February Coffee & Canvas

February 25, 2016

Members of the academic technology community from across Harvard met on Thursday, 2/25/16, for the February Coffee & Canvas.

The meeting began with TLT updates from program director Kristin Sullivan, specifically:

  • Canvas roll-out
  • current pilots (e.g., Canvas Catalog, HarvardX Hybrid, LTI tools)
  • progress on validating Canvas data in support of research
  • community-building activities
  • AcTS 2.0 planning

From there, FAS instructional technologist Rebecca Miller provided an overview and demo of two annotation pilots underway in FAS: VoiceThread and CritiqueIt. As part of her presentation, Rebecca outlined capabilities and limitations of each tool as well as typical use cases. (It’s important to mention that as of now these tools are available only this semester and on a pilot basis. For more information, please contact your school’s academic support group.)

TLT’s Chrissy McKeon and Sara Munzinger then provided an update on the new partner resources wiki, which will replace the school liaison FAQ wiki the first week in March. The new resource will provide TLT constituencies with better organized and more up-to-date resources than the previous iteration. The new site will honor the collaborative and informal spirit of a wiki, while at the same time providing resources that academic support professionals can rely on.

The session ended with a demo and table activity by TLT’s Neil Patch about Canvas’s new user interface (UI), which will be in production at the end of May. Neil discussed why Instructure is rolling out a new UI, key features of the UI, and experiences by users who have already made the switch. He also shared what TLT is doing to prepare for the move and what TLT needs the schools to do. This part of the meeting ended with table conversation by school partners about benefits and challenges to making the move.