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Automated Captions for Slides

Faculty can easily make their in-class slide presentations more accessible to all students, by activating the standard “live caption” feature in either Google Slides or Microsoft PowerPoint. This feature automatically produces on-screen text captions from the audio captured via system microphone. Whether a student is Deaf, hard of hearing,… Continue reading »

Course Sharing

Faculty may want to share the setup or content of a past course with new faculty who will teach the course. Faculty interested in sharing their course(s) should submit the Course Sharing Request form with relevant details (complete course name and new faculty user name). Continue reading »

Tech-niques Supporting Williams Firsts

In recognition of National First Gen Week, and Williams faculty’s commitment to student learning, Academic Technology Services offers some “tech”-niques you can use (both as you’re preparing for the next semester, and just-in-time at any point during the semester) to illuminate the hidden curriculum, and build self-efficacy, for… Continue reading »

GLOW Wrapper with Google (faculty)

Introduction Many faculty use assessment wrappers as a simple but effective tool to center metacognition and reflection. This technique can encourage students to change their study approach for the next course assessment. Implementing an exam wrapper as a New Quiz containing a Google Form provides great flexibility for faculty, enabling… Continue reading »

Supporting Meaningful Student Group Work

Following from the Rice Center for Teaching’s recent workshop about Approaches to Meaningful Student Group Work, Academic Technology Services is offering virtual consultation sessions to discuss the technology resources available to both instructors and their students in support of… Continue reading »

GLOW Immersive Reader

Introduction The Immersive Reader feature provides every GLOW user a set of customizable tools to enhance their academic access. Immersive Reader supports fluency for multilingual students with translation tools; offers text decoding features for students with dyslexia; provides text-to-speech audio; and includes visual scaffolding options to improve reading comprehension and… Continue reading »

Gradescope (faculty)

Gradescope is a tool from Turnitin which enables faculty to grade and assess a wide range of student work within GLOW (Canvas), including handwritten worksheets, “bubble” sheet exams, code, and more. Faculty at Williams can activate Gradescope within their individual course by completing the Gradescope activation request form… Continue reading »

GLOW Discussions (faculty)

Introduction Discussions in GLOW (Canvas) enable threaded conversations among faculty and students in a course. Discussions can include text, images, audio, video, and files, and can be graded or ungraded. Faculty can manage Discussions exclusively, or can allow students to create Discussions as well. Beyond the native Discussion feature, Williams… Continue reading »

GLOW Quizzes (faculty)

Introduction Quizzes in GLOW (Canvas) offer options for faculty to design quizzes, exams, and surveys. Quizzes can accommodate a range of question types, including some that can be auto-graded. Faculty can build questions manually, or import questions from publisher materials or another GLOW course. Quizzes can draw random questions from… Continue reading »

GLOW Assignments (faculty)

Introduction Assignments in GLOW (Canvas) are a versatile element of the course tool suite. Faculty can build Assignments to suit many specific requirements, from traditional paper-based work to file uploads to media to integrated software (e.g. Google Workspace, Panopto). Faculty have fine-grained control over important elements such as grade weighting,… Continue reading »

GLOW Home Page (faculty)

Introduction GLOW (Canvas) provides 5 options for faculty to choose what students see first when they enter a GLOW course. This design flexibility empowers faculty to intentionally select the most pedagogically useful starting-point for students in their specific course. The default home page in GLOW is the Syllabus option. Faculty… Continue reading »

GLOW Modules (faculty)

Introduction Modules enable faculty to organize (and students to access) GLOW course materials thematically, regardless of type. All types of digital object in a GLOW course can be included in a Module. Beyond simple presentation, Modules also enable faculty to easily set conditional access to course content, including date-release access… Continue reading »

GLOW Intro (faculty)

Introduction GLOW (Canvas) is Williams’ learning management system, a suite of integrated tools for online learning and interaction. All academic courses (and many other campus programs) have GLOW spaces. A GLOW course can help faculty streamline how they provide course materials, communicate and interact with students, and collect and grade… Continue reading »

Managing Your Gradebook

Overview The Gradebook helps instructors view and enter grades for students. Grades for each assignment can be viewed as points, percentage, complete or incomplete, or letter grades.  Sorting options and Gradebook Settings Students name column Grades Keyboard shortcut menu Only graded items (Assignments, Discussions and Quizzes) that have been… Continue reading »


Tools in GLOW Announcements Course Email Discussions GLOW Calendar Appointment Groups / Scheduler Tools in Google Calendar Appointment Schedule & Appointment Slots Virtual Meetings Google Meet Zoom Also Read: How do I view my GLOW calendar in Google Calendar? How… Continue reading »

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