Old Dominion University, Center for Learning and Teaching

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The 2022 Faculty Summer Conference will be held via Zoom on May 17, along with bonus face-to-face events at Gornto Hall. Registration is now open.
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The theme for the 2022 Faculty Summer conference is Reimagining the Student Learning Experience With Canvas. Through presentations, workshops, and panel discussions, we’ll focus on how to leverage the Canvas learning management system to create a more engaging experience for both traditional and online students. At the conference, you’ll learn to:

  • Plan, organize, develop, and deliver a student-centered learning experience
  • Design effective and engaging learning activities, assignments, and assessments
  • Use communication, feedback, collaboration, and reporting tools
  • Foster faculty presence, availability, and responsiveness

What Is the Faculty Summer Conference?

The Center for Learning and Teaching’s annual Faculty Summer Conference is an opportunity for faculty from across the disciplines to share their experiences using technology to improve teaching and learning.

Zoom Presentations

Go to on campus workshops

Faculty Summer Conference Opening Remarks with M'hammed Abdous

M'Hammed Abdous
  • May 17, 2022 09:00 AM - 09:15 AM (EDT)
  • Location: Online Only
  • Supplemental Material: Not Yet Available

The theme for the 2022 Faculty Summer conference is Reimagining the Student Learning Experience With Canvas. Through presentations, workshops, and panel discussions, we’ll focus on how to leverage the... (More)

Web Conference Delivery

Beyond Accessibility: Leveraging Canvas for Inclusive Design

Ana Redstone
  • May 17, 2022 09:25 AM - 10:25 AM (EDT)
  • Location: Online Only
  • Supplemental Material: Not Yet Available

This session will introduce Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as an inclusive framework for course design to meet the needs of all learners by addressing learner variability and reducing... (More)

Web Conference Delivery

We Don't Talk About Classic Quizzes: Why New Quizzes are Superior to Classic Quizzes

Jennifer Ashley, Chrystal Trapani, and Kristin White
  • May 17, 2022 09:25 AM - 10:25 AM (EDT)
  • Location: Online Only
  • Supplemental Material: Not Yet Available

With the imminent sunsetting of Canvas Classic Quizzes, instructors have been encouraged to start with New Quizzes - but why? This session will discuss the superior functionality of new... (More)

Web Conference Delivery

Canvas Commons: Find and Incorporate Open/Affordable Course Materials into Canvas

Karen Vaughan
  • May 17, 2022 09:25 AM - 10:25 AM (EDT)
  • Location: Online Only
  • Supplemental Material: Not Yet Available

Sixteen percent of ODU students completing a Virginia-wide survey say they are extremely worried about meeting course material costs, and 31% are moderately worried. Twenty-two percent say they frequently... (More)

Web Conference Delivery

Can't Touch This: The Limitations of Canvas's Accessibility Checker

Chrystal Trapani, Kristin White, and Jennifer Ashley
  • May 17, 2022 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
  • Location: Online Only
  • Supplemental Material: Not Yet Available

The transition from Blackboard to Canvas brought a new tool in the Accessibility Checker.  While this tool helps faculty ensure that their course content is more accessible, there are... (More)

Web Conference Delivery

Creating Connections Together: Creating Shared Resources for Student Success via the Canvas Commons

Diana Hernandez, Marissa Jimenez, and Taia Reid
  • May 17, 2022 10:40 AM - 11:10 AM (EDT)
  • Location: Online Only
  • Supplemental Material: Not Yet Available

Canvas Commons, Canvas’s repository, is tool that allows for collaboration among staff and faculty. During this presentation, we will discuss how we will leverage Canvas Commons, as method of... (More)

Web Conference Delivery

Practical Tips and Tricks for Instructors: Hidden Gems of Canvas

Susan Zehra
  • May 17, 2022 10:40 AM - 11:10 AM (EDT)
  • Location: Online Only
  • Supplemental Material: Not Yet Available

Old Dominion University recently moved from the Blackboard to the Canvas learning management system. Due to limited time constraints and university-wide efforts, the migration is/was a daunting task for... (More)

Web Conference Delivery

Bringing Together Student Assignments and Collaborations in Canvas

Christine Sump
  • May 17, 2022 11:25 AM - 11:55 AM (EDT)
  • Location: Online Only
  • Supplemental Material: Not Yet Available

The multiple uses of the Collaboration Tool in Canvas will be summarized. The audience will then be walked through the steps of creating small group assignments within the Collaboration... (More)

Web Conference Delivery

Tips for Testing in STEM Courses using Canvas

Steven Zeil
  • May 17, 2022 11:25 AM - 11:55 AM (EDT)
  • Location: Online Only
  • Supplemental Material: Not Yet Available

This session will focus on opportunities and challenges that Canvas offers for assessments in courses with a high amount of mathematical or technical content.  Particular attention will be paid... (More)

Web Conference Delivery

Making Lecture Slides in HTML

Matthew Nerem
  • May 17, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM (EDT)
  • Location: Online Only
  • Supplemental Material: Not Yet Available

Lecture slides are an essential pedagogical tool and they must be refined for a digital age. This presentation will go over how to create interactive HTML slides that take... (More)

Web Conference Delivery

Isn’t It Iconic?: Using Icons in a Canvas Course to Facilitate Student Engagement

Chrystal Trapani
  • May 17, 2022 01:00 PM - 01:55 PM (EDT)
  • Location: Online Only
  • Supplemental Material: Not Yet Available

An organized Canvas course is critical for the success of an online course.  If students are unable to locate course materials, it is impossible for them to be successful. ... (More)

Web Conference Delivery

Tainted Love: Blackboard vs Canvas

Kristin White, Jennifer Ashley, and Chrystal Trapani
  • May 17, 2022 02:00 PM - 03:25 PM (EDT)
  • Location: Online Only
  • Supplemental Material: Not Yet Available

The transition from Blackboard to Canvas has created a gamut of emotions.  Some faculty are excited, but others are not happy. “But I love Blackboard!,” some have said.  The... (More)

Web Conference Delivery

We Are the Champions: A Canvas Panel Discussion with Faculty Champions

Chrystal Trapani, Paula Alvaro Sanchez, Jonathan Lester, Megan Boeshart, James Bellamy, and Alison Lietzenmayer
  • May 17, 2022 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM (EDT)
  • Location: Online Only
  • Supplemental Material: Not Yet Available

Approximately 80 faculty members taught in Canvas during the Spring 2022 semester to help with the migration.  These early adopters are referred to as Faculty Champions.  Join the panel... (More)

Web Conference Delivery

Faculty Summer Conference Closing Remarks with M'hammed Abdous

M'Hammed Abdous
  • May 17, 2022 04:35 PM - 05:00 PM (EDT)
  • Location: Online Only
  • Supplemental Material: Not Yet Available

Join M'hammed Abdous and the rest of CLT as we wrap up our 2022 Faculty Summer Conference, Reimagining the Student Learning Experience with Canvas! This session will conclude with... (More)

Web Conference Delivery

Campus Workshops

Go to Zoom presentations

Getting Started with Canvas

Kristyn Rose and Eric Cosio
  • May 17, 2022 09:25 AM - 11:25 AM (EDT)
  • Location: Gornto 101
  • Supplemental Material: Not Yet Available

This introductory workshop will show you how to navigate through Canvas; how to set up your course settings; how to organize your course files; and how to create, upload,... (More)

Face to Face Delivery

Create Your New Course in Canvas

Christine Nickel and Emilie Martin
  • May 17, 2022 09:25 AM - 11:25 AM (EDT)
  • Location: Gornto 221
  • Supplemental Material: Not Yet Available

This introductory workshop guides you through the steps of creating your new course in Canvas. You will learn how to configure your course settings; add, edit, and upload content;... (More)

Face to Face Delivery

Canvas Assignments & Assessments

Emilie Martin and Sarah Camp
  • May 17, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:40 PM (EDT)
  • Location: Gornto 101
  • Supplemental Material: Not Yet Available

This workshop guides you through the steps of creating, editing, updating, and grading assignments and assessment in Canvas. You will also learn about the ODU plagiarism detection tool:... (More)

Face to Face Delivery

How to Use and Customize the Canvas Course Template

Daniel Greenwood and Chrysoula Malogianni
  • May 17, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:40 PM (EDT)
  • Location: Gornto 221
  • Supplemental Material: Not Yet Available

This workshop will guide you through the steps of using and customizing ODU’s Canvas template components. You will learn how to organize your course content, resources, and activities into... (More)

Face to Face Delivery

Canvas Speedgrader & Grades

Christine Nickel and Eric Cosio
  • May 17, 2022 02:50 PM - 04:30 PM (EDT)
  • Location: Gornto 101
  • Supplemental Material: Not Yet Available

This workshop will show you how to use gradebook and SpeedGrader in Canvas. In addition to learning about the default features of the gradebook, you will learn how to... (More)

Face to Face Delivery

Updating Your Migrated Course in Canvas

Tracie Ortiz and Melissa Ferguson
  • May 17, 2022 02:50 PM - 04:30 PM (EDT)
  • Location: Gornto 221
  • Supplemental Material: Not Yet Available

In this workshop, you will apply a detailed post-migration checklist to ensure that your course is ready for your... (More)

Face to Face Delivery