The Academic Support Committee invites faculty to join us in the Collaboratory for lunch on September 25th and October 2nd for demonstrations of the Canvas (September 25) and Brightspace (October 2nd) learning management systems (LMS). [Please note: the dates for the two demos have been switched.] Allegheny has been using the Sakai LMS since 2008, and the LMS landscape has developed considerably during this time. In response to requests from faculty, ASC is investigating alternatives to Sakai. The Committee feels strongly that any decision to move systems will require broad, informed input from the community. If you’d like to join us to kickoff this review, or just to get a free lunch with colleagues, please join us at noon on September 25th and October 2nd in the Collaboratory. Lunch will be available at noon, and the presentation will start around 12:20. Please RSVP at this link so that we can have an accurate count for lunch. We will ask participants to complete a brief survey after the lunch and presentation.
For additional information contact Rick Holmgren.
For all users: Sakai 19 is now up and running.
Due to a system update, Sakai will be unavailable on Thursday, May 23rd, from 8:00 am until noon.
Sakai will be updated to version 19. The new version will have some tool enhancements and a new Rubrics tool that will integrate with Assignments, Tests & Quizzes, Forums, and Gradebook. Questions? Please email Helen McCullough at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 332-3364.
Sakai now uses Google’s authentication to log you into the system. If you are logged into your Allegheny G Suite account, clicking the “Allegheny login” link in Sakai will automatically log you into your Sakai account. If you are logged into a personal Gmail account, you will need to log out of that account before logging into Sakai.
Initially, you may need to clear your browser’s cache and history, and relaunch the browser, to make the new login method take effect.
Sakai will be unavailable campus-wide Thursday, January 10th, from 9am to 10am, in order to perform system changes. Thank you for your patience.
Sakai is scheduled to be updated on Monday, January 7th and will be unavailable during the morning. All Sakai services should be restored by noon.
What’s your contingency plan when you can’t make it to class? What will your students do while your mid-semester conference whisks you away? Or when the campus flu strikes you down? Having a pre-planned answer to the “what if” can see you through disasters or blips in your day.
Bring your Plan B ideas and share them in a discussion led by Catharina Coenen, Professor of Biology and Director of Faculty Development.
When: Friday, September 21
Lunch will be served beginning at noon, and the discussion will begin at 12:20
Where: Pelletier Collaboratory
Please register here.
Sakai will be unavailable on Thursday, August 2nd, from 6:00 am until 12:30 pm due to a scheduled update. The new version will have improved usability, a better mobile experience, and other enhancements. More information will be coming soon.
The Google Drive desktop app is shutting down on May 12th. If you are still using Google Drive, you need to switch to Drive File Stream to keep your files backed up and secure. File Stream is an easy way to move and organize your data, and much easier to use than the Google Drive sync app.
With File Stream you can:
- View and organize files in your computer’s native file system, such as Explorer in Windows or Finder in Mac OS X.
- Open files in their native applications installed on your computer.
- Mark specific files or folders for offline use so that they are accessible when you know you will be without internet access.
- See all of your files in Google Drive without using storage space on your computer.
- You can stop using MS Office and begin using Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
Is this important to you? Yes. Keeping your data secure and backed up is your responsibility–ITS will no longer transfer or restore data during computer upgrades, repairs, or replacements. For more information see the File Stream tutorial or contact the InfoDesk.
For Faculty: Monday, March 12th
Teaching Tidbits/Teaching with Technology Lunch
Flipped Classrooms without Problem Sets
Where: Pelletier Collaboratory
When: Monday, March 12th at noon
Are you interested in flipping a class but don’t know how to start? Lee Coates will discuss his recent experience of flipping his Animal Physiology (Bio 380) course without using problem sets. He’ll discuss the format for the flipped class, technology for pre-class assignments and videos, in-class activities, and assessment data comparing student learning before and after flipping the class.
Lunch will be served at noon and the presentation will begin at 12:20 pm in the Pelletier Collaboratory on Monday, March 12th. Register at this link.