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: 

  1. New Plagiarism Tool
  2. Canvas Tips
  3. Universal Learning Initiative
  4. Spotlight on Smarthinking
  5. Save the Date! - EduTech Conference, May 3, 2018
  6. New Websites
  7. Let Us Know Your Thoughts!

New Plagiarism Tool

VeriCite logoWe’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.

Canvas Tips

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. 

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!

EduTech May 3rd, 2018 on West Campus
Save the date for the EduTech 2018 Conference!

New Websites

We are happy to introduce two new websites which will help faculty and students with online learning and teaching.

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.

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