Florida College Center for Teaching and Learning

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Join the Center for Teaching and Learning in the President's Meeting Room in Henderson Dining Hall for lunch and professional development on using strategies to engage students in your lectures. Available on Monday (11/14) or Tuesday (11/15) at 11:00 am. If you haven't sent in your RSVP, feel free to attend anyway!

How to Reduce the Cognitive Load on Students During Lessons 21/09/2022

How to Reduce the Cognitive Load on Students During Lessons

Here are some great reminders about practical ways we can reduce cognitive load to help our students remember more of what they hear in class.

How to Reduce the Cognitive Load on Students During Lessons A look at ways teachers can refine their practices to help ensure that students absorb and process information so they can retrieve it later.

Educators’ Most Effective Attention-Grabbing Technique 13/09/2022

Educators’ Most Effective Attention-Grabbing Technique

Check out this article about ways you can move beyond giving information and incorporate telling a story in your classroom lectures.

Educators’ Most Effective Attention-Grabbing Technique Understanding the difference between presenting and storytelling is critical to an educator’s ability to engage students and stir their excitement. These storytelling strategies will transform your lectures and help you stand out as an educator.


Join us Thursday, September 8th at 3:00 pm in the Library's Harrell Conference Room to learn about Florida College's new institutional repository, PALMS!


This week, our new faculty members received a campus tour on their first day. We are thrilled to have them join us in our mission to educate with purpose.


By now, you may have heard about PALMS: Preserving Archives, Library Materials, and Scholarship. PALMS is a digital repository that provides access to a number of Florida College Lecture books, with plans to provide access to historical materials from our archives, student and faculty research, and more. Visit PALMS here: https://palms.floridacollege.edu/

The Clock Strikes at Midnight: An Argument Against the “Pumpkin Rule” | Faculty Focus 04/02/2022

The Clock Strikes at Midnight: An Argument Against the “Pumpkin Rule” | Faculty Focus

Here's an interesting article about flexibility with due dates. What are your thoughts?


The Clock Strikes at Midnight: An Argument Against the “Pumpkin Rule” | Faculty Focus Beginning in the spring of 2020, I started using a new method of flexible deadlines: The Date To Keep on Track (DTKOT).


Join us at the Faculty Forum this afternoon at 4:30 pm followed by dinner!


Stop by the Dicus BLR on Monday from 8 am - 12 pm to get help with your spring courses. Donuts provided!

How to Teach a Good First Day of Class 06/01/2022

How to Teach a Good First Day of Class

Here are some great ideas to think about as we prepare for the first day of the spring semester. What do you plan to do this semester to ensure a positive student experience on the first day?


How to Teach a Good First Day of Class The first day of class is crucial both for your students and for you. This guide will help you make opening day as effective as possible.

How to Give Positive Feedback on Student Writing 18/11/2021

How to Give Positive Feedback on Student Writing

Giving feedback on student writing is an important aspect of our grading and hopefully makes an impact on future student submissions. Often, our feedback about the improvement needed is detailed and precise. But how often do you get in the rut of the typical phrases like "great job" when praising students for well-written papers? Check out this article for some excellent tips on providing positive feedback that can truly encourage students and recognize the effort they put into their writing.


How to Give Positive Feedback on Student Writing If your corrective feedback is very detailed but your positive comments are quick and vague, you may appreciate this advice from teachers across the country.


Check out this workload estimator from Wake Forest University as you plan for your spring courses. It's a great way to check how much time you are really requiring students to spend reading and completing assignments.



Join us for a faculty forum on academics and a spiritual life, led by Jason Longstreth, in the Dicus Faculty Lounge on Tuesday, 11/16 at 4:30 pm. Dinner will be provided following the forum and childcare is available beginning at 4:15 in the Dicus BLR. We look forward to a great discussion on one of our greatest purposes at Florida College!

Timeline photos 10/11/2021

Timeline photos

A reminder, via educator David Guerin:

Give yourself grace this week.


327 - Course Content Import from Instructure Canvas Community on Vimeo

You can save time preparing for your spring courses by importing content in Canvas from a previous semester. Canvas even has the ability to shift the dates in the course to the dates for the new semester. Check out this video for more details or reach out to the Center for Teaching and Learning for assistance.

327 - Course Content Import from Instructure Canvas Community on Vimeo


Join us on November 9th or 10th at 4:00 pm in the BLR to learn how to use Socrative, an engaging tool that gives the teacher instant feedback on individual and class performance. RSVPs to Bailey Ross are requested but not required. Please bring your laptop.


Congratulations to Brooke Ward! Her name was drawn randomly from the likes on the FC Center for Teaching and Learning page during the week of October 25th. She's receiving a $25 gift card to the restaurant of her choice!

Timeline photos 02/11/2021

Timeline photos

What's your favorite question to ask your students?


Join us on Monday and Tuesday from 4:00-6:00 pm in Chatlos 202.
This training will help you explore the natural connections between our faith and your individual course content. You will learn how to purposefully plan to integrate faith into your curriculum. RSVPs to Jonathan Barlar are requested, but not required. See you there!


Don't forget! All professional development requests are due Monday, November 1st to Jonathan Barlar. Forms are located on CampusNet. Contact us if you need assistance!


FC students LOVE Kahoot!

Join us tomorrow, October 28th, from 7:30-8:00 OR 8:30-9:00 in Hailey 211 to learn how to use this engaging tech tool in your classroom. Bring your laptop.

Coffee and Nicola's Donuts will be provided. RSVPs are requested, but not required. See you there!


Join us for our next Faculty Forum, led by Brian Crispell, on 10/26 at 4:30 pm in the Dicus Faculty Lounge. After the forum, please stay for dinner!


Check out this new Canvas update! You can now change submission details for students directly in Speedgrader when you need to take off late points, mark an assignment as excused, or remove the missing notification. Just click on the pencil and make the adjustment. Previously, this all had to be done from the grade book. This update should make it easier for you to adjust these details as you grade assignments in Speedgrader!


Join us on 10/18 at 1 pm or 10/20 at 12 pm for training on taking your classroom presentations to the next level! To reserve your lunch, RSVP to Jonathan Barlar. We hope to see you there!

Discussions Redesign Early Access 01/07/2021

Discussions Redesign Early Access

Canvas is working on a variety of updates to discussions that should improve teacher and student experiences. If you are interested in learning more about the changes coming, take a look at the video and updates at this link: https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Discussions-Redesign/Discussions-Redesign-Early-Access/ba-p/463255

Discussions Redesign Early Access Hello Community! We have many improvements lined up for our Discussions feature in Canvas. We are taking an iterative approach to delivering value to you as soon as possible so you will see improvements released in stages. Please look out for release timing on our Roadmap page. Discussions Rede...


I hope you all had a smooth end of the fall semester and are getting some much needed rest prior to the start of the spring semester. As you begin thinking about your spring courses, remember that we are preparing for courses to be face-to-face and ready to move online for quarantined students at a moment’s notice. We will also have more students traveling for athletics since almost all teams are continuing into the spring semester. Canvas provides the ability to better serve our students who are missing classes due to illness, quarantine, or athletics.

I’ll be providing tips throughout the winter break to help you prepare for spring courses. Today, I want to point you back to Canvas Overview in your Canvas Dashboard to review cross-listing and importing previous semester content. As you review these videos and written guides, don’t spend lots of time struggling if something doesn’t make sense. Submit a request to the Center for Teaching and Learning Help Desk so we can assist!

If you have more than one section of a course, cross-listing will allow you to work in only one section while giving students in all sections the ability to see the course material in Canvas. Look for more information in the cross-listing section of the Canvas Overview modules.

If you have material in Canvas from previous semesters (spring 2020, summer 2020, and/or fall 2020) you can import that content to the new semester. This keeps you from having to recreate content that worked well. Look for more information in the importing course content section in the Canvas Overview modules.

Please reach out for help at any time! The Center for Teaching and Learning is available throughout the winter break to brainstorm, train, and provide individual assistance.


Here’s an important reminder about audio recordings and Canvas. It’s important to add your audio recordings to Canvas Studio prior to adding the recording to your class. Canvas Studio provides much more storage space than is allowed in an individual course. If you add a few recordings directly to your class without using Canvas Studio, you will likely exceed your storage allowance and receive an error message.

If you’ve been adding your recordings directly to your course, the Center for Teaching and Learning can assist you with moving the recordings to Canvas Studio and adding them back into your class. Just put in a help ticket with the course name and the module pages that need to be converted.


The Immersive Reader in New Quizzes is functioning properly again. Students should no longer experience any lag time when using this feature.


There are two issues you need to be aware of right now in Canvas New Quizzes.

Immersive Reader:

Students who attempt to use the Immersive Reader feature while taking a New Quiz are experiencing lag time. This may slow down how quickly they can complete a quiz. If you have a student who uses Immersive Reader as an official accommodation or a student you know it helps, you may want to give additional time to take the quiz. This can be added for individual students in the moderator tab of your quiz.

Matching Questions:

When using matching questions on New Quizzes, the only current option is to count the entire matching section as correct or incorrect. New Quizzes will not separate a matching section into individual questions. You can manually correct this by adding fudge points at the bottom of the question when reviewing student responses. Another possibility, suggested by Dr. Ward, is to turn your matching questions into multiple choice questions instead.

Let us know if we can assist you with any New Quiz issues!

Online Mp3 Cutter - Audio Trimmer 10/09/2020

Online Mp3 Cutter - Audio Trimmer

Check out https://audiotrimmer.com, a great free website that offers the ability to cut out unwanted sections of your classroom audio recordings. This tool is an excellent solution for removing silent sections when students are working or for cutting off conversations at the end of class.

Click Choose File, click Upload, and trim the section you don’t want to publish.

For one-on-one training from an instructional designer, submit a Center for Teaching and Learning Help Desk ticket. We’d love to help you implement this tool to improve your instructional delivery!

Online Mp3 Cutter - Audio Trimmer Audio Trimmer is an online tool which lets you trim your audio files on the fly. Cut songs and create ring tones without downloading programs. The best mp3 trimmer online!


Welcome to the Florida College Center for Teaching and Learning page!

We will be adding regular teaching and technology tips that we hope will allow you to work more efficiently and effectively. We'll also keep you up to date on any technology that isn't working correctly, giving you workarounds until things are back to normal.

Send us a message if there's something specific you'd like us to cover!