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/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, some of what you’ll learn includes how to create content, assignments, quizzes, discussion; how to use communication tools; and an introduction to grade book 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 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/Course Management

Canvas Overview/ Course Management (Online)

Access the live training here.

  • July 20 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Step 2: Blackboard to Canvas Transfer

Denton – Blackboard to Canvas Transfer (F2F)

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  • June 27 | 9 – 11 a.m. | ACT 503

Blackboard to Canvas Transfer (Online)

Access the live training here.

  • June 29 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • July 19 | 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
  • July 24 | 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.

Denton – Around the World of Canvas in 80 Minutes (F2F)

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  • Jul 26 | 9:30 – 11 a.m. | ACT 225

Around the World of Canvas in 80 Minutes (Online)

Access the live training here.

  • Jul 31 | 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Canvas QuickStarts

These 30 minute or less webinars showcase Canvas features and provide information on different ways to use these features for teaching.
QuickStarts (Online):

Access the live training here.

  • Course Analytics | June 26 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.
  • Calendar & Scheduler | July 9 | 10 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Home Page Options | July 17 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.
  • Rich Content Editor | August 1 | 10 – 10:30 a.m.
  • SpeedGrader | August 14 | 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

Work Parties

Work parties encourage attendance by offering a space for everyone to accomplish related individual goals in a supportive environment. Working independently in shared spaces encourage productivity and community. Participants (preferably) arrive at the beginning of the session and stay the entire time. During that time they work on their individual course building. Instructional designers are present for consultations as requested.

Denton – Work Parties

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  • July 18 | 9 – 10:30 a.m. | ACT 503
  • August 2 | 1 – 2:30 p.m. | ACT 503

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]