Teaching Tip of the Week Archives

Get more meaningful feedback from students on your OMET surveys

Improve not only the response rate for your OMET surveys but also the quality of feedback from students about your course. Find out how!  

Add an anonymous survey to your Canvas course

Follow the steps presented in this video to learn how to add an anonymous survey to your Canvas course!  

Faculty: register for an interactive ASPPH event on discussing racism in public health classes

An electronic hallway conversation, Facilitating Productive Classroom Conversations on Racism, Race, and Public Health, on April 22 from 1-2pm from the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. Read more or register for login info.   

On-demand workshops available from the Center for Teaching and Learning

The University of Pittsburgh's Center for Teaching and Learning has created a one-stop-shop for recorded workshops on the topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The first two workshops to be included are titled: "Faculty Panel: Mental Health and Student Academic Success" and "Online Course Design and Teaching for Equity and Inclusion." Be sure to click on the headline to check them out!  

Increase accessibility with automatic captioning on Zoom

Zoom has recently enabled AI-generated live transcription capabilities for easy implementation into your next class or meeting. Find out how to use this newly-released feature before your next class meeting!  

Move your Panopto videos from semester to semester in Canvas

Follow these steps to move your Pantopto recordings to your new Canvas course!  

Preferred pronouns now easily added to your Canvas profile

There is now a convenient way for you to add your personal gender pronouns to your Canvas account. Find out how!  

Save time while making your new Canvas course by copying materials

There is no need to upload materials to your Canvas course if you have used them in a previous course when you can easily copy them to your new course! Find out how.  

The semester is over...now what?

The end of an unprecedented semester is perfect for taking stock of your course and reflecting on your teaching.   

Preparing your online assessments in Canvas

Online assessments raise academic integrity red flags, but there are some ways to create your quizzes to reduce those risks.  

Ways to encourage student engagement in your synchronous virtual classes

In case you missed it: check out this Faculty Focus blog post that presents various scenarios and strategies for engaging students in your synchronous classes should you encounter any of them.  

How to use the chat box for student engagement

Balancing the various elements at play in a Zoom class may feel more like a juggling act. Learn some takeaways from an unlikely source regarding how to engage your students via the chat box.  

Set up Turnitin and let it detect plagiarism for you

Canvas' Turnitin integration allows for you to check for academic integrity violations in written assignments. Find out how to activate this plagiarism detection software in your Canvas course!  

Aptly-named Speedgrader function makes grading assignments in Canvas quick and easy

The Speedgrader function in Canvas simplifies grading online by providing a clean interface and requiring fewer clicks to provide feedback and assign grades. Find out how to find and use this time-saving gradebook feature.  

Integrate Zoom directly in your Canvas course!

Read about a simple way to schedule your online synchronous class meetings directly from your Canvas course.  

Videos make your course interesting; Canvas makes it easy!

Recording short videos for your class is a simple way to add that human element into your class—even if it is online. Find out how some best practices for making short videos and how to incorporate them into your course Canvas.  

Canvas Groups facilitates student collaboration

While group work is a necessary evil of graduate coursework, Canvas’s Groups function can help to make coordinating, sharing, and collaborating easier for all involved.  P.S. - You can always add more or delete any extra with the functions on the right side of the Groups page.  

Set and manage expectations with Canvas’s Rubrics

It is annoying for instructors when a student ignores time-consuming feedback to flip ahead and concentrate on an assignment’s score. Equally frustrating is when students have no idea why they have earned a certain grade. The rubrics feature in Canvas allows for instructors to set and manage expectations on student work.  

Using the Assignments feature in Canvas

In Canvas, “assignment” is a catch-all word for anything to be graded by the instructor—whether or not any actual assigned work is collected. Find out the basics of Canvas’s Assignments feature in this Teaching Tip.  

Setting up your Canvas course: Modules v. Pages

Before diving too deeply down the rabbit hole that is the Canvas Instructor Guide, you can get your course set up started with this overview.  

Soothing the sting of cruel student comments

Reading students’ comments on official end-of-term evaluations – or worse RateMyProfessors.com – can often be painful and upsetting. So it’s no surprise faculty skim the written section and focus on the quantitative ratings. Check out this week's Teaching Tip for some suggestions for soothing the sting from those hurtful student comments.  

Positive takeaways from the recent shift to remote instruction

With the unexpected shift to remote learning this spring comes several lessons learned for instructors and course developers. Read about five positive takeaways.  

Low tech options for high-quality teaching

Avoid the rookie mistakes in online learning by incorporating some low-tech solutions. Here are five.  

Ways to promote inclusion in your Zoom lessons

To create an inclusive atmosphere over online platforms like Zoom, you must be intentional. Adding some structural elements to your synchronous remote lessons can help you make the unexpected switch to online learning smoother for both you and your students and ensure that no one gets left out.  

Tips for Using Zoom for Essay, Thesis, Dissertation Meetings and Defenses

Read about some early best practices for holding a remote defense or student essay, thesis, or dissertation committee meeting.  

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