Coming to Canvas in September: Part One

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We are heading into September with images of bright yellow school buses, new backpacks and brown bagged lunches in our heads.  The school supplies are purchased, the first day of school clothes are picked out and the kids have decided who they will sit with in the class.  Ahhh…September and Back to School…

But it’s not just the kiddies who are headed back to school!  Grab your calendar and a pencil and schedule in YOUR back to school plans for September!  Canvas has 15 new courses to choose from this month – so whether you want to learn how to design a course, find out more about Mental Health or attend a mini med school, there are lots of great options to suit you!Don’t forget to check out Coming to Canvas in September: Part Two!

 

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Education

Adventures in Innovative Learning Design and Technology
Starts Sep 2, length: 5 weeks

Explore the exciting learning technology landscape that has been created by unlimited access to information, online tools perfect for collaboration, and the rapid changing technology all around us. In this 5-week adventure, we will use connectivist and heutagogical practices to explore 1) how to be a successful learner, 2) the best strategies for collaborative learning, 3) the basics of learning design aka instructional design, and 4) current innovative models for learning design. This course is perfect for both K-12 and Higher Ed instructors. Students will have the opportunity to learn from me and each other through Google On Air Hangouts. 

Don’t Panic! The Professor’s Guide to Teaching: Course Design
Starts Sep 8, length: 4 weeks

Don’t panic! Teaching is an incredibly difficult endeavor, but its foundation is great course design, which is something you can master. Participants in this course will explore (and teach each other!) how to design interesting, engaging classes that will provide students with opportunities for truly significant learning. In this four-week journey, you will develop significant learning goals for your students, learn about and apply authentic assessment practices, examine various types of active learning exercises, and infuse strong design principles throughout the classes you teach. Although the focus will be on college course design, the principles are applicable to any level of education. Join us as we examine the foundation of one of the most important activities on Earth: teaching.

Improving Teacher and Student Relationships
Starts Sep 21, length: 6 weeks

This course will give both traditional classroom and virtual teachers resources for improving relationships and interactions with students. After reviewing research and current trends in learning and motivation theory, this course will allow teachers to think-aloud and practice with new tools within a caring community of instructors seeking to improve their classroom practices. Playlists of leveled readings, video lectures, and research-based curricular resources will assist course participants in applying their learning and getting ready for the start of a great school year. One instructor will offer the virtual teacher’s perspective, while the other will cover the traditional, brick and mortar classroom teacher’s viewpoint.

Teaching Flipped
Starts Sep 8, length: 6 weeks

Teaching Flipped gives university faculty an introduction to the ins and outs of teaching with a flipped, hybrid, or online MOOC-type classroom. The course will cover: The basics of flipped/hybrid/MOOC methods What is known and not known in the literature Where these learning methods are heading How to develop content for online (video) and for active, in-class learning Ways to think about and organize your course How to assess both students and your teaching The course is taught flipped/MOOC-style by veteran flippers and MOOCers to give you experience with the tools and learning methods that can help your students succeed in this type of learning environment.

 

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Health

Deteriorating Patient: Assessment, Recognition and Management
Starts Sep 22, length: 5 week

This course is aimed at health care workers in the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK who need to understand how to recognise and intervene with a patient whose physical condition deteriorates. There is an expectation that course participants will have an understanding of how health and social care is delivered in the UK, and a reasonable knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of the various workers found in NHS and social care settings. However, the material in this course will also be useful for health care workers in other countries, as well as service users and careers. In order to meet the needs of this potentially wide range of participants, the materials are organised into “universal” and “advanced” levels. 

Mini Medical School
Starts Sep 8, length: 8 weeks

This course is based on the long-running University of Colorado Mini Med School, founded in 1989, which was the first of its kind. It introduces the exciting basic science that underlies modern medicine, and shows how we use that knowledge to understand medicine today. The course is designed for the general public, including high school students, who are interested in learning more about how the body works. We want to help people take a more active role in their own wellness, and talk effectively with their healthcare providers. Many who have attended the live Mini Medical School in Colorado have gone on to careers in the health care professions. Mini Medical School will last eight weeks, with different topics discussed each week, including anatomy, physiology, cell biology, molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology, neurobiology, and cancer biology. These topics are taught in the first years of medical school. 

What Matters: Understanding Mental Health
Starts Sep 22, length: 5 weeks

This course is aimed at health care workers in the National Health Service (NHS) here in the UK. There is an expectation that course participants will have an understanding of how health and social care is delivered in the UK, and a reasonable knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of the various workers found in NHS and social care settings. However, the material in this course will also be useful for health care workers in other countries, as well as service users and carers. In order to meet the needs of this potentially wide range of participants, the materials are organised into “universal” and “advanced” levels. The learning and teaching materials are supported by a drama that unfolds over six episodes, and follows the journey of Mrs. Carol Price as she becomes ill but goes on to recover. 

 

Once you have had a chance to make up your mind about which courses to sign up for, don’t forget to add them to your Accredible Profile!

Canvas Courses Starting This Week

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Canvas has 6 courses that have started this week – and it’s just the right time to join! Check out these new classes below!

mastering academic research

 

Mastering Academic Research: Information Skills for Successful Students This six-week, instructor-led course leverages what you already know about finding information to help you understand bibliographic research concepts from a familiar perspective. Learn how to find, evaluate, and use library, repository, Deep Web, and government information in your own research, virtually painlessly. Instructed by Rose Petralia, MSLIS is an instruction librarian at Florida Institute of Technology’s Evans Library, where she teaches Research Sources and Systems, an undergraduate information literacy course.

 

reflective teachingTeaching Online: Reflections on Practice  Designing and facilitating online courses with a diverse student population is a challenge for new, as well as experienced online instructors. This course invites your critical reflection on the methods of online instruction; beliefs and potential bias of the online learner; policies and rules and how they align with course objectives; tone and the purpose of communication. Those new to online instruction will benefit from the practical knowledge shared in this course. Experienced online instructors and designers will both expand their exposure to new insights and focus on the details of their own practice. The unique community college perspective, with all its diversity, provides a rich backdrop and adds genuine complexity to the discussion. 

thinking like a writer

Thinking Like a Writer This course revolves around the work of revising writing, learning, and engaging with language and community. You will explore who you are as a learner as you write about yourself and your language use, as well as consider who you are as a communicator as you critique texts, persuade audiences, and collaborate with others. The skills you will practice in this course (like narration, summary, etc.) are fairly typical for writing classes at many U.S. universities; however, our course focuses on you as a writer and thinker. Recognizing specific learning and communication practices and considering ways to employ them can make you more successful in future coursework and in all communication.
 
 

technical math

 

Technical Mathematics for Industry Here’s your chance to review the fundamental processes of mathematics with emphasis on problem-solving techniques. During this five-week course, students can select individual math concepts or proceed through each of the self-paced learning modules. Topics include a review of arithmetic, introductory algebra, rudiments of analytic geometry, elementary trigonometry, introductory statistics, and basic finance. Module warm-up questions will help students identify learning deficits, which can then be addressed through the modules. This course also contextualizes math for trades, including electro-mechanical, engineering graphics, machining, and welding.

 

entrepreneurial educator

The Entrepreneurial Educator: Designing for the 21st Century Offered by Sonoma State University and taught by Dr. Paul Porter and Entrepreneur-in-Residence Mark Nelson, this course highlights the role of entrepreneurial thinking in contemporary education. Based on core modules, it covers defining features of entrepreneurialism in education, including becoming an economic unit of one, overcoming obstacles and failing forward, rethinking risk, and building alignment with business-education connections. 
 
 

FIFA

 

Mega Events: Inside the FIFA World Cup examines the World Cup, a global competition for national soccer teams held every four years. With soccer the most watched and played sport in the world, the World Cup is a global phenomenon with one billion viewers expected for the final game in Rio de Janeiro this July. This course will explore not only the sport of soccer and its organization, but the logistics and development of the event as Brazil prepares for the 2014 World Cup. Join us as we examine the many dimensions of the World Cup—history, culture, politics, business, urban planning—and learn that the FIFA World Cup is more than a game.

Which of these courses will you add to your To Learn list?  Be sure to upload your incredible work as the course progresses to showcase your learning and to perhaps make a new friend or study buddy via the Course Activity & Community!  Happy Learning!