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Summer 2017 Course Merges

Faculty members are encouraged to submit Desire2Learn course merges for the summer 2017 sessions sooner this year. The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) and ITS need more time to process them due to upgrades being performed on Desire2Learn. Please submit your course merge request as soon as possible to ensure that your merge is completed when you need it.

To Submit a D2L Course Merge Request:

  • In an email, assemble a list of your course sections, including:
  •         course number (ex. CAN101A or CAN340ONL)
  •         course title
  •         course CRN number
  • Write “D2L Course Merge” along with the course number in the subject line
  • Send this email to the Canisius College ITS HelpDesk at

For faculty merging course sections in the summer 2017 sessions, there are some additional course maintenance responsibilities.  Before performing the merge, a COLI or ITS administrator will discuss these with faculty who submitted requests.

ITS anticipates that merges will return to the way they worked previously for the fall 2017 semester

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, PhD, instructional designer, COLI

Digital Humanities Speaker Series Online

Those unable to attend either of the first two presentations of the Digital Humanities Speaker Series can now watch them online! Find the recordings at the Digital Humanities Speaker Series site.

Thanks again to Erin Warford, PhD, adjunct professor of classics, and P.J. Moskal, PhD, associate professor of digital media arts, for sharing their perspectives on emerging and exciting work in Digital Humanities.

The third and final spring 2017 speaker series presenter, Ben Dunkle, associate professor of communication studies, will be joining the Canisius Innovation Conference, on Thursday, May 18.  Attendees will learn about the power of WordPress, a tremendous toolset for building attractive and easy-to-maintain web spaces (such as the Canisius Innovation Conference website, the Canisius Digital Humanities site and The Dome!)

See the CIC website for details and to register for the conference.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, PhD, instructional designer, COLI

Digital Humanities Summer Workshop Series: Digital Mapping

All Canisius faculty and staff are invited to participate in the free 2017 Digital Humanities Summer Workshop Series, introducing digital mapping tools for research and teaching. Digital mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are powerful resources that scholars, students and professionals use in a wide variety of fields.  The series is led by Erin Warford, PhD, adjunct professor of classics, who has nine years of experience using Geographic Information Systems in academia and industry.

In these workshops attendees will learn:

  • How to build course content, assessments and student projects using StoryMaps, a web application that closely integrates geography with other forms of content (text, images and video). See examples here.
  • Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and digital mapping useful across a wide variety of applications, from the simple (class assignments) to the very complex (scholarly research).
  • Basics of ARCGIS, a powerful, industry-standard Geographic Information System.

You can find more information, and register for any or all of the workshops here.

These workshops are brought to you by the Digital Humanities Working Group and the Center for Online Learning & Innovation. We’d like to thank Dr. Warford for making this special opportunity possible!

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, PhD, instructional designer, COLI