News

  • Easily Check Your Canvas Courses for Accessibility

    We here on the ID Team care a lot about making courses as accessible as possible for all students, including those with disabilities. We’ve given presentations about accessibility, created a tutorial for faculty on accessibility, and work hard to search for tools that make it easy to create accessible content. That’s why we were so thrilled…

  • 10 Do’s and Don’ts of Making Videos for Students

    Long, dry, unfocused lectures are a recipe for student disengagement. Follow these best practices to make videos students will watch and learn from: Do’s Don’ts  Make sure audio is working and volume is up. Audio is more important than the visual for learning.  Exceed the 10 min mark.  Watch and evaluate your own videos including…

  • Fall Lunch n’ Learn Series Kicks Off Monday!

    Join the ID Team for our fall Lunch n’ Learn sessions! Each session will be a quick opportunity to learn about a new trend, strategy, or idea in education today. Feel free to bring a lunch, or munch on the snacks we provide. We hope to create a comfortable, informal, and inviting space where anyone…

  • Join Us for a Free Professional Learning Day!

    The La Salle University Instructional Design team, in partnership with the Information Technology Department and the PA/DE/NJ Distance Learning Association (PADLA), is excited to bring a day of professional learning to our campus in Philadelphia. Join us on Tuesday, September 19th from 8:30-11:30 AM in Founders’ Hall where two sessions on the topics of Universal Design and Cyber Security will be presented: Supporting Students Through…

  • Updates from Our Fall Newsletter

    We’re excited to launch our new Instructional Design Team Newsletter! We’ll be reaching out to faculty and staff from time to time with tips, tools, tricks, and opportunities to help enhance instruction. If you don’t get the newsletter –  or just want to revisit it -, we’ll be posting the contents of it here on…

  • What Is Canvas Commons and How Do I Use it?

    What if there was a place where you could find and share instructional resources with other educators around the world who also use Canvas? There is. It’s called Canvas Commons, and, in the educational technology world, it’s what’s known as a “learning object repository” or LOR for short.  In essence, it’s a searchable database containing thousands of Canvas courses,…

  • 3 Tips for Setting Up Your Courses

    As you start to work on your fall courses, you might find yourself on Canvas saying something like, “Now, how do I do that thing I did at the start of last semester?” So we here at the Instructional Design Team wanted to provide three quick notes about setting up your courses in Canvas. Two are commonly used – but easy to forget – features of Canvas. The third is a slight change…

  • A New Site for All of La Salle’s Training Materials

    Have you seen the new La Salle Training Hub that the Instructional Design Team built? It’s a really valuable supplement to the already-established Canvas Faculty Guide. You can find all types of instructional videos, tutorials, and information that will help make you a whiz at navigating La Salle’s tech tools (and more!). There are three main categories on the Hub: Office Productivity These tools can be valuable to a wide array of…

  • Changes to Plagiarism Detection Tool

    We’re excited to announce that La Salle has begun using VeriCite with Canvas to scan student submissions and check submitted work against online sources. This change will benefit instructors in multiple ways. The assignment creation process for VeriCite is incredibly simple – all you have to do is check a box to turn on scanning.…

  • ID Team ready to kick off 2nd round of Teaching Online with La Salle

    The Instructional Design team is excited to get started with their second cohort of Teaching Online with La Salle participants. The course is designed to acclimate instructors to the unique demands of an online learning environment. It covers areas such as designing an online course, developing content, using Canvas tools, and building an effective syllabus. Online teaching…