Blog Index / January 15, 2017

Welcome to the second Blog Index post of 2017! I had a great “Week 0” with the soft start to my classes, and classes start officially this coming Tuesday, after the Martin Luther King Holiday. Best wishes for the new semester, everybody!

This week’s posts are in bold:

Thoughts about Canvas and about LMSes 

Blogs and Blogging

Spring 2017 Reports

Widgets and Other Dynamic Content

Openness, Sharing, and Connectedness

Posts about Students

Posts about Instructors

Teaching Writing

Canvas Class Announcements

Some Practical Canvas Advice

Grading with Canvas

And here’s one of the growth mindset cats from last week’s posts:

I need space to question and to explore.

Crossposted at OU Canvas Community.

Blog Index / January 8, 2017

Welcome to the first Blog Index post of 2017! I’ve marked new posts below in bold.

Spring 2017 Reports

Widgets and Other Dynamic Content

Openness, Sharing, and Connectedness

Posts about Students

Posts about Instructors

Teaching Writing

Canvas Class Announcements

Some Practical Canvas Advice

Grading with Canvas

And here’s one of the growth mindset cats from last week’s posts:

I like to learn.
What’s YOUR superpower?

Crossposted at OU Canvas Community.

Blog Index / 2016 Round-Up

I’ll probably be blogging only a little and perhaps not at all in the coming two weeks, so I decided to do another blog index post to let stand as the 2016 Round-Up. I’ll see you back here in 2017!

I also have to say that I’m very pleased at how this turned out: I started blogging here in Week 10 of the semester, and it’s been a big help to me in reflecting on the semester and getting ready for Spring. Even better: next semester, I’ll have a blog in place right from the start to report on how things are going and brainstorm about how to make things go even better! 🙂

New posts are in bold:

Widgets and Other Dynamic Content

Openness, Sharing, and Connectedness

Posts about Students

Posts about Instructors

Teaching Writing

Canvas Class Announcements

Some Practical Canvas Advice

Grading with Canvas

And here’s one of the Growth Mindset Cats from this week:

Do things you’ve never done before.

 Crossposted at OU Canvas Community.

Blog Index / December 11, 2016

Here is the round-up of the posts at this blog so far, which marks the start of Laura’s Widget Warehouse and also the end of my battle with the Canvas Gradebook (the Gradebook won, sad to say).

New posts are in bold:

Widgets and Other Dynamic Content

Grading with Canvas

Openness, Sharing, and Connectedness

Canvas Class Announcements

Some Practical Canvas Advice

Posts about Students

  • Student Tech Support for Canvas. Based on student feedback, these are the Canvas features I am supporting and promoting: Calendar, Notifications, Profile, and Mobile App.
  • Student Voices about Canvas. These are the results of my Fall 2016 mid-semester student survey, with lots of advice from students for instructors using Canvas.
  • Time Management Brainstorms. I got some big ideas from an ILED studio session on helping students with time management.

Posts about Instructors

Philosophy of Teaching

And here’s one of the Growth Mindset Cats from this week:

Obstacles teach you to leap higher.

Blog Index / December 4, 2016

Here is the round-up of the posts at this blog so far, with a new category to reflect the focus of last week’s posts: Grading with Canvas.

New posts are in bold:

Practical Canvas Advice

Grading with Canvas

Canvas Content

Posts about Students

  • Student Tech Support for Canvas. Based on student feedback, these are the Canvas features I am supporting and promoting: Calendar, Notifications, Profile, and Mobile App.
  • Student Voices about Canvas. These are the results of my Fall 2016 mid-semester student survey, with lots of advice from students for instructors using Canvas.
  • Time Management Brainstorms. I got some big ideas from an ILED studio session on helping students with time management.

Posts about Instructors

Philosophy of Teaching

Canvas and Openness

And here’s one of the Growth Mindset Cats from this week’s posts:

trust

Blog Index / pre-Thanksgiving, 2016

Since I’ll be away for Thanksgiving week, I’m doing this week’s round-up today. Below you will see all the blog posts published so far (I’ve had the blog going for one month now, whoo-hoo!), with this week’s post bolded:

Canvas and Openness

Practical Canvas Advice

My Canvas Announcements Blog

Posts about Students

  • Student Tech Support for Canvas. Based on student feedback, these are the Canvas features I am supporting and promoting: Calendar, Notifications, Profile, and Mobile App.
  • Student Voices about Canvas. These are the results of my Fall 2016 mid-semester student survey, with lots of advice from students for instructors using Canvas.
  • Time Management Brainstorms. I got some big ideas from an ILED studio session on helping students with time management.

Posts about Instructors

Philosophy of Teaching

And here is a growth mindset cat for the Thanksgiving holiday. 🙂

Take risks: think about what you can gain.

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Crossposted at OU Canvas Community.

Blog Index / November 13, 2016

This is now my third week of blogging in this space. No progress in the OU Canvas Community, but this has been a good space just to save and clarify my ongoing thoughts about Canvas, and it has also proved useful for sharing with people at other schools. So, this is the new index post, and you will find links below to all the blog posts so far, and I’ve bolded the posts that were new this past week:

Canvas and Openness

Practical Canvas Advice

My Canvas Announcements Blog

Posts about Students

Posts about Teachers

Philosophy of Teaching

And here’s one of the cats from this week’s posts. Blogging is a great tool for colearning. 🙂

Observe others: the task is possible!

observe

 

Crossposted at OU Canvas Community.

Blog Index / November 6, 2016

I’ve been blogging in this new space for two weeks now, and I am really happy for how that is going. It has not accomplished its main goal yet — I’m really hoping we will see a lively OU Canvas Community in the Canvas Community space, and that has not happened… yet — but it has been a good space for “thinking out loud” about teaching, and it was especially useful as a space to have available during #OpenEd16 last week. My goal is to blog every day during the week, and then on the weekend I’ll do up an index post, trying to sort things out and keep track of how the posts are accumulating. So, this is my first index post, and below are the blog posts I’ve published in these past two weeks, sorted into general categories:

Canvas and Openness

  • Open Content: Resources, not Courses: a warning about the dangers of putting content into LMS course spaces.
  • Canvas for Open Syllabuses: I think promotion of open syllabuses should be a top priority at my school.
  • Go Open with Canvas: Canvas, until D2L, has some open options, which is my main interest in our switch from D2L to Canvas.

My Canvas Announcements Blog

Posts about Students

Posts about Teachers

  • How Instructors (Don’t) Use the LMS: My thoughts on the new Blackboard study demonstrating limited (VERY) limited use of LMS features by instructors.
  • Connectedness: A grateful response to Jesse Stommel’s blog post about Creative Online Educators.

And here’s one of the cats from this week’s posts: this blog has been a good step forward for me! 🙂

Standing still is not growth. Take a step forward.

step

Crossposted at OU Canvas Community.