Justin Brooksby

Canvas Professional Development in your School

Blog Post created by Justin Brooksby on Oct 10, 2017

UEN has created six introduction modules and four extension modules.  These can be requested online at no cost to Utah public schools.  They also have a full two day course that offers credit.


In addition to the great workshops and courses provided via UEN, Instructure also offers some free courses.  These are located in the Canvas Training Offerings and include the sections on "Welcome to Canvas" and "Self Paced Resources."


UEN Canvas Introduction Modules


Module 1 -  Intro to Canvas LMS (1 hour)

What is Canvas? And why are we using it? In this first session we cover all the benefits of using an LMS to complement and extend teaching that is already happening in the face to face environment.  Specifically we will cover how teachers can harness the power of Canvas to make the use of instructional technology easier and more effective.


Module 2 - Intro to Creating Canvas Content (1 hour)

In this session participants will create their first Canvas course.  Once a course is created we will focus on building a course framework and keeping it organized through the use of modules.  This session will provide an introduction to Canvas tools including discussions and assignments and how to place them into modules.

Module 3 - Creating Digitally Engaging Content (1 hour)

Now that the basic course is built it's time to start adding pages and inserting content, files, and even multimedia.  This session will focus on creating pages using the rich content editor and embedding content through the HTML interface.


Module 4 - Creating Digitally Engaging Activities (1 hour)

Once the new Canvas user is comfortable creating pages to share information with the online learner it's time to step it up a notch and start making activities that will allow students to create and share. First we will cover discussions in-depth where users can share ideas and converse at their own time and pace. Then we will dive into more detail on assignments where Canvas users can start uploading files, images, web links, and more to turn in for quick and easy paperless grading.

Module 5 - Assessing Student Learning (1 hour)

No more paper. No more hours of grading. No more Scantron. Canvas Quizzes virtually grade themselves allowing the teacher more time to teach while students get instant feedback. In this session we will focus on quizzes, surveys, speedgrader and rubrics.


Module 6 - Canvas Communication Tools (1 hour)

It's not "one more thing", it's "the thing"... to make communication between teachers, students, and even parents much easier. In this session we will talk about how to customize Canvas notifications to work best for you, and then review features like the Canvas In Box and Calendar so that you can use just one tool, Canvas, to connect your learning community.


UEN Canvas Extension Modules

Extension 1: Interior Decorating For Your Canvas Course (1 hour)
Learn how to decorate your Canvas Course with interactive features, tabs, menus, multimedia and more. In this session you'll learn how to engage your learners and simplify navigation within your Canvas course.


Extension 2: Master the Mastery Based Gradebook (1 hour)

Outcomes, Rubrics, and Standards - oh my!  In this session we will walk step-by-step through the process of creating learning outcomes in Canvas that can then be used to quickly grade student work in SpeedGrader with easy to build rubrics that will then populate the Canvas Learning Mastery Gradebook.


Extension 3: Advanced Canvas Tips and Tricks (1 hour)

In this advance Canvas session we will cover topics from mastery based grading, mastery paths, gamification strategies like badges to easter eggs, analytics, and more. This session will be for those who are already familiar with the LMS and are looking to further extend their knowledge.

Extension 4: Canvas and Google Integration (1 hour)
In this session learn how Canvas has improved its integration with Google Apps using a new LTI.  This LTI makes it easier for teachers to include collaborations, content sharing, engaging course content, and assignment distribution directly within Canvas. The integration also makes it easy for students to collaborate with instructors and fellow students on individual or group assignments.  This is a feature that must be turned on at the district level in Canvas.