March 17 Update

There is not much news to share today. So, I thought I would send a St. Patrick’s Day wish and a great quote (see below) that is applicable to all that we are experiencing – trying to stay positive with constant change. We would like to collect stories from you and your students as we continue on this journey. So, if you have stories to share, please do. I will collect them and we will share them in Take Five. President McRobbie will now send out messages every Tuesday and Friday – the first one this week will be Friday. I will continue to send a message every day. I think it is good practice to stay in touch. I hope spring break and/or working from home is going well!

In my message yesterday, I said we have extended the automatic withdrawal period into the first resumed week of remote classes. There has been a change - Because students can continue to drop courses and because ‘W’ grades can still be assigned, we don’t have a need to extend the automatic withdrawal period. And if a student requests a drop and is not passing your course, an F grade is available for assignment.

From Paul Cook and the CTLA

In conversations with the Faculty Senate leadership, academic affairs, and other interested faculty members, the idea to host a discussion board in Canvas to share resources came up and was well received. Each of us is receiving emails each day from the campus leadership with links to many helpful sites and other important information, but perhaps this space might also be useful as a way to share and archive resources among all of our talented faculty in one convenient location to which any faculty member can add. We hope this will be useful. – Paul Cook, Faculty Senate President

You can access this Canvas Discussion by going to the Faculty Senate Canvas page, choose Discussions, and find Resources for Teaching Remotely or by using the hyperlink above. Once you are in the discussion, use reply to add a resource, document, or link of your own. 

From the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (CTLA)

Alternative Assessment Ideas

The site is full of great information. We would like to highlight just one page that may help with assessment concerns. You can find this page under Resources > Keep Teaching Resources > Online Pedagogy > Handling exams in online courses. We particularly like the embedded link alternatives to traditional exams. If you would like to brainstorm or talk about your ideas with someone, just email and Chérie and Chanda will be happy to help. 

IU system-wide Keep Teaching: Drop-In Consultations

Do you have questions about moving your course online?  Then join us for two virtual Q&A times on Wednesday and Thursday, March 18 and 19 from 6 to 8 p.m., and let us help get your questions answered.

We will be using Zoom breakout rooms to allow simultaneous conversations between you, your fellow instructors, and a teaching and learning consultant.  Main breakout room topics will be:

  • Kaltura (video management, sharing, and creation)
  • Canvas (online assignments and grading, file sharing, and module creation)
  • Zoom (general overview and using breakout rooms)
  • PowerPoint Audio Narration Recording
  • Chromebooks and IUanyWare

Join us for 10 minutes or stay the full two hours. If you are not sure what you need help with, our Zoom host will happily direct you to the consultant who can best address your needs.

To join the webinar, go to

CTLA training and programming 3/18/2020 – 4/3/2020

Please take advantage of our programming. These are still face to face unless noted as online. 

3/18/20        9:00 – 9:30 a.m.                  Zoom: Teaching Remotely

3/18/20        10:00 – 11:30 a.m.             Zoom: Teaching Remotely (90 minute online session)

3/18/20        1:00 – 1:30 p.m.                  Zoom: Teaching Remotely

3/18/20        2:00 – 3:30 p.m.                  Kaltura: Personal Capture & CC

3/19/20        9:00 – 10:30 a.m.                Kaltura: Personal Capture & CC

3/23/20        9:00 – 10:30 a.m.                Zoom: Teaching Remotely (90 minute online session) *NEW*

3/23/20        2:00-4:00 p.m.                      Canvas: SpeedGrader & DocViewer (online via Zoom)

3/24/20        1:00 – 2:30 p.m.                  Zoom: Teaching Remotely (90 minute online session) *NEW*

3/25/20        10 -12:00 p.m.         Using VoiceThread to Engage Students Workshop (online via Zoom)

3/25/20        1 – 2:00 p.m.                  Finding OER Resources, Olga Korne  (online via Zoom)

3/31/20        9:00 – 11:00 a.m.                Canvas: Modules & Pages (online via Zoom)

Universal Design* - Julie Saam. March. 23 – April 3, 2020; online, deadline to register March 20, 2020

St. Patrick Day Quote: “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” – Maya Angelou