Follow Up Friday

July 8, 2022

Follow Up Friday: from the archives and upcoming events

From the archives

This week we are replugging a 2019 blog post on effective feedback practices.¹ These practices remain relevant and should be a part of our online teaching repertoire. Below is a summary of the content:

Make the purpose of the feedback clear

  • The reason for any feedback is to help learners identify what they need to do to progress towards the learning goals and objectives.
  • Make that reason clear so they do not view your feedback as a value judgment.

Use rubrics

  • Make the connection between the learning objectives and the feedback clear by using rubrics!
  • Explain the various point values by denoting what was present and what was missing that led to that given point value.

Tell students where to access feedback

  • In the syllabus, the Home Page, or in a Start Here/Intro module, make it clear where learners can access feedback.

Give balanced and specific feedback

  • Provide feedback that identifies the strengths of their work and the areas for improvement. Identifying the strengths of their submission can bolster a student’s confidence.
  • Identify specific and concrete steps they should take in those areas for improvement.
  • Avoid vague feedback such as “Carefully read the instructions” and use specific directions such as “Follow all steps of the instructions, including steps 2, 3, and 5.”

Upcoming Events and Live Training


Special Kaltura Training

If you missed out on our special Kaltura Training series and you would like to attend live virtual training on everything you need to get started with Kaltura, please see the schedule and links below. If you would like to watch the previously recorded May Kaltura training, then please visit our Kaltura training playlist.

Kaltura Basics I is an overview of Kaltura and how you can interact with it. It will introduce you to the difference between accessing Kaltura through Canvas and MediaSpace, the difference between My Media and Course Videos, adding an existing video to Kaltura, adding a collaborator (sharing a video), and embedding a video in Canvas. Be sure to register for Basics II, Advanced I, and Advanced II to learn even more about Kaltura! Facilitated by Gray Jackson, Learning Technology Specialist. For questions about this training, please email James Butler.

Kaltura Basics II is a demonstration of using Kaltura to create videos. It will cover accessing the Kaltura recorder, creating a video using the recorder, basic video edits, accessing your created video, and adding machine-generated captioning. Be sure to register for Advanced I & Advanced II to learn more about Kaltura!  Facilitated by Gray Jackson, Learning Technology Specialist. For questions about this training, please email James Butler.

Kaltura Advanced I is dedicated to creating interactive quizzes in your Kaltura videos. After this training, you will be able to create a quiz in Kaltura, add a video quiz as an assignment in Canvas, access quiz results, and use the Kaltura dropbox to let students submit videos. Be sure to register for Advanced II to learn more about Kaltura! Facilitated by Gray Jackson, Learning Technology Specialist. For questions about this training, please email James Butler.

Kaltura Advanced II focuses on quality pedagogy when using Kaltura. After this session, you will be able to implement best practices for using Kaltura and you will be able to explain how to use Kaltura to enhance your class.  Facilitated by James Butler, Digital Learning Strategist. For questions about this training, please email James Butler.

Quick Hits: Grouping Canvas Assignments – Assignment groups can be a great way to add weight to the grades in your courses. Join us as we explain and demonstrate how to group assignments in Canvas. We will also discuss how to provide online testing accommodations for different learning styles. Facilitated by Axel Ruiz and Gray Jackson, Learning Technology Specialists.

Workshop Wednesday: Easy HTML for Canvas Design Obstacles – A meaningfully organized and formatted course is foundational to successful online teaching. Canvas Pages offer some means to help with formatting your course content, but some design obstacles can persistently remain in the way of formatting the way that you wish. In this Workshop Wednesday, you will learn easy HTML codes, how to insert them, and what they do to help you overcome five design obstacles. This workshop is for anyone using Canvas to teach content of any kind and who is comfortable with basic Canvas Page editing. Facilitated by Laura Scott, Instructional Designer.

Quick Hits: Canvas Quizzes and Academic Integrity – Are you interested in learning how to secure your online tests and quizzes? Join us for a quick look at tools to help you ensure academic integrity in your classes. This training will provide a quick explanation and demonstration on the importance and how-to of securing your online assessments. Facilitated by Axel Ruiz and Gray Jackson, Learning Technology Specialists.



¹ Pietruszewski, M. L. “Feedback strategies for online courses.” Clemson Online Blogs. 13 August 2019.

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