CLA IT Open House and other items
Dear all, welcome to a new semester and academic year in our college. Please see below some pointers on various items related to instructional and information technology.
- Please stop by our CLA IT Open House, Thursday, August 14, 2-4:30pm, and Friday, August 15, 9-11:30am, in Haley Center 3223b. We will be there to help with questions on Canvas, classroom equipment, lecturecapture (Panopto), student response systems (iclickers), and anything else you may need IT-related to get your classes started.
- If you plan to use any of these technologies in your classes, i.e. iclickers, lecture capture, iPads to present lecture material, please contact CLA IT so we can ensure that your assigned room has the required infrastructure and you have the required account access.
- Please remember that the magic phone number for reporting issues with classroom technology, no matter where on campus, is 844-2293.
- Canvas: remember to publish your course; otherwise, your students will not have access to it. Canvas also added a new feature over the summer that allows you to hide content from students – the Draft state. This is the default for any content or modules you add to the course, so please remember to publish items so that they are no longer in Draft state. For more information on this, please go to http://www.auburn.edu/img/canvas/help/teachers/f_draft_state/index.html.
If you are concerned with the way students see their grades in the course, remember that you can set grades to 0 to help with the calculation, and that you can turn off the whisker graph for grade distribution: http://cla.auburn.edu/clait/blog/what-you-may-not-know-about-canvas-tweaking-the-gradebook/
- AU Wifi: Remember that AU Wifi went through an upgrade last week. For any devices that use AU Wifi – laptops, tablets, smartphones, please note that you will get a pop up asking you to accept this new security certificate the first time you try to connect to AU_Wifi after tomorrow morning. You have to accept and save or agree to the new certificate in order to use AU Wifi.
- Accessibility Online: If you are designing content in your Canvas course or any other web site you use for content distribution, here are a couple of tips to think about:
- Please remember the alt tag. Alt tags give you a place for information about the image that will make the image more accessible, especially for visually impaired folks. When you add an image to a web page, the alt tag is one of the options.
- Think about compressing your image’s size to make it easier and faster to view on mobile devices. One possible tool to use is picresize.com, a free online service that resizes images to desired pixel width / height and compresses them to “Good” quality.
- Avoid using tables – these are rather difficult to navigate if you rely on a screen reader to read you a web page.
Content release date: Thursday, August 14, 2014