Workshop Descriptions

Essentials of Canvas in 30 minutes

Bring your laptop for this 30-minute mini workshop. This workshop is designed to give you the basic skills to help you quickly set up a basic course in Canvas. You will be able to navigate Canvas, set-up your syllabus, upload and organize content, communicate with students, and publish your course. For a more detailed experience with Canvas please attended the 90-minute Introduction to Canvas Workshop.

This session is open to all faculty, instructors, teaching assistants, and staff who manage Canvas courses.

Sign up: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.cfm?course_id=1777

 

Introduction to Canvas

Bring your laptop for this 90-minute session. You will learn how to navigate the site, find support documentation, upload and organize course content, publish your course, set up assignments and gradebook, communicate with students via announcements and emails, add students and TAs, and customize your course site.

This session is open to all faculty, instructors, teaching assistants, and staff who manage Canvas courses.

Sign up: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.cfm?course_id=1712
Workshop handout: Intro Workshop Handout (PDF)

Chalk to Canvas Migration and Canvas Course Set Up

Bring your laptop for this 2-hour session. We will walk you through how to migrate your course content from Chalk to Canvas. You will learn how to import files and quizzes from Chalk into Canvas, and organize your imported course material.

Pre-requisites:

  • Participants are expected to have basic knowledge covered in our Introduction to Canvas workshop, including how to navigate within Canvas, use Modules, set up assignments and gradebook columns, and publish announcements.
  • Participants also must have access to a Chalk course from which they wish to migrate content.
  • Those who wish to have hands-on experience migrating exams, should download and install Respondus ahead of the workshop, or check out a PC preinstalled with Respondus from the Techbar for the workshop.

This session is open to all faculty, instructors, teaching assistants, and staff who manage Canvas courses.

Sign up: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.cfm?course_id=1713
Workshop handouts: Chalk-to-Canvas Migration (PDF)

Assignments and Gradebook

Bring your laptop and course syllabus to this 1-hour session to learn how to effectively use the advanced features and functions of assignments and grading in Canvas. You will learn how to create and organize assignments, modify advanced features for assignments, set up the gradebook, change grade calculations, comment on assignments through the gradebook, and mute grades.

Prerequisites: Participants are expected to have basic knowledge covered in our Introduction to Canvas workshop, including how to navigate within Canvas, use Modules, set up assignments and gradebook columns, and publish announcements.

This session is open to all faculty, instructors, teaching assistants, and staff who manage Canvas courses.

Sign up: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.cfm?course_id=1729
Workshop handouts: Assignment (PDF) | Gradebook (PDF)

Collaboration Tools for Creative Assignments in Canvas: Google Apps, Blogs, & Wiki Pages

Coming up with creative assignments that excite students and help them achieve learning goals can be a challenge. In this workshop we will explore how to use collaborative tools available in Canvas, such as wiki pages, blogs, Google Apps (Docs, Spreadsheet, Presentation, Lucidchart, etc.), to design creative assignments and foster collaborative learning during and between class meetings.  We will consider the characteristics of these collaborative technologies, the type of assignments they are appropriate for and how to use them effectively. We will examine a few examples of effective use of these technologies and we will do a small group hands-on exercise to develop an assignment using one of these technologies. Bring your laptop to this 1.5 hour workshop for a taste in using technology for collaborative learning.

Pre-requisites: Participants are expected to have basic knowledge covered in our Introduction to Canvas workshop, including how to navigate within Canvas, use Modules, set up assignments and gradebook columns, and publish announcements.

This session is open to all faculty, instructors, teaching assistants, and staff who manage Canvas courses.

Sign up: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.cfm?course_id=1744
Workshop Slides: Collaboration Tools for Creative Assignments in Canvas (PDF)

Discussions

Bring your laptop for this 1-hour session. In this workshop you will learn how to engage students through online discussions in Canvas. Learn how to leverage discussion boards as a graded assignment, student collaboration, and enhance classroom conversations. During the workshop you will have an opportunity to get hands-on experience and share ideas with other instructors about how to use discussion boards.

Pre-requisites: Participants are expected to have basic knowledge covered in our Introduction to Canvas workshop, including how to navigate within Canvas, use Modules, set up assignments and gradebook columns, and publish announcements.

This session is open to all faculty, instructors, teaching assistants, and staff who manage Canvas courses.

Sign up: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.cfm?course_id=1742
Workshop Handout: Discussions (PDF)

Groups in Canvas

Groups in Canvas is a good way to organize students into task or project based groups.  Canvas provides each group with their own working area within the course.  Bring your laptop for this 30 minute workshop to learn the steps and advantages for creating and managing groups in Canvas.  We will discuss the pedagogical advantages of groups and best strategies for student engagement.

Pre-requisites: Participants are expected to have basic knowledge covered in our Introduction to Canvas workshop, including how to navigate within Canvas, use Modules, set up assignments and gradebook columns, and publish announcements.

This session is open to all faculty, instructors, teaching assistants, and staff who manage Canvas courses.

Sign up: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.cfm?course_id=1743
Workshop Handout: Groups (PDF)

Online Quizzes and Surveys

Bring your laptop for this 1-hour session. We will walk you through how to build online exams and surveys and use them effectively for assessments in Canvas. You will learn how to build online quizzes and surveys using Canvas’ interface, create question banks, add questions from a question bank to a quiz or survey, randomize questions, randomize question variables, understand students’ test-taking experience, use Canvas’ built-in analytics, and make changes to published quizzes.

Pre-requisites: Participants are expected to have basic knowledge covered in our Introduction to Canvas workshop, including how to navigate within Canvas, use Modules, set up assignments and gradebook columns, and publish announcements.

This session is open to all faculty, instructors, teaching assistants, and staff who manage Canvas courses.

Sign up: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.cfm?course_id=1739
Workshop Handout: Online Quizzes and Surveys (PDF)

Speedgrader and Rubrics

Bring your laptop for this 1-hour session. In this hands-on workshop you will learn how to save time and paper by using SpeedGrader and Rubrics to quickly grade student submissions inside Canvas. Using these tools in combination can also be a great way to ensure consistency in grading. Attendees will get a chance to practice using markup tools, sharing strategies and student engagement to speed up your grading!

Pre-requisites: Participants are expected to have basic knowledge covered in our Introduction to Canvas workshop, including how to navigate within Canvas, use Modules, set up assignments and gradebook columns, and publish announcements.

This session is open to all faculty, instructors, teaching assistants, and staff who manage Canvas courses.

Sign up: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.cfm?course_id=1740
Workshop Handouts: Speedgrader (PDF) | Rubrics (PDF)

Web Conferencing in Canvas

Traveling to a conference? Got snowed in? Need to hold a weekend night review session but your schedule makes it difficult for you to make a special trip to campus? Want to have an impromptu meeting with a student? Canvas’ build-in web conferencing tool may be your solution.

Attend this one-hour hands-on workshop to learn how to make online sessions interactive and engaging for any discipline. You will also learn how to use Canvas’ built-in web conferencing tool, and tips and tricks for holding a successful session.

Pre-requisites: Participants are expected to have basic knowledge covered in our Introduction to Canvas workshop, including how to navigate within Canvas, use Modules, set up assignments and gradebook columns, and publish announcements.

This session is open to all faculty, instructors, teaching assistants, and staff who manage Canvas courses.

Sign up: http://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.php?course_id=1787
Workshop Handouts: Web Conferencing in Canvas (PDF)