to Canvas Transition: Based on existing transition plans, Blackboard downgrades, a low number of courses and recent messaging from the Provost’s Office, Blackboard instructors are currently being asked to move to Canvas. Personalized support will be provided for all remaining Blackboard instructors in their transition to Canvas. 

April 1, 2024
ICYMI: 2024 Teaching and Technology Updates

Read on for the latest on the transition to Canvas, Fall Course Requests, and the learning management systems from the IDEAS Team and campus partners.

March 26, 2024
Activating Student Participation: Classroom Insights from the IIF Fellows

This month’s Instructional Innovation Fellows showcased the active teaching strategies they implement to reach and engage their 21st-century learners. Allie Wolf used Padlet to spark classroom discussions, Dandan Xu utilized student-produced video projects for knowledge sharing, and Fig Lefevre demonstrated ways to encourage active listening in the classroom.

March 13, 2024
March Monthly Newsletter

Spring is right around the corner, which means it's nearly time to request your Fall courses. Read on to find more information on: Moodle and Blackboard access in the 2024-25 academic year, upcoming migration opportunities to Canvas, and Echo360 and Blackboard changes.

March 1, 2024
Practicing Flexibility, Creativity, and Student-centered Learning in the Classrooms

The Instructional Innovation Fellowship kicked off its spring sessions with our fifth meeting on Friday, February 9. This session was all about bringing creativity and flexibility into the classroom.

February 9, 2024
February Monthly Newsletter

Happy first day of classes! Read on to find more information on the Final Concierge Migration Deadline, AI Resources for Teaching and Updates to Teaching Tools and Technologies.

February 1, 2024
In Case You Missed It: Teaching Technology Updates

Updates on the latest changes with external tools, including Zoom, Echo360, iClicker and more. 

February 1, 2024
January Monthly Newsletter

Happy New Year! We hope your holiday season was relaxing and fulfilling. With the Spring 2024 semester a month away, we’re sharing some updates to our learning management systems, concierge migration deadlines, workshops, and other resources to help you get ahead!

January 2, 2024
Teach Tech Talks Session 2: Dr Susan Boyer

On Thursday, December 7, the IDEAS team held the second session of the Teach-Tech-Talks (TTT) series. The guest speaker was Dr Susan Boyer, an experienced instructor from the Isenberg School of Management. Having played a significant role in the initial pilot of Canvas, Dr. Boyer has extensive experience with grading both in-person and online students. In her talk, she shared practical tips and strategies that have made her grading process on Canvas more efficient and engaging. Her advice provided useful pointers for faculty members aiming to improve their use of Canvas. 

December 7, 2023


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