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Announcing our 2nd Annual Canvas Camp workshop!

Announcing our 2nd Annual Canvas Camp workshop!

This 1/2 day session will feature 4 brief (~25 min) rotating sessions throughout the 3 hour block, and an open session for the final hour. Come for the snacks, stay for the learning!

Where? Anderson Labs and Tech Suites
When? August 21st 1pm-4pm

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What’s going on with myWPI? How do I get on Canvas?

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What’s going on with myWPI? How do I get on Canvas?

We’ve been getting the question a lot lately of “well, how do I even get on Canvas?”  Here’s a “quick start” guide to getting on our new system. TL;DR myWPI will no longer be available after June 30, 2017.  Log in to Canvas at the following URL: https://canvas.wpi.edu, your empty course shells up until D17 […]

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Canvas: Custom Home Page with Buttons

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Canvas: Custom Home Page with Buttons

Are you looking to add some aesthetics and usability to your Canvas course? Consider building a custom home page for your course. Your students will see this home page right away and each button will link them to modules or other areas in the course that they need to go to. This leads to less […]

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myWPI Accessibility Series: Color and Contrast

Filed in How-to, LMS, Tools for Teaching by on February 18, 2016 0 Comments
myWPI Accessibility Series: Color and Contrast

How often do you think about the use of color in your myWPI course site content? Selecting colors with accessibility in mind will not only improve the experience for users with vision deficiencies like color blindness, but for all students using your course site. In today’s post, we’ll discuss a few ways you can modify […]

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myWPI Accessibility Series: Providing Semantic Structure to your Documents

Filed in How-to, LMS, Tools for Teaching by on January 28, 2016 0 Comments
myWPI Accessibility Series: Providing Semantic Structure to your Documents

The myWPI platform is accessible to all users by default; however, the individual content items uploaded by faculty and students may not be.  How can the common documents we use day to day be made accessible for users with visual impairments or learning and cognitive disabilities? You’ll be happy to hear that there are just a few […]

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Rearrange Courses in Blackboard’s Home Tab

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Rearrange Courses in Blackboard’s Home Tab

We often see a request for assistance in hiding courses from the Home tab in Blackboard. However, did you know that you can also rearrange the order in which your courses appear? Simply click the little gear icon in the My Courses module to be brought to the Personalize: My Courses page. Then, hover over a course and drag the […]

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Spotlight on Student Engagement: Piazza

Spotlight on Student Engagement: Piazza

Piazza is a free, easy to use Q&A platform integrated within Canvas. If you’ve been looking for more ways to get your students contributing in class, Piazza might be the tool for you. The Piazza platform encourages all types of learners to ask and answer questions in an online forum environment. Students have the option […]

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Custom Ordering Playlists in Ensemble

Filed in Multimedia, Tools for Teaching by on December 15, 2015 0 Comments
Custom Ordering Playlists in Ensemble

Ensemble is WPI’s online video platform – like an internal YouTube. WPI community members can request space in the system for creating their own repository of videos which further educational goals. Many instructors are already using Ensemble, from System Dynamics to Fire Protection to Biology. Like YouTube, users can create playlists. Playlists can have neat […]

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Lecture Capture: This Time It’s Personal

Lecture Capture: This Time It’s Personal

There are many reasons to explore contingency planning for your class lectures and anyone who was in Worcester last winter can remember a particularly cold one. But even if you’re not trapped behind a sheet of ice you may still want to find a way to deliver course content to your students remotely. One tool that […]

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Welcome back WPI Faculty!

Welcome back WPI Faculty!

Hope everyone’s first week is going smoothly!  Last Wednesday TTL was able to meet with new faculty members at WPI and give them an overview of the services we offer from Technology for Teaching and Learning @ the ATC.   It got me thinking that we should give the same refresher to our returning faculty! Such is the […]

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