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 - Denton

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  • January 16 | 9:30 – 11 a.m. | ASB 105
  • February 26 | 11:30 a.m – 1 p.m. | ASB 105

Canvas Overview and Course Management - Dallas

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  • January 16 | 1:30 – 3 p.m. | IHSD 6700

Canvas Overview and Course Management - Houston

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  • January 16 | 12 – 1:30 p.m. | IHSH 4322

Canvas Overview and Course Management - Online

Access the live training here, in Blackboard Collaborate. Please sign-in using your first and last names.

  • February 7 | 12:30 – 2 p.m.
  • March 7 | 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Step 2: Blackboard to Canvas Transfer

Blackboard to Canvas Transfer - Denton

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  • February 12 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | ACT 503
  • March 15 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | ACT 503

Blackboard to Canvas Transfer - Dallas

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  • February 20 | 12 – 2 p.m. | IHSD 6500

Blackboard to Canvas Transfer - Houston

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  • February 20 | 12 – 2 p.m. | IHSH 4322

Blackboard to Canvas Transfer - Online

Access the live training here, in Blackboard Collaborate. Please sign-in using your first and last names.

 

  • March 5 | 1 – 3 p.m.
  • April 3 | 3 – 5 p.m.

Teaching Essentials for GTAs and Adjuncts

This offering, specifically for adjuncts and graduate teaching assistants, will focus on practices using Canvas as the Instructor of Record. Topics covered in this 90-minute workshop include (but are not limited to):

  • Posting content using a variety of tools
  • Developing digital communication practices
  • Designing and managing discussion, collaboration, and group work
  • Organizing grades
  • Creating and managing assignments and assessments

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  • January 14 | 9:30 – 11 a.m. | ACT 603

Faculty Toolkit

This workshop will focus on features, skills and strategies you need to teach and manage courses in Canvas. Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Accessibility
  • Rich Content Editor
  • Announcements
  • Quizzes
  • Gradebook and SpeedGrader
  • Inbox
  • Teaching Tactics using Canvas

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  • January 15 | 2 – 3:30 p.m. | ACT 603

Canvas for Graduate Assistants

This training will cover how graduate assistants can communicate with students, facilitate discussions and group work, use the Grade Center, and track student participation and presence in Canvas. Resources will provide information about web accessibility, student privacy, copyright, and TWU support services.

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  • January 22 | 10 – 11:30 a.m. | ACT 503

Work Party

Work parties offer a space for everyone to accomplish related individual goals in a supportive environment. Working independently in shared spaces encourages 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.

Work Party - Denton

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  • February 20 | 9 – 11 a.m. | ACT 603
  • April 30 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | ACT 603

Work Party - Dallas

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  • February 11 | 3 - 5 p.m. | IHSD 6700
  • April 9 | 3 – 5 p.m. | IHSD 6700

Work Party - Houston

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  • February 11 | 12 – 2 p.m. | IHSH 4322
  • April 9 | 12 – 2 p.m. | IHSH 4322

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. [pdf]

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