Friday, 11 January 2019

Canvas Showcase Roundup


December 18th was the second annual GSA Canvas Showcase! Members of the GSA staff community shared mince pies and a wide array of insights into some of the innovative ways in which Canvas is being used across the institution. 


The topics under discussion included:
  • The ways in which Canvas has streamlined the process of student sign-ups and enrolments for elective courses;
  • The lessons learned from inviting students to submit images for display in the Design Domain course;
  •  Some of the features of the Cross School course, including the embedding of Padlet images galleries, and the use of sections to assist with the functioning of the Attendance tool;
  • The new Virtual Classroom tool (Collaborate), with a demonstration of using it for remote teaching at Forres. Collaborate allows distant learning that remains live, interactive, and face-to-face;
  • Using Canvas as a launchpad into other social media and web spaces;
  • The value of academic reading lists, which can be processed by the GSA Library and embedded in your Canvas courses, giving students instant access to the reading materials for a course;
  •  The use of Canvas Discussions as a tool for students to video, share, and provide feedback on group presentations, and the ways in which this tool has enhanced critical student engagement.


Below are brief recaps of each session. 


Session 1 Student self enrolment, groups in DHT 

Elaine Boyle and Patrick Collins, Design History and Theory - Student self-sign up groups


Historically Design students have signed up in person for their elective courses. With 200 students coming through the doors, this was ineffective and a hassle for the students. Now this is all handled through Canvas. Students are provided with elective descriptors in advance via Canvas pages, then open enrollment groups are made available to them.  These groups are created within Canvas and automatically open at a set date and time - enrolling in a group is effectively enrolling in a student's chosen elective, and when it is full, it is marked as such. Student self sign-up is efficient and groups have a maximum capacity that can be set. It's much easier in terms of admin, and online sign-up doesn’t disadvantage those who had difficulty getting to the office to sign up for their choice.

Session 2 

Thea Stevens, Virtual Studios – online gallery slideshow for Design Domain (lessons learned)


For the course assessment, students each submitted 1 image and descriptive text.  Images were submitted via the assignments tool. Thea wanted to display the student work as an online gallery, and she spent 40 hours downloading, organising, and re-uploaded the student images onto canvas pages which were filtered by programme. The resulting slideshow of images looks fantastic, but  the process was far too labour intensive. The Design Domain Course moved to an earlier point in the academic calendar this year, and it was challenging to make best use of Canvas with the tight timeframe. With more time, Thea feels she would have been able to investigate other options for an online gallery; a more effective process is needed for displaying student work in Canvas in the future. One option is the use of the Planet eStream photoset.

Session 3 

Katy West, Cross Schools Course - embedding Padlet for a student gallery; group assignments; roll call attendance


This is the second year of using Canvas for this large scale course, and Katy notes that she is starting to design within Canvas instead of outside of it  - i.e. the nature of Canvas is driving some of the ways the material is delivered to the students, and how the assessments are communicated, etc. This makes for a better marriage of tool and instructional design.

To assist with communication and admin, Cross Schools Course students are divided into both groups and sections within Canvas. Using sections allows attendance to be taken, and section specific announcements can be sent. Using Canvas Groups means that students can be assigned a group assignment. Groups and Sections can be generated from Learning Technology for large scale courses such as this one, though usually they are made manually by the instructor.

Katy wanted the students to introduce themselves via a message board of some kind, and she used the free tool Padlet for this.  Padlet embeds very easily into Canvas, and it serves as an online gallery in many of the ways that Thea Stevens was also exploring; a Padlet has the big advantage of allowing students to add and manage their own images, videos and text, so administration is minimal.

Session 4

Mafalda Moreira, Innovation – Using Blackboard Collaborate with Forres elective students



Mafalda was one of the first tutors to try out the new Virtual Classroom tool - Blackboard Collaborate  - which GSA purchased over the summer.  Mafalda used the tool to communicate with her students up at Forres, where she is was delivering an elective. The students found the tool easy to use, easy to find (it embeds into Canvas and has it's own item in the navigation menu) and of great use. Mafalda thinks Collaborate has terrific potential for use in tutorials, not just for distance learning but for students here at GSA as well who may prefer or need to have a tutorial online rather than in person for a variety of reasons. Mafalda's students were very positive about this tool, which is available for any tutor to add to their Canvas course and start using.


Session 5

Kathy Li, Architecture - Vertical Project, including embedding Wordpress site; Stage 1 home page with images used as a navigation menu


 All architecture participated in the Vertical Project course in the first few weeks of Semester 1. Students were divided into groups and their assessed piece of work was to create a 2 minute film, and document their work on Wordpress and Instagram. Canvas was used to provide a launchpad to various social media tools, with links to Instagram, Vimeo, Eventbrite, and Wordpress as well as being a repository for the briefs and resources. (Vimeo films and Wordpress sites embed very easily into Canvas).  Kathy also showed the graphical navigation menu which architecture uses as an alternative to the Canvas side course menu, to make it easier for students to find content in a big course. Each of the images below link to a module.


Session 6

Isobel Lutz Smith, Learning Resources - Reading Lists on Canvas


Isobel described the CLA requirements that need to be met in terms of scanning, which sounds really dull but had a positive point: the library is here to do all the scanning and ordering of books for you! All a tutor needs to do is send Isobel their reading list, and voila! As if by magic, the material will be scanned and the reading list will be built into Canvas, giving the students easy access to their material and saving the tutor from having to direct students to the handbook or other location to find the readings. Isobel also reminded everyone that tutors scanning their own material for the students to access is illegal and could result in fines for GSA.

Session 7

Libby Anson, PGT electives- Students using Discussion Forum to video, share, and comment on group presentations


Libby rounded out the day by describing an innovative way she got her students to deliver presentations during Semester 1. In the Preparing to do Creative Business course students usually deliver group presentations while altogether, with all students watching and giving feedback verbally as each group present to the class. This year, Libby arranged for the students to film their presentations and put them onto Canvas in a Discussion board. Students were assigned to watch and comment on the other groups' presentation. Libby was very pleased with the result, describing how some of the videos showed real flair for film making and also noting that students were more fulsome in their comments than they usually are in person. Despite worrying that the students would run into technical difficulties, Libby found that the students had no troubles at all and were more tech savvy than she anticipated. All in all the exercise was highly successful and she will repeat it next year.


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Thank you to all the presenters for sharing their great work!

If you would like to learn more about any of the topics from the Showcase, please contact Correy c.murphy@gsa.ac.uk or Michael m.barr@gsa.ac.uk. We're always happy to help you with your Canvas adventure.



Monday, 17 December 2018

GSA Planet eStream- Free Video Streaming for Staff and Students!

Season's Greetings!





Welcome to the new video streaming service from the GSA Library - Planet eStream- www.gsa.planetestream.com

Sign in with your GSA Username and Password to access nearly 2,000 off-air recordings of films, documentaries and animation across a host of subjects, with new content being added all the time. Search for content by keyword or category. Any questions please email library@gsa.ac.uk 

As it's the season of goodwill we have prepared a playlist of some classic festive viewing in case the TV (or Netflix) is rubbish...check it out below!



 We will be in touch in the new year with more information on what will surely prove to be a very popular resource, including how to add content, embed clips into Canvas, create playlists and request programmes. 

In the meantime, have a great festive break!

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Canvas Showcase 2018 - Agenda


The Canvas Christmas Countdown has begun! 


Please join us next week – TUESDAY DECEMBER 18th, 11 – 12:30 – in the Barnes lecture theatre. 




The Canvas Showcase is an opportunity for members of staff to show their innovative uses of Canvas throughout GSA.

Last year we had our inaugural Showcase when were just getting off the ground. There have been some fantastic uses of Canvas usage since then. Come have some mince pie and get some ideas for your own courses!

Here is a look at this year’s exciting agenda:


11:00 – Elaine Boyle and Patrick Collins, DH and T - Student self-sign up groups

11:10 – Thea Stevens, Virtual Studios – online slideshow for Design Domain

11:20 – Katy West, Cross Schools Course – embedding Padlet for a student gallery; group assignments; roll call attendance

11:30 – Aileen Biagi, PDE – engaging students with Canvas tools

11:40 – Mafalda Moreira, Innovation – Using Blackboard Collaborate with Forres elective students

11:50 – Kathy Li, Architecture - Vertical Project, including embedding Wordpress site; Stage 1 home page with images used as a navigation menu

12:00 – Isobel Lutz Smith, Learning Resources - Reading Lists on Canvas

12:10 - Libby Anson, PGT electives- Students using Discussion Forum to video, share, and comment on group presentations

12:20 – Correy Murphy, Learning Resources –Custom Navigation Items for PGT electives site

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

CANVAS SHOWCASE DEC 18th: SAVE THE DATE


The second annual CANVAS SHOWCASE is coming up  - All staff are invited to attend! 


At the showcase, GSA academic and support staff will be presenting their Canvas courses in lightning talks of 5 - 10 minutes showing the innovative and cool things they've been doing with Canvas.

Since this is the last day of term before the early closure, this is your chance to come on down to the Barnes and get an early Christmas present: some inspiring ideas on using Canvas! (Plus some lovely mince pies).

Where: Barnes Lecture Theatre
When: December 18th, 11:00 - 12:30


CALL FOR PRESENTERS: 

Want to show off? Please do! We can add a few more lightning talk to  the agenda, so if you'd like to be involved, that would be great. Please get in touch at lthelp@gsa.ac.uk


Monday, 29 October 2018

Learning Technology Week 2018 Schedule of Sessions

Below you will find the schedule for Learning Technology Week 2018 at the Glasgow School of Art. Sessions will be held in the library, 2nd floor, apart from the IT drop-in session at the Tontine on Friday,November 9th.

All sessions are drop-in, first come first served, for GSA staff and students, with a maximum attendance of 26.

The only session which requires advance sign up is WikiData. This workshop is aimed primarily at PhD and Postgraduate research students, and research active staff.  Info is here:
https://bit.ly/2OcArJ6   Sign up for the Wikidata session is required in advance via Eventbrite and all attendees must create a Wikipedia account from off-campus prior to the session.

View session times and descriptors below, or download the schedule here.


What else is on?


  • Try your luck at winning printer credits - and everyone gets a free USB stick -  in the USB lucky dip! 
  • Marvel at our sweets and balloons! 
  • Bring your phone/laptop/device to get connected to the wifi or ask IT any of your burning questions! 


Email us at lthelp@gsa.ac.uk for any further information.

TUE 6th November


10.30 – 11:00
Planet eStream Media Streaming Service and Off Air Recording (students and staff) –
30 minutes
This session will introduce the video streaming aspect of the new GSA Planet eStream platform, which allows GSA staff and students to watch video content anywhere on their computers or devices. We currently have over 1000 documentaries and feature films catering to a whole range of subjects and interests. You'll also find out how to request content to be added to the service.
12.00 – 13.00
IT Troubleshooting – (Library ) –
1 hour
Drop in with your device to get help connecting to the WiFi, printing wirelessly, or for solutions to various other IT problems.
13.00 – 14.30
Intro to WikiData –
1.5 hours

Pre-registration required: https://bit.ly/2OcArJ6
Come and find out about Wikidata, the repository for linked open data which supports Wikipedia and its sister projects. In this workshop, Delphine Dallison, Wikimedian in Residence at the Scottish Library and Information Council, will discuss the potential of Wikidata as an Open Educational Resource for academic research, bibliographic data and data visualization. REGISTRATION REQUIRED
14.30 – 15.00
Secret Software on the Library computers…
30 minutes
There is more to the library computers than meets the eye…
15.00 – 15.30
Planet eStream Media Streaming Service and Off Air Recording Demo (Staff) -
30 minutes
For Staff, this session will introduce the video streaming service Planet eStream, which allows GSA staff and students to watch video content anywhere on their computers or devices. We currently have over 1000 documentaries and feature films catering to a whole range of subjects and interests. The session will provide staff with instruction on how to request content and how to create playlists.


WED 7th November


10.00 – 10.30
Adding interactive content to eStream videos (Staff) -
30 minutes
Planet eStream gives access to over two million educational resources. Come along and see how easy it is to adapt these resources to suit your needs. In this session we are going to choose a film or TV recording, make a clip from it and add some interactivity.
10.30 – 11.00
Managing and embedding eStream Videos into your Canvas Course (Staff) -
30 minutes
Staff: Make your Canvas courses more engaging by using video. In this short workshop you will learn how to embed videos from Planet eStream into Canvas.
11.00 – 12.00
Adaptive/accessible software available on Library computers -
1 hour
In this workshop we will explore the role of assistive technology in helping to improve study skills, literacy and studio work. We will focus on Inspiration and Read & Write Gold, the assistive software programmes that can be accessed from the GSA computers available in the library. We will also look at options for helping you to improve your note taking skills, and give an overview of the accessibility options available on computers.
13.00 – 14.00
New Digital Library Resources for Creative Research
1 hour
This session will give you the opportunity to watch live demos of the Library's exciting new digital content, designed to help you navigate and search quickly and effectively. Resources covered will include DETAIL inspiration, Birkhauser’s Building Types Online, Architect's Journal and AJ Buildings Library, Critical Collective, Bloomsbury Design and Bloomsbury Fashion Library.
14.30 – 15.30
IT Troubleshooting – (Library) –
1 hour
Drop in with your device to get help connecting to the WiFi, printing wirelessly, or for solutions to various other IT problems.
15.30 – 16.00
Introduction to TSD services and provision
30 minutes
The Head of Technical Services Department will provide an overview of all the services and provision GSA offers across the schools.

THU 8th November


11.00 – 12.00
Useful Software for Students with English as a Second Language –
1 hour
In this session we will introduce a range of programs and apps that will:

  • make it easier to understand the meaning of texts in English
  • speed up your reading and processing using English as a second language
  • improve your ability to edit and structure your writing 
  • help you to more successfully articulate your thoughts in English
12.00 – 13.00
Intro to the new Virtual Classroom online conference tool – Blackboard Collaborate
(Staff) –
1 hour
Staff: Blackboard Collaborate is our new virtual classroom tool -  it allows you to deliver lectures online, conduct tutorials, and pre-record content for students to view. Session will introduce the tool and get you testing it out.
13.00 – 14.00
IT Troubleshooting (Library) –
1 hour
Drop in with your device to get help connecting to the WiFi, printing wirelessly, or for solutions to various other IT problems 
13.30 – 14:00
3D Printing - 
30 minutes
Find out about 3D printing. Technical Services will bring some test prints and provide information about how you can get started using the kit.
14.00 – 14.30
Colour Correction on Library Computers -
30 minutes
A quick overview on the subject of image colour correction, assessing what is possible to achieve using the library computers. The workshop will be looking at best practice and simple workarounds on the subject.
14.30 – 15.30
New Digital Library Resources for Creative Research -
1 hour
This session will give you the opportunity to watch live demos of the Library's exciting new digital content, designed to help you navigate and search quickly and effectively. Resources covered will include DETAIL inspiration, Birkhauser’s Building Types Online, Architect's Journal and AJ Buildings Library, Critical Collective, Bloomsbury Design and Bloomsbury Fashion Library.

FRI 9th November

10:30 – 11:00
Adding a Student Journal to your Canvas Course (Staff) -
30 minutes
Staff: Have you wanted to give your students a self-reflection task or other private journaling assignment? This is easily doable in Canvas using discussions and groups. Come find out how in this short workshop.

11.30-12.00
Planet eStream Media Streaming Service and Off Air Recording Demo (Staff and Students)
This session will introduce the video streaming aspect of the new GSA Planet eStream platform, which allows GSA staff and students to watch video content anywhere on their computers or devices. We currently have over 1000 documentaries and feature films catering to a whole range of subjects and interests.
13.00 – 13.30
Introduction to Mendeley –
30 minutes
This session will give you an overview of the main features of the reference management software, Mendeley, and how it can help you collect, organise and share the references you find in the course of your research. It will also demonstrate how it can help you with your referencing and bibliographies.
14.30
15.45
Introduction to Photoshop -
1 hour 15 minutes
An introduction to Adobe Photoshop where we will cover the basics, including: cropping images, levels, colour editing & effects.



Monday, 15 October 2018

Learning Technology Week

Greetings GSA!  Please join us in the library November 6 - 9th for LEARNING TECHNOLOGY WEEK - 4 days of technology sessions delivered in the library (level 2) for all staff and students.


What's on offer? A series of useful workshops highlighting the technology that's available to staff and students here at GSA, led by departments across the school: IT, Learning Resources, Technical Services and Learning Support. 


We will also be launching our new video streaming service - PLANET eSTREAM - at the event! 



This fantastic new service for all staff and students will allow you to request recordings of programmes from television and radio channels, plus  access the entire digitised back catalog of the BBC.


Planet eStream has over 2 million BBC and other  programmes  available for GSA staff and students!


A full agenda for the LT Week will follow soon. Sessions are scheduled on the following topics:

For Students:


  • INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOSHOP
  • IT DROP IN SESSION - Bring your device for help!
  • INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW PLANET eSTREAM VIDEO STREAMING SERVICE
  • RESEARCH AND WIKIDATA: Scottish Wikimedian in residence will lead a session on OER and research
  • USEFUL SOFTWARE FOR STUDENT SUPPORT- Library computer software for English Language Learners and Adaptive/accessible software
  • SECRET SOFTWARE ON THE LIBRARY COMPUTERS
  • COLOUR CORRECTION
  • And More!

For Staff:

  • INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW PLANET eSTREAM VIDEO STREAMING SERVICE
  • INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW VIRTUAL CLASSROOM TOOL - COLLABORATE
  • EMBEDDING PLANET ESTREAM VIDEOS INTO YOUR CANVAS COURSE
  • CANVAS FOR IMPROVERS

Thursday, 2 August 2018

The Canvas Calendar: Appointment Groups

USING THE CANVAS CALENDAR:

ADDING APPOINTMENT GROUPS AS AN INSTRUCTOR, and STUDENTS TAKING APPOINTMENT SLOTS


Hello all. Hope you are enjoying your summer! 

It's hard to believe that a new term starts in just a few short weeks. Sometime between now and September you'll be readying your Canvas courses, so here is a post to get you thinking about using the Calendar.


Students have reported using the Calendar more than any other feature in Canvas, so if you don't already use it, you might be missing something.


This week's blog post is a reminder of how to use the APPOINTMENT GROUP feature on the calendar. This is used to schedule tutorial sessions, workshops, and any appointment where students need to sign up - either individually or in groups.There are some details here on how students access this feature, too. Please remember that students cannot sign up for appointments using the app - please tell them this if you use this feature!

Also: Good news - the previous bug, where students using IOS couldn't see the location of events in the app, has been resolved. Location now shows for all calendar events in IOS on the Canvas App.


How To Create an Appointment


Instructor View
For instructors, creating a appointment group is done from within the Calendar. Instructors click on a date, or click on plus sign + in the Add Event window. Instructors can only create appointment groups for courses that are displayed in the Calendar sidebar.


Once an appointment group is created, the appointment dates and times display directly in the instructor’s calendar. 

Don't forget - you can set up an appointment group for just a section rather than a whole course. Here are details of how to do that. 

Time slots that have been claimed by students are shown as a solid color; unclaimed time slots are slightly faded. If an appointment group is added to more than one course, appointment slots only display in the calendar for the first course shown in the appointment group.

Instructors can click each appointment to view individual signups, student comments, or the remaining slots available. Instructors can also edit the number of users who can sign up for an individual appointment slot by clicking 'Edit'.

Within each date and time, instructors can also click the Group Details button to view the entire appointment group, which opens in a new window. In the Group Details page, instructors can view all details for the appointment group, add new appointment slots, and message any students who either HAVE or HAVE NOT signed up for an appointment slot. Additionally, instructors can view the status of each appointment slot along with the name of each user in the reservation.

How to Sign Up for an Appointment


Student View
Students cannot sign up for appointments using the app on their mobile phones. They must use a desktop machine or the browser on their phone.

Students can find appointments by clicking the Find Appointments button in the Calendar sidebar - this will open an appointments window. Any available appointment  in any calendar will be displayed for the students to select. Previously students could only view appointment groups for courses being displayed in their Calendar sidebar.


Once a student selects a course from the appointment window, all available appointments display in the student’s calendar. Faded time slots indicate the time slot has been reserved.


The student can reserve any appointment slot by clicking a date and time.


Once a time slot has been reserved, the student can close the appointment group view by clicking the Close button in the sidebar. Only the reserved time slot will display in the student’s calendar.

If students want to change their time slots, they must click the Find Appointment button again and repeat the appointment process.