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January 2020 Features...

Merging Canvas Courses
Instructional Design Drop-In Schedule
Important Dates for Spring Syllabi
Instructional Technology Workshops
No-Show Reporting
Spring 2020 Exam Schedule
How to Propose a GEL Trip
FITT Award
SUpr Summit

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Merging Canvas Courses

Request Deadline: January 18

Cut down course delivery time and effort! Merge two or more Canvas courses into a single course shell, and deliver the same course content to students in both courses. In merged courses, a new course shell is created and students from the other courses are enrolled into it. However, students will see the ID for the course in which they originally enrolled.

Submit all requests for course merges via Help Desk Work Order. See Canvas Course Merge Requests for instructions.

New Year, New Schedule for Karrin

(Your friendly Instructional Designer!)

Starting the week of January 20, Karrin's schedule is changing to better meet your teaching and learning needs.

Medical Mondays
SPL 114
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Winchester Wednesdays
Smith 322
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Expanded hours!

Health Thursdays New day!
HPB 261
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Fairfax Fridays
ICPH D3311
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Of course, Karrin is still available to chat with you on other days and at other times via:

Call / text: (703) 967-1555
Google Hangouts

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Important Dates for Your Spring Syllabi

January 27  Last day to add/drop a course
March 9-13  Spring Break
March 11  Midterm grades due 5 p.m.
April 30  Honorary Friday (Friday classes meet on Thursday)
May 1-2  Classes do not meet (Apple Blossom)
May 11-15  Final examinations (exams may not be given before May 11)

Instructional Technology - January Workshops

If you have questions about any CTLT workshop, please contact Robin Brugger or George Hoffman.

Instructional Technology Drop-in Workshops for Faculty

Alternating Wednesdays and Fridays from 2 - 4 p.m.

An Instructional Technology Drop-In Workshop for Faculty will be held weekly on alternating Wednesdays (starting January 8) and Fridays (starting January 2) in Smith Library 318. This interactive workshop is designed for faculty and instructional assistants at any level of technical skill as an opportunity to:

  • Receive training for any instructional technology supported by CTLT (Canvas, Design Tools, Panopto, Turnitin, Zoom, etc).

  • Have a quiet place to develop your tech skills under expert guidance from an Instructional Technologist in the CTLT Department.

  • Collaborate with colleagues to gain practical ideas and best practice methodologies for effectively using technology in your classroom.

No registration is required and you may come for any portion of the time. Please bring your laptop.

Canvas 1: The Basics

This workshop is designed for faculty and instructional assistants as an opportunity to receive Canvas training at the beginner’s level or brush up on some of the basics if you need some review.

  • Monday, January 13, 11 a.m - 12 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 16, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Monday, January 20, 10 - 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, January 21, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Friday, January 24, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 28, 10 - 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, January 29, 2 - 3 p.m.

Topics covered include: 

  • Building your course from scratch 
  • Adding content and organization
  • Displaying your syllabus
  • Creating pages/modules and assignments
  • Creating and setting a Home Page 
  • Navigation settings

Register here. Please bring your laptop. Held in Smith Library 318 or remotely via Zoom. 

Canvas 2: Assignments and Gradebook

Learn how the Canvas assignments area and the Gradebook work together.

  • Tuesday, January 14, 3 - 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 15, 10 - 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, January 21, 11 -12 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 23, 3 - 4 p.m.

Topics covered in this session include:

  • Setting up your Gradebook
  • Weighting grades
  • Entering grades
  • Creating assignments that can be submitted electronically
  • Creating columns in your Gradebook.
Register here. Please bring your laptop. Held in Smith Library 318 or remotely via Zoom.

Zoom for Video Conferencing and Recording

Come learn how to use Zoom for video conferencing and lecture recording.

  • Friday, January 17, 9 - 10 a.m.
  • Wednesday, January 22, 10 - 11 a.m.
  • Monday, January 27, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 30, 2 - 3 p.m.

Topics covered include: 

  • Recording your lectures and/or flipping your classroom
  • Scheduling and hosting a video conference
  • Student video assignments
Register here. Please bring your laptop. Held in Smith Library 318.

Need something else? We are happy to schedule a workshop for your school or department at your convenience and location. Please email requests to
Contributed by Emily Hollins

exclamation pointNo-Show Reporting Due Friday, January 24

Attention Faculty! Please report "no-show" students by using the mandatory Attendance Verification Form available here.  

This is required for federal financial aid compliance. 

Forms are due from every faculty member by Friday, January 24.

Spring 2020 Exam Schedule

The exam schedule for Saturday classes was updated on January 3. The complete schedule is available online from the Office of the Registrar:

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Conferences in February


12th Annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy

February 5 - 7
The Inn At Virginia Tech & Skelton Conference Center, Blacksburg, VA


Early bird registration deadline: January 13

This conference "showcases the best pedagogical practice and research in higher education today. Sessions address disciplinary and interdisciplinary instructional strategies, outcomes, and research. Each year we welcome over 500 faculty and instructors in higher education dedicated to teaching excellence."


CUR Dialogs 2020

Getting on the Right Path: Networks, Relationships, and Uncovering Grant Opportunities
February 13-16
Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA

Workshops "provide information about grant opportunities in research and education, both new and ongoing, as well as current trends in education higher education relevant to undergraduate research."

Courtesy of Bethany Galipeau-Konate

How to Propose a Global Experiential Learning (GEL) Trip - Info Sessions

Interested in designing a unique opportunity for you and students to explore your discipline in an international environment? Global Experiential Learning (GEL) trips are as diverse as SU’s programs and can fit almost every major or discipline. Come learn more about the possibilities from the staff at the Center for International Programs and fellow faculty who have led GEL trips.  All sessions will be held in the Center for International Programs as well as via Zoom. 
  • Wednesday, January 29, 12 - 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 27, 12 - 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 25, 12 - 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 16, 12 - 1 p.m.
Please RSVP at this link
Courtesy of Erika Francis

Faculty Innovative Teaching with Technology (FITT) Award

The FITT Award, given by the Faculty Senate's Information and Technology Committee, recognizes one faculty member or group per academic year who shows evidence of outstanding and innovative use of technology to improve student engagement and learning in any course format (face-to-face, hybrid, online). The range of acceptable entries is broad, such as the incorporation of a new technology or the use of an existing technology in a unique way.


Nominations due February 1

Any faculty member (adjunct, PT/FT) or group is eligible to be nominated for work completed at SU within the last three academic years. The award will be presented at the Full Faculty Meeting in May 2020 and recipient(s) will receive $1,000 to incorporate or enhance the use of technology to improve student learning and a Certificate of Recognition.

Nominations are submitted via Google Form and will include:
  • Name(s) of faculty member(s) or group
  • Course(s)
  • Technology used
  • Statement of why the faculty member(s) should be nominated.
  • Evidence of creativity and/or innovation, improvement in achieving learning and outcomes, and excellence.
  • A current CV and brief biography.
  • Other supporting materials or evidence.
Recipients of the FITT Award will be required to:
  • Use the funding to incorporate or enhance the use of technology to improve student learning.
  • Make one presentation about the award to an SU campus audience.
Recipients of the FITT Award are encouraged to:
  • Assess the impact the technology had on student learning in a particular course.
  • Help build a culture of teaching excellence in their departments, colleges, and the University by actively disseminating the results of their efforts through workshops, wikis, mentorship, publications, virtual showcases, classroom teaching demonstrations for other instructors, poster presentations, publications or conference presentations, or similar peer-to-peer learning opportunities.
All materials must be submitted via nomination form by February 1.

The Information and Technology Committee will review nominations and make a recommendation to the Faculty Senate by April 3.

If you have questions about the FITT Award or the process, contact the Chair of the Information and Technology Committee, Erika Francis (

 7th Annual SUpr Summit

Registration opens March 1

The 7th Annual Student Research and Project (SUpr) Summit will be held April 28 from 10 to 3 PM in the Brandt Student Center Ferrari Room.

At Shenandoah University, research is more than “bench science.” It’s exploration– taking a journey.

Each April, students celebrate their journeys of research at the Student Project & Research (SUpr) Summit. The SUpr Summit provides a venue for all SU students to show the broad range of study being done inside and outside classrooms as they present their projects, research, works-in-progress, and scholarly creative endeavors through digital media, fine art, audio and video recordings, and posters.

Quick Facts:

  • More than 350 students have taken advantage of this opportunity to practice giving conference presentations.

  • In 2019, there were more than 100 individual and group student presenters.

  • The Career Services Office helps SUpr Summit presenters learn to incorporate their projects and research into their resumes. 

For more information, visit the SUpr Summit Website or contact SUpr Summit Director Audra Gollenberg to learn why the SUpr Summit is “Totally Worth It!”