Google, Mobile, and What Else? Insights from the 2017 Freshman Technology Survey

As we do every year, we surveyed incoming freshmen about their technology habits during summer orientation. This year we received nearly 800 responses.  What did we learn?

Google

Freshmen Technology Survey 2017 Google Use
Freshmen Technology Survey 2017 Google Use
Incoming Freshmen Google Use 2013 - 2017
Incoming Freshmen Google Use 2013 – 2017

Some things we already knew–students like Google and their Google use is only going up. This year we saw 94% using Gmail, 81% using Google Drive, 75% using the Google Chrome browser, and 74% using Google Docs.  Given our recent switch to Gmail & Google calendar, we in OIT were happy to see that.  We’ll also take their use of Drive and Docs into account as we consider whether and when to turn on those other apps in GSuite.

Mobile

And, of course, yes, our students are as mobile as ever.

Freshmen Technology Survey 2017 Mobile Technology Use
Freshmen Technology Survey 2017 Mobile Technology Use

 

Digital Identity? Not so much . . .

What are they doing with their constant connection?  88% report that they use the web for Social Media.  This year, we decided to unpack what that means by asking them if they maintain a digital identity.

Freshman Technology Survey 2017 Digital Identity and Web Use. 71% don't maintain a digital identity and 88% use the web for social media.
Freshman Technology Survey 2017 Digital Identity and Web Use
Students and Social Media Freshman Technology Survey 2017
Incoming Freshman 2017 Social Media Use by Platform

71% of them don’t.  If you look more closely at their social media apps, Facebook and Twitter use continues to decline while Instagram and Snapchat use is growing.  These two apps, in particular, function off the idea of instantaneous and ephemeral communication.  In her study of teen social media use, It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Network Teens, danah boyd, argues that teens replicate analog communications and see digital spaces as a continuum not an alternative to face-to-face interactions.  Instagram and Snapchat have replaced my generation’s practice of passing notes in class.  These apps are not necessarily about establishing a brand identity, unlike social media apps, Facebook and Twitter, where we see use declining.

Online or web-enhanced learning?

Past Learning Management Systems Used, 2017 Freshman Technology Survey ResultsWhile they may not be branding themselves on the open web, students are used to using the web for learning.  This year, we saw a dramatic drop in the response for students who have “never used an LMS (learning management system)” from 43% last year to 17% this year.

While most students have experience using an online LMS, they have not been fully online students. Nevertheless, even here we saw an increase:  35% have taken a class online which is up from 31% last year. In other words, over a third of incoming freshmen are familiar with online classes.

 

Working Digitally

Beyond online learning, students increasingly work digitally whether that is composing assignments and notes using online Docs (like Google) or accessing course materials, information, and grades online. What does this mean for instruction?  These students are ready for faculty to level up in Canvas by moving more course workflow online, but they may also be open for more innovative uses of online technology like collaborative projects, writing, peer editing, or group brainstorming.  Instructors could even leverage those ubiquitous mobile devices to expand the face-to-face classroom or encourage virtual group work outside of class.

What’s Next?

Finally, we always ask what new technologies students are interested in.  This year, wearable tech, 3D printing, and virtual reality headsets all passed 50% . Is it time to get a makerspace on campus?

Freshman Technology Survey results 2017, what new technology are students interested in?
What new technology are students interested in? 2017 Freshmen Technology Survey Results

Acknowledgements

Thanks to  Brenda Adrian, Jenny Cha, Ling Chen, Laura Lucas, Chris Mosier, Joana Trimble, Mike Weston for contributing insights to this post and to Eric Trimble and the team of student workers in Instructional Technology for the graphics.

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Canvas New Release for 10/28/17

Canvas’ updates for October 28, 2017 include duplication of discussions and a change to the default Home Page.

Discussion Duplication

Discussions can be duplicated in the Discussions page or the Assignments page. The duplication option is located in the Settings menu for every available discussion. When a discussion is copied, the word Copy is added to the end of the discussion name.
Menu for Duplicate located under the Settings icon

All items in the discussion are duplicated including the name, description, and options. The person who copied the discussion is shown as the author of the discussion and is immediately subscribed to the discussion, and the date the discussion was copied displays as the last posted date.

In graded discussions, duplication exceptions include the following situations:

  • Copied peer review discussions retain the peer review setting and Assign Review date, but the number of reviews per user will be set to zero.
  • Copied discussions are always assigned to everyone in the course; differentiated discussions are not retained for individual users, groups, or sections.

Default Home Page is Modules

All new courses for Spring 2018 will open to the default Home Page of Modules.  This is great if you use Modules as the primary means of delivering content in your Canvas course.  If not, you can still change the Home Page of your course to be a Page, the Syllabus, or Assignments.  More information about using Modules may be found in the Canvas Guide to Modules.

To change your Home Page click on Home from the course menu.  In the right menu, underneath the Publish button, click on Choose Home Page.

Course Status menu, with Unpublish, Publish, Import from Commons and Choose Home Page

 

 

 

 

 

For the complete list of updates visit the Canvas Production Release Notes page.

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Level Up in Canvas with Quizzes

Level Up Your Canvas bit.ly/canvaslevelupWould you like to save time grading multiple choice quizzes? Would you like to give your students an opportunity to self-test with low stakes quizzes online?  Canvas Quizzes enable the delivery of online quizzes that can mostly be automatically graded so you can spend your time on more important things.

Question types include multiple choice, T/F and short answer.  You can import your current quizzes to Canvas or create new ones.

Get an introduction to Quizzes in Canvas on

  • September 21: 11:00 – Noon
  • September 27: 2:00 – 3:00pm

All classes are held in Premont 116.

During the training we’ll cover

  • Importing existing quizzes into Canvas
  • Creating new quizzes in Canvas
  • Quizzing options
  • Using question pools
  • Randomizing questions
  • Moderating quizzes to give students additional attempts

Sign up via Eventbrite.

For more ideas on saving time by using Canvas, visit our Canvas Level Up site.

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Canvas New Release for 9/16

CanvasBelow are the highlights from the September 16th Canvas release.  Canvas makes ongoing updates once per month.  Details about all updates are found in the Canvas Community.

Notifications Will Come from the Class Name

When students view course notifications in their email, all notifications are sent from the course name. This change helps students more easily identify notifications from a specific course. Previously notifications were sent from Instructure Canvas or the institution’s name.

Conferences (Big Blue Button) Updates

Conferences, the video conferencing application within Canvas, has a new interface and the ability to download and store presentations, chat transcripts and shared notes.

Please be aware the Conferences (Big Blue Button) does not work on mobile devices such as an iPhone or Android and that Conference recordings are automatically deleted after 14 days. If you need to save recordings of video conferences or have students who access via mobile devices we recommend using WebEx.

Additional information on the September 16th Release may be found in the Canvas Community.

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Mary Dunn Shares Online Teaching Strategies for the Traditional Classroom

Mary B. Dunn, Assistant Professor of Management
Mary B. Dunn, Assistant Professor of Management

Mary B. Dunn, Assistant Professor of Management, is one of several panelists for the 2017 Teaching Symposium Session, “Online Teaching Strategies for the Traditional Classroom”.  Since Mary can’t make the session, she has offered her remarks in the following essay:

Four Tools I Adopted in My Traditional Classrooms After I Taught On-Line

Good afternoon! My name is Mary Dunn. I am an Assistant Professor in the Management Department in the Munday School of Business. I teach traditional undergraduate classes as well as non-traditional, blended courses for undergraduate and graduate students. I developed and taught an MBA course in the low-residency format at St. Edward’s.

The bulk of my teaching experience has been in the face-to-face format, but I have developed my on-line and blended teaching skills considerably over the past several years. In all of my classrooms (traditional and on-line), I take a relational approach (e.g. Parker, Hall, & Kram, 2008) to learning and building social capital (e.g. Burt, 2000; Coleman, 1990; Granovetter, 1973, 1974), so students are more likely to learn from one another and engage actively with the content. When I teach on-line, one of my primary goals is to create an on-line learning community that is just as interactive, collaborative, and cohesive as those in my traditional classrooms since interaction facilitates positive learning outcomes (Swan, 2002).

Initially, I didn’t expect that my traditional classrooms would gain much from experiences teaching on-line, but I was wrong. I have incorporated several new practices in my traditional classes that help me make my classes more collaborative and interactive. In particular, I find it easier to incorporate technology to flip the classroom, respond to unexpected changes, promote students’ learning from one another in shared reflection, and provide additional feedback. Continue reading

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Creating a “Welcome to my Course” Video in Canvas

Overview:  When a “Welcome to my Course” video is the first thing the students see upon entering your course, it creates a positive first impression, builds rapport and establishes credibility.  Even better, from start to finish, creating a welcome video takes less than an hour!

Where to begin: Some Instructors use a short (2-4 slides) presentation, some simply talk into the camera.  Either way, it’s a good idea to outline what you’ll say.  Commonly used talking points include: 1) Brief Course Overview, 2) Where to find things in your Canvas course, 3) Grading and Attendance policies, 4) “About Me” with short bio.

Task Overview: You will need to enable Panopto in your Canvas Course, install the Panopto application to your computer, create your recording, upload it to Canvas and place it on your home page.  (To view the complete listing of available Panopto tutorials, click here).

Here’s how to do it:

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New Teacher App for Canvas

Canvas has released the Canvas Teacher app, available for iOS and Android phones and tablets. Canvas Teacher allows instructors to manage their courses from a mobile device. Canvas Teacher replaces the existing Android and iOS SpeedGrader apps.  Download the free app from the iOS App store or Android Play store.

This app provides quick access to grading submissions, communicating with students, and updating course content through Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, and Quizzes.

Grade Submissions

Instructors can browse submissions and provide feedback to their students with a new and improved mobile SpeedGrader embedded in the app.

To grade a submission, open your class and select  Assignments. Select the Assignment you wish to grade.  Select the Needs Grading (1) icon to see the list of submissions. Select Needs Grading to the right of the student submission you wish to grade.

Needs Grading is the center icon and will display the number of submissions ready for grading

List of submissions that have not been graded. Click on needs Grading to select.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The speedgrader includes the same markup and commenting tools of the web-based speedgrader.

Speedgrader in mobile app has all of the commenting and markup tools of the web version.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Canvas New Releases 7-15-2017

On JCanvasuly 15, Instructure will release multiple new features for Canvas. Duplication of Assignments and Pages will be a welcome time saver for faculty. For example, if you need to add multiple in-class homework assignments to populate your gradebook in Canvas, this will be a quick way to create those assignments.  New courses added to Canvas after July 15th will default to Modules for the Home Page. In addition, Canvas is changing icons throughout Canvas.

Assignment Duplication

Assignments can be duplicated in the Assignments index page. The duplication option is located in the Settings menu for every available assignment. When an assignment is copied, the word Copy is added to the end of the assignment name.  You can duplicate any assignment by clicking on the gear icon to the right of the assignment name and choosing Duplicate from the drop down menu.

Duplicating an assignment defaults the copied assignment to an unpublished status. All items in the assignment are duplicated including the name, description, point value, and options, except for the following situations:

  • Copied external tool (LTI) assignments, such as Turnitin, will need to be reconfigured.
  • Copied assignments are always assigned to everyone in the course; differentiated assignments are not retained for individual users, groups, or sections.
  • Copied peer review assignments retain the peer review setting and Assign Review date, but the number of reviews per user will be set to zero.

Note: Quizzes and Discussion assignments cannot be duplicated.

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Canvas DocViewer Replacing Crocodoc for Grading

CanvasOn June 21st, Canvas will replace the Crocodoc grading annotation tool with its own DocViewer. This is a necessary step as Box has ended support for Crocodoc.

All of the annotation tools will still be available in the new DocViewer, but the interface has changed a bit. The image below shows the new DocViewer with tools located on the right side of the display.

The DocViewer toolbar displays the number of pages for a document, zoom in and out of the file, and six annotation types for commenting: point, highlight, free text, strikeout, free draw, and area annotation types.

Currently, annotation selection is not persistent, so once an annotation type is selected, the toolbar defaults back to the selection tool. Users must select each annotation type individually.

The Canvas DocViewer will also replace the inline Preview tool for documents linked to within a page.

A complete description of file types supported and tool availability is available in the DocViewer documentation in the Canvas Community.

Contact Instructional Technology at support@stedwards.edu for assistance with Canvas.

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Canvas New Release Features for June 3

Canvas

The June 3rd update to Canvas will feature a few new items to allow for better display of announcements and improved editing of content pages. New editing features include a new table menu and the ability to see embedded content while editing.

 

 

Course Home Page Recent Announcements Display

Faculty can now add Announcements to any course home page, including the Syllabus, Course Modules, a Page, or Course Activity Stream. Previously recent announcements only displayed when the Course Home Page was set to the Front Page. If enabled, Recent Announcements will show at the very top of whatever page is selected as the Home Page.
Screenshot showing 3 announcements at the top of the Course Activity Stream Home Page

To add announcements to the home page for a course

  • Go to Course Settings and on the Course Details tab, scroll down to the bottom and select more options.
  • Check the box for “Show recent announcements on Course home page” and select the number of announcements you would like to display
  • Click on Update Course Details to save the changes

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