New CIC Assistant Director: Jacki Fiscus

Hello CIC instructors and teaching with technology fans!  My name is Jacki Fiscus, and I am the new CIC Assistant Director (AD).  I am very excited to be working with all of you!  I’ll use this first blog post as a way of introducing myself and reminding us (or telling newcomers for the first time) what my role is and how I can assist those interested.

For those of you that did not know, Ann completed her AD term last quarter and now is back to teaching (in the CIC — no surprise!), and my term will run for the next year.  (So yes, as many of you have already asked, I’m “the new Ann.”  I am honored to be following in her footsteps.)

To get in touch with me, feel free to email me ( or find me on Twitter (@jackifiscus).

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A little about me: I’m a PhD student who focuses on english language studies and composition.  I am particularly interested in language ideologies, sociolinguistics, and multimodal composition.  In the last couple of years, I have taught English 108, 121, and 131, a lot of which were hosted in the CIC.  The CIC is my favorite place to teach on campus because I enjoy the way the space naturally decentralizes the classroom power dynamic, shifting the energy and focus of students onto one another.  The CIC is an excellent place to utilize technology productively while also playing with student-centered and activity-based pedagogy.  If you are at all interested in project-based learning, flipping the classroom, or group work more generally, I would love to brainstorm lesson plans or assignment sequences with you.  In particular, I have experience with guiding students through multimodal projects of their own choosing, so do contact me if you would like to give me insight into your best practices, swap stories, or brainstorm how to design a project that gives students a chance to respond to exigencies of their choosing.

For those of you who are regularly teaching in the CIC this quarter, know that I’m always on campus during your scheduled lab times.  Please call me or text me if you need my immediate assistance in your classroom.  Know that I can always come assist you with introducing new technology or trouble-shoot with you when technology malfunctions.  Most importantly, I am here to help you via doing observations, brainstorming ideas for your classes, working through any interesting classroom dynamics, or anything else you might need.  Email me if you would like to make an appointment to chat about all things CIC, teaching in general, or whatever you think I could help you with.

And for those of you that are not regularly scheduled in the CIC, remember that you can (and really should!) request a CIC lab for your class by emailing me.  Of course these labs are a great space to introduce portfolios, but I encourage everyone to try using a lab for another lesson as well, particularly one where you want students to interact in groups or with a certain technology.  I can also come to your classroom to help introduce a new technology to your students.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Like Ann, I will be using this blog space to post about teaching with technology tips and general information.  Please use the comment box below if you have any special topics you would like to see addressed.

Scheduling Conferences with Canvas

Tired of using a piece of paper to have students sign up for conferences? Then it’s time to try the Scheduler function on Canvas. Here’s how:

  1. Log in to Canvas and click “Calendar” in the purple menu bar.

2. On the Calendar page, click the Scheduler tab on the upper right, and then click Create an appointment group.

3. In the Edit Appointment Group, under the Calendar menu, select your course.