""Teaching Tools workshops cover new and existing academic technologies approved by UAB. These technologies are available to UAB faculty, students, and staff for academic use. These workshops are offered on campus and online throughout the year.

  • Canvas Assignment and SpeedGrader
  • Canvas Modules
  • Canvas on Mobile Devices (New)
  • Canvas Gradebook and Grades Publishing
  • Canvas Overview for Beginners
  • Canvas Quizzes (Beginner-Intermediate)
  • GoReact
  • Media Space/Kaltura (Beginner-Intermediate)
  • NBC Learn
  • Poll Everywhere
  • Portfolium
  • Proctoring at UAB
  • Turnitin
  • Zoom (Academic Use)

Canvas Assignment and SpeedGrader

Course Description

Canvas provides a way to digitally assign and assess various types of assignments. Assignments in Canvas can be graded using the SpeedGrader which allows the instructor to grade and provide feedback using comments, rubrics, annotations, and more. This workshop will cover how to set up an online submission assignment and grade these assignments in the SpeedGrader.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss features of Canvas assignments and SpeedGrader.
  2. Identify the types of Canvas assignments.
  3. Create an online submission assignment.
  4. Discuss assignment options and settings.
  5. View and submit assignments from the student perspective.
  6. Grade assignments using SpeedGrader.

Canvas Modules

Course Description

This introductory workshop will guide faculty through the course building process using Modules. We will discuss how instructors can use modules to direct and facilitate student learning. We will also demonstrate how to direct students to modules from the Home page using buttons.

Learning Objectives

  1. Organize course content in Modules to control the flow of course.
  2. Set requirements and prerequisites on modules.
  3. Use module settings to ensure mastery of course activities.

Canvas on Mobile Devices (New)

Course Description

Canvas can be accessed on mobile devices such as a smart phone or tablet using the Canvas Teacher and Student apps. Instructors and students can perform many of the same tasks via these apps while on the go. In this workshop, participants will learn how to make the most of the Canvas Teacher app. An overview of the Canvas Student app will be provided so instructors can create assignments knowing the capabilities of the Student app.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss features/tasks that are available on the Canvas Teacher app
  2. Demonstrate how instructors can publish assignments and grade on the go
  3. Practice common instructor tasks on a mobile device
  4. Discuss features/tasks that are available on the Canvas Student app
  5. Demonstrate how students can submit assignments and view feedback on the go
  6. Practice submitting an assignment from the student perspective

Canvas Gradebook and Grades Publishing

Course Description

This workshop has two parts. The first part will explore the Canvas Gradebook. Features include filtering and arranging columns, color coding grading statuses, and late submission policies. In the second part of the workshop, participants will explore grade publishing from Canvas. Following a few quick steps, numerical grades can be converted and processed inside Banner. Setting up a grading scheme and weighting grades are a couple of the steps that will be covered in this training.

Learning Objectives

  1. Demonstrate the use of the Canvas Gradebook features.
  2. Identify the support resources for the Canvas Gradebook.
  3. Set up a grading scheme.
  4. Weight your Gradebook to accurately calculate final grades.
  5. Automatically sync grades to BlazerNet.
  6. Drop the lowest grade(s) in Canvas.
  7. Complete Canvas Gradebook to communicate correct grades to Banner.

Canvas Overview for Beginners (New)

Course Description

Canvas is great tool that allows instructors to build/organize course content and assignments, communicate with students, and assess student’s performance all in one place. This workshop will walk instructors through the basics of the Canvas interface and discuss useful features and their location. This is an interactive online workshop.

Learning Objectives

  1. Access Canvas.
  2. Review the Canvas User Interface.
  3. Review a sample course.

Canvas Quizzes (Beginner – Intermediate)

Course Description

This introductory workshop will provide instructors with information on using the Quiz feature in Canvas. Canvas Quizzes allow instructors to create, moderate, and administer assessments with a variety of options. We will discuss options that are available before, during, and after a quiz has been administered.

Learning Objectives

  1. Create a Canvas quiz.
  2. Define quiz options/settings.
  3. Create/Insert Questions.
  4. Moderate a quiz.
  5. Grade a quiz.
  6. View quiz Statistics.

GoReact

Course Description

GoReact allows faculty to setup online video feedback assignments inside a Canvas course. Students using this software can upload videos and receive timeline based feedback from an instructor and/or peers. This software also provides the option to create live events where the instructor/peer can provide feedback during the live presentation.

Learning Objectives

  1. Create a new GoReact assignment inside Canvas.
  2. Provide feedback to student submissions.
  3. Grade student submissions.

Media Space/Kaltura (Beginner-Intermediate)

Course Description

The Media Space platform is a resource available for students and faculty to store and publish digital content for academic purposes at UAB. Video, audio and image files may be uploaded, organized, and shared through Media Space. Users also have options for modifying the content after it is uploaded, including editing, closed captioning and interactive quizzes.

Learning Objectives

  1. Access Media Space.
  2. Log on to MyMedia.
  3. Upload media.
  4. Modify uploaded media.
  5. Review use cases.

NBC Learn

Course Description

NBC Learn Higher Ed (highered.nbclearn.com) is a collection of more than 21,000 videos, documents, and images that can be incorporated into classroom lectures and online modules. The stories on NBC Learn Higher Ed are two-to-six minutes in length and designed so that faculty can give students access to digital content that is engaging, inspiring, and relevant to their daily lives. Participants in this session will learn to search, download, and embed videos into Canvas and receive information on best practices from current users.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the benefits of using media to support instruction.
  2. Access NBC Learn in Canvas and locate videos that align with course or module learning objectives.
  3. Identify best practices in incorporating media content in online or hybrid/blended courses.
  4. Locate additional resources available to instructors through NBC Learn.

Poll Everywhere

Course Description

Poll Everywhere helps transform one-sided presentation into a two-way conversation. This web-based audience response systems allows presenters to embed interactive activities directly into their presentation. The audience can respond to the activities on the web or via SMS texting. Participants in this session will learn about the types of polls offered, how to create an activity, and how to manage and display poll responses. This is an interactive workshop and everyone is encouraged to bring a mobile device to participate.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the types of polls offered.
  2. Describe the process for creating and activating a poll.
  3. Explain ways to respond to Poll Everywhere activities.
  4. Discuss pedagogical strategies for using Poll Everywhere in the classroom.

Portfolium

Course Description

Portfolium is a digital portfolio and career readiness network. Faculty can set up Portfolium projects as Canvas Assignments. In this workshop, participants will learn about the benefits of using Portfolium for faculty and students, and learn how to use the platform in Canvas.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify Portfolium uses and features.
  2. Create a Portfolium assignment in Canvas.
  3. Discuss Portfolium assignment options.
  4. View student’s perspective of Portfolium assignment.
  5. Assess student’s performance and send grades to Canvas.

Proctoring at UAB

Course Description

Did you know that UAB now offers an online auto-proctoring solution that doesn’t require scheduling and is provided at no cost to the student? In this workshop, participants will learn about the different online proctoring services offered at UAB. We will discuss the features of ProctorU and Respondus Monitor and the differences between the two products. Participants will learn how to set up exams and view the test taker experience. Participants will learn how to access exam reports and how to use the data.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss features of ProctorU and Respondus Monitor and product use cases
  2. Create and set up exams using ProctorU and Respondus Monitor
  3. Demonstrate test taker experience in ProctorU and Respondus Monitor
  4. Review Exam reports for ProctorU and Respondus Monitor
  5. Locate UAB’s Proctoring Support and Information

Turnitin

Course Description

Turnitin is a plagiarism deterrent application that provides instructors with the tools to prevent plagiarism, engage students in the writing process, and provide feedback. In this workshop we demo how instructors can enable the use of Turnitin for Canvas assignments, modify Turnitin settings, and view the Similarity report result when grading.

Learning Objectives

  1. Enable Turnitin for Canvas assignments.
  2. Modify Turnitin settings.
  3. Access the Similarity report.
  4. Interpret the Similarity Report.

Zoom (Academic Use)

Course Description

This introductory workshop will provide faculty and staff with information on using Zoom for teaching purposes. Zoom allows users to seamlessly create video conferences and instantly record and add to Kaltura media space inside Canvas. We will discuss how to access your account, schedule and host a meeting, and record and publish meetings.

Learning Objectives

  1. Set up a Zoom account.
  2. Schedule a Zoom meeting.
  3. Start a Zoom meeting.
  4. View scheduled Zoom meetings as a student.
  5. Record and archive a Zoom meeting.
  6. Review Zoom host controls.