SXSWEdu Highlight: Bring Personalized Learning in Your Classes

SXSWEdu Conference

The pedagogy of personalization referenced in this post was presented by Alix Horton (New Tech Network-Literacy Coach), Drew Schrader (New Tech Netwotk-Dir Assessment), and Paul Curtis (New Tech Network-Dir of Platform Dev) in the summit session of SXSWEdu 2017.


What is Personalized Learning?

It entails school culture, pedagogy, available resources and all that might influence the shape of the learning environment. In the 2016 National Educational Technology Plan: Future Ready Learning: Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education (NETP) and the 2017 NETP Update, both define personalized learning as the following:

“Personalized learning refers to instruction in which the pace of learning and the instructional approach are optimized for the needs of each learner. Learning objectives, instructional approaches, and instructional content (and its sequencing) may all vary based on learner needs. In addition, learning activities are made available that are meaningful and relevant to learners, driven by their interests and often self-initiated.”

Personalized learning usually leverages digital tools and applications to customize learning for each individual and ensure students can close the skill gaps, achieve mastery, or gain advanced knowledge in the concepts taught. Personalized learning provides instruction that is meaningful and contextualized for the students, and consists of the following (SXSWEdu 2017):

  • The pace of learning is adjusted and self-paced.
  • Learning objectives, approaches, and content are optimized for each learner.
  • Learning is motivated and driven by learner interests.
  • Learners are given choice in what, how, when, and where they learn.
  • Learning is often supported by technology.

To allow true personalized learning, faculty utilize technology to make it easier to transform courses that support individualized learning. In this post are some strategies in support of personalized learning. Continue reading

Qualtrics Changes



On June 28th, Qualtrics, the survey application, will change in two ways, both designed to make the system easier to use. These changes will not affect existing surveys or access to existing surveys you already have distributed.  The changes will only affect the way you log in to Qualtrics and its user interface.


  1. The Office of Information Technology will be adding Qualtrics as a single sign-on application, which means you’ll be able to use your St. Edward’s username and password to log in, just as you do for myHilltop, Box and Canvas.
  2.  The look and feel of Qualtrics will be updated to the new “Insight Platform,” featuring a new layout and design. You can try out the new interface immediately by clicking “Experience the Qualtrics Insight Platform” in the user menu or wait until it goes live June 28. Please note: Most of the changes are cosmetic, and functionality will not be affected. For more details on the changes see our post on the new Qualtrics interface.

For more information about Qualtrics, contact OIT Support at

Explore the New Qualtrics Interface

On June 28th Qualtrics’ interface will be updated to the new Insight Platform featuring a new layout and design. You can try out the new interface immediately by clicking on “Experience the Qualtrics Insight Platform” or wait until it goes live on the 28th. While it looks different, most of the changes are cosmetic and you will still access your surveys under the new landing page. The new user interface organizes surveys into “My Projects”, surveys you created,  and “Shared with Me”, surveys shared with you. Qualtrics also added a few new features. We will focus on the interface changes and basic use in this post.

What are the Changes?

The new landing page interface:

1.) My Surveys: The new My Projects landing page replaced the My Surveys page. You will see Projects, Contacts, and Libraries on the top navigation, which will be visible for you on every screen.

2.) Moved survey tasks to the Project Options dropdown. WD-My-Surveys-2

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SXSWEdu: Helping Different Kinds of Minds Solve Problems


Temple Grandin, SXSWEdu 2016 opening keynote speaker, is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and often speaks about her personal story of autism and cattle handling.

Temple, this charming quirky character, shared her personal story of growing up with the label of autism. Her talk was both inspiriting and entertaining.

As Temple Grandin stated, to help people learn, you need to first realize people think differently. Different kinds of minds mean different problem solving skills. For example, restricting students to one path of achieving a goal, such as requiring a non-needed prerequisite for advanced courses, might set a very high boundary for people who think differently. As Temple claimed, learning should be building up things that people are good at.

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Canvas Commons: Where Educators Find and Share Teaching Resources


What is Canvas Commons?

Commons is a community that allows you to share your course content or access others’ shared course content. You can import and export Canvas pages, modules or the entire course.

  • Share course materials among faculty who are teaching the same course.
  • You can create a personal learning object repository
  • Build a course from scratch by using the shared materials from other Canvas users.

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Canvas Commons for Qualtrics


Qualtrics is a research survey software that allows survey data collection and provides an analysis platform  to meet research needs. St. Edward’s now offers a Qualtrics self-paced online course on the Canvas Commons. The course gives students instructions to get started with Qualtrics, set up their own survey, distribute the survey and collect and analyze data.

If you wish to add the Canvas Qualtrics course as part of your course or if you simply wish to learn about the software, you can 1.) request to add students to take the self-paced course, 2.) take the course without registering or 3.) import the course into your own course


To request your students to be added to the self-paced course:
Send a request e-mail to with a list of student email addresses.

To take the course:
The course is open for public, you do not need to be a Canvas user to access this information. Go to the course URL here.

To import the course into your own course:
Canvas allows the training course to be imported into your course. Once you are logged in to your Canvas account, go to the Commons Tab and search for “Qualtrics Training

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To import the Qualtrics common into your own course, follow the instructions here

Introduction to Qualtrics: A Tool for Building Online Surveys



Qualtrics is an online survey application for creating, distributing and analyzing survey data. Qualtrics may be used for:

      • Academic research
      • Course evaluation
      • Experiment design
      • Student and Alumni outreach
      • Program administration


Getting Started

To get started, you will need to check out the basic interface of Qualtrics, which will allow you to  browse the pre-made survey questions, create survey questions, adjust account settings and launch your survey.

Check out how to set up your own account and the introduction to Qualtrics from the St. Edward’s ITTraining YouTube Channel

Account Settings

Before you start creating your own survey, you might want to check out the Account Settings, which will allow you to change your password, change time zone or change language.

Account settings

Creating Questions

Once you set up your Account settings, you are ready to start creating your survey questions. The following page explains how to add, delete, copy and edit questions in your Survey Tab.

View the instructions on creating your Survey Questions


If you want to collaborate on the survey with your teammates, the Collaborate feature allows your teammates to access your survey and modify it if needed.

Collaborate on a survey with teammates


Want to store your survey questions or need some survey ideas? Qualtrics offers My Library for your own questions as well as pre-made survey questions

My Library

If you have additional questions about surveys, research tools or using Qualtrics, please contact Instructional Technology at