May Workshops and Working Sessions

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May 2017 Workshops and Working Sessions
Register for a workshop at http://www.umsl.edu/training unless otherwise noted.

Workshop Date and Time
Exploring Canvas Tools Wednesday, May 3rd , 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
G Suite for Education Monday, May 15th , 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Cascade (CMS)
Contact brownma@umsl.edu to register
Tuesday, May 16th , 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Hand-on Getting to Know Canvas Friday, May 19th, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
G Suite for Education  Monday, May 22nd , 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Cascade working session
No registration necessary, JCP 65
Tuesday, May 23rd, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Hand-on Making Canvas Work for You Wednesday, May 24th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Hand-on Exploring Canvas Tools Wednesday, May 31st, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Mary Brown
Coordinator Technical Training

April Workshops and Working Sessions

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April 2017 Workshops and Working Sessions
Register for a workshop at http://www.umsl.edu/training unless otherwise noted.

Workshop Date and Time
Making Canvas Work for You Wednesday, April 5th , 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Introduction to Institutional Research at UMSL Thursday, April 6th , 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Google Drive & Google Apps Friday, April 7th , 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Getting to Know Canvas Monday, April 10th, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Using Cognos Student Reports Tuesday, April 11th, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Google Forms Wednesday, April 12th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Cascade (CMS)
Contact brownma@umsl.edu to register
Thursday, April 13th, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Cascade working session
No registration necessary, JCP 65
Tuesday, April 18th, 9:00 a.m. –11:00 a.m.
Exploring Canvas Tools Friday, April 21st, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Google Working Session – All Apps Friday, April 21st, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Google Drive & Google Apps Wednesday, April 26th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Mary Brown
Coordinator Technical Training

March Workshops and Working Sessions

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March 2017 Workshops and Working Sessions
Register for a workshop at http://www.umsl.edu/training unless otherwise noted.

Workshop Date and Time
Introduction to Institutional Research at UMSL Wednesday, March 1st , 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Google Forms Friday, March 3rd , 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Making Canvas Work for You Wednesday, March 8th, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Cascade (CMS)
Contact brownma@umsl.edu to register
Wednesday, March 8th, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Google Drive & Google Apps Friday, March 10th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Exploring Canvas Tools Thursday, March 16th, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Getting to Know Canvas Tuesday, March 21st, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Using Cognos Student Reports Tuesday, March 21st, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Google Forms Thursday, March 23rd, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Cascade working session
No registration necessary, JCP 65
Wednesday, March 29th, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Mary Brown
Coordinator Technical Training

February Workshops and Working Sessions

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February 2017 Workshops and Working Sessions
Register for a workshop at http://www.umsl.edu/training unless otherwise noted.

Workshop Date and Time
Google Drive and Google Apps Wednesday, February 1st, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Getting to Know Canvas Friday, February 10th, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Cascade (CMS)
Contact brownma@umsl.edu to register
Monday, February 13th, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Making Canvas Work for You Wednesday, February 15th, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Using Cognos Student Reports Wednesday, February 15th, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Google Drive & Google Apps Friday, February 17th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Cascade working session
No registration necessary, JCP 65
Thursday, February 23rd, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Google Drive & Google Apps Friday, February 24th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Making Canvas Work for You Monday, February 27th, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Mary Brown
Coordinator Technical Training

January Workshops and Working Sessions

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January 2017 Workshops and Working Sessions
Register for a workshop at http://www.umsl.edu/training unless otherwise noted.

Workshop Date and Time
Getting to Know Canvas Tuesday, January 10th, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Cascade (CMS)
Contact brownma@umsl.edu to register
Thursday, January 12th, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Cascade working session
No registration necessary, JCP 65
Tuesday, January 17th, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Making Canvas Work for You Wednesday, January 18th, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Getting to Know Canvas Friday, January 20th, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Google Drive and Google Apps Friday, January 20th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Making Canvas Work for You Friday, January 27th, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m..

Mary Brown
Coordinator Technical Training

Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) Is Here!

The campus engaged in a thoughtful and deliberate examination of available learning management systems (LMS) this semester.  Faculty, staff, and students had the opportunity to attend vendor demonstrations of the LMS, participate in multiple surveys, and through open forums, discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with each product.
Committees from the Faculty Senate, University Assembly, and Student Government Association, along with the Provost’s Council and staff from ITS and CTL used campus input to offer assessments of each product and recommendations of the best product for our campus.
The unanimous recommendation was to adopt Canvas as our new LMS.  I am pleased to announce UMSL faculty, staff, and students will have access to Canvas as early as January 1, 2017, though most courses will move to the new platform in the summer and fall of 2017.
More details about the transition to Canvas are coming soon. The Faculty Resource Center and Center for Teaching and Learning will offer opportunities for faculty and staff to manage the transition during the 2017 calendar year.  Opportunities to help students make the transition are being developed as well.

(Original email sent on 12/20/2016 from Christopher D. Spilling, PhD, Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.)

November Workshops and Working Sessions

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November 2016 Workshops and Working Sessions
Register for a workshop at http://www.umsl.edu/training unless otherwise noted.

Workshop Date and Time
Cascade (CMS)
Contact brownma@umsl.edu to register
Thursday, November 3rd, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Excel (part 1) Friday, November 4th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Excel (part 2) Friday, November 7th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Using Cognos Student Reports Tuesday, November 8th, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Google Drive and Google Apps Wednesday, November 9th, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Google Drive and Google Apps Friday, November 11th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Introduction to Institutional Research at UMSL Tuesday, November 15th, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Cascade working session
No registration necessary, JCP 65
Tuesday, November 15th, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Mary Brown
Coordinator Technical Training

October Workshops and Working Sessions

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October 2016 Workshops and Working Sessions
Register for a workshop at http://www.umsl.edu/training unless otherwise noted.

Workshop Date and Time
Excel (part 1) Friday, October 7th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Excel (part 2) Friday, October 7th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Google Drive and Google Apps Friday, October 7th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Cascade (CMS)
Contact brownma@umsl.edu to register
Tuesday, October 11th, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Using Cognos Student Reports Wednesday, October 12th, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Google Drive and Google Apps Wednesday, October 19th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Cascade working session
No registration necessary, JCP 65
Wednesday, October 19th, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Google Drive and Google Apps Friday, October 21st, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Mary Brown
Coordinator Technical Training

September Workshops and Working Sessions

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September 2016 Workshops and Working Sessions
Register for a workshop at http://www.umsl.edu/training unless otherwise noted.

Workshop Date and Time
Excel (part 1) Friday, September 9th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Excel (part 2) Friday, September 9th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Using Cognos Student Reports Tuesday, September 13th, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30
Cascade (CMS)
Contact brownma@umsl.edu to register
Wednesday, September 14th, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Google Drive and Google Apps Friday, September 16th 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Introduction to Institutional Research at UMSL Wednesday, September 21st, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cascade working session
No registration necessary, JCP 65
Thursday, September 22nd, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Google Drive and Google Apps Friday, September 30th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Mary Brown
Coordinator Technical Training

Canvas: On the LMS Front

canvasThe University of Missouri-Columbia issued a call for a cloud-hosted learning management system (LMS) with an add-on option for other UM campuses.  Two companies were awarded contracts and UMSL may now choose between them.  To be certain – UMSL will be with Blackboard this fall.  Even if our faculty and students suggest we change LMS, the process will be gradual and structured.
We are all familiar with Blackboard – our current LMS – which we rebrand as MyGateway.  For the last 2 semesters – and continuing this fall, a few faculty members have been/will be piloting another LMS called Instructure Canvas. Early this fall semester, UMSL will host open forums where Blackboard and Canvas representatives each demonstrate their products/services and will be available to answer questions. We’ll also be sharing a survey to gather your input on which LMS you believe best meets our needs going forward. More information will follow regarding the dates and times for the fall informational sessions.

Andy Goodman
Associate Provost
Center for Teaching & Learning
goodmanjam@umsl.edu