How to Learn Canvas

ODU’s Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT) has curated a mix of workshops and webinars, organized by category.

Get started with Canvas
Workshop TitleFormatWhy it is important or recommended?
Opening CanvasBrief courseConfigure your Canvas Notification Preferences use the Dashboard and Global Navigation
Creating a Canvas CourseBrief courseHow to begin: create a Home Page, utilize modules, and use Student View 
Higher Education: First Day ReadyLearning PathDiscover all the essential features and be “First Day Ready”
Home PagesWebinarLearn how to develop a home page, which consists of banners, tables, images, etc.
Course Settings & SharingWebinarLearn how to manage a course, how to copy a course, and export a course, with information about the types of files that Canvas can import from other LMS systems
 
Design for accessibility  

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Why it is important/ or recommended

Course Design and AccessibilityLearning PathLearn how to create and deliver courses that are accessible to all of your students
AccessibilityWebinarLearn how to use the RCE to create accessible content (alt-text, color contrast, meaningful links, etc.)
Canvas Course Evaluations and AccessibilityCourseUse course evaluation checklists to design course content with all learners in mind, regardless of modality or need
Best Practices for Course DesignCourseCreate impactful course design using research-based best practices
Customizing ContentCourseLearn how to best customize a preexisting template for your course
 
Communicate and interact with your students

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Course Communication ToolsWebinarUse the communication tools within the CANVAS environment, announcements, Inbox, and discussion boards, to communicate and collaborate with students
The Student ExperienceWebinarLearn the student perspective in Canvas Interface
Engaging LearnersCourseDiscover strategies that can be used to engage and motivate learners by using the tools in Canvas
 
Assess, grade and monitor your student work 

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Gradebook and SpeedgraderWebinarLearn to use Gradebook in detail and how to use Speedgrader to grade assignments and provide feedback to the students  
Resource Checklist
Data for TeachersWebinarStudy the analytics feature that to monitor student progress, interact with course content, etc.
Outcomes and Rubrics for InstructorsWebinarUse outcomes and rubrics in Canvas for assignments, discussions, quizzes, etc.
AssignmentsWebinarLearn about the different options of the assignment tool and how to develop assignments, manage assignment groups, organize assignments, etc.
Creating Assessments with New Quizzes CourseLearn to use New Quizzes and the new question types
Grading and FeedbackCourseLearn to use the Canvas Gradebook and Speedgrader, including leaving feedback and applying rubrics
Managing Assessments with New Quizzes

Webinar

 

Learn to use item banks to create assessment questions, and learn how to allow extended time for students to complete the assessments
 
Facilitate collaborative learning activities 

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Why it is important / recommended

Group Work & CollaborationWebinarUse Canvas’ collaboration features such as discussions, assignments, collaboration tool, and web conferencing to promote interaction in class
 
Create and organize course content in Canvas 
Workshop TitleFormatWhy it is important or recommended?
Leveraging ModulesWebinar

Learn how to develop modules, which includes pages, assignments, discussion boards, etc. Learn how to hide modules and set dates to make the module available to students 

Resource Checklist 

Getting Started with Assignments and AssessmentsCourseLearn the Assignments and Assessments tools and ways to access Student View to interact with your content as your students do
Course Design ConsiderationsWebinarReview Canvas’ version of the QA checklist of what should be included in a course and the resources of where and how to implement it, with separate checklist on designing for a mobile phone
Canvas for Performance-Based TeachingWebinarEspecially for faculty who teach World Languages, Fine Art, and Vocational Studies, information about how to engage students, add audio, video, organize resources, etc.
Canvas in Math & ScienceWebinarFor faculty who teach Math and Science, courses, information about how to hold students accountable in math stations and science labs and how to design content specific assessments for these courses