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February 2020 Features

Canvas Design Tools Workshops
Canvas Gradebook Changes
Faculty Grants Available
VFIC STEM Webinars
SU Joins NCWIT Academic Alliance
SUpr Summit Registration Opens 3/1
It's Time to Upgrade!

Design Tools Workshops


The spring 2020 Canvas Design Tools workshops are now open for registration! Come join us for brunch, lunch, snacks, or afternoon tea as we share all of the great features available in Design Tools. Each session is limited to 10 participants, so be sure to sign up soon!

Who: You.

What: Explore all of the neat functions of the new Design Tools.

When
  • Brunch & Learn, February 12, 9:30am-11:30am
  • Lunch & Learn, February 26, 11:30am-1:30pm
  • Snack & Learn, March 4, 2-4pm
  • Afternoon Tea & Learn, March 25, 3-5pm
Where: All events will be held in Smith 318. Zoom will also be available - just let us know.

Why: To learn how to create visually engaging Canvas course sites (and because we like you).

How: RSVP by February 6.

Questions? Concerns? Kontact Karrin
Contributed by George Hoffman

Canvas Gradebook Changes


As you may have heard, or even noticed first-hand in your Canvas course, Canvas’ gradebook has undergone some rather significant changes. We hope you will take a few moments to familiarize yourself with some of the documentation, linked below. We will be including this information in upcoming Gradebook and Assignments workshops. As always, if you have any questions regarding the new Gradebook, please contact us.

New Gradebook Overview Video
 

Comparisons


New Gradebook and SpeedGrader Muting Behavior Changes 
View a comparison between the previous and new muting behavior in both the New Gradebook and SpeedGrader, complete with various scenarios illustrated by short videos.

Gradebook and New Gradebook Comparison Document 
View a comparison between the current Gradebook and the New Gradebook.

Student Grade Visibility Flowchart
This flowchart outlines how and when an instructor may use the posting policies feature to manage student grade visibility in a course.
Via Ermin Sinanović, Executive Director
 

Faculty Grants Available from CICW


The Center for Islam in the Contemporary World (CICW) at Shenandoah University is offering curriculum development grants to faculty who would like to introduce or increase content on Islam in their courses. The maximum award is $2000 and CICW expects to award 5-6 grants in 2020. Applications are received on a first-come first-serve, rolling basis. For more information, please email CICW at cicw@su.edu.

VFIC Sponsored Spring Webinars


Distance Education and Project Based Learning


Shenandoah University is participating in the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC) STEM Committee. As our contribution, we are offering webinars via Zoom. Click here for more information. 

Everything You Wanted to Know About Distance Education (But Were Afraid to Ask)
February 28, 12-1pm
Karrin Lukacs, PhD

Project Based Learning
March 20, 12-1pm
Liz Gleim, PhD

SU Now a Member of NCWIT


Attend a Spring Webinar


Shenandoah University has joined The National Center for Women & Technology Academic Alliance. NCWIT works to increase the participation of girls and women in the field of computing. In honor of Black History Month, NCWIT is celebrating the contributions of black women and girls in computing by hosting a three-part virtual chat, "The Color of Our Future: An Online Conversation Series on the Empowerment and Inclusion of Black Women & Girls in Tech."

To register, use the links below:

7th Annual SUpr Summit


Registration Opens March 1


The 7th Annual Student Research and Project (SUpr) Summit will be held April 28 from 10am to 3pm 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!”

Contributed by Tom Anderson

It's Time to Upgrade!


MacOS Catalina and iPadOS are now approved and students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to upgrade as soon as possible. The updates can be installed through the App Store and/or Software Update. Make sure you have a backup before you upgrade. Contact the IC Help Desk (helpdesk@su.edu) if you need any help. 
 
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