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Common Mistakes to Avoid in Canvas

How many times have you been cruising through your semester only to find a small snag that caused a large problem? Perhaps you’ve received emails from students letting you know of an issue in your course occurring all semester. Sometimes, these emails and issues crop up at the most inopportune times, such as the end […]

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Get Started with New Discussions in Canvas

Asynchronous, online learning can sometimes be a solitary endeavor. Separated from their classmates and instructor, students miss out on the collaborative experience of a classroom setting. Increasingly, online instructors have turned to discussion forums to create a space for students to engage with their peers. The recent update Canvas made to their discussions tool creates […]

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CTLD Instructional Design Media Showcase

By Tim Wright, Nate Easly III, Todd Wolfe, and Alex McDaniel Have you ever noticed the opportunities for growth when students encounter new concepts in traditional classroom settings? Or their eagerness for more interactive learning experiences during lectures? The Instructional  Design Media team in the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Design (CTLD) understands these moments […]

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Canvas Spotlight: Canvas Mobile App

Advancements in technology promise to streamline our lives, sparing us time, energy, and effort. However, the quest for a universal tool for every job remains unfulfilled. Consider the Swiss army knife: armed with merely a screwdriver, scissors, and bottle opener, it is hardly a contender for house-building. Yet, its utility for unforeseen, minor tasks has […]

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Video Quizzes the CTLD Way

Lecturing in class is a live performance. With your students in front of you, you can immediately gauge their understanding of the material by asking them questions or pausing to give them time to reflect. The feedback from students to the instructor, and vice versa, is a valuable part of ensuring learner comprehension. But, how […]

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Course Showcase – Principles of Chemistry

By Laura McAllister, Lindsey Schreiber, Ciara Rupert, Nate Easley III, Todd Wolfe, and Alex McDaniel In the CTLD Course Development Cycle, MSU Denver instructors work with the instructional design team to improve their courses. Instructors identify course objectives, develop learning activities, create a user-friendly course, record high-quality multimedia content, and much more. As part of […]

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Get Started Using Generative AI in Your Course

It seems like higher education has been through a roller coaster over the past several years. The challenges of the pandemic, an explosion in online enrollments, and the transition back to the classroom may have left many educators and students dazed and trying to adapt. Just when there was a chance to catch our breath, […]

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Course Showcase – Foundations of Instructional Design

By Michael Rupert, Alexandra Grima, Will Austin, Sarah Creasy, Nate Easley III, Todd Wolfe, and Alex McDaniel During the fall 2023 semester, instructor Alex McDaniel and Innovative and Lifelong Learning partnered with the CTLD Instructional Design team to create “Foundations of Instructional Design,” a self-paced, online course that can be finished in 8 weeks or […]

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Aligning Rubrics with Outcomes

Imagine running a marathon without any signs to guide you or a visible finish line. You wouldn’t know where to go or if you’ve completed the race. This confusion mirrors what happens in a learning experience when course activities and assessments aren’t aligned with the desired outcomes.  In a well-organized marathon, the finish line represents […]

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Course Showcase – How to Change the World

By Jennifer Whitton-Trujillo, Tim Wright, Todd Wolfe, and Alex McDaniel In the Fall 2023 development cycle, Innovative and Lifelong Learning (I&LL) and Center for Teaching, Learning and Design (CTLD) decided to use a storytelling and scenario-based approach in designing a self-paced online course to create an innovative and engaging learning experience. Our development team for […]