[Pedagogy-list] FW: Tips for the End of Term

Zinn, John jzinn at richmond.edu
Fri Feb 22 14:20:28 EST 2019

Daniel (and all),


We receive similar and frequent emails at SNHU.  Below is the most recent.






From: SNHU Faculty Support <facultysupport at snhu.edu>
Date: February 21, 2019 at 7:18:50 PM EST
To: <j.zinniii at snhu.edu>
Subject: Faculty Update - Quick Hit News for SNHU Faculty - February 21, 2019
Reply-To: SNHU Faculty Support <facultysupport at snhu.edu>

February 21, 2019
 COLT Update is a short, quick-hits, email designed to keep our faculty in-the-know. For the most current information, be sure to visit the COLT website (our faculty portal).



New Orleans Faculty Summit
Tackling Difficult Conversations
Turnitin Similarity Reports
Brightspace Issue Resolution
Submitting Final grades 



We're going to New Orleans!
Join our team of SNHU administration and deans in New Orleans, LA on Saturday, March 16 for drinks, lunch and conversation at Messina's at The Terminal.



Register today... space is limited
If you'll be in the New Orleans area and can join us, reserve your spot by clicking the button below. Please be sure to let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or require any special accommodations. This event is exclusively for SNHU faculty. 
 March 16, noon - 3 p.m. central time
Messina’s at the Terminal – Walnut Room
6001 Stars and Stripes Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70126




Tackling Difficult Conversations
Tess George, Speakwell Training
Wednesday, March 20, noon ET


Many instructors are challenged to find the right words when dealing with difficult student situations via email.  It can be a struggle to achieve the right tone, to remain helpful and to uphold academic standards all in one short, readable message. 

Join Guest Speaker Tess George of Speakwell Training in this one-hour interactive webinar, to learn about giving feedback effectively and delivering “bad news” in a constructive, professional manner. You’ll see examples of well-written and poorly-written messages, and leave with helpful tips you can employ right away.



Open the following link:http://snhu.adobeconnect.com/faculty_training_development/
Choose “Enter as a Guest”
Type your full first and last name in the "Name" field 
Click “Enter Room”
If you have not attended an Adobe Connect meeting in the last few weeks, please test your connection here, to ensure your plug-ins are up-to-date:http://snhu.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm 



A Change to Similarity Reporting



Bibliographies and Citations
Beginning in Undergrad term 19EW4 and Grad term 19TW3, Turnitin similarity reports will default to scanning the documents, including bibliographies and citations. As a result, you may see higher similarity scores.
When viewing similarity reports, be sure to check the flagged matches, as the inclusion of cited materials can increase the overall percentage of similarity.
It’s also important to remember that similarity reports are a tool to help instructors quickly see where there may be issues, and there isn’t a “magic number” that indicates a problem.




Brightspace Issue Resolution
On Wednesday evening, D2L implemented a fix to an issue where the General Feedback box within the Discussion rubric was locking after feedback was entered for a rubric critical element, preventing instructors from entering anything in the General Feedback box. 

Thank you for your grading diligence!

The preferred browser for Brightspace is Google Chrome. We highly recommend that you use Chrome when grading or performing any actions in your course. 




Final Grades Tips
To ensure successful submission of grades via mySNHU, make sure you check out the Grade Submission Guidelines and Instructions.
Some important highlights from the Grade Submission Guidelines to remember:
Once successfully submitted, grades can only be changed via the Grade Change Request Form, even if you submit prior to the deadline. (Once you hit submit, you cannot change anything without the Grade Change form).
Updated grades for late assignments must be entered to override zeros that were entered during the course of the term.
If you have approved an Incomplete Grade for a student, you must leave the grade field in mySNHU blank. The Registrar’s office will enter a grade of “I” for you once they have received your Incomplete Form. Otherwise, you MUST issue all active students a grade based on the work they have completed.
The Grade Submission Guidelines and Instructions document also includes links to policies and forms for Incompletes and Grade Changes.



The COLT website is updated regularly with information designed to help you in your role. Be sure to check it out!

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and Strategic Partnerships / Adjunct Professor
School of Professional & Continuing Studies
University of Richmond
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University of Richmond, Virginia 23173
phone: 804-287-6378
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From: <pedagogy-list-bounces at richmond.edu> on behalf of "Hocutt, Daniel" <dhocutt at richmond.edu>
Reply-To: "SPCS Community of Practice: Pedagogy" <pedagogy-list at richmond.edu>
Date: Friday, February 22, 2019 at 11:04 AM
To: "SPCS Community of Practice: Pedagogy" <pedagogy-list at richmond.edu>
Subject: [Pedagogy-list] FW: Tips for the End of Term




I forward this message to you as a model of what I hope we’ll be able to produce for the SPCS Pedagogy CoP on a regular basis. Please take a few minutes to review and tell me what you think — which features are useful, which features are useless, and which features make you excited. Any other feedback would be welcome, too!





Daniel L. Hocutt, R’92 & G’98

Web Manager & Adjunct Professor

School of Professional & Continuing Studies

Special Programs Building 215

University of Richmond, VA 23173

o. (804) 287-6658 f. (804) 289-8138

dhocutt at richmond.edu


Community Coordinator,
SPCS Pedagogy Community of Practice



From: Dartmouth Teaching & Learning <dcal at dartmouth.edu>
Reply-To: Dartmouth Teaching & Learning <dcal at dartmouth.edu>
Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 1:52 PM
To: Daniel Hocutt <dhocutt at richmond.edu>
Subject: Tips for the End of Term


Tips and tools to support your teaching.
View this in your browser.
Tips for the End of Term
Cut down on grading time with these techniques: 
Assess one or two skills per assignment rather than every element.
Be brief: Point out what is done well, identify errors, and suggest improvements.
Give feedback in Canvas Speedgrader or annotate written work in DocViewer rather than by hand.
Create a comment bank for feedback that you use repeatedly.
Still feeling behind the grading curve? Bail yourself out for next term with a few ideas from the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Visit the Registrar's guide for faculty on using Banner Student for instructions on submitting final grades, citations, and incompletes.
As always, if you’d like to discuss any of the above, or have questions about your teaching, contact the Teaching & Learning Team. 

Teaching Tools
Flexing due dates around flu season is a common request this time of year. Here’s how to manage it in Canvas.
Getting ready for spring courses? Here’s a refresher on copying content from one Canvas course to another rather than starting from scratch.

Upcoming Events
Reaching Everyone: Creating Inclusive Course Materials–In this workshop, participants will discuss and practice using principles of usability and accessibility as they relate to Canvas and course materials. Feel free to bring example materials, course sites, or syllabi to work with during the workshop. Feb 26, 12:15-1:30 pm Register here.

Contemplative Teaching & Learning–Mindfulness practices benefit cognition, emotion, and creativity. After reviewing the contemplative pedagogy movement in higher education, participants will experience two short classroom mindfulness practices, consider the research supporting them, and discuss how you might use them in class. Feb 27, 12:00-1:30 pm. Register here.

Teaching Science Seminar: Teaching Confessions–Join us to share your past teaching experiences, whether good or bad, and learn from others about what works and what doesn't. Come with a story or a listening ear to reflect on the skills of instruction needed in the classroom or lab. March 14, 12:15-1:30 pm. Register here. 


Current Opportunities
Seeking Scholars–Deadline Tomorrow!
The Dartmouth Stamps Scholars Program is accepting applications from current sophomores and juniors now through February 22. Scholars receive up to $10K per year to pursue an experiential learning plan of their own design. Read more, and refer students here.

Survey of STEM Faculty
The STEM Education Team at the Yale Poorvu Center for Teaching & Learning is seeking undergraduate level STEM instructors for a survey investigating the supports and obstacles that instructors face when implementing evidence-based teaching practices. Take the survey before April 1.

Open Education Initiative–In partnership with DCAL, the Library has launched an initiative to support the use of open educational resources in teaching Dartmouth courses. Learn more about these resources, and how they can save students money and allow instructors to customize materials according to course needs. Grant funding and support available beginning March 8.  


Learning Stories
Klara Barbarossa '20 is investigating whether and how virtual reality perspective-taking influences human perception and understanding of others.
Gabe Zuckerberg '20 is working to preserve the musical traditions of the Ramaniotes, an ancient community of Greek Jews.

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