Old Dominion University, Center for Learning and Teaching

Practical Tips and Tricks for Instructors: Hidden Gems of Canvas

May 17, 2022 10:40 AM - 11:10 AM

Presented by: Susan Zehra,  

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 migration contractors, ITS administrators and technicians, instructors, etc. There are several inherent differences between Canvas and Blackboard, hence the Blackboard content that is imported requires some amount of cleanup and/or recreation. The best practices that the instructors were fluent with in Blackboard now need to be tweaked and adapted to that of Canvas. This talk will outline some practical Canvas tips and tricks for instructors for them to get the most out of Canvas. This talk will be beneficial to those instructors who are fairly new to Canvas. They will learn some practical tips and tricks that they may not be aware of or possibilities in teaching their course that they may not have considered. 

Location

Online Only

Objectives

  1. Outline some of the best practices of using Canvas as an instructor
  2. Understand how to safeguard against accidental deletion in Canvas
  3. Appreciate effective content organization for improved readability
  4. Review the student-instructor communication within Canvas
  5. Discuss practical Canvas tips and tricks for instructors for them to get the most out of Canvas

Supplemental Material

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About the Presenter

Susan Zehra

Susan Zehra is a lecturer in the Computer Science Department at Old Dominion University (ODU), Norfolk, Virginia, USA. She currently teaches several online asynchronous courses such as CS120G (Introduction to Information Literacy and Research), CS270 (Introduction to Computer Architecture), CS462 (Cybersecurity Fundamentals), and CS463(Cryptography for Cybersecurity). Previously, she served as an instructor at Hampton University - one of the prominent Historically Black Colleges and Universities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India, and a master’s degree in Electronics Engineering and Computer Science from Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Virginia. She also is currently pursuing her PhD in the Computer Science Department at Old Dominion University where her research is related to vehicular networks, cryptography, cybersecurity, and data sciences.