Sarah North

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Motivating Students Online: Gradebook Tools for Connecting with Students

Posted by Sarah North on Mar 15, 2018 1:37:14 PM

This is the first in a series of posts, intended to provide actionable Canvas strategies that instructors can easily implement to help improve motivation and engagement among online students.

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Winter Web Camp and Spring Semester Trainings

Posted by Sarah North on Nov 22, 2017 10:22:48 AM

Is your online or hybrid course ready for the Spring 2018 semester? Fear not, CU Online has a lineup up of workshops and trainings starting in January to help you prepare; everything from basic Canvas training to student success strategies, we have you covered!

Visit to register for events and to view more listings.

Winter Web Camp
January 9-12
Downtown - Lawrence Street Center, Room 1300D
‘Go for the gold’ this semester with CU Online! You’re invited to join us for our annual Winter Web Camp, featuring four days of online best practices, teaching strategies, and new technologies and tools you won’t want to miss! You may register for just one day, come for them all, or attend virtually when available. On the fourth day of Winter Web Camp, we’ve dedicated an entire day to Canvas Open Lab where you can work on your course in a quiet space, with CU Online staff ready to assist you.
Check out the Winter Web Camp website for the full schedule and to register!

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Topics: Online faculty training, CU Online, faculty training, Winter Web Camp, TA training

Designing Effective Discussions

Posted by Sarah North on Oct 2, 2017 9:31:46 AM

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Topics: CU Online, Discussions, Instructional Design, faculty training, Designing Effective DIscussions,

Using "roles" in your online discussions

Posted by Sarah North on May 3, 2017 4:02:16 PM

Are you ready to breathe new life into your online discussions? You might want to try out integrating roles into small discussion groups, which can provide more variety in the discussion forum and clearly define tasks. Roles can be assigned to students each week, or you can opt for self-selection using a variety of methods.

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Topics: CU Online, Online teaching, Discussions

Upgrades to FlipGrid

Posted by Sarah North on Feb 8, 2017 3:47:13 PM

Upgrades to Flipgrid include free educator accounts and private assessment tools

Flipgrid is an online video-based discussion tool designed to give students a unique method of communicating what they’ve learned (as an alternative to text-based options). It helps foster an engaging, social learning atmosphere within the online classroom, or adds a supplemental component to face-to-face courses. Recent Flipgrid upgrades (Flipgrid One and Flipgrid Classroom) both take into account you – the educator – and your unique needs.

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Topics: CU Online, Online teaching, Online tools

Microsoft O365 has now been integrated within Canvas

Posted by Sarah North on Jan 11, 2017 10:52:08 AM

Microsoft Office365 is now an external app (LTI) available for integration within your Canvas course! It accesses the Microsoft OneDrive account directly via your CU login. Collaborative tools through Office365 are an excellent way for students to work virtually on group projects or papers, take shared notes, etc. Instructors or students can set up group collaborations. Collaborative document options include Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

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Topics: O365, CU Online, Online learning, Canvas, Online teaching

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