It is like the saying goes, "the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry."
After making the decision to migrate the content from the MS-CPAS Minute
to the RCU Quarterly,
we realized we had navigated off course. The goal of any educational group's communication plan is to convey information in a timely manner, in the most effective way possible. By changing the frequency of our communication, we disrupted the plan in the worst way. We were no longer providing CTE centers with important assessment information at the appropriate time.
As we relaunch our newsletter, please share our MS-CPAS Minute
page with others who may want to subscribe or catch up on recent issues. In this and future issues, we will continue our trend of providing instructional technology, assessment and other educational tips that you may want to use in your school or classroom. Most of the things I share have been tested by me, personally, and the majority will be of no cost.
In my university class, I have started using a product called Loom
. Loom is a Web or desktop product that allows you to capture your screen, voice and face in an efficient format. You can share the video link to any platform. I have started integrating my Loom videos directly into Canvas modules. The best part of this product is that the professional version is free for all students and teachers
. I recently created a video to show students in my two classes how to create and format an academic paper in the American Psychological Association's - also known as APA - seventh edition of style.
Speaking of Canvas, I know everyone is constantly searching for ways to improve the instructional design of our CTE Canvas courses. As with everything in teaching, our courses - whether they are synchronous, asynchronous, hybrid, virtual or traditional - are always a work in progress! I have changed more aspects of my course design and delivery this year than any other year I have taught. If you are looking for stories from field practitioners on using Canvas, consider subscribing to the Canvas LMS YouTube channel
. There are quite a few videos they have posted - like this one covering teaching math asynchronously in Canvas
- that may help you in your CTE classroom.
I hope this month goes well for each of you, and you all receive more treats than tricks!
Sean Owen, PhD