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Spring Forum on Teaching and Technology
Friday, February 24, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m.; First session begins at 9:30 a.m.
Location: 402 JC Penney Conference Center

This year’s Spring Forum theme is Canvas Transition: Let the Games Begin! Coffee will be ready at 9:00 A.M. with the conference starting at 9:30 A.M. The day will focus on diving into our new learning management system, Canvas. There will be workshops for those just curious about Canvas; online teaching with Canvas; and Canvas for face-to-face classes. Throughout this day, instructors and experts will share their experience using Canvas in a variety of ways and circumstances to aid you with your teaching. To find out more, please call contact Michael Porterfield (314-516-4207).

Registration is now full. We are no longer able to accept new registrants.




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Welcome: How to Play (Overview of the Event)
J. Andy Goodman
Associate Provost for Professional Development & Director, Center for Teaching and Learning

Meeting the Players
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Presenters: Andy Goodman & Emily Goldstein
Title: Setting the stage
Showing the participants an exemplary Canvas course, how it is organized (where it is similar to and different from MyGateway, pointing out differences to build confidence). 

Start the Breakout Sessions - Let The Games Begin!

Breakout Session 1
11:00 a.m. - 12 Noon
Focus on the Curious Crowd

Location TBD

Presenter: Emily Goldstein
Title: Beginner’s Luck: An Introductory Session (The Basics of Teaching with Canvas)
Getting the course ready and thinking about the course structure before moving to Canvas.


Breakout Session 2
11:00 a.m. - 12 Noon
Focus on Online Teaching

Location TBD 

Presenter: Dylan Herx
Title: Leveling Up: Moving from Blackboard to Canvas
Learn how to move your existing MyGateway/Blackboard course to Canvas and be ready to teach online.

Breakout Session 3
11:00 a.m. - 12 Noon
Focus on Face-to-Face Classes

Location TBD

Presenter: Nick Husbye
Title: The Game of Life: Using Canvas to Support Face-to-Face Courses
This session will be an overview of how to use Canvas tools in the classroom setting. Also, it will show how to communicate with students (through announcements, notifications, messages, etc.). Finally, it will discuss how to incorporate Google Docs in Canvas and use them in a collaborative way.


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Lunch/Time Out
Introducing the Canvas Faculty Learning Community

Return to Breakout Sessions - The Games Continue!

Breakout Session 4
1:15-2:15 PM
Focus on Curious Crowd

Location TBD

Emily Goldstein and Leilani Carver (Maryville University)
Title: The Ultimate Challenge (aka Defeat the Grading Monster): Assessment Tools in Canvas
This presentation outlines learning goals and how to use them for assessment strategies. Also, presenters will outline the various options of assessment options in Canvas

Breakout Session 5
1:15-2:15 PM
Focus on Online Teaching

Location TBD

Presenters: Kristen Wilke and Keeta Holmes
Inside the Huddle: Collaboration and Sharing Stories in Canvas
This presentation introduces engagement tools within Canvas and show how to have online discussions, incorporate VoiceThread, and etc. to enhance learning while engaging your students in a more active way.


Breakout Session 6
1:15-2:15 PM
Focus on Face-to-Face Classes

Location TBD

Michael Porterfield
Title: Taking on Outside Players: Incorporating External Applications into Canvas
This presentation introduces how to incorporate third-part tools into Canvas and publisher resources (like Pearson, McGraw-Hill, and Cengage) as well. This will be a fun and interactive.