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  •  Camino Tips of the Week and open Drop-in Sessions

    Camino Tip #1 - How do I know that my students received my message in Camino? To find out, simply select "Sent" beside the compose Inline image 2 icon. There you will see the last message you sent and the recipients. See below:


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    Camino Tip #2 - Tired of clutter from previous quarters clogging your inbox? Store them in "Archived" messages and enjoy an organized inbox.
  •  Camino Tips of the Week, Brown Bags, and Drop-In Sessions

    Get your Camino questions answered - join us for a brown bag or drop-in session, all held in the Faculty Development Lab, Harringon Learning Commons Room 142:

    Brown Bags --Bring you lunch, and cookies and drinks will be provided!

    Thursday, 10/16, from 12:15-1:15pm
    Friday, 10/17, from 11:45-12:45pm; 

    Drop-in Sessions - Refreshments served!

    Wed, 10/22, 2:15-3:15pm
    Thurs, 10/23, 2:00-3:00pm
    Thurs, 10/30, 9:00-10:00am
    Fri, 10/31, 9:15-10:15am

    Tip 1: Use Camino to get course feedback

    The midpoint of the quarter is rapidly approaching!  This is a good time to ask you students "How's it going?" You can request couse feedback using a variety of Camino tools - whichever works best for you:

    Tip 2: Use Rubrics in Camino
    If you would like to drastically cut your grading time and still provide timely, high-quality feedback to your students, then rubrics are for you! 

    Rubrics can be easily aligned with learning outcomes. You design your own rubrics to reflect the criteria and ratings specific to each assignment or groups of assignments. You grade in Camino directly from the rubrics, and the grades are automatically entered into the Camino gradebook along with any text, audio, or video comments.

    Click here for a "real world" example for a Discussion Forum rubric a link to a Discussion Forum Rubric for Click the arrow to download it to your computer. Import it into your course like you would any other Camino content (Settings/Import Content Into this Course/Canvas Course Export Package). Go to your Discussion assignment and click the gear icon to use the rubric.

    For help with Camino, please contact Michael Ballen (, Gloria Hofer (, or Michael Gilkison (

  •  Need help with Camino, or assistance with your new courses?

    Do you need help with Camino?  These are the types of sentiments we hear from faculty who call us with Camino questions:

    I wish I'd called you earlier...
    It's so much easier to do it that way...
    Thanks for helping me set up the gradebook...
    Speed grader and rubrics are saving me so much time!

    Please don't struggle with your Camino issues or questions - we are here to make your life easier!

    Mike Ballen,, 408-551-1842

    Michael Gilkison,, 408-551-6087

    Gloria Hofer,, 408-551-1863





  •  Camino 2: Tips of the Week - Archiving your Camino course and Making past Camino courses available to your students

    Tip #1 - Want to archive your Camino course? Here's how to export the content to your computer:

    -Open the course you wish to archive.

    -Go to settings on the left column at the bottom.

    -In the top right corner of your screen, select “Export Course Content”

    -For “Export Type” make sure “Course” is selected; click “Create Export.”

    -You will see a progress bar that is creating a file of your Canvas course. 

    -After blue progress bar has finished, select “Click Here to Download” option. The file will then go to your downloads folder.

    -Create a folder, labeled with course title and quarter, and save the file there.


    NOTE: This export only exports the content that you loaded into the course. Any student work or discussion boards are not backed up. This export will assist you in populating content when teaching the same course again.


    Tip #2 - Want your students to continue to have access to your course next quarter? Here's how to change the end date of your course:

    -Open the course you want to make accessible.

    -Go to settings on the left column at the bottom.

    -Select the “Course Details” tab if it is not already selected.

    -Select “Edit Course Details” at the bottom of the screen.

    -About the 6th option from the top, entitled “End” is where you select the end date for the course. You can go years from now if you choose, and you can change these settings at any time.

    -Once you have the desired date selected, scroll to the bottom of the screen and select “Update Course Details.”

    -Once the page saves, make sure the change is reflected on the current page. Once again, as the instructor you can change the start and end date at any time.


  •  Camino 2: Tips of the Week - Calendar Features

     Are you using the Canvas calendar?  It offers some great features....

    Note: iOS users can sync the Canvas calendar with the calendars on their mobile devices. Here's how:

    As always, please contact us if you need help with Canvas!! If you need one-on-one help, or just have a few questions you need answered: 
    Michael Gilkison,, 408-551-6087
    Gloria Hofer, ghofer@scu.edu408-551-1863
  •  Camino 2: Tips of the Week - Muting Grades and Giving Feedback on Assignments

     Tip #1:  Are you grading in Canvas? Would you like to hide the individual student grades for a specific assignment until you are finished grading them for the entire class? You can do this by using "mute the assignment" in Speedgrader.  Check out the help guide in Canvas at:

     Tip #2:  Do you want to save time giving feedback to your students? You can use text, an attached file, video or audio in Canvas.  Check out the help guide in Canvas at:
    We are here to assist you, if you need one-on-one help with Canvas, or just have a few questions you need answered.  Please contact one of the two Instuctional Technology Resource Specialists on campus this week --
    Mike Ballen,, 408-551-1842
    Michael Gilkison,, 408-551-6087
    Gloria Hofer,, 408-551-1863


  •  Camino 2: Tip of the Week - Making Accommodations for students for online quizzes

    Tip:  Are you using online quizzes in Canvas? If so, do you need to make accommodations for students who need more time to complete them?  On a quiz, you can give an individual student, several students, or the entire class extra attempts or extra time by using the "moderate this quiz" options. It is also possible to control access to the quiz/responses once it is taken. Check out the help guide in Canvas at:

  •  Camino 2: Tips of the Week - Taking Attendance and Scheduling Tab

    Tip #1:  Are you taking attendance using the Canvas roll call feature? If so, are students complaining that they are getting emails each time?  If this is the case, you can mute roll call in the grade book and reduce student notifications!  Check out the help guide in Canvas at:

    Tip #2:  Do you take time in class to schedule meetings with your students?  Check out the Scheduler tab on your Canvas calendar where you can create an Appointment group so that students can schedule themselves during the times you specified.

    Join us for a Canvas Brown bag on EITHER Thursday, 10/31 or Friday, 11/1
    Come share how you are using Canvas and get answers to your questions.  

    Thursday, 10/31  12:15 - 1:15pm, Learning Commons' Faculty Development Lab

    Friday, 11/1  11:45 - 12:45pm, Learning Commons' Faculty Development Lab

    Bring your lunch and we'll provide drinks and cookies.

    We'll have a short demo on how Roll Call works, and how to use the scheduler to create an Appointment Group that allows students to "sign up" in available time slots.

  •  Camino 2: Move to Canvas

    The following was sent from Ron Danielson to SCU faculty and staff on May 30th:

    Dear Faculty and Staff, 

    I’m writing to announce that the ANGEL learning management system that underlays Camino is reaching end of life.  ANGEL was purchased by BlackBoard in the Spring of 2009, and while Blackboard has continued to support ANGEL, there have been few updates, limited improvements, and almost no new functionality added to the product as Blackboard has concentrated on implementing their new LMS platform - Learn.  Blackboard will eventually end-of-life ANGEL .

    We started a year ago evaluating systems to identify an application that would better support faculty trying to integrate best practices in their design of face-to-face, hybrid/blended, and online courses.  After exploring a number of open source options, such as Moodle and Sakai, we started testing three learning management systems in the fall of 2012, piloting three systems – Canvas, Desire 2 Learn, and Blackboard – with 10 faculty and 400 undergraduate and graduate students.  The faculty participating were Olin Bjork, English; Steve Johnson, Education; Katie Heintz, Communication; Pedro Hernandez-Ramos, Education; Harold Hoyle, Education; Michael Lasley, English; Robert Michalski, English; Sharon Merritt, English; Larry Nelson, Philosophy; and Damian Park, Economics.

    The overwhelming preference from the faculty and students was for Canvas, based on ease of use, functionality (e.g., speed grader), and the level of tech support received during the pilot.  All faculty using Canvas said they would recommend Canvas to their colleagues, all but one strongly recommending.  

    These few comments from different faculty sum up the feedback:

    “Canvas was easy to learn and use – the students loved it.  It did the important things an LMS does well…the ease of use, social utility, and grading functions are superb.”

    “It is an excellent LMS, by far the best experience I’ve had with an LMS before (I’ve worked with Camino and with Blackboard in the past). I used it for every aspect of my course – from syllabus to schedule of classes (a great feature on Canvas) to posting essays.  And students submitted all of their work onto Canvas.”

    “Students loved the interface, and I found it really ease to use.”

    “I piloted both Canvas and Blackboard.  I strongly prefer Canvas for its ease of use and great customer service.”

    Student feedback was similarly supportive of Canvas.  On learning to use Canvas with very little difficulty, 91% of students who used that system agreed (44% strongly agreed).  Compared to Camino, 70% of the Canvas students found it easier to use and thought it was better.  Canvas students had an overall satisfaction rating of 85%.  These few comments from different students sum up the feedback:

    “Advantage is there in “upcoming assignments due” on the right side that disappear when you have turned them in.  It acts as a check list.  Easy to see assignments and easy to see grades.  Teacher can also comment easily on turned in assignments.  First class that has been all online, no hard copies ever, and because of Canvas has not been a hassel.”

    “I like the modules being set up and easy to access.  The discussion is helpful with the number of posts in the thread as well as the number you have not read.  That helps me know when I need to check if someone’s added to the discussion and specifically which posts are new.”

    “Having been a person who used Blackboard previously, Canvas was a BIG step forward. The user interface was easy to use.”

    “Best feature was group collaboration tools it offered.  It took our learning and collaboration to a different level.”

    “I liked how we could view all of our assignments and it told us which assignments were due the soonest. It was fairly easy to view files and it was nice that the teacher and students could comment on our assignments directly and we could share our thoughts that way.”

    Please watch for the announcement of a variety of support opportunities launching early this summer for migrating your courses from ANGEL to Canvas.  If you would like further information, please contact Nancy Cutler (, 408-554-4915).

    I would be happy to talk to anyone about this decision (, 408-554-6813). 



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