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Canvas Combo: Group Discussions for Increasing Interaction, Engagement, and Equity & Data at Your Fingertips: Supporting the Success of all Learners

October 25, 2019 @ 1:00 pm 1:45 pm

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This session includes two 15-minute presentations with time for Q&A.

Group Discussions for Increasing Interaction, Engagement, and Equity
Whole-class discussions can be difficult to follow with multiple conversations happening at once. Some students dominate and others get lost in the mix. Many participate with minimal replies. The presenter will demonstrate how she uses Canvas Groups and Discussions to create more intimate discourse. The result is a more equitable and engaging student-to-student interaction.

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:
1) Recognize the benefits of group work online
2) Create Canvas group discussions

Data at Your Fingertips: Supporting the Success of all Learners
How are students engaging in your course? Enter Analytics Beta, a visual dashboard that provides instructors an in-depth look at how students are engaging at any point in time. Hear how one instructor has used this tool to support students by making informed pedagogical and design choices, as well as provide critical communication when students need it most. Data at work!

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:
1) Identify at least one Analytics Beta feature/function that supports student learning success
2) Identify at least one Analytics Beta feature/function that supports the instructor role


Maritez Apigo

Over the last two decades, Maritez Apigo has had the honor of teaching in the Bay Area, California and in Hawaii community colleges, high schools, and middle schools. Currently, she is an instructional designer and an online and hybrid English and ESL professor at Contra Costa College. She is an @ONE Online course facilitator and a CVC-OEI peer reviewer. Maritez’s teaching pedagogy illuminates her commitment to social justice, equity, innovation, and student success. When she’s not teaching, you might discover her behind the turntables DJing, in the dance studio working on her dance technique, or at the park playing with her two young children.

Kim Vincent-Layton

Kim is an educational developer/designer in the Center for Teaching and Learning, and a lecturer in the Department of Communication at Humboldt State University (HSU). She has been the CSU Quality Assurance campus lead at HSU since 2011, and launched and led the last two years of the California Canvas Common Interest Group. In her free time, Kim loves to travel, write and engage in physical activity (cycling, hiking, swimming!) with her partner and three daughters. She is excited to connect with colleagues at Can•Innovate as we continue to explore learning and teaching together.

Becky Williams

Becky is the Canvas administrator at Humboldt State University. She has been supporting students and faculty as they navigate Canvas since 2016. She has a B.S. in Computer Science from Humboldt and is working on an M.S. in Online Teaching & Learning from CSU East Bay.

Armeda Reitzel

Armeda Reitzel is professor of communication at Humboldt State University (HSU) where she has taught since 1981. This semester she is teaching online at College of the Redwoods (CR). She has developed and taught three fully online courses: Fundamentals of Speech Communication (HSU), American Public Discourse (HSU), and Intercultural Communication (CR). In 2016, she was a recipient of the California State University Award for Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) for creating a quality course (Communication 100-Fundamentals of Speech Communication). Dr. Reitzel is a fan of Analytics Beta.
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October 25, 2019
1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
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  1. I thought this video was detailed, informative, and potentially very useful. It can be modified to suit different courses across disciplines and levels. Thank you so much for your time and efforts in helping out us instructors.

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