Center for Advancing Teaching Excellence: Kick It Up A Notch

Teaching
Kick It Up A Notch

In this set of short videos, the Center for Advancing Teaching Excellence offers some tips and tricks to take your classes to the next level. Watch this space for more videos added regularly. Please reach out to us at MoodyCATE@austin.utexas.edu with any ideas you might like for us to include in this series. 


Canvas

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Announcements

Send effective announcements using text, voice, or video to communicate with your students.

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Assignments

Set up assignments to reflect your grading scheme.

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Discussions

Build classroom community and keep students engaged using discussion boards.

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Grading

Explore entering grades, grade posting policies, and anonymous grading.

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Homepage

Create a simple, clear, and organized homepage.

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Modules

Organize your course content using modules.

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Rubrics

Use rubrics for setting clear expectations for students and for ease of using SpeedGrader.

Other Tools

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Google Jamboards

Interactive digital whiteboard from the Google suite. See this Jamboards handout for more information.

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Flipgrid

Video assignment and discussion tool.

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Panopto

Lecture capture tool for short videos, editing, captioning, and interactive elements. This video highlights using Panopto for flipped classrooms.

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Perusall

Social annotation tool integrated with Canvas. When using social annotation tools, it's important to consider inclusive practices. Please refer to this handout for more information on critical social annotation.

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Polling

Polling tools for active learning and increasing equitable engagement.

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Zoom Breakout Rooms

Zoom feature for group work and group discussions.

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Zoom Whiteboards

Zoom feature for collaboration, social interaction, and engagement.