May 31

Learning Lab Show | Ep. 17 Graduate View of EdTech

In this episode, Jenny is joined by special guest, graduate student, Meredith Peck to discuss how educational technology affects the graduate school experience.


May 17

Learning Lab Show | Ep. 16 Podcasting Conference

Trying a new experiment this week, join host Jenny Quarles as she asks some leading questions to faculty about podcasting and its academic purposes.

May 10

Learning Lab Show | Ep. 15 Synchronous Learning

In this episode, Jeff and Jenny discuss the differences between and various options available for synchronous and asynchronous learning.


May 03

Canvas Cup Competition

The DEC hosted its first-ever Canvas Cup Competition between academic departments at Longwood. To provide faculty a fun break in between end of semester responsibilities, departmental representatives were emailed 2 questions, at predetermined times throughout the day, throughout the course of 1 week. Departments were awarded points based on the number of correct answers; the department with the first correct answer was awarded an additional point.

Congratulations to the PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT, represented by Dr. Chris Bjornsen, for winning the first-ever Canvas Cup. We’d like to thank the following departments for participating in our inaugural Canvas Cup Competition: Psychology, HARK, Nursing, Math & Computer Science, Chemistry & Physics, and History. Be on the look out, late November, for our next Canvas Cup Competition!


May 03

Learning Lab Show | Ep. 14 3D Printing

In this episode, Jeff and Jenny explore the use of 3D printing in education.


May 02

Capture your lectures with Panopto

Revamp_invisible bg_Final border_expanded_Final border_expandedThe DEC is excited to release Panopto as Longwood’s lecture capture solution. Although Panopto will replace Echo 360 as of June 30th, the two programs will run in tandem throughout the Summer I session. We’re hosting several workshops targeting Summer I instructors, but open to all, over the next 2 weeks designed to introduce users to capturing lectures with Panopto and integrating with Canvas. All workshops will take place in the Digital Den (just outside Ruffner 146).


Wednesday May 4th – 11am-12pm
Thursday May 5th- 1pm-2pm
Friday May 6th- 12pm-1pm

Monday May 9th- 11am-12pm
Tuesday May 10th- 2pm-3pm
Wednesday May 11th- 1pm-2pm

To save your seat, please RSVP to Muneeb Mobashar (

Apr 28

#TechTipThursday: Introduction to Slack


Slack is a cloud-based, collaboration tool created for groups to communicate across multiple platforms. In addition to its web-based interface, Slack offers a mobile app for iOS and Android as well as a desktop app for Mac OS and Windows. Slack has features that allow users to talk with multiple people at once and also talk to multiple people privately. Users are also able to share files with ease. Slack can be beneficial for organizations and offices alike looking for a central place of communication accessible from a variety of devices and platforms. This solution can be particularly useful for group projects, for example, or departmental/staff management. We are implementing Slack as our primary communication platform for the ITC Program in the fall.

This blog post offers an introduction to Slack’s web-based interface. There are features beyond what are discussed below and we encourage you to experiment with the tool and contact us as questions arise.

  1. To get started with Slack, you’ll need to create a team. Navigate to then click “Create New Team.” Follow the on-screen prompts to create a team. 
  2. After you create your team, you’ll be able to invite users to join. You also have the option to “skip for now.” slack2
  3. You’ll then see a welcome screen that offers a quick, and optional, tutorial. slack3
  4. You’ll learn where to find the “Channels” (below in green) and Direct Messages (below in blue). Slack defines Channels as “private or public chat rooms based around a project, topic, or team.” Unlike Channels, Direct Messages are used for always private, 1-to-1 messages to other users on the same team. slack5slack6
  5. Click the “+” to the right of the corresponding header and follow the on-screen prompts to create a Channel or send a Direct Message (DM).  slack7
  6. When creating a Channel, a new window will appear where you will be able to name the channel and define its settings (e.g., private or public, name). slack8
    1. Once created, your channel will resemble the image below. slack9
    2. You can view additional options by clicking on the settings gear, highlighted in blue below, in the top right corner of the channel window. slack10
  7. When creating a Direct Message, a new window will appear where you will be able to identify the recipient of the new message. slack11
    1. Once the recipient has been selected, you will see a conversation window where you can start communicating privately with the recipient. slack12

Note that Slack has other features that were not reviewed in this blog post. If you have any questions about what is detailed above, or otherwise in your exploration of Slack, please contact the Digital Education Collaborative.

*This post was drafted by Xavier, an Instructional Technology Collaborator.

Apr 26

Learning Lab Show | Ep. 13 Creative Commons

In this episode, Jeff and Jenny explore copyright, intellectual property, and licensing and how it plays a role in sharing content for education.


Apr 21

#TechTipThursday: Canvas’ New User Interface


The summer semester brings with it some new changes to Canvas. Starting May 16th, Canvas will have a new user interface and will look different but will still function similarly. The new user interface will be very similar to that of the mobile Canvas application. It is important to note that this change will affect everyone. We’ll review the most visible and impactful changes below. For our visual learners, please scroll to the end of this post for a short (~2 minute) video demo of the new UI.




nav barIn the left hand navigation menu, the Account tab can be used to access your Profile, Settings, Notifications, Files, and Logout buttons.

The Dashboard tab is the default tab, and can be used to access the course card menu.

The Courses tab can be used to access and favorite courses.

The Groups tab was added to quickly access groups you are in.


The Calendar, Inbox, and Commons tabs have not changed with the new user interface.




The Help button can be found at the bottom of the left hand navigation menu and provides the same help options available before this change.



The biggest changes in the new UI can be found on the Canvas Dashboard. Classes are now displayed using a card system, as shown below.


The switch highlighted in the top right (in red) can be used to switch between the card style dashboard and the more familiar Recent Activity Feed.

card exampleEach card represents an individual course which you have added to your course menu. The course title, course code, and semester are all displayed on the card.

Each card also has up to four tabs at the bottom. These tabs mimic the visibility and order of course navigation, and act as shortcuts to specific parts of the course. The megaphone symbol  represents the announcements tab, the text bubble symbol represents the discussions tab, the folder symbol represents the files tab, and the paper symbol (with “A+” on the page) represents the assignments tab.




Course cards have some new customization options. By clicking on the notepad and pencil symbol in the top right of a course card, you can change the color of each tile and give their courses nicknames. Changing the color of a course card also changes the color of that course’s items in the calendar. These changes only apply to the individual who makes them. In other words, if you change the color or nickname for a course in your Canvas account, this change will have no effect on the rest of the individuals in the course.



We also have a short video demonstrating navigation within the new UI.

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If you have any questions, or difficulty navigating the new UI, please contact the Digital Education Collaborative.

*This post was drafted by Paige and Rebecca, Instructional Technology Collaborators.

Apr 19

Learning Lab Show | Ep. 12 Open VA

In this episode, Jeff and Jenny discuss how Open VA can help make education more available to students.


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