Canvas Connect: Highlights from the New Faculty Institute

Professor William S. Durden, of Clark College, leads the faculty in a session on using Canvas to Create Connectivity.

Professor William S. Durden, of Clark College, leads the faculty in a session on using Canvas to Create Connectivity.

One of the stand-out sessions from this year’s New Faculty Institute was the presentation on the new technology of Canvas by WIlliam S. Durden.   Titled “Creating Connectivity with Canvas: Designing Active Learning Environments,” this presentation covered specific Canvas tools that promote Connectivity, Alignment, and “Flipping” the Classroom.

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#ISaidYes: Tweeting the Conference

Twitter ImageLet me start with this: I have never been a Twitter fan.

The Back Story

First, there’s the 140 character limit: who can express a complex thought in so few words? Well, Orwell, I guess, for one . . . or Hemingway . . . but I’ve always been an external processor.

Facebook is more my style, where one can write half the length of a Hemingway novel in one status update (no joke– the maximum FB post is 63, 206 characters). That is 451.5 full Tweets.

And Facebook, perhaps because it was originally grounded in F2F relationships, seemed safer– more intimate– less overwhelming. Twitter, because it is more public, seemed dangerous (the way MySpace eventually became for me)– there was nothing to hold users accountable for their online, asynchronous actions.

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