Students in Barbara Irwin, PhD, and Jamie O’Neil’s communication classes are teaming up this semester to create episodes of “The Magis Podcast,” featuring student-faculty dialogues at Canisius College.
In this week’s episode, Valeria Abejón Fuertes, an international student from Spain, speaks with Spanish Professor Margaret Stefanski, PhD,from the Department of Modern Languages, about what it’s like to study and live in a foreign country. This episode was produced by Julia Barth (JRN ‘23), Joey Williams (IMC ‘22), Hannah Nelson (JRN ‘22), Thomas McBride (DMA ‘22), and Carrie Kremer (JRN ‘22).
The podcast is NOW AVAILABLE to listen to on Spotify!
Stay tuned to the Dome and COLI Blog for more information & sign-ups!
The Academic Affairs office is organizing the 2022 Winter Faculty Development Week, taking place on campus in January, prior to the start of the spring semester . This will be a fantastic set of opportunities in faculty and staff development.
The “Week” is longer than a Week!
January 4 – 7- features scholarship support sessions and a writing retreat.
January 10 – 13 features sessions focused on pedagogy, including practical methods and resources for improving your courses.
Sessions and Activities include:
Supporting Scholarship: A Panel Conversation
Session: The Engaged Scholarship Initiative
A two-day Writing Retreat hosted by the Canisius College Writing Center
Session: Building Inclusivity: Awareness and Intention in Classroom and Community
Session: Autism Spectrum Disorder Awareness: Characteristics and Recommendations for the College Classroom
Panel Discussion: Grading for Equity
Session: Ignorance Is No Longer an Excuse: Understanding the Indigenous and American History You Were Never Told… On Purpose
Workspace: Crafting an Inclusive Syllabus
Session: Title IX/Clery/VAWA: “I Have So Many Questions”
Session: Resources for Teaching Information Literacy in the Disciplines
Session: Academic Integrity at Canisius: Past, Present, and Future
Session: Using Case Studies in the Classroom
Session: Stay Golden, Griffins: Supports for Student Success
FYE Session: Debriefing for FYE Faculty
Breakfast and lunch will also be served each day in the Faculty Lounge. Tuesday, January 11 concludes with an appetizer event.
Some of the options in D2L Discussion’s Restriction Tab will have updated language and options moved to make it easier to manage restriction, visibility, and access to Discussion boards:
Locking Options are being updated so that you only need to set the Start and End date, with Visibility and Accessibility options underneath each
The language for Locking Options have been updated to be a bit clearer/simpler:
Availability Start Date Option
What it does
Visibile with Access Restricted before start
The Discussion topic (or forum) is visible but students will not be able to open it until the start date. Name, date, other restrictions will be visible, but the description will not be.
Visible with submission restricted before start
The topic (or forum) will be visible and accessible to students. However, they will not be able to post to it, making it read-only until the start date.
Hidden before start
The topic (or forum) is cannot be seen and is not accessible by students until the start date. Notifications will not be sent until the start date.
Availability End Date Option
What it does
Visibile with Access Restricted after end
The Discussion topic (or forum) is visible but students will not be able to open it after the end date.
Visible with submission restricted after end
The topic (or forum) will be visible and accessible to students (they will be able to see posts). However, they will not be able to post to it, making it read-only after the end date.
Hidden after end
The topic (or forum) is cannot be seen and is not accessible by students after the end date. Notifications will also stop.
Examples of option selections and how they affect the forum/topic:
The Default is Visible with access restricted before the start (Unlock) and Visible with access restricted after end (Lock):
Students cannot see anything beyond the Topic or Forum Title, dates, and other restrictions. For topics specifically, students can see topic stats and who posted last. For forums, students will not be able to see titles of topics.
Visible with submission restricted before start (Unlock) and Visible with submission restricted after end (Lock) (Recommended):
Students can see everything above, topic/forum descriptions and details, and also their posts. They will just be unable to post to or participate in topics or forums.
Hidden before start and Hidden after end:
The topic (or forum) will only be accessible to students for the dates specified. After that, students will no longer be able to see the topic or forum– it will be made invisible to them.
Visible with access restricted before the start and Visible with submission restricted after end:
Students will only be able to see the title of the Forum (and titles of the topics within) or Topic and the associated dates and other restrictions, but not the description. After the end date, they will be able to see everything about the topic (or in the forum) but will not be able to particpate in them or post to them.
This is mostly for students, but if you ever saw an “Invalid File Type Error”, a new message will now be appearing that provides more information on the issue:
“This file extension is not allowed for security reasons. Please see our Restricted File Extensions article in the D2L Community for more detailed information.”
For Dropbox Assignments, if a student goes to upload a file that you restricted, they will get a message stating “This file extension is not allowed”.
Quizzes: Clearer Wording
D2L will be updating some of the wording in the Quiz Editor to make it more clear as to what each option does:
Automatically Publish Evaluation
Allow attempt to be set as graded immediately after completion
Auto-publish attempt results immediately upon completion
Auto-Export to Grades
Synchronize to Gradebook
Allow automatic export to grades
Sync to Gradebook on publish
Dropboxes: New Editor Made Default
The new Dropbox Editor, whichwe reported on in December 2020, will be on by default. This means that you will NOT be able to use the old editor and the new editor will be the only one available to you.
If you have any questions about these updates, please contact COLI via the ITS Helpdesk (firstname.lastname@example.org or helpdesk.canisius.edu)
ITS will be applying server, database and Banner upgrades to our production environment, on Saturday November 6, 2021 from 6:00 am – 9:00 am. During this maintenance window, the Banner Application, Self-Service Banner (Student Profile, timesheets, leave balances, etc), custom web apps (iAdvise, budget management, timeclock, new student checklist, etc) and Griffaudits will be unavailable.
The ITS systems status page, found in dark blue top section of the portal, will be updated accordingly.
If you encounter any issues post upgrade, please contact the help desk at email@example.com or at 888-8340.
Submitted by: Michele Folsom, director, Administrative Computing, ITS