Tools for Teaching

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

Filed in LMS, Tools for Teaching by on September 9, 2016 0 Comments
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

Filed in LMS, Tools for Teaching by on June 15, 2016 0 Comments
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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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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myWPI New Feature Spotlight for Instructors: Qwickly

Filed in LMS, Tools for Teaching by on August 19, 2015 0 Comments
myWPI New Feature Spotlight for Instructors: Qwickly

We’ve introduced a new tool to myWPI this summer called Qwickly. Qwickly is a tool that brings commonly used (and often buried) functions of myWPI to a simple to use module on your Home screen. Qwickly has four main features: Course Availability, Post Announcement, Send Email, and Needs Grading.   Before Qwickly, you had to […]

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“Spring” Cleaning: Clean up your myWPI home screen

Filed in LMS, Tools for Teaching by on August 3, 2015 0 Comments
“Spring” Cleaning: Clean up your myWPI home screen

It’s far from Spring, but in my 10 years experience in higher ed, there’s often not much time in the Spring for self-improvement.  I’ve found it’s helpful to take the short summer break to clean things up in preparation for the inevitably hectic Fall semester!  It’s important to create good feng shui in the main entry or foyer […]

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Spotlight on Student Engagement: Blackboard’s Retention Center

Spotlight on Student Engagement:  Blackboard’s Retention Center

Have you wanted a simple way to track student performance in your course and identify students at risk? Then Retention Center in myWPI might be a useful tool for you. The Retention Center can monitor in real-time if students are at academic risk in your course based on criteria you define.   There are 4 […]

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Best Practices: Taking a Test in Blackboard

Filed in LMS, Tools for Teaching by on February 11, 2015 0 Comments

I’ve written up a short but sweet ‘Best Practices’ document for students to review prior to taking a quiz or test in Blackboard. Please feel free to use this (or parts of this) in preparing instructions for a test, or include a link to this post in your myWPI course.   Taking a test or […]

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