Edition: Spring 2018
We are excited to present a new online newsletter format, and tell you about some exciting new tools and resources. In this edition we will reveal our new plagiarism tool, new efaculty and estudent websites, and the Accessibilty Toolkit. You can scroll through or click on one of the links below:
- New Plagiarism Tool
- Canvas Tips
- Universal Learning Initiative
- Spotlight on Smarthinking
- Save the Date! - EduTech Conference, May 3, 2018
- New Websites
- Let Us Know Your Thoughts!
New Plagiarism Tool
We’ve heard what you had to say and we are happy to introduce our new new plagiarism tool, Vericite. With Vericite you can easily set up your Canvas assignments to have them checked for plagiarism. Plus, those assignment settings will transfer when you copy your courses each semester. And testing is easy, too! As an instructor you can create a Vericite assignment and submit using the Test Student Canvas feature. This allows you to experience it from a student perspective and review a Vericite report.
Vericite is live and available in Canvas now! Expand here to find out more.
The following video tutorials will help you get started using VeriCite:
Creating a Vericite Assignment
Grading a Vericite Assignment
How to View a Vericite Report as an Instructor
You can also find more information on the Vericite page.
Canvas has released Fast Track Videos and an update to Conferences.
The Canvas Fast Track Video Series is a video guide that contains videos that show tips on how to continuously increase student engagement. Fast track your student’s success by watching the video series today!
Conferences has been enhanced through new exciting improvements throughout the entire user experience including a completely redesigned interface with modern icons and simplified menu bar buttons. To view additional changes for Conferences, please refer to the release notes.
Universal Learning Initiative
Explore the new Accessibility Toolkit, Kurzweil software, and new accessibility tool in Canvas.
We are excited to introduce the new Accessibility Toolkit that was designed to provide information and resources on the principles of accessibility, universal design, and digital inclusion.
This Toolkit is a collection of updates on the Universal Learning Initiative (ULI), web accessibility standards, guidelines, laws, vendor statements, quick guides, and tutorials. With this new dynamic tool, we anticipate to grow this Toolkit with content to provide even more information and helpful resources.
Kurzweil 1000 software is a reading system that converts printed and digital text into speech. It also enables you to convert different types of documents, such as scanned paper documents and PDF files to electronic text or audio files. We have this software installed at both the Academic Success Center on each campus and Academic Technology Department on West campus.
New Accessibility Tool in Canvas
Canvas recently introduced the built-in Accessibility Checker tool located in the Rich Content Editor menu bar. The tool examines page content, notifies of common accessibility errors, and provides an explanation and suggestions on how to fix the errors.
Spotlight On Smarthinking
Smarthinking is an online tutoring service that is available for free to all PHSC students. This service connects highly experienced, highly qualified instructors to PHSC students for help in a variety of subjects including mathematics, science, writing, and information technology. The department has found that in 20171, the term GPA for students using Smart Thinking was 3.16 (average), while the term GPA for all PHSC students was 2.72 (average)!
Encourage your students to use Smarthinking! This tool can be accessed by selecting the Smarthinking Tutoring tab on the left side navigation menu in any Canvas course.
Save the Date!
Presented by the Faculty Development Institute, our 6th annual EduTech Conference will take place on 05/03/18. Mark your calendars as this one is slated to be the best one yet!
We are happy to introduce two new websites which will help faculty and students with online learning and teaching.
Find support for learning and teaching online, and feel free to explore the following pages:
- Canvas - Guides, Access, Integrations, Mobile Apps
- eTeaching - AT on Campus, eCertification at PHSC, Community of Practice, Faculty Procedures
- eResources - Academic Tech News, eLearning Centers, eLearning Tools, Equipment and Software, Multimedia Request Form, Digital Media Studio
- Academic Technology Department Contacts
- Help and FAQs
PHSC Online is a comprehensive source for online services and resources available to students taking distance education courses at PHSC. Use the links to explore online learning opportunities such as:
- Registering for online and hybrid courses
- Paying your tuition
- Assessing online learning readiness
- Experiencing an online course
- Searching for digital library resources
- Finding answers to common questions
Let Us Know Your Thoughts!
Below you will find two short surveys asking about your experience with the Academic Technology Department at PHSC.
Please take a few moments to complete each survey. All responses are anonymous and the information provided will help the AT Department improve their services.