General Faculty Meeting 2016 Technology Update

Global Learning Ecosystem--now without Blackboard

Global Learning Ecosystem–now without Blackboard

Rebecca Frost Davis, Director of Instructional and Emerging Technology gave an update to faculty at the general faculty meeting on Tuesday, August 23, 2016.  Since she was one in a long parade of speakers, this blog posts shares that update in written form, as well as links to items covered.

Global Learning Ecosystem

We think of ourselves as part of a global learning ecosystem—students learn in and out of the classroom, on and off campus, locally, globally, face-to-face and online. The same is true of us–faculty, staff, and administrators at St. Edward’s University. And the real kicker, the ecosystem is constantly changing. Some changes we drive, like discontinuing use of Blackboard, and some change is thrust upon us. Both our graduates and our colleagues need resilience to deal with all of this change. In the Office of Information Technology, we’ve been focusing on developing internal processes of adapting to that change by experimenting, gathering data, and iterating. In other words, we are using research to drive change. So, what do we know from that experience, and what changes can you expect when you enter the classroom next week? Continue reading

Dr. Mia Ridge Speaks on Crowdsourcing, March 10, 2-3 pm, Fleck 314

MiaRidgeWe invite you to join us for a presentation by Dr. Mia Ridge, Digital Curator, British Library on Thursday, March 10, 2-3 PM in Fleck 314.

Dr. Ridge will address how crowdsourcing projects might offer an opportunity for students to contribute to both cultural heritage and citizen science projects. Dr. Ridge is the editor of Crowdsourcing Our Cultural Heritage (2014). Formerly Lead Web Developer at the Science Museum Group, Dr. Ridge has published and presented widely on her key areas of interest including: user experience design, human-computer interaction, open cultural data, audience engagement and participation in the cultural heritage sector and digital history.

Refreshments will be provided.


Register by 12/1 for Free, Local Event on Digital Pedagogy, January 5-6, 2016

THATCamp Digital Pedagogy ATX logoJoin local and national faculty to network, share ideas, assignments, and techniques for integrating digital technologies into teaching and learning.  THATCamp Digital Pedagogy ATX 2016 seeks to bring together diverse participants to share ideas, issues and strategies around teaching and learning with digital tools and methods.  Registration is free, but space is limited and we request that you only register if you are actually planning to attend.  Find out more and register by December 1 here:

St. Edward’s Office of Information Technology is co-sponsoring this event and several St. Edward’s faculty and staff have contributed to planning, including the logo designed by St. Edward’s University graphic design student Melany Klopp.  The event will be held in Austin, Texas at the University of Texas Libraries’ new Learning Commons on January 5-6, 2016 (just before the annual convention of the Modern Language Convention also in Austin).  THATCamps (The Humanities And Technology Camp) are unconferences that originated in the digital humanities community.  This one has been organized by a network of digital humanists in the Austin area.

Inside Great St. Ed’s Courses: A Guided Tour of How They Work

Please join Instructional Technology and the Center for Teaching Excellence for this event on

Thursday, November 12, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, Fleck 305

RSVP online


Inside Great St. Ed’s Courses: A Guided Tour of How They Work

One of the advantages of digital course tools is that they allow us to archive and share our course design. For this panel, we asked a variety of faculty members whose pedagogy is  made visible through Canvas to show us the inner workings of their courses. Learn how they structure the semester’s work, facilitate ongoing student interaction inside and outside of class, provide timely feedback and grades, check students’ knowledge through quizzing, organize group activities, and deepen student engagement. Courses will be shared by:

  • Tricia Shepherd, Professor of Chemistry
  • Susie Brister, Adjunct Professor of Art
  • Carol Gee, Associate Professor of Mathematics
  • Casey Sherman, Assistant Professor of Mathematics,
  • Elisabeth Johnson, Associate Professor of Literacy
  • Grant H. Potts, Adjunct Professor of University Studies
  • Debra Zahay-Blatz, Professor of Marketing
  • Billy Earnest, Assistant Professor of Communication


New Canvas Q & A Sessions and Trainings

questions_smWe’re offering more Canvas Q & A sessions next week, including one on Monday, 8/31 at noon in JBWS 180!  We’ll also offer one in the evening at 5:30 on Tuesday, 9/1 in Premont 116.  Join us and ask questions about any aspect of Canvas.  We’ll also cover how to use the “Conversations” or “Messages” in Canvas to communicate with your students, how to rename your course to add the semester and year, and how to view your course as a student.

The next available Q & A sessions and workshop dates and times are below.  Sign up at

Date Time Class Location
Monday, Aug. 31 12:00pm – 1:30pm Canvas Q & A  JBWS 180
Tuesday, Sept. 1 5:30pm – 7:00pm Canvas Q & A  Premont 116
Wednesday,  Sept. 2 10:00am – 11:30am Introduction to Canvas Premont 116
Thursday, Sept. 3 10:00am – 11:30am Canvas Assessment and Grades Premont 116
Friday, Sept. 11 2:00pm – 3:30pm Introduction to Canvas Premont 116
Wednesday, Sept. 16 10:00am – 11:30am Canvas Assessment and Grades Premont 116
Friday, Sept. 25 2:00pm – 3:30pm Introduction to Canvas Premont 116
Wednesday, Sept. 30 5:30pm – 7:00om Canvas Assessment and Grades Premont 116

Getting Started with Canvas Q & A Session


Stop by Premont 116 between noon and 1 pm on Wednesday, August 26th and we will have Instructional Designers on hand to help you get your course materials up on Canvas and ready for the start of the semester. We will be available to answer questions as well as to provide hands-on help with getting your syllabus, course documents and assignments published in Canvas.

During the session we will also cover:

So stop by Premont 116 with your Canvas related questions and we will get you up and running for the start of the semester.

Select Innovation Institute sessions open to all faculty: May 20, 22, 26, and 27

InnovationThe Center for Teaching Excellence, Department of Instructional Technology, and Munday Library invite all faculty to join us for select sessions from this year’s Innovation Institute.

Although most of the Institute’s sessions are only open to the 2015-16 Innovation Fellows, this year we are opening up five workshops to any interested St. Edward’s faculty member (full-time, part-time or adjunct, and staff who teach). The open workshops are listed below.  If you wish to attend any (or all!) of them, please sign up so that we can anticipate attendance.  To learn more about the workshops and register please see the full workshop listing on the Innovation Fellowship Blog.

Workshop 1: Gathering Digital Resources & Using Digital Tools for Research, Collaboration, and Projects, Wednesday, May 20, 12:15 – 2 pm, Fleck 305

Workshop 2: Designing Collaborative Learning Activities and Projects, Friday, May 22, 12:15 – 2 pm, Moody 212

Workshop 3: Approaches to Discovery, Inquiry-guided, and Problem-based Learning, Tuesday, May 26, 12:15 – 2 pm, Fleck 305

Workshop 4: Course Design Strategies for Increasing Student Engagement in Activities Outside of Class, Wednesday, May 27, 9:30 – 11:30 am, Fleck 305

Workshop 5: Scaffolding Student Learning In (and Across) Projects, Wednesday, May 27, 12:30 – 2:30 pm, Fleck 305

Faculty Recognition Ceremony and Faculty Gathering

FacultyCeremonyImage_300Please join us for this new event, which combines the faculty awards presentation (formerly part of the Honors Night program) and the final faculty gathering of the 2014-2015 academic year.

Thursday, April 30
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Mabee Ballroom

The program will open at 4:00 p.m. with the recognition ceremony. The ceremony will be immediately followed by a reception with food, wine, other drinks, and the music of St. Edward’s Jazz Band, “Steady.”

Those individuals who will be recognized include:

  • the Distinguished Teaching Awards and Outstanding Teaching Award for Adjunct Faculty  recipients and finalists;
  • the Distinguished Teaching Career Award recipient;
  • the Hudspeth Award for Innovative Instruction recipient and finalist;
  • the Outstanding Undergraduate Faculty Advisor Award recipient;
  • those who were promoted and/or tenured;
  • the 2015-16 Innovation Fellows;
  • the 2015 Technology for Innovative Learning & Teaching Pilot Project Grant recipients;
  • those who have piloted new technologies on behalf of the university in the 2014-2015 academic year;
  • the 2015 Presidential Excellence Research Grant recipients:
  • and those who have applied for grants, both external and internal.

Please join us in celebrating your colleagues’ accomplishments!

This gathering is sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Department of Instructional Technology, the Office of Sponsored Programs, and the Office of Institutional Assessment.

Tech Snack: Teach Critical Reading through Social Annotation

Wednesday, April 8 at 3:30 pm in Fleck 314

Join your colleagues and instructional technology staff to discuss how you can use social annotation tools to help your students read better.  Social annotation helps uncover student reading practices so you can see where they got it right or wrong.  There are a range of tools that can be used to highlight and add notes to digital texts, and then share these annotations.  Join Jeremy Dean, Director of Education at and past Education Czar at (Rap) Genius to hear about the open annotation vision and discuss how to get your students reading, annotating, and collaborating outside of the physical classroom.
Learn more about open annotation in this youtube video:

Tour Your Colleagues’ Courses in Canvas: Business Ethics, Counseling, CULF, Graphic Design, Presentational Speaking, & Psychology

canvas_classEighteen of your colleagues are trying out the Canvas Learning Management System this semester as a potential alternative to Blackboard.  The full list of Canvas pilots is available on this webpage: Canvas Pilots.  Hear from six of them on Tuesday, March 24 at 10 am in Library 141. These faculty will briefly present their courses followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A:
  • Mike Disch, PSYC 4360: History and Systems Psychology
  • Kim Garza, GDES 3335: Interaction Design
  • Julie Sievers, CULF 1318: American Religion Experience
  • Katy Swafford, CNEL 6335/CNSL 6366: Counseling Skills and Techniques
  • Danney Ursery,  PHIL 3313A: Business Ethics (online)
  • Mike Weston, COMM 1317: Presentational Speaking

The Task Force for Learning Management System Evaluation will base their recommendation, in part, on the experiences of instructors in these pilots.  Come find out how students like Canvas, how it compares to Blackboard, how the transition between systems works, and what it’s really like to teach with Canvas.