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Upcoming Master’s Degree Information Sessions

Information Session

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will hold informational open houses for prospective master’s degree students in January 2014.

Attendees will receive a brief overview of the university, information about specific master’s degree programs, the admissions process, financial aid and other services. There will be complimentary food and beverages in addition to a campus tour. There will also be an opportunity to meet in small groups with the appropriate academic advisors to discuss prerequisites, transcripts and other details pertaining to individual programs of interest, and to meet faculty and graduates.

January 9, 2014                                                         
Master’s in Social Work*                                         
4:00-5:30 p.m.                                                           
Selby Auditorium

January 25, 2014
All Master’s Degrees
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Selby Auditorium

Master’s degree programs include:

  • Business Administration
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Education (Human Resource Education or Online Teaching and Learning)
  • Educational Leadership
  • English Education
  • Exceptional Student Education
  • Hospitality Management
  • Social Work
  • Teaching

Note: The Master of Social Work degree program has a February 15, 2014 application deadline. It is a cohort, taught as a group over eight consecutive semesters and hosted at USF Sarasota-Manatee. A fall 2014 cohort start date is contingent upon a minimum number of qualified acceptances; without the minimum number, the start date would be delayed to January 2015. Website: www.usfsm.edu.

Evelyn Duvall Family Studies Conference 2015

A biennial symposium at USF Sarasota-Manatee brings together academics and practitioners to enable research-driven best practices in the social and family services within Florida and beyond.

E-Learning Blog: Canvas Release Notes for November

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The Canvas release notes for this month bring some instructor-specific feature enhancements. The new features enhance the ways instructors can manage quizzes and course activities. This release, like other releases, also includes updates to existing Canvas features as well as fixed bugs.

New Features:

  • Quizzes
  • People


  • Gradebook Individual View
  • Download All Submissions Button
  • Group Leader Settings

New Features


The “Moderate Quiz” page has a new look. The design is cleaner and adds functionality to the outstanding quiz verification view. Canvas auto-submits quizzes when the time expires on them. However, if the student navigates away from a quiz before the time is up without submitting it, the quiz submission remains outstanding. Previously, instructors had to deal with each outstanding submission manually, as indicated in the “Time” column as “Time Up!” Now, when instructors open the “Moderate Quiz” page, Canvas gives a warning message indicating that there are outstanding submissions, so instructors can click on it and manage them for the entire course.

Canvas November New Features - Quiz 1

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Canvas will then display a window with a list of outstanding submissions and automatically select the checkbox next to each student’s name. To grade it, just click the submit button. Canvas will grade the submission and update the score.

Canvas November New Features - Quiz 2


Now when you click on a student to see their access report, you will see three new pieces of content: Course Home, Course Modules and Course Outcomes. The student’s access is now logged in those 3 areas of Canvas.

Canvas November New Features - People


Gradebook Individual View

When you are in Gradebook, if you switch to Individual View, the link to return to the regular Gradebook has been renamed as “Switch to Default Gradebook”.

Canvas Updated Features - Gradebook 1

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Download All Submissions Button

In Gradebook, when you go to “Individual View” to see assignment information, the Gradebook will now display the “Download all submissions” button for quizzes that contain file upload questions. If a quiz doesn’t include file upload questions, the button will not be displayed.

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Group Leader Settings

At any time during the semester, instructors can now change the group leader settings in a Group Set. Previously, group leader settings could only be specified when creating a new Group Set. Now when editing a Group Set through the Settings icon, the leadership section appears at the bottom of the browser window.

Note: Edited settings won’t take effect until after the next membership change, such as when another person joins or is assigned to the group. For manually enabled changes, you may have to refresh the page to see the group update.

Canvas Updated Features - Groups

For more information, please visit the Canvas Release notes page.

Thank you,
Carlos Montoya

Tuesday Talks: Dr. Thomas Becker, Business Management

Each Tuesday, we sit down with members of the faculty to discuss their expertise, recent research and some of their accomplishments.  This week, USFSM takes a closer look at Dr. Thomas Becker.

Dr. Becker received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and currently teaches management courses to undergraduate and MBA students.  He has received awards for excellence in teaching based on his core values of meaningful learning, rigorous standards, enthusiasm for the topic and genuine concern for students.  His primary research interests are employee commitment and motivation, job performance and research methods and statistics.  His work has appeared in top journals in the field, including the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management, Organizational Research Methods and the Journal of Applied Psychology.  Dr. Becker serves on the editorial board of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes and is a member of the Academy of Management, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the Society for Human Resource Management.   He has worked with prominent organizations to improve individual and organizational effectiveness, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, McDonald’s, Newport News Shipbuilding, Procter & Gamble, the U.S. Army, and other healthcare, manufacturing, and service organizations.

C-SPAN Digital Bus to Visit USF Sarasota-Manatee

CSPANThe C-SPAN Digital Bus will visit USF Sarasota-Manatee from 8 – 11:30 a.m. on December 4, when students, faculty and staff and the public at large are invited to take a tour and learn ways to utilize web resources. The 45 feet long, 8 feet wide and 13.5 feet high bus is an interactive, multi-media presentation center that travels the country to promote and enhance C-SPAN’s extensive resources and political coverage. It stops at book festivals, high schools and universities to host students and teachers around the nation, giving them an inside look at C-SPAN’s comprehensive educational and political resources. The Bus is also helping inform communities about the public affairs networks’ Campaign 2014 coverage and promoting C-SPAN’s student documentary contest, StudentCam.

Learn more about the C-SPAN Bus

StudentCam is C-SPAN’s annual national video documentary competition that encourages students in grades 6-12 to think critically about issues that affect their communities and nation.  This year’s theme is “The Three Branches and You: Tell a story that demonstrates how a policy, law, or action by either the executive, legislative or judicial branch has affected you or your community.”  150 student prizes are awarded, totaling $100,000 in prize money.

Aboard the C-SPAN Bus, visitors will learn via HD-TVs, touch screen computers, laptops and mobile devices about C-SPAN’s in-depth public affairs event coverage, C-SPAN’s web offerings, ways to connect with C-SPAN including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, XM Radio and mobile apps and interactive quizzes to test knowledge about political processes.

Hands on demonstrations feature the C-SPAN Video Library, which includes over 200,000 hours of archived video going back to 1987 through C-SPAN’s vast Video Library and Congressional Chronicle.

For more information about StudentCam, visit www.studentcam.org.

E-Learning Blog: Web 2.0 Tools – PopcornMaker

by Carlos Montoya, M.Ed

Mozilla PopcornMaker LogoOne of the great things about education in recent years is the amount of resources that have emerged in order to increase creativity and productivity. Web 2.0 tools can be used in a traditional, hybrid, flipped or 100% online environment. One great free tool that is being utilized in various learning environments is the Mozilla Popcorn Maker. With a name like that, I’m sure your attention was captured. Although it doesn’t make virtual popcorn, it does assist instructors to create projects that burst with interaction. Mozilla Popcorn Maker helps instructors create their own educational mashups.

Mozilla Popcorn Maker allows you to easily remix web video, audio and images into cool mashups that you can embed on other websites or learning management systems like Canvas.


You can drag and drop content from the web, then add your own comments and links. Mozilla Popcorn Maker videos are dynamic and engaging for students. You can add different media from Vimeo, YouTube, Audior, SoundCloud and HTML5. Moreover, your projects will be save by Mozilla for free, thus you don’t have to worry about the videos taking up too much space on your computer.

You can link social media, news feeds and data visualization. The outcome is a multimedia storytelling lesson that performs more like the web itself: interactive, social and unique.

Click here to make an account. Once there click sign in, and create an account with Mozilla Persona. All you need is an email address to register. The video tutorials below shows how easy it is to compile different multimedia in one place in order to add engagement and creativity to your lessons.

Click here to view a video tutorial.

And click here to view a sample video.

I will be happy to develop a multimedia product using your content for your course. Let’s collaborate – just set up an appointment and let the creativity begin!

Thank you,

Carlos Montoya

Priority Deadline for Freshmen Quickly Approaching

Open-HouseSarasota, FL (November 10, 2014)– High school students interested in applying to USF Sarasota-Manatee for the fall 2015 semester should take note of the priority application deadline: January 2, 2015. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis as applications are completed and all supporting documents are received. The priority application deadline also includes consideration for USF merit-based scholarships based on an applicant’s high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores.

To learn more about USFSM, admissions and merit scholarships, join faculty along with staff from Admissions, Advising, and Financial Aid for an informational Open House from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 13 at USFSM, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota in the rotunda. Attendees will also receive complimentary refreshments, campus tours, admissions and financial aid presentations and advising assistance.

For more information, contact Sean Grosso at (941) 359-4264 or sgrosso@sar.usf.edu.

One Open House Remaining for Fall Semester


The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will host one more open house for prospective students during the fall 2014 semester.

Open Houses:

November 13, 2014
USFSM Open House at 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. located at 8350 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243 in USFSM Rotunda.

At the open house, attendees will receive a brief overview of USFSM, academic programs for freshmen, transfers and graduate students, as well as the admissions process, financial aid and other services. All three open houses will also feature instant decision opportunities for freshmen with qualified students receiving on-the-spot acceptance to USFSM.  In order to participate in instant decision, freshmen should apply for admission online at usfsm.edu and bring an officially sealed transcript and copies of their ACT or SAT test scores.  There will be complimentary food and beverages and campus tours. There will also be an opportunity to meet with academic advisors to discuss prerequisites, transcripts and other details pertaining to individual programs of interest. To RSVP for these open houses, please fill out the form below.

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USFSM Recognizes Research Symposium Winners

SARASOTA, Fla. (November 3, 2014) – University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) recently hosted its annual Student Research Symposium, a program offering students an opportunity to present research, learn from peers and be mentored by faculty. Graduate and undergraduate students from all USFSM Colleges (Arts & Sciences, Business, Education and Hospitality & Technology Leadership) were encouraged to participate.

The Student Government Association (SGA) sponsors up to four undergraduate students whose work is judged to be the best of the symposium to attend the prestigious National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR), to be held at Eastern Washington University in April 2015.

“The Student Research Symposium is a great way for students to network with peers and USFSM faculty members,” said Kimberly Badanich, psychology instructor and research symposium mentor. “Our event provides an opportunity to foster good critical thinking and communication skills.”

Awards are split into two categories: oral and poster presentations. For the oral presentation category, the first place winner was Psychology major Jennifer Huck, who is now eligible for the National Conference for Undergraduate Research travel award. Her research topic was “The Role of a Gay Straight Alliance in the Lives of LGBTQ Youth”, in which she used interviews and focus groups to share Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) youth perspectives on the role Gay Straight Alliances (GSA) have in their lives, and what these youth gain personally from participating in GSA. Her mentor was Dr. Melissa Sloan from the College of Arts & Sciences.

The second place winner for oral presentation was Interdisciplinary Social Sciences major Ashley Metelus, who is also eligible for the NCUR travel award. She conducted her research on “Haitian-American College Students’ Motivations for Pursuing Postsecondary Education: The Role of Parents’ Low-Wage Occupation”, studying motivations behind Haitian-Americans’ drive to achieve higher education.  Her mentor was Dr. Melissa Sloan from the College of Arts & Sciences.

The third place recipient was Psychology major Mackinzie Fakih. Her presentation was entitled “Reversal Learning Following Alcohol Exposure is Impaired by Deficits in Discrimination Learning”, in which she performed a study with rats to show how alcohol impairs performance on reversal learning tasks. With the help of her mentor Dr. Kimberly Badanich from the College of Arts & Sciences, Fakih hopes her findings will improve methodologies for treating cognitive impairments and alcohol dependency.

For the poster presentation winners, first place was awarded to Interdisciplinary Social Sciences major Kathryn Sandland, who is also eligible for the NCUR travel award. Her mentor was Dr. Melissa Sloan from the College of Arts & Sciences. The title of her research project was “Social and Emotional Distress Among Humanitarian Aid Workers Operating in Armed Conflict Situations”.  Sandland identified the prevalent need for emotional and social support for humanitarian aid workers who experience the trauma of armed conflict.

Also eligible for the NCUR travel award, Psychology major Cassandra LaBounty won second place for her poster presentation: “Acquisition of 21st Century Skills Through Small Group Learning in an Arts Integrated Context.” LaBounty’s presentation explored the efficacy of small group learning in a cognitive arts integrated context. Preliminary results demonstrate arts integration offers a more effective learning environment than a non-arts integrated, small group learning context. Her mentor was Dr. A. Helene Robinson from the College of Arts & Sciences.

Finally, History major William Kittinger tied for third place with Speech Language Pathology major Jessica Ploss in the poster presentation category. Kittinger’s project was titled “Evangelizing the Eucharist: 21st Century Grace for Millennials of the ELCA” where he used research to identify ritual practices of the Eucharist that potentially provide a method of spiritual evangelization and reinvigoration for Milennials of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). His mentor was Dr. Jonathan Scott Perry from the College of Arts & Sciences.

Ploss’s poster presentation “Accommodations within Education for Students with Hearing Loss” examined how students with hearing loss are accommodated in classrooms and standardized tests as well as how teachers employ these accommodations in the classroom. This study identified a need for more time to be dedicated to students with learning disabilities as compared to the need for interpreters in a classroom. Ploss’ mentor was Dr. Susan Fulton from the College of Arts & Sciences

E-Learning Blog: Canvas Release Notes for October

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Hello and thank you for taking time out of you busy lives to stop and see what’s new in our E-learning blog. This week I will describe some of the new features and latest updates from Canvas. Some of the new features are in Gradebook, Notifications, and SpeedGrader. The added updates are in Discussions, Quizzes and SpeedGrader.

One new feature that stands out is in notifications; now users can get a notification copy of any conversation they’ve created. Please make sure you go to your personal settings and enable this notification.

New Features

  • Gradebook
  • Notifications
  • SpeedGrader


  • Discussions
  • Quizzes
  • SpeedGrader

New Features


When students complete a quiz that includes manually graded questions, their grade page will now display a quiz icon instead of the current score. This will indicate that the quiz score is not yet complete. When students mouse over the icon, a message will indicate, “Instructor is working on grades”

Gradebook new feature screenshot.

The icon will also appear in the Gradebook to let instructors know that some questions in the quiz need to be graded manually. When the instructor assigns the score, the icon will be replace with the complete quiz grade. The icon for instructor can also mean that a quiz score has been deleted and a new score needs to be entered.

Gradebook new features screenshot.


Any Canvas user can set a new notification preference that will allow them to receive a copy of all conversations they’ve created. When this feature is enable, users will be allow to see what conversations have been sent and how they appear in their specified communication channels.

Screenshot of new notifications feature.


Instructors that use Crocodoc will noticed a new warning message if they take more than 50 minutes in one submission. Crocodoc session are per submission and run for one hour, the expiration warning message will appear after 50 minutes to let you know that you have 10 minutes to either refresh the page or go to the next student so that you don’t lose all of your annotations.

SpeedGrader new features screenshot.



Locked Discussions will now display the time. A locked discussion is a discussion that has been published by instructors but cannot be viewed until a later date. When a student views the details for a locked discussion topic, they will see the date and the hour when the discussion will be unlocked.

Discussions updated features.


Quiz questions and groups will now have a drag handle next to them. The drag handle will open a keyboard navigation menu that will allow instructors to reorder the questions within the quiz. Questions and groups can still be dragged and dropped manually by clicking and dragging the quiz question handles.

Quizzes updated features.


For group assignments, SpeedGrader will show submission from both, groups and individual students.

SpeedGrader updated features.

For more information please visit the Canvas new release note site