Gregory Beyrer

Summer of Canvas: Week 1

Blog Post created by Gregory Beyrer on May 21, 2017

My college is in the middle of a yearlong transition to Canvas. Our faculty get to choose when they start using it, with this past spring semester being the time for our "Canvas trailblazers" and this upcoming fall being the final semester our soon-to-be-former LMS will be an option. Only about 13% of the faculty who used an LMS in the spring chose Canvas, so we are anticipating a lot of demand for training and transition support over the next few months. Hence the summer of Canvas.


As a full-time faculty member I do not usually work over the summer, but our management dedicated some resources to help with this transition. We have a great team in our department and my twelve-month coworkers provide excellent service, but in most years the demand for help is much lighter during the summer. So the first question I have for this upcoming summer is how many of my fellow employees will attend my trainings, visit my department's drop-in hours, or otherwise be in touch as they make the transition.


There are several options for dedicated training time:

  • Week-long, hands-on workshops on campus in our Center for Instructional Innovation
  • Scheduled one-on-one training, either on campus or online via video conferencing
  • Drop-in hours


In addition, there are some opportunities for online training:

  • Self-paced online training
  • Moderated online training through the @ONE Project, which is a statewide resource for professional development for California's community colleges
  • Webinars by Instructure, which our district agreed to support through this transition year


I have a nice room, cloud books for those who do not bring laptops, and some fruit and other goodies. Tomorrow morning my first week-long series for the summer begins, and I am excited to have a large group signed up. Based on those signups I have some lonely weeks ahead this summer, but the first week looks to be filled with people ready to start learning about this new system.