Archived Announcements

Announcement Update Training Outage

Attaching Files to Comments in Canvas Submissions

Canvas support has made us aware of a known issue with attaching files to the comments section of items in Canvas submissions, including peer review comments. Users may intermittently encounter an error message when attempting to save the chosen file. One possible workaround for students is to save their file to Google or One Drive and paste a link to the file within the comment text box.

We will update you when this issue is resolved.

Fall Roster Load

Fall rosters have now loaded in Canvas. Please remember that if you request a course combination through e-Learning Support, it may take up to 24 hours for students to appear in the moved sections.

Thank you for your patience and understanding while this issue was addressed. 

e-Learning Support Team

New Tool: Group Evaluations with Feedback Fruits

The UFIT Center for Instructional Technology and Training Tech Byte series presents Feedback Fruits, a group member evaluation tool that allows students to grow their collaboration skills! This tool has been funded by the Student Tech Fee Grant and is available to use free of charge within Canvas. Students can use this platform to self-reflect and provide feedback within their group in a constructive and easy way without leaving Canvas. Assistive AI feedback coaching helps guide student comments. At the same time faculty gain valuable insight into student performance and competence. Join us for a demonstration about Feedback Fruits to learn more! 

September 14, 10:00 – 11:00 ET via Zoom 

Register for Tech Byte: Getting to the Core of Group Evaluations with Feedback Fruits 

Upcoming and Previous Tech Byte Events 

For Faculty Only - Online Proctoring Usage

The use of online proctoring via Honorlock or ProctorU is not a free service and is primarily funded via distance learning fees for online classes.


If you wish to use online proctoring for online exams for face-to-face classes, please consult with your department or college first to determine if there is funding available for you to use proctoring. 

For Faculty Only - Upcoming Honorlock Webinars

Unsure of how to successfully set up an online proctored exam using Honorlock this semester? You'll want to save a seat!

Honorlock is hosting a webinar series where their experts will guide you through best practices to utilize Honorlock throughout the upcoming Fall semester. They will cover how Honorlock works within Canvas, how to customize your exam settings to support your academic integrity goals, and tips to reduce student exam anxiety.

Ready to dive in? Select your preferred time to register below. 

If you deliver third-party exams (using sites like ALEKS, MyMathLab, Webassign, etc.) we would recommend attending the third-party option regardless of the LMS in which you configure your exams.  

Unable to attend the webinars live? No problem! Please register for any webinar time and Honorlock will be sure to send you a link to the on-demand recording afterward. A list of all of their upcoming webinars can be found here.

Honorlock Issue

Honorlock is currently experiencing two distinct issues currently being encountered while students are attempting to take an Honorlock proctored exam. 

Honorlock has been working diligently to determine the specific root causes behind these issues and they are currently working on a fix that they believe will prevent these from occurring on future exams. This change will occur as part of an extension update and will require Google approval. As such, we expect this update to be available by Monday, June 5th.

Additional communication will be sent once this extension release has been approved and made available to your students. 

Honorlock Issue RESOLVED

An updated Honorlock extension has been approved and is now available to be added in Chrome. The next time students attempt to take an Honorlock proctored exam, they will be prompted to update their Honorlock extension to the newest version (Version  6.6.1). Updating their Honorlock extension to Version 6.6.1 will resolve the issues experienced over the weekend. 

iClicker Cloud Training

iClicker Cloud is a a mobile engagement platform that improves student engagement in a variety of ways. The learning tool includes both synchronous and asynchronous options such as polling, quizzing, and assignments, and seamlessly integrates with Canvas. Regardless of class size or delivery method, iClicker can help instructors increase attendance and participation, provide instant feedback, and identify knowledge gaps in real-time. Led by an iClicker representative, this FREE training is open to all UF faculty.

Thursday, July 27
9:00-10:30 a.m. (via Zoom)

Registration for iClicker Cloud Training

Please email ufit-training@ufl.edu for more information about the iClicker Cloud training or about any other offering on the UFIT training schedule

MediaSite and Playposit Issues RESOLVED

MediaSite playback issues, including those in PlayPosit assignments, have been resolved. We appreciate your patience while this was being resolved.

 

Mediasite and Playposit Outage

University community members accessing Mediasite may experience slowness or intermittent availability of Mediasite content. This may also affect any Playposit assignments in Canvas. UFIT is working to restore the service to normal as quickly as possible.

Updates will be posted to this alert as soon as additional information becomes available.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this notice, please contact the UF Computing Help Desk at 352-392-HELP or helpdesk@ufl.edu

Namecoach for Canvas

As we move into the Fall semester, remember that you can enable Namecoach in your course shells. Namecoach is an online tool that provides students, faculty, and staff the ability to record the pronunciation of their names. If you would like to meet with an instructional designer about incorporating Namecoach into your courses, email citt@ufl.edu

Respondus LockDown Browser dashboard outage

Users of the Respondus LockDown Browser dashboard may see a configuration error message when accessing it from the Canvas navigation menu. We are working with Respondus technical support and will post an update when the vendor tells us this issue is resolved.

Teaching TechXploration 2023

UFIT is hosting Teaching TechXploration 2023 on November 30th, 2023 from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM.

Registration is completely free and open to all members of the UF community. You can quickly sign up using our Office form:  https://forms.office.com/r/ZJqTqR3yzy 

The event, hosted on Microsoft Teams, will consist of both 30-minute presentations and quick 5-minute lightning rounds. This year's topics will include:
• A faculty panel on AI’s impacts on teaching 
• Adapting assessments with AI in mind 
• Tools available within Canvas to enhance your teaching 
• Podcasting as teaching and assessment strategy 
• Feedback from faculty using Feedback Fruits, a group evaluation tool 
• Resources and services from campus partners 
• Requesting new teaching tools and grants to fund those tools

 

Teaching with Technology Certificate of Completion

UFIT’s Center for Instructional Technology and Training (CITT) is offering its Teaching with Technology certificate of completion program. This online series is comprised of two trainings that explore ways to increase student engagement and improve instructor presence by providing participants with strategies and tools to create a technology-enhanced learning environment. 

This program begins May 15.  

Participants will explore strategies and tools to create an effective online instructor presence and incorporate technology into teaching. Participants will practice creating engaging and interactive instructional videos.  

Participants will review strategies to engage diverse learners and build a learning community using technology. The workshop materials and activities will explore ways to improve student engagement and promote student feedback. 

Tech Byte: Unlocking Academic Excellence with Canvas Learning Outcomes

Please join us on 10/12 at 10:00am-11:00am for our next Tech Byte: Unlocking Academic Excellence with Canvas Learning Outcomes (register here for this Tech Byte). Trainers from UFIT's Center for Instructional Technology and Training will provide an overview of Canvas Learning Outcomes, including how to set them up to track and assess student performance. If you can't make it but you're interested in this information, please register to automatically receive a copy of the recording and related materials after the event.

Upcoming Qualtrics Training

Qualtrics @UF: Getting Started

This workshop is the first in a two-part series. Participants will learn how to create and edit a basic survey, when and how to utilize Page Break and Block, and how to effectively distribute surveys, view results and finally manage reports. Everyone will have an opportunity to practice through hands-on activities throughout the class.

Register for Webinar Qualtrics @UF: Getting Started 

Training dates: 
July 11, 9am -11:30am
August 9, 9am -11:30am 

Qualtrics @UF: Beyond the Basics

This workshop is the second in the two-part series. Participants will dive deeper in the Qualtrics advanced functions and learn how to use skip, display, branch logics, and question randomization. Through hands-on exercises, participants will develop advanced surveys and practice customizing surveys using piped text and embedded data.

Register for Webinar Qualtrics @UF: Beyond the Basics 

Training dates: 
July 13, 9am -11am
August 15, 9am -11am