Official course shells from LionPATH populated with student enrollments are now available in Canvas for faculty who are teaching this fall. This will be the first semester that accounts, courses, and enrollments are synchronized with the new LionPATH student information system.
As many of you know, in addition to the shift to LionPATH, we are also shifting to a new note-taking system: Starfish. The Starfish system fills two gaps left by the transition from eLion: advising notes, and early progress reports. The system will also allow us to improve our communications with students overall: Stay tuned […]
Summertime means that we are welcoming a lot of new students to campus who are brand new to the undergraduate experience. However, it also means welcoming our Advanced Standing students who are transferring from other institutions. Some of you may have already begun working with Transfer students, and have thus begun utilizing the Transfer Credit […]
We are grateful to everyone who submitted a proposal for a Gen Ed integrative studies course. We are no longer accepting submissions. Stay tuned for information about the next steps.
6/2 RETRACTION: The Canvas Project Team has reverted to the previous method for faculty and staff to request a Master Course by selecting the “Request Master Course Button” on the Canvas dashboard until further notice. Original Announcement: Beginning on June 1, faculty members will request Master Courses and Manually Created Courses in Canvas by selecting […]
Canvas encourages users to submit feature ideas — ways to improve or enhance the learning management system’s functionality. Below is a list of Canvas feature ideas proposed by Penn State faculty and staff. If you believe these features would be beneficial, please vote by the closing date. Thanks to Catherine Murphy for compiling and sharing […]
Fall 2016 will be the first semester accounts, courses, and enrollments will be synchronized with the new LionPATH student information system. This synchronization process, which is scheduled to be completed by June 15, will provide faculty members with access to their fall courses and student enrollments in Canvas. Although courses may begin to appear in […]
Canvas Learning Center Faculty and staff can access the Canvas Learning Center at any time to learn how to use Canvas at their own pace. The Learning Center collects the best tutorials, live training sessions, videos, and other resources from Instructure and Penn State sources in one, self-directed curriculum called the Canvas Learning Path. To […]
…will be held in the Millennium Science Complex cafe, from 1p-5p on Wednesday May 11. Those of you who proposed collaborative IS courses – and who have not already identified your collaborator(s) – should join us there!
Degree audits are here!…well, sort of. As David Lingenfelter referred to in a previous post, the degree audit validation process will be taking place throughout this summer so that audits will be ready when students return this Fall. Last week, a team of representatives from each department in the college met to learn about the audit validation process. […]
Earlier this spring we asked you to pitch us on collaborative interdomain courses. We are now soliciting proposals for single-author inter-domain courses (that is, those without a robust collaborative component) and for linked courses. Proposals submitted here at the transformation website by 06/01/2016 will be eligible for course development support of up to $2000, and for in-kind support in […]
Implementing the General Education Reform: Our Joint Task (Excerpted from a Dec. 2015 report by John Moore, Chair, Special Senate Committee on Implementation of General Education Reform, and Associate Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature) Integrative Learning. Why? There seems to be a desire to encourage students to see how the various parts of […]
You can find the original (February 2016) call for IS course pitches here, in a pdf in box. That call was for courses of a very particular kind: robustly collaborative interdomain courses. “Robust collaboration” means what it (probably) sounds like: the courses will be taught and/or developed by teams of scholars. “Interdomain course” may require more explanation. An interdomain […]
Good afternoon! Below you will find excerpts of an email sent from the Registrar’s Office pertaining to changes to course suffixes. “During the development stage of LionPATH, the decision was made to remove suffixes from courses. We continue to move forward with our efforts to reduce the use of course suffixes and utilize delivered LionPATH […]
After spring finals are wrapped up, ITS Training Services is offering a week of free, online training during Canvas SummerFest, from May 9-13. Sessions will cover a variety of Canvas topics, including using the gradebook, creating effective assessments, and more. ITS Training Services has also developed the Canvas Learning Center, a one-stop shop for faculty […]
Early adopters and others involved with Canvas are contributing to the It’s Your Canvas blog found on the canvas.psu.edu website. In today’s Open Session at 10am in 210 Chambers, a few people asked for a resource to read the lessons learned from the early Canvas users. This blog page is a great one-page list that […]
Do you want to find out more about our new student information, LionPATH? You don’t have to wait for formal training to learn more about the new system. There is a plethora of information out there at your fingertips and I encourage you to take advantage of it. The LionPATH Online Library contains tutorials on […]
I know that LionPATH training is a concern for a lot of you so I thought I would post this note so give you some information. The training strategy the project is employing is what we call “just in time training”. Because we are releasing functionality in phases that mirror the student life cycle (i.e. […]
Hi All, I am writing to you from the LionPATH Office and will be posting some items periodically to let you know the progress we are making. I am currently on leave from the Student Services Office In Liberal Arts in order to represent the interests of the academic colleges on the LionPATH Project. It […]
Penn State’s Center for Online Innovation in Learning (COIL) recently hosted a presentation from the UK’s Open University on how public courses paired with paid assessments could benefit Universities and students alike. The public course (previously known as a MOOC) would allow students to brush up on a topic prior to paying for the assessment. […]
If you work directly with students, you may have had a question (or, if you are like me, several questions. A day.) about a strange hold on their account. In almost all cases, this hold was due to a failure to electronically sign the Financial Responsibility agreement. The Financial Responsibility Agreement, in essence, replaces the […]
Here’s another spinoff from LionPath. Starfish is a set of academic advising tools that connects with LP in ways I’ll leave it to the experts to explain more fully. (That’s a down payment on a later post from Jamie Brenner, LA’s Director of Advising.) This story from Penn State News gives a quick glimpse of […]
This isn’t exactly about LionPath, but it is about something that is connected to LP, and that is similarly terrifying to some of us: CollegeNET. Please see below for a missive from Deb Howard, PSU’s director of facilities resources and planning. ******* As many of you are aware, Penn State is engaged in the implementation […]
SRTE submissions are available for classes being taught in ANGEL as well as those being taught in Canvas. Students will receive an email from the SRTE system when they have courses to rate, and faculty can still check the response rates for their courses at https://rateteaching.psu.edu. The SRTE tool has both a web and a […]
The LionPATH Degree Audit Team has reached out to the College and requested a meeting to begin the process of validating our degree audits to ensure that they accurately reflect our approved curricula. During this meeting the LP Degree Audit Team’s goals will be to provide an overview of the new LP audits, discuss the […]
At this point, one of the biggest challenges students have encountered when attempting to register for their courses in LionPATH regards navigating course controls. Some departments control courses so that only students in certain majors can enroll, others so that only first year students can enroll, etc. On the previous Schedule of Courses, students could […]
Faculty at Penn State have access to a new resource for assistance in Canvas — Virtual Office Hours. The TLT Canvas Instructional Support Team is offering three, three-hour blocks of Virtual Office Hour consultations each week, beginning April 20. Faculty can request a 30-minute appointment in advance, or “drop in” for assistance during open slots. […]
Here is the course scheduling outline that has been created for the Spring 2017 semester. These dates could change slightly, but should be pretty accurate. • April 18 – Roll Spring 2016 in ISIS to Spring 2017 in LionPATH. • April 18 through a date to be determined – Registrar cleanup of Roll-over data. • […]
Most of you are familiar with transfer credits, the most frequent way students bring credits into the university. But in addition to transfer credits, the university allows students to demonstrate learning outside of the classroom through other means. Through prior learning assessment (PLA), students may earn credit through testing, portfolios, validation. and advanced coursework during […]
Dear Colleagues: I’m sharing the work I’ve collected and done since becoming the Director of Prior Learning Assessment to provide you with a status update. The Prior Learning Primer will give you definitions, examples, costs, and processes. The handout was created by the Education Advisory Board, of which Penn State is a member. https://www.eab.com/ The […]
Here’s a link to one of the governing policies. At the bottom you’ll find additional links to related policies.
Here’s an old story from Inside Higher Ed that helps provide some context for our recent push to get serious about prior learning assessment.
10 Q&A’s About Canvas were shared in today’s Open Session in 210 Chambers at 10:10am, scheduled to take place every week. Download the PDF one-pager. Resources: Ten-QandAs-About-Canvas.pdf
In April 2015, University Faculty Senate passed legislation to update the general education curriculum to include a new, 6-credit integrative studies component for all students. (See Recommendation 6 of the Senate report for more information on integrative studies.) Liberal Arts Undergraduate Studies is seeking proposals for novel integrative studies courses. We seek exciting, innovative proposals […]
Hello everyone! I’m very excited to be a part of this team. I work as an academic adviser for the College of the Liberal Arts, and I am the college liaison for the Advisor Center in LionPATH. In other words, I can help out with questions about reading students’ degree audits, reviewing past coursework, and most importantly, […]
Just a quick shout out to my colleagues in Liberal Arts: I am part of a team that has been asked to help facilitate and organize a means to communicate with one another in the College and keep each other in the loop regarding LionPATH. If you’re interested in LionPATH, you’re in the right place! […]
“Be intentional” about migrating your course content. Should you export from ANGEL or re-assemble from scratch? Steps to Migrate from ANGEL to Canvas are available at the link below. Resources: http://canvas.psu.edu/training-and-resources/migrating-from-angel/
Hello Liberal Arts Colleagues: Cathy and I were recently chosen to organize the college-level support for the ANGEL-to-Canvas migration. We will be working on establishing communication channels with you in the near future – one channel being this site – and we will follow with invitations to attend Canvas trainings. The motto that we cannot […]