August Canvas Training for Faculty

In Announcements, by , on July 25th, 2016

Canvas Basics Parts 1, 2, and 3 will guide instructors through the most fundamental features and use of Canvas, whether the courses are online, hybrid, or face-to-face. Canvas Basics Part 1 will be held in VINI 107 during the week of Aug. 1-5.

All three parts of the Canvas Basics training sessions will be hands-on. I will be demonstrating how to do things in Canvas, then giving you time to try them. With that in mind, please bring a flash drive loaded with the following materials to the Canvas Basics Part 1 training session:

  • Your current syllabus (or a recent one if you have not yet updated it) saved as a Word file
  • A photograph (saved as a jpeg file), a photo of you or of something else
  • A short PowerPoint (this can be just a couple of slide with some text)
  • A PDF of an article (any article)
  • You may also want to bring a pen and paper for notes.

Canvas Basics Part 1 will cover:

Navigating the Canvas interface

Setting up the course Home Page

Managing content migrated over from Blackboard

Utilizing the Canvas Calendar and Syllabus

Getting organized with Modules

Course Settings

Establishing scope and sequence using Modules

Basic Assignments, Discussions, and Quizzes set up

Building content using the Rich Content Editor

Part 1 dates and times:

Monday, Aug. 1 is FULL.

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 4, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 5, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Canvas Basics Part 2 will cover:

Going deeper into Pages, Assignments, Discussions, and Quizzes

Adding useful apps to your Rich Content Editor and how to use the apps

Using Rubrics

The Canvas Gradebook and SpeedGrader

Creating Assignment Groups and Weighted Grading

What, why, and how you should hide items from students

Why you should use Canvas in your face-to-face classes

Canvas Basics Part 2

Monday, Aug. 8, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 10, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 11, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 12, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

As seating is limited to 15 per session, please reserve you spot by e-mailing me at If you cannot make any of these times, you can always set up one-on-one Canvas training. Just e-mail me at and we can schedule sessions that are convenient for you. For the full schedule, please visit