Professional Development

Our office will design workshops, on request, on topics related to teaching and learning using technology. In addition, we offer regularly scheduled training on a wide range of teaching and learning issues.

Teaching and Learning Symposium

14th Annual Teaching and Learning Symposium

The 14th Annual Teaching and Learning Symposium will be Thursday, August 22, 2019 starting at 8:30 a.m. in Denton.

Symposium Schedule

  • 8:30 a.m. – Check-in (ACT 2 Lobby)
  • 9 – 9:30 a.m. – Opening Session (Denton – ACT 301 | Video-conferenced to Dallas 8720 & Houston 5305)
    • Welcome by Dr. Carolyn Kapinus, Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
    • Presentation by Rae Clemmons, Associate Vice President for Technology and Chief Information Officer 
  • 9:45 – 10:15 a.m. – Concurrent Sessions 1
  • 10:30 – 11 a.m. – Concurrent Sessions 2
  • 11:15 – 11:45 a.m. – Concurrent Sessions 3
  • 12 – 1 p.m. – Lunch (ACT 2 Lobby)

Register Here*

*Not required for those attending the opening session in Dallas and Houston

Learn about the concurrent sessions offered at TLS this year!


Training Access and Registration

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

Basic Canvas Course Design

This interactive workshop introduces instructors to the foundations of Canvas. Learn how to navigate the Canvas Dashboard, understand the Canvas course user interface, create content, know the options available for assignments, quizzes, and discussions, and see how to communicate with students using the Inbox. We recommend taking the Instructional Design in Canvas workshop next.

Register today by location! DallasDentonHouston

  • August 21 | 10 – 11:30 a.m. | Online (Registration is not required.)
  • August 21 | 1 – 2:30 p.m. | Dallas, Room 6500
  • August 26 | 12 – 1:30 p.m. | Houston, Room 4115
  • August 27 | 1 – 2:30 p.m. | Denton, ACT Room 503

Canvas Collaborative Space Workshop

This workshop introduces faculty and staff to the Canvas Collaborative Space. The Collaborative Space is used to interact with students registered in your academic programs. Procedures and tips are presented for adding and removing students, sending messages, and working with groups. To attend this workshop you need to be a member of a Collaborative Space assigned the responsibility to manage student enrollments for academic program(s) in the Collaborative Space.

Register today by location! DallasDenton | Houston

  • July 22 | 12 – 1 p.m. | Houston, Room 4115
  • July 25 | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Dallas, Room 6500
  • July 30 | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Denton, ASB Room 105
  • August 21 | 12 – 1 p.m. | Denton, ASB Room 105
  • August 21 | 10 – 11 a.m. | Dallas, Room 6500
  • August 23 | 12 – 1 p.m. | Online (Registration is not required.)
  • August 27 | 12 – 1 p.m. | Houston, Room 4115

Canvas for GAs

This is a self-paced online course for GAs to get started using Canvas. Course objectives include creating announcements, understanding assignment settings, grading with Grades and SpeedGrader, and using Attendance features. Any GA can register and complete this training on request.

Request access to the online Canvas for Graduate Assistants course.

Canvas Progress: Creating Dynamic Instructional Materials

This workshop features a Canvas course whose looks are changed in an effort to enhance the ease of use and transform the student experience. This is accomplished using  the "Extreme Team" of Canvas features to organize and format content, embedding images, linking to videos, inserting course files and following several universal design practices.

Register today!

October 22 | 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Dallas, Room 6500

Canvas Progress: Measure Student Learning Outcomes

This interactive workshop works with instructors to create SMART learning objectives, identify ways to assess student's learning experience, and efficiently record grades. It is designed for intermediate to advanced Canvas users. 

Register today!

October 16 | 9 – 10 a.m. | Denton, ACT Room 503

Canvas Progress: Quizzes and Rubrics

This interactive workshop teaches instructors how to use rubrics and outcomes to provide student feedback. There is also a hands-on training for creating assessments that align with learning objectives. It is designed for intermediate to advanced Canvas users.

Register today!

October 7 | 12 – 1 p.m. | Houston, Room 4115

Canvas Progress: Using Analytics to Inform Instruction

This interactive workshop demonstrates the analytic capabilities of Canvas, and allows instructors to practice using rubrics, outcomes, data, and analytics to inform instructional decisions. It is designed for intermediate to advanced Canvas users.

Register today! 

November 7 | 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. | Denton, ACT Room 503

Canvas Progress: Using Multimedia and Videos

This interactive workshop is designed to explore the pedagogy of interactive content and learn how to create accessible, interactive multimedia content in courses using Canvas and Panopto tools. It is designed for intermediate to advanced Canvas users.

Register today!

October 7 | 12 – 1:30 p.m. | Dallas, Room 6500

Classroom Technology Workshop

This workshop allows you to operate the classroom podium equipment including audio and video settings, the projector, the document camera, and how to connect portable devices. Watch your classroom activities come to life in this interactive session.

Register today!

  • August 27 | 10 – 11 a.m. | Denton, ACT Room 307
  • August 28 | 1 – 2 p.m. | Denton, ASB Room 211

Communicating with Students in Canvas

In this interactive workshop, faculty and staff work with Canvas features to improve student communication. We will explore profiles, notifications, calendar, collaboration tools, announcements, inbox, and group homepages. We will look at the Canvas Student and Teacher apps as well as Help Desk and FAQ items.

Register today by location! DallasDentonHouston

  • September 23 | 12 – 1 p.m. | Houston, Room 4115
  • September 23 | 12 – 1 p.m. | Dallas, Room 6500
  • September 24 | 1 – 2 p.m. | Denton, ASB Room 105
  • September 25 | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Online (Registration is not required.)

Instructional Design in Canvas

This workshop follows Basic Canvas Course Design and introduces instructors to the tools in Canvas that will enhance student learning. In this hands-on training, learn how to moderate a Quiz; use Student View to review a course; and use Grades and SpeedGrader. Become familiar with using Assignment Groups to weight grades and muting assignments while you are grading. Several ways to partner with an instructional designer are presented to continuously improve your course.

Register today by location! DallasDentonHouston

  • August 29 | 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. | Denton, ACT Room 503
  • September 5 | 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. | Online (Registration is not required.)
  • September 9 | 12 – 1 p.m. | Houston, Room 4115
  • September 9 | 1 – 2 p.m. | Dallas, Room 6700

Online Training Through Canvas

Online Training Through Canvas offers instructor training webinars. There are over 30 different topics that you can attend online. 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.

Specialized Programs

Faculty Academy

The Faculty Academy is a venue for new online instructors to learn about course design, develop relationships with instructional designers, and become acquainted with current strategies being used online by TWU colleagues. Learn more about the Faculty Academy.

Pioneer Teaching and Learning Academy

The purpose of the Pioneer Teaching and Learning Academy (PTLA) is to provide expert peer support and a forum for growth/enhancement in teaching and learning. Learn more about the Pioneer Teaching and Learning Academy

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