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Welcome to the ODL newsletter, which informs faculty about the latest in online design and instruction, teaching and learning technologies (including Canvas), and training and workshop opportunities.

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May/June 2024: Excellence in Online Teaching honoree, course introduction video, Quality Initiative instructor spotlight, redesigned Canvas discussion boards, and Hypothesis summer workshops

March/April 2024: Redesign of Canvas discussion boards, free social annotation conference and training, spring course evaluations, request for testing services, and Quality Initiative instructor spotlight

January/February 2024: Easy Fix course accessibility campaign, online graduate program rankings, outstanding online student, Quality Initiative instructor spotlight, and consultations and workshops


November/December 2023: Spring 2024 Testing Center services, student course evaluation reminder, online learning opportunities for veterans, Quality Initiative instructor spotlight, and ChatGPT and AI resources

September/October 2023: Testing Center soft reopening, updated Quality Matters rubric, course evaluation survey prep, Quality Initiative instructor spotlight, and National Distance Learning Week’s AI workshops

July/August 2023: Fall proctoring services, new FSU Testing Center website, Canvas resources, Quality Initiative instructor spotlight, course quality webinars, and Annoto and Flip training

May/June 2023: Fall course exams at FSU Testing Center, extension of Annoto pilot, Universal Design for Learning tips, New Quizzes update, FSU emergency module, and ChatGPT summer webinars

March/April 2023: Spotlighting online quality-certified instructors, student perspective on course quality, course evaluation resources, scanning services, and ODL media production services

January/February 2023: FSU Course Evaluation module, best online program rankings, new online nursing program and certificates, student technology funding awards, and professional development for faculty


November/December 2022: Student writing tool, Excellence in Online Teaching award winner, vlogging video kit, program licensure, accessible equation editor, and New Quizzes transition update

September/October 2022: Preparation for student course evaluations, Excellence in Online Teaching award winner, scanning services, National Distance Learning Week, and professional development training opportunities

July/August 2022: Pilot for video collaboration tool, Excellence in Online Teaching award winner, instructor checklist for fall, training on course quality, media production services, and new online programs and certificates

May/June 2022: Media production shoot in Mexico, Excellence in Online Teaching award winner, quick tips for course quality, technology funding awards, New Quizzes summer training

March/April 2022: Engaging students in course evaluations, scanning services during finals, PDF accessibility tool, New Quizzes transition, student engagement tools, and discounted IT certification

January/February 2022: New Quizzes extended timeline, top-ranked online graduate programs, new video technologies, training opportunities, engagement and file cleanup tools, and course evaluation updates


July/August 2021: Online quality design and Canvas orientation courses, technology funding awards, FSU Libraries’ eTextbook program and alterative textbook grants, and FSU Testing Center and scanning services

March/April 2021: Video production tutorials, interactive video tool PlayPosit, annotation tool Hypothesis, social learning tool Yellowdig, Ally and accessibility fixes, and ODL Technical Support team

January/February 2021: PlayPosit pilot, Ally resources, online graduate program rankings, flex course strategies, spring Testing Center services, and annotation and collaboration tools



September/October 2020: Remote teaching video recordings, media production support, new online workshops, Testing Center services, Ally pilot results, and licensure & certification portal

January/February 2020: Online program rankings, virtual teaching and learning conference, Testing Center procedural updates, Kaltura conference takeaways, and course template updates



November/December 2019: New student-centered website, Testing Center certification, Quality Matters workshop, Zoom web conferencing, proctored testing fees, and spring Canvas training

September/October 2019: Open educational resources, library services for distance learning faculty, Follett Access textbook program, FSU virtual computer lab, and Testing Center exam scheduler tool

July/August 2019: Quality course design, Quality Matters rubric, course template, online teaching tips, streaming media course reserves, FSU Emergency Module, and Kaltura video display bug fix

May/June 2019: Ally pilot update, course content and accessibility, universal design for learning guidelines, Student Disability Resource Center, assistive technology, and color contrast analysis tool

March/April 2019: Online retention strategies, online student support course, internships, distance library services, reading and writing online tutoring, and new Kaltura media storage policy 

January/February 2019: Testing Center leadership, spring course evaluations, online evaluation response rates, online program rankings, using course dates in Canvas, and Gradebook tips



November/December 2018: Helping out with hurricane recovery, updated proctor request system, online STEM labs, fall finals, Canvas spring training, and Kaltura Personal Capture recording tool

September/October 2018: Learning Online @ FSU, scanning services, academic integrity, discussion boards, Kaltura video storage policy, and open textbook workshop

July/August 2018: Prepping for the fall semester, rapid-drop scanning services, fall Canvas workshops, InstructureCon presentation, Collaborations tool, and technology tips

May/June 2018: Blackboard retirement, summer training, technology funding awards, course introduction videos, Canvas mailing lists, SpeedGrader, and technology tips

March/April 2018: Course evaluation process, Canvas user survey, spring finals schedule, universal design for learning guidelines, and Accessibility Checker and New Gradebook tools

January/February 2018: Online program rankings, state authorization, resources for course accessibility, Canvas training, attendance tool, and technology tips



November/December 2017: Fall finals week, study tips for students, online mentor training course, Canvas training in the Republic of Panama, Canvas boot camps, BigBlueButton, and technology tips

September/October 2017: Canvas Week campus-wide training, Canvas migration progress, course migration assistance, Canvas tips for instructors and students, Turnitin, and fiscal talking points

August 2017: Kaltura Media automatic captioning, state authorization update, Design Tools, Canvas training opportunities, technology tips, and back-to-school reminders for instructors

July 2017: Summer online course evaluations, Canvas training opportunities, one-on-one technical support consultations, and technology tips