Category: Tech Tips

Mar 23

#TechTipThursday: Introduction to Task Labels

Task Labels is an app that allows you to organize just about every aspect of your life into ‘labels’. You can separate different extracurricular activities, courses, occupations, and even tasks for your everyday life. Within each ‘label’, you can insert various tasks. This app helps you keep your busy life in order; you can access the web version …

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Mar 02

#TechTipThursday: Staying Connected with Canvas

Recently, the Canvas servers experienced a widespread outage that reached far beyond Longwood University. While we are hopeful that these situations will continue to be minimal, there are ways in which you can stay connected with Canvas. The Digital Education Collaborative is always a resource; know we utilize resources from Canvas directly as we monitor …

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Feb 23

#TechTipThursday: Overview of Bear

Bear is a flexible writing app for composing anything from notes to prose to blogs. It works on all OS devices so you can write whenever, wherever. You can link notes to each other to build one comprehensive body of text. Its functionality is beyond Apple’s built-in Notes application and offers a, free, simple white theme. Users …

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Feb 02

#TechTipThursday: Assess Student Learning in Panopto

Panopto is Longwood University’s screen capturing solution and replaced Echo 360 in June 2016. Serving a multitude of functions, instructors are able to use this tool to record lectures for viewing by their students at a later time. Panopto’s direct integration with Canvas facilitates and simplifies an instructor’s ability to record a face-to-face class or …

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Dec 08

#TechTipThursday: Troubleshooting Respondus LockDown Browser

At Longwood University instructors have the ability to use Respondus LockDown Browser (with or without Monitor), intended to serve as a cheating deterrent, to enhance the integrity of the online testing environment. You may recall our introduction of the LockDown Browser, in addition to other Respondus products, in 2015. The LockDown Browser is a browser, which opens as would any other, that essentially …

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Dec 01

#TechTipThursday: Managing a student’s Incomplete in your Canvas class

As we approach the end of a semester and receive many inquiries on the subject, today’s post focuses on course completion. There may be any number of reasons why a student is unable to complete the requirements of an academic course. Fortunately, instructors have the option of granting students an “incomplete” grade in the course. …

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Nov 17

#TechTipThursday: Change with TurnItIn for Instructors

Longwood University uses TurnItIn, primarily within Canvas, to assess student submissions for originality. In other words, TurnItIn functions as a plagiarism-checker for any assignment in which the instructor has enabled TurnItIn and is submitted to Canvas. Although instructors have the ability to submit any student work through TurnItIn’s website, that is rarely done. *Note: the account administrator can …

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Nov 17

#TechTipThursday: Change with TurnItIn for Students

Longwood University uses TurnItIn, within Canvas, to assess student submissions for originality. In other words, TurnItIn is a plagiarism-checker for any assignment in which the instructor has enabled TurnItIn and is submitted to Canvas. To improve the efficiency of the TurnItIn/Canvas integration, Instructure Canvas advised all account holders to make a slight behind-the-scenes adjustment; we will do so …

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Oct 20

#TechTipThursday: InDesign (CC) – A Beginner’s Guide (Part 2)

Last week we introduced you to Adobe InDesign, the industry leading software for typographic layout and image placement. What makes this program increasingly useful is its user- and design-friendly interface, particularly once you’ve learned your way around the software. For a review of how to get started with InDesign, please see last week’s #TechTipThursday. This week’s …

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Oct 13

#TechTipThursday: InDesign (CC) – A Beginner’s Guide (Part 1)

The industry leading page design and layout program allows you to create, manipulate, and publish everything from printed books and brochures to digital magazines, interactive elements, posters, and even e-books and apps. The great thing about Adobe InDesign is that it really is as user-friendly and design-friendly as possible once you know your way around …

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