10-Rep Learning ~ Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology & Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague





The HSU Office of Online Education continues our spotlight feature where you are the star! There is so much innovative Canvas-ing occurring on the HSU campus! We want you to be in the know about what your fellow faculty members are accomplishing with Canvas. On the first Monday of every month, we will spotlight the innovative talents of our faculty and staff for the “Canvas Cowboy Innovator of the Month.” Each Cowboy will present his/her/their innovation to HSU faculty and staff during a peer-to-peer share event.


Although computers and the internet invade every area of our life, humans do not perceive information the same way that a computer does. Computers perceive information “by manipulating abstract symbols” (Lyons, Ansari & Beilock, 2015). The dedicated online educator realizes this and uses many engagement strategies to compensate and alter the embodied thinking structure of students’ conceptual understanding.

Dr. Edward Sim, prompts his students to realign their thinking toward content delivered in online format of the Canvas learning management system. His engagement strategies yield over 56,000 page views across all his courses, from January -March 5, 2018. He is a Canvas “Power User” and our Canvas Cowboy Innovator for April, 2018.

Here is why page visits are important: if students are engaging with content then they are more likely to internalize, learn, and apply this content. Also, the question “How do I engage with my students” remains one of the top concerns from faculty. Dr. Sim will share his best ideas for engaging students in a peer-to-peer engagement event on April 24, 2018 from 3:00 pm-3:30 pm in the HSU Office of Online Education.

Dr. Sim celebrates ten years with Hardin-Simmons University this year. Dr. Sim is a graduate of George Washington University where he earned a master’s degree in information management and the University of Maryland where he earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in information systems. Prior to serving at HSU, Sim worked in the United States intelligence community. He has also been an assistant professor of information system and decision systems at Loyola College.

Dr. Sim has done research in the fields of software engineering, software metrics, analytical decision making, and creativity.. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Towson State University, a Master of Science in Management Information Systems, from George Washington University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Information Systems and Decision Sciences, from the University of Maryland (Baltimore).

Please join us as we enjoy some cookies, fellowship, Q&A, and receive Dr. Sim’s ideas for engaging students to log-in and tune-in to your Canvas course(s)!

April 24, 2018 3:00pm – 3:30pm



























The Cookies and Computers Poster created by Helen Teague using Smore
Canvas Cowboy Innovator image created by Helen Teague using PicMonkey


Lyons, I. M., Ansari, D., & Beilock, S. L. (2015). Qualitatively different coding of symbolic and nonsymbolic numbers in the human brain. Human Brain Mapping36(2), 475-488.


Dueling with Dual Roles in Canvas: Shoutout to Heather McEntyre!

Canvas Shout-outs are short, monthly spotlight acknowledgements of the best practices of the enhanced Community of Inquiry framework in action.

Dueling with Dual Roles in Canvas: Shoutout to Heather McEntyre!


What: April’s Canvas Shout-out
Who: April’s Canvas Shoutout goes to Heather McEntyre, Dean’s Assistant in the College of Fine Arts.
411: Heather interacts with the Canvas online course learning management system as both a Dean’s Assistant and a graduate student in Clinical Counseling and Marriage & Family. She has a unique perspective as both a student user and admin user which uniquely pivots her perspective. Heather offers these tips to successful adaptation and use of Canvas:

Heather’s Tips for fellow students: “Be patient!  Canvas is a user friendly program once you’ve learned the steps.  It took me a good 30 minutes to realize that I couldn’t upload a document using the attached paper clip icon we’re all so use to!.  However once I figured out I had to use drop box, I can now easily upload a document in seconds. If you don’t see a module you think should be on your dashboard, contact your professor.”

Heather’s Tips for faculty: “Make sure your courses are published. Once your course is published, make sure you publish your modules.  Also, use the chat help function or call the helpline.  Canvas support is fantastic!”

Congratulations, Heather! We love learning from you!!


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Canvas megaphone image created by Sarah H. using Photoshop
Canvas Shoutout concept originated by Helen Teague



Yesterday, March 27 we hosted an innovative March Canvas Cowboy Cookies and Computers showcase. Jeremy and Shannon Maynard, our March Canvas Cowboy Innovators, explained how they created their student employee training Canvas course for the student workers in the HSU library.

This post addresses some highlights and questions from the session.

Of course, as Mary Poppins famously said, “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun,” and we certainly had lots of fun during the Canvas Cowboy Corral. There were also evidence-based practices that emerged during the peer-to-peer training offered by the Maynards.

In this video Jeremy explains the purpose for their Canvas course design.

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In the following short video, Jeremy and Shannon explain their use of library colleague video introductions as a component of their course.

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The Maynards’ course addresses both vocational and socio-emotional needs of university students, which is a growing trend for university courses. According to Awartani et al., (2008) educational institutions will increasingly be expected to take responsibility for the overall development of students, including their well-being.

Check back for more research-based practices within Canvas auxiliary course integration.



Post written by Helen Teague and reposted at this link:

Canvas Cowboy Innovator concept created by Helen Teague


Awartani, M., Whitman, C., & Gordon, J. (2008). Developing instruments to capture young people’s perceptions of how school as a learning environment affects their well-being. European Journal of Education, 43(1), 51–70.



Shout-out for HSU from Digital Learning Day

Tomorrow is Digital Learning Day across the country and Hardin-Simmons University, where I am interim instructional designer, received an online shout-out and website placement for our Canvas Cowboy Innovator Event. “Digital Learning Day is a day to celebrate the great things that digitally happen EVERY Day in classrooms around our country. It is NOT about using digital tools for one day.” -From a DLDay Twitter post. 
Canvas Cowboy Innovator on the Map!
Here is the link to the main Digital Learning Day page: http://digitallearningday.org/
 \See additional Digital Learning Day posts here


Present at Canvas InstructureCarn

Our team submitted proposals for Canvas InstructureCarn

You should too!

Learn More at this link: https://blog.canvaslms.com/en/step-right-greatest-learning-earth

Click here to submit a proposal. Deadline is Friday, February 16, 2018



Up Close & Canvas: Welcome to a New LMS

PBS Teachers


PBS TeacherLine will use the Canvas Learning Management System for its full array of online undergrad and graduate courses. Here are some tips shared among us in our course faculty forum.





After using the Blackboard and Moodle LMS (and a few others), PBS TeacherLine will transition their courses to the Canvas LMS. The QA process for courses is underway.


Canvas logo


Canvas is very innovative and collaborative, with active forums to share tips and offer troubleshooting ideas. Here is a link to a Canvas Forum called “Best Kept Secrets of Canvas” https://community.canvaslms.com/thread/8388



This blog will periodically post on shortcuts and awesome features relating to the Canvas LMS. Check back frequently!



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