This fall the buzz around campus has been our new learning management system, Canvas. If you are still shaking off the sand from this summer’s beach vacation and haven’t explored Canvas yet, don’t worry! The Instructional Design team has a diverse line-up of fall workshops planned to help faculty and staff take advantage of the multiple facets of the Canvas system.
For a hands-on introduction to the basics of getting your courses’ up and running online, check out the Building Courses in Canvas sessions on:
Wednesday, September 3 from 1pm-2pm in Olney 101: Sign up
Thursday, September 4 from 1pm-2pm in Olney 101: Sign up
Or check out our self-paced Faculty Guide to Canvas.
Assignments and Grades
Wouldn’t it be nice to provide your face-to-face students with 24/7 access to their most recently updated grades? Canvas makes it easy to share grades and feedback with students throughout the semester, so that there are no surprises at the end of the semester. Check out our hands-on sessions, Using Canvas’s Grading Tools for Face-to-Face, to learn about the assignment and grading tools in Canvas:
Wednesday, September 17 from 1pm-2pm in Olney 101: Sign up
Wednesday, October 22 from 1pm-2pm in Olney 101: Sign up
We didn’t forget our online and hybrid instructors. Learn how you can use the grading tools in Canvas to make sure students know exactly what is required and to make grading their work more efficient at our online workshop sessions on:
Wednesday, September 24 from 1pm-2pm in GoToMeeting: Sign up
Wednesday, October 29 from 1pm-2pm in GoToMeeting: Sign up
Design and Style
Canvas courses can be more than just boring text and file download links, and you don’t have to be an HTML wizard to do it. It’s easy to make your course more visually engaging thanks to the rich content editor in Canvas. Start small by designing a stylish, customized course welcome page for your students. Learn the skills you need to add images, links, multimedia and more at our Building Awe-Inspiring Homepages in Canvas sessions on:
Wednesday, October 1 from 1pm-2pm in Olney 101: Sign up
Wednesday, November 12 from 1pm-2pm in Olney 101: Sign up
Did you know Canvas has a built-in tool for recording audio and video? No longer do you have to go through a separate program just to embed a video clip to your course. Explore the many ways to use the multimedia tools in Canvas to engage students at our Multiple Uses for Multimedia in Canvas Workshop on:
Wednesday, October 8 from 1pm-2pm in Olney 101: Sign up
Wednesday, November 19 from 1pm-2pm in Olney 101: Sign up
Transitioning from Blackboard
Take heed! Blackboard will no longer be available after the Fall 2014 semester, and now is the time to back up your course content in Blackboard. Learn about the various options for moving content from Blackboard into Canvas at the Migrating Course Content from Blackboard to Canvas Workshop on:
Wednesday, October 15 from 1pm-2pm in Olney 101: Sign up
Wendesday, November 5 from 1pm-2pm in Olney 101: Sign up
Don’t worry if the sessions above don’t fit your schedule or needs. The Instructional Design team is always here to help you individually over the phone, via email, or in-person. Just reach out to us at IDteam@lasalle.edu to start improving your Canvas skills today.