Are you an officer in a club? Do you need access to you club’s email to reconnect with members after a long summer?
Here’s a quick guide for how to log into a Club email. In OWA (Outlook Web App), after you login, your name appears in the top right-hand corner. If you click your name, a search box appears. Type the name or email address of your club then click open. OWA will open your club email if you have access. If you are not approved for access, remember to register your club with Student Senate in order for new officers to gain access to club emails. Read this Knowledgebase article for instructions on club registration.
In Outlook, the process is similar. For step-by-step instructions read the Knowledgebase article on accessing club email in Outlook. Start by clicking File, the click Open & Export. On the menu, select Open Another User’s Folder then simply type in your club name or email address and click OK. On personal computers, Outlook may keep the inbox open in your Outlook, but on shared computers you will need to open the inbox every time.
Both new and existing clubs must register through JayWeb for the school year. Each year, clubs will be required to register new officers, update contact information, and upload their constitutions. Student Senate will process the registrations for approval and constitution review. Student Senate estimates a 3-4 day review process for constitutions of new clubs before registration changes are made. Clubs can also use the registration form to request funds from Student Senate.
New clubs, which can be started at any point during the school year, can also use this form to register their club. All clubs must be registered and approved by Student Senate before you can gain access to technology resources, like club email and room reservations. Look for club registration information and deadlines in Campus News.
In order to register your club, login to JayWeb, then navigate to the Groups tab. There will be a link on the main page to register a student group.
Every three weeks, Canvas makes updates to the site to enhance the functionality and usability and implement bug fixes. The latest update includes a change to how quickly you could see a Turnitin Originality Report for Turnitin assignments. Previously, an originality report could come back in as little as 60 seconds. Now, it will take about five minutes. Why the change? Sometimes, papers submitted to Turnitin via Canvas would appear as if nothing was submitted and no originality report would generate because the request to Turnitin would occur before the entire paper submission was processed by Canvas. This bug is now eliminated by giving Canvas an appropriate amount of time to process the file upload before sending it off to Turnitin for review.
If you have been using the checkbox in assignment settings to generate a Turnitin Originality Report, remember that this feature is going to be disabled by the end of 2016. You must edit your Turnitin assignments and enable Turnitin via the External Tool submission type in order to process an Originality report. More details about this change are linked in a previous blog post here.
Last week’s Tech Tip was about how to change the default margins in Word. This week’s Tech Tip is How to Change the Default Font in Word.
Microsoft Word sets the default font as Calibri size 11. Most professors prefer Times New Roman size 12. To avoid the (small) hassle of changing the font every time you start a new document, simply change the default font and size.
Simply open Word, and on the Home tab under Font, click the small arrow in the corner. This is a pop out icon, and it will open the Font dialogue box where you can edit font settings. Select the font and styles you would like to use as the defualt such as Times New Roman, Regular, size 12. Click Set As Default, and select the option to set the default font for “All documents based on the Normal.dotm template” then click OK.
For a step-by-step guide to set default fonts, visit this Knowledgebase article: http://helpdesk.etown.edu/helpconsole2012/KB/default.aspx?pageid=change_default1_font.
Margins in Word create a buffer space between the edge of the page and the document content. Some style guides (e.g. APA, MLA) require a different amount space in the margins than others. Changing the margins every time can get annoying. To save time, change the default setting for margins.
To set the default margin space, first open Word and navigate to the Page Layout tab. Click the Margins button, which will activate a drop down box; select Custom Margins at the bottom. The Page Setup dialogue box will appear. Here you can set or select your desired margins or page setup, and select Set As Default. Click Yes to apply the settings to the current document and all subsequent documents you create. You word documents will now set to your desired margins every time.
For a step-by-step guide to change the default margin size in Word, visit this Knowledgebase article: http://helpdesk.etown.edu/helpconsole2012/KB/default.aspx?pageid=change_default1_margins.
Do you have a tablet or iPad? Have you downloaded the Speedgrader app yet? If not, give it a try. The Speedgrader app allows faculty to grade assignments on their tablet, including scoring rubrics, adding written or audio comments and adding a score. Learn more about the Speedgrader app by watching this video. Learn more about how to download and use the app via this help guide: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-4047.
Have you ever wanted to make sure that you have assignment or course settings correct? Well, Canvas has a true Student View where you can see what your Canvas course looks like to your students. You can even submit assignments as a “test student” to be sure everything is working the way you want. Watch this video to learn more about Student View. For step-by-step instructions for how to enable the Student View in Canvas, see this help guide: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-2978
Integrating instructional technology into the teaching and learning process is part of our strategic plan. But how? Why? When? You may ponder these questions as you plan for the new semester. This video, from Educause, may help you to begin thinking about how, why and when you should consider integrating technology into your teaching and learning processes. Also, remember, that the instructional technologist is your “go to person” on campus for help. She can suggest technology tools to streamline your workflow, increase student engagement, or to present content in easy-to-understand ways. How will you leverage technology in your courses for the next semester?
Skype has added a new feature. Now, users can Group Video Call meaning that a user can video call with up to 25 other people. However, you can only stream up to 10 videos at a time (9 plus yourself.) The rest of the group will be audio only. Group video calls can be made on any computer, and mobile on Android and iOS, with Skype installed.
Making a group video call is easy. First, create a group on Skype. Create a group call link, then press the Video Call button. When users accept the call, they will appear on the screen! For more information, or for step-by-step instructions visit the Knowledgebase article Skype Group Calls.
You likely have noticed that the course template we use requires all course content to live in MODULES. Why? By having all course content organized in the modules area, students have a similar experience in all of their classes and will know where to find course assignments and other key content. Modules are a powerful tool within Canvas. You can use requirements and prerequisites in modules to further enhance how students access and progress through your course content. Watch this video to learn more tips and tricks to leverage the power of modules in your courses.
Did you know there are multiple ways to print your essays and assignments on campus this fall? With 500 free pages per semester, you can print with ease.
Students can now send printing jobs to printers across campus from the comfort of their own dorm room. Using PaperCut, students can easily send a print job to a printer and pick it up from a print station on their way to class. To find out how to use PaperCut (print.etown.edu) for web printing, visit the Knowledgebase article.
Express Print Stations
Speaking of print stations, did you know there are several express printing stations located around campus in dorms and academic buildings? Each express printing station is equipped with a windows computer, express swipe station, and a high speed laser printer.
To use an express printing station, all you have to do is load a document onto PaperCut then swipe or wave your ID over the sensor at the express print station. Your preloaded documents will appear on the screen. Tap to select documents to print on the touch screen. This can save valuable time if you are running late for class compared to standing in line to login and print a document from your student account.
Free Printing (and its limits)
Each semester students are allotted 500 pages to print on campus for free! You can print from your dorm room using web printing, in a computer lab, or by using an express print station for free. Just make sure to keep an eye on your page limit counter (viewable on PaperCut) to keep track of how many pages you have left for a semester. Once you go over 500 pages, each additional page may be billed to your student account. Visit the Printing Tips article in the Knowledgebase to find out how to cut back on your printing.
Canvas releases new features and updates every three weeks. The latest release has a few useful changes. You can read all of the details in the release notes here: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-6857
Syllabus Page Edit Button Placement – the Edit button has been moved out of the sidebar, which matches the placement and behavior in other Canvas pages.
Recent Feedback List – The Recent Feedback section shows recent feedback for assignments updated in the last four weeks instead of two weeks.
Inactive Student Enrollments and Speedgrader – SpeedGrader shows a notification when instructors view inactive student submissions. Inactive student submissions can still be graded in SpeedGrader, but students do not receive any notifications about their assignment and cannot view course grades.