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Canvas Spotlight: Create High-Quality Course Videos

Imagine you are putting together a jigsaw puzzle. Let’s say this puzzle has all the necessary pieces but they don’t have any images or colors on them. Alternatively, what if you have all of the images and colors on each piece to put them together, but you are missing a few pieces and some just […]

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Course Showcase – SED 4100 – Including Students with Significant Support Needs

Incorporating UDL Principles At MSU Denver, we prioritize providing positive classroom experiences to all students. MSU Denver offers a variety of supports to help us create course materials that are accessible, such as content that can be ready by screen readers and videos that include closed captions. In addition to students with hearing or sight […]

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Create A Dynamic Home Page

“You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.” We’ve heard this saying time and time again, but isn’t that the point of a book cover? First impressions matter whether you’re choosing a new book or signing in to an online course for the first time. By creating a dynamic home page, you can engage students […]

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Course Showcase – GWS 1001- Support for Beginning Students

Know thyself (γνῶθι σεαυτόν) is an ancient Greek maxim. It speaks to the importance of analysis of self and the connections made with others. When designing a course, it is equally important to know thine audience. Is the course for learners new to higher ed? Is it a capstone project? Will it fit the lives […]

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Multimedia Assignments

What if your favorite restaurant only prepared and served one dish, regardless of the time or occasion? No matter the quality of the dish, the expertise of the chef, or type of cuisine, all parties involved will eventually find themselves disinterested and unengaged from the food.  Maybe worse than becoming disinterested in your favorite restaurant […]

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Course Showcase – SOC 3590: Social Statistics

The adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) not only saves students money on textbooks but also allows instructors increased flexibility with their materials. (For more on OER adoption, please read Find OER and Use them in Canvas). To truly be beneficial to all students, OER should also be accessible for all learners, regardless of ability. […]

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MSU Denver Canvas Blueprint

A blank page is always a little daunting. Where to start, what to say?  One way to overcome this kind of writer’s block is an outline of what you want to write. You can apply that same idea to your Canvas course. The MSU Denver Canvas Blueprint provides that structure for you. Packaged in every […]

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Incorporate YuJa Into Your Canvas Course

Like Frankenstein needed electricity to bring his creation alive, we too need to energize our content to bring it to life. No matter how fascinating a subject material is, it’s your unique presence as an instructor and use of multimedia that makes it appealing, relevant, and genuine. As our world continues adjusting to online learning […]

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Advanced Module Building

Can you imagine building a bookcase when all of the instructions are out of order? What if you had to build it with all the wrong tools? Ultimately, your bookcase would take far too much time and energy to complete. Now, imagine building a course this way. What would that look like? How much time […]

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Course Showcase – BUS 1850 (Stackable)

We all want our students to leave our classes prepared to excel in their careers. To ensure this, educators work tirelessly to ensure that their students have relevant knowledge and marketable skills. As our students transition into or continue their careers, they find that employers want to know that they have the skills their profession […]