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COLI is Here to Help

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The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) produces a variety of technology support resources for faculty.  At any time, you can see what we have by going to our wiki space, at canisius.edu/coli.  You can find information on our regular workshops, book a consultation meeting with our staff and find our blog and YouTube channel.

As always, if you have any questions concerning technology for teaching, learning and research, set up a one-on-one virtual or in-person consultation with us!

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

New Look n’ Feel Coming for Desire2Learn!

D2L_COLIDesire2Learn is getting a new interface once the spring semester is completed.  While the changes appear extensive, so far it seems Desire2Learn’s developers aren’t changing the layout as much as they are simplifying screens.  This optimizes D2L for tablets but also may make finding things a little easier.  Layouts within certain toolsets will probably change but this is to make features and options more obvious to instructors.

Check out our preview video here!

COLI Quick Tip! YouTube is more useful–and usable–than you might think!

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

Teach and Learn at Next Google Apps Meetup

GAFECanisiuslogoThis semester, the Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) is hosting a meetup series focused on Google Apps for Education, a set of tools ideally suited for teaching, learning and collaboration via the web. The next meetup will take place Tuesday, February 28 at noon.  Bring your lunch! We’ll meet in Old Main 119, where computers, internet and collaborative spirit are plentiful.

The first meetup was well attended by faculty and staff interested in learning and sharing tips for Google Drive, YouTube and related apps.

If you use Google Apps to teach, help students, make administrative work less burdensome or facilitate research, please show us!  Bring your questions for the group!  Complete novices, casual users and power users all welcome!

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

 

Get the Most From These Web-Based Technologies

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As always, the Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) is hosting workshops to help faculty and staff get the most from web-based technologies.  This week and next week COLI will host Desire2Learn workshops, ideal for faculty who want to do more with the campus’ learning management system, D2L. Also coming up are Google Apps workshops, which feature powerful tools for helping students work together and be better writers.

Toward the end of February, COLI will offer workshops for Qualtrics and for Confluence, web tools that can facilitate scholarly research, administrative, or service work.

You can view and sign up for scheduled workshops by clicking the button below, or learn more about COLI’s workshops and other resources via the Wiki, at canisius.edu/coli.

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

Campus Candid

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On Friday, February 3, the Serious Games Meetup Group had a fantastic meetup as faculty, staff and students came to experience Virtual Reality (VR). Using PC- and Sony Playstation-based VR technologies, attendees sampled a variety of applications ranging from immersive entertainment to educational and exploratory simulations.  Participants considered the many possibilities of the new technology for education!

Special thanks to P.J. Moskal, PhD, associate professor of digital media arts and Andrew Stewart, PhD, assistant professor of biology for supplying the Virtual Reality equipment!  Stay tuned for more Serious Games Meetups, on the first Friday of every month during the fall and spring semesters!

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