Tuesday Teaching Tips

Tuesdays from 2–3 p.m.

These events will showcase some of the best practices for teaching in virtual and online formats presented by the faculty technology coaches from all colleges. Presentations will be in the format of GIFTS sessions (Great Ideas for Teaching Students) with Q&A opportunities at the end of each showcase.


May 26

Screen Capture in Assessment

Robin Haislett

Student and professor conversations are not as frequent and have less depth with the virtual format of classes during the global pandemic. This presentation shows how to use a screen capture application to allow students an inside look into the professor's thought process and rationale in grading their work.  This works for any assignment, including video, submitted through Canvas. 

Gradebook Hacks

Jean Norman

Canvas allows flexibility for individualized learning within the Gradebook. This session will cover the difference between groups and sections and what they're good for when it comes to assignments, as well as the "Excused" function, and how to award extra credit in Canvas.


June 2

Gail Niklason

Testing Centers at WSU have been a pedagogical tool used by many faculty. Removing testing from the confines of a scheduled class and allowing students to test at their convenience can help reduce the stress and anxiety sometimes associated with testing. Faculty don't have to use their limited class time for testing - everyone wins. Until a pandemic hits and those Testing Centers are no longer accessible to students. The option to test in the classroom is simultaneously taken away. While an incredibly creative work around has been put into place that allows students to test from their homes without incurring proctoring charges, the work around has limited testing capacity. Faculty have been asked to limit secure tests to no more than five (or 3 or fewer in a block course). How can faculty adapt their assessment processes to address these limitations? In this presentation, we will explore several alternatives to secure, summative testing.

Michelle Culumber

Engaging students in group assignments through Google Docs and Google Slides: I will share how I used these both pre and post-pandemic, and will share some examples from my classes. 


June 9


Diana Meiser

Yuja is a robust tool that allows you to create videos, complete with closed-captioning, and embed those videos in your Canvas course. 

Ryan Cain

Ryan will be sharing Jamboard, one of the Google Apps, as a way for your students to collaborate online during a synchronous meeting. Jamboard is a digital version of providing flipchart paper in your F2F classes, where small groups can draw, write text, and link other Google documents on a shared whiteboard. If you have a device with a stylus (e.g., iPad, Android tablet, Windows convertible laptop), you may want to bring it. For iPads, you will need to download the Jamboard by Google App.


June 16

Melina Alexander & Tonia Wilson

Did you find yourself scrambling to move your content online last spring?  We didn't.  Our teaching and learning moved seamlessly from the face-to-face classroom to a virtual format with no additional preparation needed.  Let us show you how we did it using the HyFlex model and why students LOVE this course delivery format. 

Tawni LaSalle



June 23

Jamie Wankier (postponed)

edPuzzle is a fun, free software that will imbed a video (youtube, TedTalk) into its platform. You then can add in questions that the student must ask before they can continue watching the video. This format enhances student engagement, ensures they watch the video (in order to answer the questions), and uses fun and easy technology that increases student collaboration in an online arena.

Rachel Bryson

Humanizing the online learniing experience: You will learn how to use existing tools within Canvas to humanize the online learning experience for students and teachers.