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The Big Splash


Who is this event for?

The Big Splash is for all course instructors, teaching assistants, and staff who support teaching and learning at Texas A&M University. We have designed the Big Splash to link best practices and innovative technology applications to the Canvas learning environment, yet we also recognize that not everyone has opted into using Canvas yet. Each session is intended to be inclusive of the modes of delivery at Texas A&M University for the Fall 2020 semester and offer insights and ideas to meet you where you are, wherever you are, in preparing.


Provost Welcome

Agenda

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Thursday, August 6th

Opening Keynote:

Blended Learning and its Link to Canvas

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Jared Stein

Jared Stein

VP of Higher Ed Strategy
Instructure
Stephen Caffey

 

Session moderated by:

Dr. Stephen Caffey
Associate Department Head for Research,
Department of Architecture
 

Synchronous Spotlight:

ASU Sync
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Allison Hall

Dr. Allison Hall

Director of Learning Experience Transformation
Arizona State University

Beverly Irby

Session moderated by:

Dr. Beverly Irby
Regents Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
College of Education and Human Development
 
Faculty Spotlight:

How did Summer II Go?

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Nicola Ayres
 
Deidra Davis

David Sparks

Dr. Nicola Ayres

Senior Lecturer
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, TAMU
 

Dr. Deidra Davis

Instructional Assistant Professor
Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, TAMU
 

Dr. David Sparks

Professor and Associate Department Head
Department of Geography and Geophysics, TAMU

Heather Wilkinson

Session moderated by:

Dr. Heather Wilkinson
Professor and Associate Dean of Faculties
 
Lunchtime Keynote:

Productivity During Challenging Times
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Bonni Stachowiak

Dr. Bonni Stachowiak

Host and Producer
Teaching in Higher Education

Debra Fowler

Session moderated by: 

Dr. Debra Fowler
Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence
 
Student Spotlight:

How did Summer II Go?
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Jared Stein Craig Halbrooks, ALED 422 

Zach Andrews, URPN 202

Katie Seabolt, RPTS 323

Cade Rudd, MKTG 409

Hannah Spud, AGEC 314

Shaila Alejandra Ramirez​, Transfer Experience
Tim Scott

Session moderated by:

Dr. Tim Scott
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Student Success
 
Blendflex Spotlight:

UCF Blendflex
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Thomas Cavanagh

Dr. Thomas Cavanagh

Vice Provost for Digital Learning
University of Central Florida
Stephanie Harris

Session moderated by:

Dr. Stefanie Harris
Interim Department Chair of International Studies
 
Accessibility Spotlight:

Things You Can Do Today
to Make Your Course More Accessible

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Cyndi Rowland

Dr. Cyndi Rowland

Executive Director
Web AIM
Kristie Orr

Session moderated by:

Dr. Kristie Orr
Director of Disability Resources
 
Closing Keynote:

ZOOM + Higher Education:
Where have we been, Where are we going?

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Anne Keehn
Tain Barzso
Ryan Gallagher

Anne Keehn

Global Education Lead
ZOOM
 

Tain Barzso

Product Lead
ZOOM
 

Ryan Gallagher

Vertical Marketing Manager
ZOOM

Jocelyn Widmer

Session moderated by:

Dr. Jocelyn Widmer
Assistant Provost for Academic Innovation



 


Friday, August 7th

Explore
LinkedIn Learning:

Morning Session
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Nicole Sus

Nicole Sus

Higher Education Sr.
Relationship Manager

LinkedIn Learning

Tara Gray

Session moderated by:

Dr. Tara Gray
Director of Organizational Development in the Division of
Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness

Explore
Texas A&M University's Canvas Template:

Morning Session
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Laurie Norris

Laurie Norris

Instructional Designer
Instructure

Jon Jasperson

Session moderated by:

Dr. 'Jon Jasperson
Assistant Dean of Learning and Tranformation & Academic Technology 
Clinical Professor
 

Explore
LinkedIn Learning:

Afternoon Session
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Nicole Sus

Nicole Sus

Higher Education Sr.
Relationship Manager

LinkedIn Learning

Kathryn Falvo

Session moderated by:

Dr. Kathryn Falvo
Instructional Assistant Professor of History, TAMUG

Explore
Texas A&M University's Canvas Template
:
Afternoon Session

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Laurie Norris

Laurie Norris

Instructional Designer
Instructure

Andrew Klein

Session moderated by:

Dr. Andrew Klein
Department of Geography and Former Speaker of the Faculty Senate




 

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Friday, August 14th

Exploring Zoom

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Matthew Cupich

Matthew Cupich

Sr. Team Lead,
Customer Success

Zoom

Matthew Cupich

Session moderated by:

Kyle Page
Provost Information
Technology Office, Director of
Technology Services


 











 
make the move

Explore Speaker Sessions:


Day 1  |  August 6th

Jared Stein

Opening Keynote: Blended Learning and its Link to Canvas

Jared will kick off the Big Splash with a conversation on blended learning from both a faculty and student perspective. He will provide tactical ideas that are particularly applicable for the complex fall teaching and learning landscape. Jared will link his insights to the Canvas learning environment.

Allison Hall

Synchronous Spotlight: ASU Sync

Allison has been at the helm of implementing ASU Sync at Arizona State University as the large R1 university transitions Fall delivery in response to COVID-19. Allison will model the ASU Sync approach and provide practical recommendations to leverage the learning management system to maximize synchronous time with your students. Allison will challenge you to change plus 1: identify one thing that seems attainable and take that first step forward.

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Faculty Panel: How Did Summer II Go?

In this session, you will hear from faculty who used Canvas for the first time during the Summer 2 session. Each faculty member will characterize the type of course they taught and their specific application of Canvas tools they used for content delivery, learning activities, and assessments. You will hear their stories of resilience and the creative solutions they discovered to overcome challenges in real time as they taught their courses in Canvas. The faculty panelists will also share student feedback collected as the Summer 2 session comes to a close. The faculty panelists will be joined by Kevin Lawanto, Instructional Designer in the Office for Academic Innovation who leads Canvas trainings and virtual office hours.  If you are still deciding if Canvas is right for you for the Fall 2020 semester, you will not want to miss this panel to hear tactical advice from your peers and colleagues. 

 


Bonni Stachowiak

Lunchtime Keynote: Productivity During Challenging Times

The mental, physical, social, and emotional loads most of us are carrying have increased significantly since the pandemic hit in early 2020. More than ever, the systems we use to negotiate competing priorities, practice self care, and manage all of the information coming at us are essential. Bonni will highlight five ways to translate intention into action, have more peace in our lives, and be able to be more present for our students. Bonnie will also share examples of how Canvas can help facilitate communication and keep course materials organized. 


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Student Spotlight: How did Summer II Go?

We have gathered up an engaged group of students across the 50 courses taught in Canvas during the Summer 2 term. They are eager to share their unique experiences with you. Hear what features they enjoyed, how they used the Canvas app, and other useful information as you prepare for the Fall 2020 semester. You will not want to miss this session if you are going to be teaching in Canvas this fall!


Thomas Cavanagh

Blendflex Spotlight: UCF Blendflex

We expect that the 2020-2021 academic year will require a significant amount of flexibility on the part of both faculty and students. University of Central Florida’s BlendFlex delivery model is intended to offer the maximum flexibility possible to accommodate a variety of shifting scenarios without compromising high academic quality expectations. Tom will provide real-time updates on how the Blendflex model and its associated classrooms are being designed and implemented in preparation for the Fall 2020 semester at UCF. Tom will share insights from both the faculty and student perspective as he highlights not only the mechanics, yet also the opportunities afforded by the Blendflex model.


Cyndi Rowland

Accessibility Spotlight: Things You Can Do Today to Make Your Course More Accessible

Answering “What would I do if I were in your shoes?” is where Cyndi’s conversation with us will begin. She will answer this question with actionable and achievable steps we can all take today to ensure course materials are accessible for the start of the fall semester. Cyndi will remind us all that it is much harder to retrofit accessibility onto existing educational materials than it is to get it right the first time. Strategies and tips for getting it right the first time will be highlighted throughout the session, with connections to Canvas where applicable.


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Closing Keynote: Zoom + Higher Education: Where have we been, Where are we going?

Join us for Day 1’s final session as we are joined by a team from ZOOM’s higher education leadership team. Ann, Tain, and Ryan will share where we have been over the past few months as education around the world turned to ZOOM for continuity; and where we are all headed as we continue to utilize ZOOM as a key technology in our digital learning environment. These three bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their roles at ZOOM. You will enjoy the passion and insight they have to share with us. 


Day 2  |  August 7th

Nicole Sus

Explore Linked In Learning:

During this session you will learn about the value of LinkedIn to higher education, particularly as students will need to increasingly curate their professional identity and network as demands in the labor market shift as a result of COVID-19.  Nicole will highlight that network gaps link to equity gaps for students. 

The session will demonstrate how faculty can leverage LinkedIn Learning in three powerful ways: 

  1. Implement LinkedIn Learning content into your curriculum to augment student learning 
  2. Seek out your own professional development content through LinkedIn Learning  
  3. Engage with LinkedIn Learning content for personal health, wellness, and passion projects, which are particularly important amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

We have integrated LinkedIn Learning into Canvas and Blackboard at Texas A&M University. Also learn how this integration works to streamline the student experience.

 


Laurie Norris

Explore TAMU's Canvas Template:

Meet the Instructional Designer behind Texas A&M University’s Canvas template that is now the foundation for nearly 20,000 course shells in Canvas. In this session you will learn about best practices for using the template, including accessibility, interactivity, and student engagement features that all contribute to a more consistent and equitable learning experience for students. Laurie will take us through the template and point out materials and resources that faculty may refer back to throughout the semester. You will also learn how to work effectively between a Dev shell and a live shell in Canvas.  

Development shells (Dev) should be used to design your Fall 2020 course. As a courtesy, we have created a development shell and enrolled all associated roles from Compass into this shell (i.e. TAs). Development shells do not have any associated student enrollments and cannot be used to deliver course content. 

Live shells will be used to teach your Fall 2020 course. This shell will receive student enrollments from Compass. When you have successfully copied your course content from your Dev shell to your live shell, you will need to publish your live shell for students to see it. Please note  that students also do not have access to the course until the first day of the Fall 2020 semester (August 19, 2020). 

The session will be moderated by Dr. Andrew Klein, who was instrumental in crafting the Minimum Syllabus Requirements for Fall 2020, which are a key element of Texas A&M University’s Canvas template. 

Learn more about Texas A&M University’s Minimum Syllabus Requirements.


 


Day 3  |  August 14th

Matthew Cupich

Exploring Zoom:

During this session you will learn about the value of ZOOM to higher education, particularly over the past few months as higher education turned to ZOOM for continuity. Matt will highlight some of the opportunities ahead as ZOOM continues its product development roadmap specific to higher education.  

We have integrated ZOOM into Canvas and Blackboard at Texas A&M University. Also learn how this integration works to streamline the faculty and student experience. 

 


Canvas Training

 

Matthew Cupich

Kenneth Rogers
Learning Specialist 
Instructure 

 


 

Building in Canvas

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Navigating in Canvas

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Communicating in Canvas

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Partners

            
center Disability Resources Office for Student Success Provost Communications Provost Communications  
                     

With special thanks to the LMS Advisory Committee:

Andrew Klein
Stephen Caffey 
Kathryn Falvo
Tara Gray 
Stefanie Harris 
Beverly Irby
'Jon Jasperson
Paulo Lima-Filho
Sven Lohse 
Morgan Schweller
Tim Scott
Kristi J. Shryock
Heather Wilkinson Emily Wilson