| Spring 2020
Welcome to this semester’s edition of Teaching with Technology, a newsletter from the Instructional Design Center. Here you will find the latest technology-related news and resources at Ramapo College. Each newsletter also features a profile on a faculty member using technology in innovative ways. This edition features Tammi Redd, Associate Professor of Management.
Hands-on Canvas 3 Hour Workshops — Feb. 12 & May 5
1 – 4 p.m.
Presenter: Professor Michael Bitz
This workshop will give participants the opportunity to explore how to use Canvas while building their courses within the system. We will cover options for account and course-level settings, structuring a course with Modules and Pages, uploading and importing content, creating assignments, grading student work, and providing feedback. Participants will be able to work on their own courses as the presenter leads through examples. IDC staff and student aides will be on hand to assist individuals each step of the way. The February 12 session is part of Faculty Development Day, which is co-sponsored by the IDC and the FRC.
Register for February 12 (Faculty Development Day)
Register for May 5 (Reading Day)
Canvas Teaching Circle
Canvas is the new Learning Management System for the college. Faculty have the choice of using Canvas this semester; Canvas is the mandatory LMS beginning Summer, 2020. This teaching circle focuses on the use of Canvas. Participants will share their experiences with Canvas, including their successes and challenges. We will also review the Canvas tools for content delivery, assignments, and grading. This teaching circle is also open to those interested in Canvas but not using it this semester.
- February 5, February 19, March 4, March 25, April 8, April 22
- 11 a.m. – noon, in ASB-223
Register for Canvas Teaching Circle
On-Campus Training Opportunities
Weekly Workshops – Be sure to check out all of the great workshops offered by IDC this semester. There are a variety of workshops including Introduction to Canvas; Canvas Modules and Pages; Canvas Discussion Forums; Canvas Assignments, Gradebook and Analytics; and Importing Course Content into Canvas. To view the workshop schedule and register, visit our training web site.
One-on-One Support – Contact the IDC or drop into the lab (ASB-223) if you need personal support with Canvas or other instructional technologies.
Explore Canvas Resources
Find Canvas Resources customized for Ramapo, including tutorials, guides, online training opportunities, FAQ and more are available on the IDC Canvas Web page. Login to Canvas and click on the Help icon to access the online Canvas Training Portal, search video tutorials, step-by-step guides, or get answers on the Canvas Community.
Faculty Profile — Tammi C. Redd
Professor Tammi Redd, faculty member in the Anisfield School of Business and Director of the Faculty Resource Center, leverages technology to enhance student engagement, confidence, and access to content. As the instructor of several online courses, Professor Redd uses the full range of available technologies to bring the content to life and build connections with the students. Moreover, Professor Redd has experienced the transition of moving a face-to-face course, in her case Social Entrepreneurship, to an online format. One of the biggest challenges she faced was figuring out how certain assignments from the traditional course translate to an online setting. However, challenges also provide opportunities. She says, “Online discussion boards, if set up properly, can lead to much more meaningful conversations than on the spot questions in the classroom.” Because students have time to think about and craft their ideas in an online forum, their responses tend to be more thoughtful, according to Professor Redd. Also, through these platforms Professor Redd is able to elicit participation from students who are too shy to raise their hands in class.
Professor Redd is an early adopter of Canvas, having used it as her course LMS during the Winter session and now in this Spring semester. Her Canvas pages are full of embedded videos, case studies, web links, and other multimedia elements. She is very excited about the usability, organization, and features of our new LMS. To help students become familiar with the platform, one of her first assignments is to ask students to create their profile in Canvas and download the mobile app. She appreciates how students can not only respond to each other in the Discussions section but also click “like” for an entry. She is also an active user of Announcements in Canvas, which help students stay aware of upcoming assignments and important class events. In preparation for the Winter semester, Professor Redd built her courses in Canvas from scratch in order to experience all the possibilities of the platform.
Professor Redd has some good advice for faculty members who are ready to incorporate more technology into their teaching. She says, “Don’t be intimidated by a new technology. Just go ahead and try it. With something like Canvas, sit down and literally click on every button and see what it does. If you make a mistake, it can always be fixed.”