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Less than three weeks left to submit your One Cool Thing for Canvas Day 2018

What Canvas tool or feature have you discovered that helps you create a better experience for your students? Here’s your chance to share your find with your Penn State colleagues!

Canvas Day will be held Friday, March 16, at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center. During Canvas Day, we will have an open session called “One Cool Thing.” For two hours, a room at the Penn Stater will become the One Cool Thing Room. In this room, Penn State faculty and staff will do mini-sessions on interesting Canvas tools and features and unique ways to use them for teaching and learning.

So how do you get in on this and share your great idea with the Penn State Canvas community? Easy! Just fill out and submit our simple idea proposal form by Friday, February 23. From there, the Canvas Day planning team will select the best ideas to show off in the One Cool Thing Room.


Along with the One Cool Thing Room, Canvas Day will feature training sessions, workshops by Ryan Seilhamer of University of Central Florida and representatives of Instructure (creators of Canvas), one-on-one consultations, breakout sessions, networking opportunities, and more. A delicious Penn Stater lunch will be provided and there is no charge for attendees. More information on the day’s schedule will be forthcoming.


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Applicants sought for 2018 Course Design Academy

We are currently accepting applications for the highly competitive Course Design Academy, to be held May 8-11 and June 20 in our University Park suite. We always receive more applications than we can accommodate in CDA; the deadline for applications is March 30.

During the academy, participants (re)design a course complete with explicit objectives, learning activities, and assessments. Travel grants are available for Commonwealth Campus faculty.

Visit our Course Design Academy page to learn more about the program and to apply.

2018 Stylus Author Webinar Series

Image of advertisement for events listed below and being co-sponsored by Stylus Publishing, LLC and You've Got This with Dr. Katie Linder.

In 2018, Stylus Publishing is offering a series of webinars to help readers connect with their authors. Dr. Katie Linder, host of the You've Got This podcast, will facilitate conversations with Stylus authors about their latest books and writing process. The following webinars are included:

  • February 23, 2018 @ 1pm PT, Joan Middendorf on Overcoming Student Learning Bottlenecks
  • April 20, 2018 @ 1pm PT, Linda Nilson on Creating Engaging Discussions
  • May 18, 2018 @ 1pm PT, Saundra McGuire on Teach Yourself How to Learn

Register for complimentary access to the webinar series as well as access to the webinar re-plays and transcripts, which will be available following the live events.

SRTEs Go Mobile!

This semester students can choose to submit SRTEs using the new mobile friendly web version for phones and tablets. No app download is necessary, upon sign-in students will see this option when they have active SRTEs to complete. Students may find it convenient to respond to open-ended questions using the voice-recognition built into their mobile devices.

Screen shot of mobile icon from SRTE tool. 
Screen shot of Mobile SRTE icon.

When students choose the mobile option, they will see only one question at a time, rather than the entire SRTE form on their screens.

The regular web version SRTE is still available for students with laptops or without mobile devices.

Faculty will also be able to use the mobile version to check response rates for courses with active SRTEs. Those faculty who are concerned about response rates will be interested in taking advantage of this new functionality by asking students with mobile devices to complete their SRTEs during class.

Faculty: please remember that if you set aside class time for students to complete the SRTE, you need to leave the room.