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COLI’s End of Semester Checklist for Instructors

It’s coming up to the end of the semester again. Here are some actions you should take by the week after grades are due:

  • Enter your Final Grades through MyCanisius. Click here for a brief video tutorial.
  • If you want students to see their Final Calculated Grade, click here to see a tutorial on how to do that.
  • Export your gradebook to archive the grades for your personal record. See this tutorial here to do that.
  • Archive your entire D2L course in the Brightspace format at the end of each term for your personal record. Click this link to see how to do that.
  • If you are teaching courses in the next semester, copy course content so you do not have to rush through it and have time to work on it in between semesters. Click here to see how. Text instructions are available here.
  • If you have not already, inform the Canisius Bookstore of any books or Cengage Unlimited products you intend to use. If you are not planning on using books or Cengage Unlimited products, let the bookstore know that as well. See their page here for more contact information.

You can click here to view the COLI Checklist page, which has further resources. View the video below for a quick overview of the End of Semester Checklist here.

Sign up for the Winter 2022 Faculty Development Week!

A quick reminder to all interested faculty that the Academic Affairs Office is organizing the Winter 2022 Faculty Development Week (W’22FDW).

Kicking off the W’22FDW is “Supporting Scholarship: A Panel Conversation,” starting 9:00 a.m. on January 4, 2022.

Other fantastic opportunities are listed below!

For longer descriptions of the sessions and activities below, click on this link here! To sign up for the Winter 2022 Faculty Development week, click this link!

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 11th concludes with an appetizer event.


Pedagogy Primer Podcast: Mrs. Sarah Galasso

Episode 9 of the Pedagogy Primer Podcast is available now! In this episode, we are joined by Mrs. Sarah Galasso, associate professor of Digital Media Arts. Galasso reflects on her experiences transitioning from the Private Sector to freelancing, and then to higher education. She also shares some tips for new and incoming faculty.

Listen to it now by clicking on the following link:

Pedagogy Primer Podcast Episode 9: Mrs. Sarah Galasso

Or Listen & Subscribe on

Apple Podcasts


Google Podcasts

Relevant Links and Resources

Mrs. Sarah Galasso’s Faculty Page

August Productions

Guide for New Faculty

Panopto, D2L and Canisius

Starting next semester, instructors will be able to use Panopto for their courses.

Panopto is a video content management system (CMS) that will be available to you right inside of D2L, without any additional sign-ins on your part. This means that you can record or upload, edit, and curate videos for your courses without needing to leave D2L. This makes Panopto much easier to use than Google Drive or YouTube. Instructors do not have to use a separate program to record videos or go to a different website to upload videos. Also with Panopto, you can insert the video (without jumping through too many hoops) directly into the module or activity so that students see a video player instead of clicking a link.

Panopto has simple editing tools that will allow you to remove portions of your video quickly and painlessly. For those that want more out of the editor, you can also include multiple screens at the same time, other videos from other sources or website pages, and create in-video quizzes. For most users, the web app version of Panopto will be enough. The web version will automatically upload the video to Panopto. Users that want more control over their recordings or users with weak/no internet access can use the desktop version of Panopto. Regardless of whether or not you have internet access, the desktop app will create a video file of your recording on your PC. Otherwise, the desktop app will also try to upload the video to Panopto when you have internet. If you already have videos that you want to re-use or videos recorded using Screencast-o-Matic or other screen-recorder, you can also choose to upload these videos to Panopto through D2L.

Each course will have its own Panopto folder, allowing you to quickly find videos for the course you are in when you access it in D2L. If you want to, you can even get videos from previous versions of the course or other courses and share the videos with the current D2L course.

Stay tuned to the COLI Blog and the Dome to keep for more information on when tutorials and workshops will be available.

Better Multiple Choice Questions

Even the humble multi-choice question can be a powerful – and cheat-resistant – assessment. While we may not use these questions as our sole means of assessing student learning, they are undeniably efficient, especially for busy faculty.

Traditionally, we think of multiple-choice questions as quizzing students on facts and rewarding memorization. Besides, in the information age, aren’t answers to these sorts of questions readily available on the internet? But what if a multiple choice question asked students to perform analysis, or make judgments, on an example?

Many faculty have academic integrity concerns over online exams and quizzes, although there are plenty of ways to complicate cheating on those assessments. Meanwhile, despite our assumptions and best efforts, classroom exams are shockingly easy to cheat, and cheaters typically know where on the internet to go for tips. (We, um, won’t link those kinds of places here.)

But either online or in the classroom: what if the *questions* weren’t so easy to cheat? Better still, what if the questions challenged them to use higher-level skills in your discipline?

Here are some resources to help you consider how you might build more effective multiple-choice questions, to deploy alongside other kinds of assessments.

COLI has a short guide to making better multiple-choice questions.

Also see Eric Loepp’s recent article in Inside Higher Ed, “The Benefits of Higher-Order Multiple-Choice Tests.”

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, academic technologist, COLI