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Create Presentations Using Multimedia Principles

Every educator’s goal is to hold their students’ attention for as long as possible. This is often challenging, but the learning materials we create can be designed to improve each learner’s focus as well as their ability to recall information later. Well designed presentations are informative, engaging, and minimize the fatigue learner’s can experience. By […]

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Audio Annotations

It can be easy to assume that all learners learn the same way; that they have the same abilities and the same access to resources.  Here at MSU Denver, our priority is making sure that the information in our courses is accessible to all learners. Consider, however, that you are a non-sighted learner; how would […]

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Course Showcase – PSY 1001: Introductory Psychology

The old saying that multiple minds are better than one has never been more true than when it comes to developing courses. Members of our Center for Teaching, Learning, and Design – Instructional Design team (CTLD ID) recently collaborated with expert faculty members from the Department of Psychological Sciences during the Spring 2022 development cycle. […]

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CTLD Course Development Cycle

Do you want to design a new course, whether synchronous, asynchronous, hybrid, or hyflex? How about revamping a course you’ve already designed to improve functionality and accessibility? Have you been looking for some collaboration on best practices and tools to ensure your course meets your goals and the university’s pedagogical standards? The CTLD Instructional Design […]

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Proctor Your Online Exams with ProctorU Part 2

Set Up a ProctorU Exam in Canvas This part of the Spotlight will cover how to set up a ProctorU exam in Canvas, including the browser you will need, the extension for the browser, how to enable ProctorU in Canvas, and how to register the exam. This is Part 2 of this Canvas Spotlight. To […]

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Proctor Your Online Exams with ProctorU Part 1

Assessments can be a challenge for any course. What are the best, efficient, and most effective ways to assess how your students have developed through your course, while also ensuring academic integrity?  For many instructors, online quizzes and exams are often the preferred method to assess the knowledge and skills of students. However, while online […]

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Copy a Canvas Course into the New Semester

The start of a new semester can be a stressful time for instructors. Fortunately, there is one major part that is quick and painless: copying forward your Canvas course into a new shell. With just a little preparation, you can copy your course into the new semester; the whole process only takes about 10 minutes! […]

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CTLD Support Services at a Glance

Need help? Simply put, that’s what we are here for. CTLD is the one stop shop for all of your teaching and learning needs. Staying up to date on the various instructional techniques, theories, tools, technology, and best practices is an important aspect of being an effective educator. Looking for help setting up your course […]

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Peer Reviews

Use Peer Reviews in Canvas to Facilitate Learner-to-Learner Feedback The feedback you provide to students on their submitted work is critical to their success in your course, but students can also benefit from feedback provided by their classmates. Peer reviews can be a valuable exercise, both for the reviewer and the recipient. Reviewers get experience […]

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Knowledge Checks

Knowledge checks using MS Forms in Canvas can be a great way to check student comprehension. Have you ever wondered how to help your students develop better study skills? Students can spend a great deal of time reading or viewing material but merely reading material does little to help students learn or help students direct […]