Faculty Training

Canvas Training – How it Works

We recommend that you attend two of the Canvas Trainings in the following order:

  • Step 1: Canvas Overview and Course Management – This interactive 90-minute session introduces you to the foundations of Canvas as a learning system. Target topics include global and course-specific navigation, identifying and deploying features for efficient course organization and design, and practicing the actions to manage a course in progress. In this hands-on training, you will also learn how to create content, assignments, quizzes, discussion; how to use communication tools; and how to access the gradebook and SpeedGrader features.
  • Step 2: Blackboard to Canvas Transfer – Once you have an understanding of what Canvas does, it's time to get to work! This is a hands-on training where you will be guided through the steps of how to transfer selected content from a Blackboard course shell into Canvas.

Recorded Training Sessions

  • Canvas Overview: Faculty Orientation – This session provides a broad overview of what can be done in Canvas from a faculty perspective. This overview provides information on Canvas features and orients you to the structure of Canvas.
  • Course Management: Canvas Tools for Teaching – Learn how to create modules, groups, assignments, quizzes, and rubrics plus how to use communication tools and the grade book in Canvas.
  • Blackboard to Canvas Transfer – Once you have an understanding of what Canvas does, it's time to get to work! We will guide you through the steps of how to transfer content from a Blackboard course shell into Canvas.

Training Access

Training will be offered in face-to-face (F2F) and online formats. Registration is required for face-to-face training because space is limited. You will find a registration link below each training location. Registration will close the day before each training date or when the training is full.

The web-based training will be delivered through Blackboard Collaborate.

Step 1: Canvas Overview and Course Management

Canvas Overview and Course Management – Dallas

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  • October 23 | 3:30 – 5 p.m. | IHSD 6500

Canvas Overview and Course Management – Denton

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  • October 1 | 9:30 – 11 a.m. | ACT 503

Canvas Overview and Course Management – Houston

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  • October 10 | 12 – 1:30 p.m. | IHSH 4115

Canvas Overview and Course Management – Online

Access the live training here. Registration is not required.

  • September 19 | 1 – 2:30 p.m.
  • October 17 | 1 – 2:30 p.m.
  • November 7 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Step 2: Blackboard to Canvas Transfer

Blackboard to Canvas Transfer - Dallas

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  • November 2 | 9:30 – 11 a.m. | IHSD 6700

Blackboard to Canvas Transfer - Denton

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  • September 27 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | ACT 503
  • October 30 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | ACT 503

Blackboard to Canvas Transfer - Houston

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  • October 15 | 12 – 1:30 p.m. | IHSH 4115

Blackboard to Canvas Transfer - Online

Access the live training here. Registration is not required.

  • October 4 | 2 – 4 p.m.
  • November 13 | 2 – 4 p.m.

Around the World of Canvas in 80 Minutes

Ever heard of hop-on-hop-off tours for World Travelers? Come when you can, leave when you need. Every twenty minutes, join an excursion to learn about how to use specific Canvas features. We'll highlight 4 different excursions each twenty minutes with the chance to rotate to each one or pick and choose as your time allows. Excursions include: Assignments, Announcements, Rich Content Editors, Native Multimedia, Groups, SpeedGrader, and so many more. Come cruise the world of Canvas.

Around the World of Canvas in 80 Minutes – Denton

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  • September 25 | 1 – 2:30 p.m. | ACT Lobby
  • October 25 | 1 – 2:30 p.m. | Blagg-Huey Library Living Room, 1st floor

Around the World of Canvas in 80 Minutes – Online

Access the live training here. Registration is not required.

  • October 15 | 9:30 – 11 a.m.

Work Party

Work parties offer a space for everyone to accomplish related individual goals in a supportive environment. Working independently in shared spaces promotes productivity and community. You are encouraged to arrive at the beginning of the session and stay the entire time. During that time you will work on your individual course building. Instructional designers are present for assistance.

Work Party – Dallas

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  • October 10 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | IHSD 6700
  • November 5 | 2 – 4 p.m. | IHSD 6700

Work Party – Denton

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  • October 9 | 2 – 4 p.m. | STOD 307

Work Party – Houston

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  • October 8 | 12 – 2 p.m. | IHSH 4115

Customized Training and Consultations

If you would like to schedule a face-to-face training tailored for your department or program, contact TLT at 940-898-3409 or email Teaching and Learning with Technology.

If you need an individual consultation before, during or after the transition, you can meet in-person or virtually with an instructional designer.

Online Training Through Canvas

TWU purchased additional web-based training opportunities from Canvas. There are over 30 different topics that you can attend. Sessions are interactive, allow some hands-on experience, and are taught by Canvas trainers. These sessions will allow you to go into greater depth on a variety of topics and trainers will answer a number of questions in the sessions. Go to this Knowledge Base article and look under "Online Training Through Canvas" to learn more.

How to Get Started with Online Training through Canvas [pdf]

Page last updated 2:58 PM, September 17, 2018