Lessons from Snowflakes

February 23, 2022 by | Pedagogy

A few weeks ago my son (who lives far away in a snowy valley of northern Utah) texted me this picture:   It’s a photo he’d taken of a partially-melted snowflake under a microscope. He told me that it was harder than he thought to capture the flakes under magnification, that all of the equipment



February 11, 2022 by | Canvas

Are you interested in increasing student engagement, expanding reading comprehension, and building critical thinking and community in classes? Hypothes.is allows for collaborative annotation that makes reading active, visible, and social, enabling students to engage with their texts, teachers, ideas, and each other in deeper, more meaningful ways. Autumn Ottenad, Customer Success Specialist from Hypothes.is offers


How to Find and Understand Your Zoom Settings

February 8, 2022 by | Technology

Zoom offers an array of meeting options that enable us to conduct online classes and meetings, hold virtual office hours, and much more. It also provides a lot of settings options. In this blog, we will discuss how to access your Zoom meeting settings, how to create meetings, and share a few best practices. Zoom


New Zoom Prime Room Features

January 26, 2022 by | Zoom

In January 2022, Zoom offered some new features including direct control of Breakout Rooms. The Prime Panel now has a new look with a while login page. Breakout Room control on the far-right once you join the meeting. While you can join a meeting with pre-created Breakout Rooms, you can build the rooms right in


Tips for making your Zoom meetings more secure

January 14, 2022 by | Zoom

Has it been a while since you reviewed Zoom security features? As you prepare to teach this spring, consider the following features you may want to use. Features to Secure Meetings Allow only signed-in users to join: If someone tries to join your meeting and isn’t logged into Zoom with the email they were invited


YOU + Canvas = Student Success

January 10, 2022 by | Canvas

Welcome your students Canvas offers many ways you can welcome your students. Here are just a few ideas: Send an announcement with your syllabus Create a welcome video Start a Canvas Discussion post and allow everyone to introduce themselves Use Flipgrid in Canvas for everyone to create their own icebreaker video Get to know your


Keeping it smart with Canvas

January 7, 2022 by | Canvas

“Addie” By Dave Braunschweig Licensed under CC under 3.0 Creating effective and engaging Canvas courses can be a daunting task, but fluctuating conditions can make this endeavor feel almost impossible. Yet, despite the challenges, following a few simple guidelines can help faculty create courses that provide a meaningful experience for students no matter what changes


Share your name pronunciation in your email signature!

January 5, 2022 by | Faculty

Did you know that the Chapman community now has access to a tool called NameCoach?  Students, instructors, and staff members can use NameCoach to create and share a recording of their name both inside and outside of Canvas.  One great place to share your name recording (also known as your NameBadge) is in your email


A New Version of BigBlueButton Now in Canvas

January 5, 2022 by | Canvas

BigBlueButton released a new version that is now available in your Canvas course. If you are looking for an alternative to Zoom, BBB now has some extra features you may want to explore: In particular, this new release features the Learning Dashboard, a live view of in-class analytics that helps teachers answer three questions during their online

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