Workshop Descriptions

Current Offerings

Introduction to Canvas for Remote and Hybrid Teaching

This workshop will identify effective practices for using Canvas for remote and hybrid teaching. You will learn how to organize course materials effectively for different teaching modalities; good ways of communicating with students and creating a sense of online presence; and tools for assessing student learning in Canvas. This session is designed for faculty, instructors, teaching assistants, and staff who will be teaching or supporting remote or hybrid learning. This course is taught online via Zoom.

Sign up: http://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.php?course_id=1929

Introduction to Zoom for Remote and Hybrid Teaching

In this workshop you will be introduced to the web-conferencing tool, Zoom, and learn how you can use it effectively to hold synchronous class sessions and office hours. You will learn how to use the Zoom-Canvas integration to manage your Zoom class meetings and recordings, and recommended Zoom settings for class meetings and office hours. You will also learn about Zoom’s various engagement tools and how they can be used to engage students. This session is designed for faculty, instructors, teaching assistants, and staff who will be teaching or supporting remote or hybrid learning. This course is taught online via Zoom.

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Using Panopto for Remote and Hybrid Teaching

This 1.5-hour workshop will introduce you to the video management tool Panopto and how you can use it to record asynchronous lectures. You will learn how to upload, record, and edit videos using Panopto; how to share lecture videos in Canvas and elsewhere; and effective practices for using videos with instructional content, including how to create in-video quizzes and add them to your lectures. This session is designed for faculty, instructors, teaching assistants, and staff who will be teaching or supporting remote or hybrid learning. This course is taught online via Zoom.

Sign up: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.php?course_id=1933

Creating Short Panopto Videos in Canvas

This 30-minute workshop will show you how to record short, simple Panopto videos through your Canvas course site. You will learn the basics of using the Panopto Recorder; how to add closed captioning to your short videos; and methods of sharing your videos within your Canvas course site. This session is designed for faculty, instructors, teaching assistants, and staff who will be teaching or supporting remote or hybrid learning. This course is taught online via Zoom.

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Beyond Essays and Exams: Creative and Alternative Assignments

This hands-on workshop is aimed at instructors who are developing an assessment plan and assignments for remote and hybrid teaching. Participants will first discuss principles for effective assessment in remote and hybrid teaching. Then we will explore assignments and activities that can be used in both synchronous and asynchronous contexts and consider how to make pedagogically sound use of digital tools such as collaborative documents and multimedia. We will also look at a few successful examples.

Participants should be ready to engage in collaborative activities such as contributing to a Google Doc and discussing with fellow instructors. This session is designed for faculty, instructors, teaching assistants, and staff who will be teaching or supporting remote or hybrid learning. This course is taught online via Zoom.

Sign up: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.php?course_id=1938

New and Updated Tools for Remote and Hybrid Teaching

In this workshop, you will learn about recent updates and changes made to instructional technology tools supported by ATS, including Canvas, Zoom, and Panopto. You will also learn effective practices for using these tools in multiple learning environments. This session is designed for faculty, instructors, teaching assistants, and staff who will be teaching or supporting remote or hybrid learning. This course is taught online via Zoom.

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Using Zoom Annotations for Virtual Board Work

In this workshop, we will show you how to use Zoom to teach courses with labs that depend on ‘board work’ for demonstrating equation-based concepts, calculations, structural diagrams, and complex processes. We will introduce you to strategies for setting up your Zoom meeting for interaction and demonstrations using the whiteboard, digital annotations, and other tools. This session is designed for faculty, instructors, teaching assistants, and staff who will be teaching or supporting remote or hybrid learning. This course is taught online via Zoom.

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Managing Breakout Rooms in Zoom

During this 45-minute workshop you will explore the uses and features of Zoom Breakout rooms. Breakout rooms allow a Zoom host to put participants into separate Zoom sessions so that participants can have focused conversations, work in small groups, and build community. During the session you will learn the four different ways to assign participants to the breakout room, and when to use each one. We’ll also discuss breakout room options, best practices and frequently asked questions.  This session is designed for faculty, instructors, teaching assistants, and staff who will be teaching or supporting remote or hybrid learning. This course is taught online via Zoom.

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Managing Student Interactions in Zoom

Would you like to know how to engage with students efficiently and effectively in a remote teaching environment? Then join us for this 45 minute session. You will learn how to use Zoom features such as non-verbal feedback, chat, and how to organize lessons to best support student interactions and questions. This session is designed for faculty, instructors, teaching assistants, and staff who will be teaching or supporting remote or hybrid learning. This course is taught online via Zoom.

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Effective Use of Discussion Boards and Course Blogs

Would you like to learn more about how discussion boards and course blogs can increase student engagement? Then come to this 30-minute workshop. You will learn how to craft effective discussion prompts; how to elicit substantive posts and comments from your students; and how to decide whether a discussion board or a course blog would be a better fit for your pedagogical goals. This session is designed for faculty, instructors, teaching assistants, and staff who will be teaching or supporting remote or hybrid learning. This course is taught online via Zoom.

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Scheduling Office Hours in Canvas

Would you like to use Canvas to schedule office hours for your students? Then come to this 30-minute mini-workshop. You will learn how to use Appointment Groups in the Canvas Calendar to schedule blocks of time for office hours so that individual students can sign up to meet with you at a designated time. Specifically, you will learn how to create Appointment Groups; how to edit Appointment Groups; how to message students through Appointment Groups; and how to check your notifications to see students who have signed up. This session is designed for faculty, instructors, teaching assistants, and staff who will be teaching or supporting remote or hybrid learning. This course is taught online via Zoom.

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Canvas Assignments and Gradebook

Learn to effectively use the advanced features and functions of assignments and grading in Canvas. In this session, 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 hide and share grades. This session is open to all faculty, instructors, teaching assistants, and staff who will be teaching or supporting remote learning. This course is taught online via Zoom.

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Online Proctoring Options

This 45-minute workshop will introduce you to the different options we have available for proctoring your online exams and assessments. You will learn about Proctorio, Zoom, and other alternative methods to use in an online and remote environment. This session is designed for faculty, instructors, teaching assistants, and staff who will be teaching or supporting remote or hybrid learning. This course is taught online via Zoom.

Sign up: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.php?course_id=1943

Canvas Online Quizzes and Surveys

In this 1-hour online 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. 

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Request a Custom Workshop

To request a custom workshop for your department, please visit uchic.ag/contactATS.

Past Offerings

Introduction to Canvas

Bring your laptop for this 1-hour session for all disciplines. You will learn how to navigate the site, find support documentation, upload and organize course or organization site 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.

Do you need to migrate your course content from Chalk to Canvas? Come to our Canvas Walk-In Sessions at the TechBar or request an individual consultation.

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

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

Copying Material between Canvas Courses

Bring your laptop for this 45-minute session. We will walk you through the process of copying materials from previous Canvas courses into your new Canvas course site. You will be introduced to Canvas features such as adjusting assignment due dates that can make the course copying process quicker and easier. If you have not yet requested your new Canvas course site, we can guide you through that process as well.

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 should also have access to a previous course in Canvas whose content they wish to copy.

NB: If you have material from a Chalk course that you need to migrate to Canvas, we recommend that you attend one of our walk-in sessions or request an individual consultation so that we may give you individual assistance.

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

Sign up: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.php?course_id=1713
Workshop handouts: Copying Course Material Between Canvas Sites (PDF)

Canvas for Humanities Courses

Would you like to know how to get the most out of Canvas in your humanities course? Come to our 1-hour Canvas for Humanities workshop for a discipline-specific Canvas overview. You will be introduced to principles of course site organization; how to grade student work effectively in Canvas, including features such as SpeedGrader and audio/video comments; and assignment tools to help your students work collaboratively and creatively. This session is open to all faculty, instructors, teaching assistants, and staff in the humanities who manage Canvas courses.

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

Sign up: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.php?course_id=1851

Canvas for STEM Courses

Would you like to know how to get the most out of Canvas in your STEM course? Come to our 1-hour Canvas for STEM workshop for a discipline-specific Canvas overview. You will be introduced to principles of course site organization; how to grade student work effectively in Canvas, including features such as SpeedGrader and audio/video comments; assessment tools such as Canvas Quizzes; multimedia tools, including in-video quizzing; and innovative ways to engage students during lecture, such as Canvas Chat and instant polling. We will also discuss ways to combat academic dishonesty. This session is open to all faculty, instructors, teaching assistants, and staff in STEM disciplines who manage Canvas courses.

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

Sign up: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.php?course_id=1852

Creative Assignments in Canvas Using 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-requisite: Participants are expected to have basic knowledge covered in our Introduction to Canvas workshop–how to navigate within Canvas, use Modules, set up assignments and gradebook columns, and publish announcements.

If you have questions about designing a Canvas course site or Canvas in general, attend our Walk-in Sessions or request an individual consultation.

Sign up: http://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.php?course_id=1744

Designing an Effective Course Site

Would you like to know how to design your Canvas course site quickly and efficiently? Then bring your laptop to this 1-hour session. You will learn how to control which parts of your site are visible to students; how to build a course site quickly by duplicating modules and module items; and how to create and organize media content. You will also be introduced to Student View, a powerful Canvas tool that lets you view your course site through your students’ eyes.

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=1860

Discussion Assignments in Canvas

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

If you have questions about designing a Canvas course site or Canvas in general, attend our Walk-in Sessions or request an individual consultation.

Sign up: http://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.php?course_id=1742

New Gradebook Online Workshop

As of Winter Quarter 2020, Canvas has changed to a new version of the Gradebook. In this one-hour online workshop, we will explore the new and enhanced features included in the New Gradebook, including the new Post Grade Policy that replaces the Mute Assignments feature. We will demonstrate how the New Gradebook can streamline your grading workflow and how to maximize its usefulness for your pedagogy.

This online workshop will be conducted via Zoom web conferencing, allowing you to attend from anywhere. You must sign up at least twenty-four hours before the workshop begins.

Prerequisite: Participants should have a basic familiarity with Canvas and the Canvas Gradebook.

If you have questions about designing a Canvas course site or Canvas in general, or if you have never used the Canvas Gradebook before, attend our Walk-in Sessions or request an individual consultation.

Sign up: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.php?course_id=1916

Providing Effective Assessment and Feedback in Canvas

Bring your laptop and course syllabus to this 1-hour session to learn how to effectively assess student work and provide feedback in Canvas. You will learn how to create and organize assignments, set up and weight assignment groups, and manage the Canvas Gradebook. You will be introduced to Canvas tools that make the grading process more efficient, such as Rubrics, SpeedGrader, and Anonymous and Moderated Grading. You will also receive a preview of the New Gradebook that is now available to instructors.

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

Sign up: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.php?course_id=1861

Using Multimedia for Instruction and Creative Assignments

Multimedia can be a powerful medium for creating instructional content and creative assignments. In this workshop we will explore the learning theories behind multimedia learning and its efficacy, different forms of multimedia assignments, what pedagogical purposes they serve, and the conditions for success. We will also learn about University resources available to support multimedia learning. Bring your laptop to this 1.5-hour workshop.

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=1859