It’s Opentober at Morgan Library

opentober (2)Opentober is the CSU Libraries’ month-long celebration of the Open Access movement. Open Access encourages the free availability of online literature, including research articles, with the rights for all to use these articles to promote research, benefit innovation, discovery, education, and share information in the belief that openly sharing the results of research helps research advance. Opentober surrounds International Open Access Week, Oct. 20-26. The official kickoff event will be live-streamed in the Library Event Hall at 1 p.m. on Oct. 20. Wikipedia Editathon The centerpiece of CSU’s Opentober events is a really WOW-E! – an all-day Water on Wikipedia Editathon on Oct. 21. Universities across the West will also be collaborating on the topic as part of one of the largest Open Access projects in the world, Wikipedia. People from around the university and the community are invited to come together to increase and improve the quality of information on the free online encyclopedia. No previous editing experience necessary. Free food and editing support will be provided, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Find out more about the Editathon. For a serious look at what Open Access means to the world of scholarly publishing, Dean of Libraries and VP of IT Pat Burns will be joined by Assistant Deans Dawn Paschal and Meg Brown-Sica to discuss “The Tyranny of Journal ‘Big Deals’: Inaccessibility for Many, Unsustainability for All,” Oct. 23, 3-5 p.m. in the Library Event Hall. Coffee and movies for free Open Access can be fun, too. Allegro Coffee,will be handing out free coffee four mornings ihis month just outside the library. Grab some information about all Opentober events with every steaming cup.Night_of_the_Living_Dead_affiche And you won’t want to miss the Opentober Movie Nights @ Morgan, several must‐see movies that are in the public domain, accompanied by free food and fascinating commentary by local speakers. All films will be shown in the Library Event Hall, beginning at 5 p.m. Admission is free, of course. The first movie, Oct. 2, is “The General,” Buster Keaton’s 1926 silent classic about a stolen Civil War locomotive. Commentary by Robert Gudmestad, associate professor of history. Oct. 9 will be the 1936 cautionary tale, “Reefer Madness.” Speakers include CSU faculty and staff members Nick Marx, Jenn Matheson, Josh Zugish and Ginny Sawyer. Please note: Audience participation will not be tolerated. And the month wraps up on Oct. 30 with the film that started the zombie apocalypse, George A. Romero’s 1968 “Night of the Living Dead.” Remarks by Rick Lyons, director of the Infectious Disease Research Center. In this case, costumes are appreciated. More about the movie nights.  Find out more about the Open Access movement and why it should matter to you at the website for the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).

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Learn how to use Canvas in place of Blackboard

As CSU upgrades to Canvas from RamCT Blackboard, instructors are encouraged to take advantage of the many in-person training sessions and comprehensive online resources available to them as they transition to this modern, easy-to-use learning management system with robust features to enhance teaching and learning. Hands-on workshops – Oct. 15-31 The hands-on training sessions offered in October are designed for instructors who plan to use Canvas to teach their spring 2015 courses. Workshop topics include:

  • Canvas Overview
  • Build A Course In Canvas
  • Using the Canvas Grade Book
  • Creating Canvas Assignments
  • Canvas Communication Tools
  • Tests in Canvas
Workshop descriptions, schedules and registration. Additional workshops will be offered throughout spring, summer, and fall 2015. Information on the website will be regularly updated as new trainings are scheduled. One-on-one work sessions with Canvas support staff The Canvas transition team is also offering one-on-one work sessions to help instructors prepare their Canvas courses. Register. Canvas Information Center in Morgan Library Beginning Oct.13, both instructors and students can stop by Morgan Room 185 with their Canvas questions. The Information Center will be open Monday–Thursday 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m., and Friday 9 a.m.-noon. Online Resources Instructors also have access to a wide range of online videos and guides to help them learn how to prepare courses and use Canvas. Learn more. Why Canvas? CSU’s decision to move to Canvas is a result of the University’s involvement as a founding member of Unizin, a consortium of leading universities that includes CSU, the University of Florida, the University of Indiana, and the University of Michigan. Unizin, which will soon be joined by a half dozen other institutions of comparable stature, is intended to increase the influence of higher education institutions in the development of a new educational ecosystem where faculty and staff have a larger voice in the technology that students use to learn. Canvas is currently used by more than 800 colleges, universities, and school districts. In Canvas, the Unizin members have selected a common learning management system that has significant advantages in features and ease of use over all other learning management systems, Blackboard included. The consortium has also negotiated a highly favorable pricing agreement, which reduces overall costs to the University. To register for training workshops and to find out more about the Canvas upgrade and additional resources that are available, visit CSU's Canvas site.

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