Canvas Days December 11-12, 2018
Canvas Presentations and Workshops for Georgetown Faculty and Staff

The Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS) and University Information Services (UIS) invite you to Canvas Days, December 11-12, 2018, to learn about and explore Canvas, Georgetown’s new digital course management system.

This series of presentations and workshops is intended for faculty and staff both new to and experienced with Canvas. Sessions will cover topics such as starting with Canvas, designing your course, grading in Canvas, and engaging students. A Georgetown faculty panel will share their experiences of using Canvas. There will also be an opportunity to meet with a CNDLS or UIS staff member one-on-one to discuss your Canvas questions or get assistance in migrating your Blackboard content.

See below for the full program listing. Most sessions are offered both in-person in Healey Family Student Center (Main Campsu) and online using Zoom web conferencing.

Please register for Canvas Days in advance by clicking the registration button below. If you need assistance with registering, please contact us at cndls@georgetown.edu.


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Program Schedule

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Starting with Canvas: What You Need to Know
10:00 - 11:00 am, Healey Family Student Center Social Room and Online
Level: Beginning Users

Where do I go to get started with Canvas? How do I move content from Blackboard to Canvas? How do I publish my site? How do I communicate with students? Where do I go for help? This presentation will address these and other important things you need to know to use Canvas effectively. Topic areas include navigation, course organization, adding content, assignments, and notifications.

Canvas Build-a-Course (Lunch Included) 
10:00 - 11:00 am, Healey Family Student Center Social Room
Level: Beginning to Intermediate Users

This workshop is an opportunity to get hands-on with Canvas to build or revise a course. Focus on your most pressing needs by diving into our GU Canvas Guides, an online self-guided resource. Staff will be on hand to answer questions that come up as you work. Join us to get a solid jump start on your fall courses! Please bring a laptop and headphones.

Participants are welcome to come to all or part of the workshop. Lunch is included.

Designing Your Course in Canvas 
1:00 - 3:00 pm, Healey Family Student Center Social Room and Online
Level: Beginning to Immediate Users

This workshop is for faculty who have basic familiarity with Canvas. Attendees will explore ways to organize a course in Canvas to optimize it for student learning, engagement, and assessment. Faculty will work through the following decision points:

  • What will I choose as my course home?
  • What will I show or hide from students?
  • How will I organize my course in Canvas?
  • Will I use Pages?
  • Will I use the Syllabus tool?
  • How will I communicate with students?
  • What will I tell students about navigating my course?
  • How will I engage students in Canvas?
  • How will I give students feedback in Canvas?

One-on-One Consultations (30 min. each) 
3:00 - 5:00 pm, 
Healey Family Student Center and Online

Meet with a CNDLS or UIS staff member to discuss your questions regarding Canvas and/or assist you in archiving/migrating course content to Canvas. After you register, you will be contacted to confirm your appointment time and Zoom link (if you will be participating online).

Starting with Canvas 
7:00 - 8:00 pm, Online Only 

This online presentation is for faculty who are new to Canvas. Learn the basics of the Canvas interface and how to migrate course content between Blackboard and Canvas.

Participants will also:

  • Learn what the core Canvas tools are and how they can be used (Calendar, Inbox, Assignments, Quizzes, Discussions, etc.)
  • Identify ways to organize course content in Canvas (Files, Modules and Pages)
  • Discuss best practices for delievering effective online content (use of Student View, hiding course menu items, using Announcements, etc.)


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Canvas for Student Engagement 
10:00 - 11:00 am, Healey Family Student Center Social Room and Online
Level: Beginning to Advanced Users

This workshop explores activities you can design in Canvas--using both built-in features like discussions and quizzes as well as third-party tools--to engage students and create more meaningful and effective learning experiences.

Canvas Build-a-Course Workshop 
11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Healey Family Student Center Social Room
Level: Beginning to Intermediate Users

This workshop is for beginner and intermediate users of Canvas. It is an opportunity to get hands-on with Canvas to build or revise a course. Focus on your most pressing needs by diving into our GU Canvas Guides, an online self-guided resource. Staff will be on hand to answer questions that come up as you work. Join us to get a solid jump start on your fall courses! Please bring a laptop and headphones. Lunch is included.

Canvas Faculty Panel 
12:00 - 1:00 pm, Healey Family Student Center Social Room

Georgetown faculty share their experiences and answer questions about teaching with Canvas.

Assignments and Grades in Canvas 
1:00 - 2:00 pm, Healey Family Student Center Social Room
Level: Intermediate to Advanced Users

This presentation will take an in-depth look at assignments and grading. In particular, participants will learn about:

  • options for assignment submissions
  • different ways of providing feedback to students
  • how to grade with a rubric
  • how to weight grades with categories
  • types of grades and grade schemes
  • how students view grades
Instructional Continuity Tools 
2:00 - 3:00 pm, Healey Family Student Center Social Room and Online
Level: Beginning to Advanced Users

This presentation will introduce tools integrated in Canvas that faculty can use to continue teaching during campus closures and other times, including how to set up and create web conferences and video captures. The following tools are accessible in all Canvas course sites and will be discussed in depth during the session:

  • Zoom web conferencing (primarily for synchronous communication): Hold a virtual class in a Zoom meeting, which can accommodate up to 125 participants by default and larger sessions through special arrangement. Zoom meetings can be attended on desktop or laptop computers (Windows and Mac), or mobile devices (iOS and Android).
  • Panopto video capture (primarily for asynchronous communication): Record audio, video, and your computer desktop to share lectures, instructions, or other content asynchronously with students.

Canvas for Blended Learning 
3:00 - 4:00 pm, Healey Family Student Center Social Room and Online
Level: Beginning to Advanced Users

This hands-on workshop will provide an overview of using Canvas in a blended learning environment, which removes some face-to-face (in class) time and replaces it with online and/or other components (out of class). Facilitators will share different models of approaching blended learning in Canvas across courses and disciplines. Participants will brainstorm ways that Canvas can be used to solve specific, course-based learning challenges instructors face or anticipate facing in the classroom. This session is geared towards those who are already familiar with basic Canvas design and tools.

Assignments and Grades in Canvas 
4:00 - 5:00 pm, Online
Level: Intermediate to Advanced Users

This presentation will take an in-depth look at assignments and grading. In particular, participants will learn about:

  • options for assignment submissions
  • different ways of providing feedback to students
  • how to grade with a rubric
  • how to weight grades with categories
  • types of grades and grade schemes
  • how students view grades
One-on-One Consultations (30 min. each) 
3:00 - 5:00 pm, Healey Family Student Center Social Room and Online

Meet with a CNDLS or UIS staff member to discuss your questions regarding Canvas and/or assist you in archiving/migrating course content to Canvas. After you register, you will be contacted to confirm your appointment and Zoom link (if you will be participating online).


Register Now