Canvas Days December 11-12, 2017
Canvas Presentations and Training for Georgetown Faculty and Staff

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Session Descriptions

Canvas at Georgetown
Monday, Dec. 11, 9:30 - 10:00 AM (Healey Family Student Center Social Room or online Zoom session)
Presenter: John Navarro, UIS, and Jennifer Lubkin Chavez, CNDLS

This presentation will provide an overview of and background about the Canvas launch and adoption at Georgetown.

Starting with Canvas
Monday, Dec. 11, 10:00 - 10:45 AM (Healey Family Student Center Social Room or online Zoom session)
Presenter: Peter Janssens, CNDLS

This presentation will

  • present an introduction to the Canvas interface and core functionality to users who have not used the platform
  • highlight functional differences between Canvas and Blackboard

Participants will

  • learn how to get content from Blackboard to Canvas
  • learn what the core Canvas tools are and how they can be used. Tools include the Calendar, the Inbox, Assignments, Grades, and Collaborations
  • identify ways to organize a course in Canvas using Modules and Pages
  • become aware of how students use Canvas to access course content and do course work

Designing a Course in Canvas
Monday, Dec. 11, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Healey Family Student Center Social Room or online Zoom session)
Presenter: Peter Janssens, CNDLS

This presentation is for faculty who want to better understand how to organize their course in Canvas and to optimize it for student learning, engagement, and assessment.

The presentation will address the following topics:

  • How do you want students to navigate your course?
  • How can you organize your course's content?
  • How can students do course work in Canvas?
  • How can students collaborate in Canvas?
  • How can you use Canvas to assess students' work?

Participants will learn:

  • how to use the home page and modules to present and organize course content
  • how to use the Canvas Calendar and Inbox
  • how to use assignments and the gradebook

Using Canvas to Enhance Student Learning and Engagement in Face-to-Face Courses
Monday, Dec. 11, 1:00 - 2:00 PM (Healey Family Student Center Social Room or online Zoom session)
Presenter: Kim Lubreski and Sarah Workman, CNDLS

In this session, Georgetown faculty and instructors will explore why and how Canvas can enhance learning and engagement in face-to-face courses. Topics covered will include designing a Canvas environment that is both easily navigable and visually appealing, as well as integrating Georgetown supported tools for student engagement. The session will focus on the "why," that is, we will consider the pedagogical questions behind course organization and tools for student engagement. Facilitators will showcase a range of examples in Canvas across disciplines, course level, and size.

Participants will begin the preliminary steps to achieve the following learning goals:

  • Explain the pedagogical benefits of using technology to enhance learning and engagement in face-to-face courses
  • Explore pedagogical strategies for using Canvas to enhance learning and engagement in face-to-face courses
  • Explain the benefits and challenges of using Canvas in face-to-face courses
  • Explain the importance of careful organization and design when using Canvas to supplement face-to-face courses
  • Describe the range of tools available to support learning in Canvas

Assignment and Grades in Canvas
Monday, Dec. 11, 2:00 - 3:00 PM (Healey Family Student Center Social Room or online Zoom session)
Presenter: Peter Janssens, CNDLS

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 do students view grades?

Quizzing in Canvas: Current and Future Features
Monday, Dec. 11, 3:15 - 4:00 PM (Healey Family Student Center Social Room or online Zoom session)
Presenter: Chad Gordon, UIS

An introduction and overview of the current quiz options and limitations within Canvas along with a preview and discussion of the forthcoming quiz engine (Quizzes.next) coming soon to Canvas.

Building Your Course in Canvas (online only)
Monday, Dec. 11, 7:00 - 8:00 PM (online only - Zoom session)
Presenters: Vartan Akchyan and Peter Barbee, UIS

Georgetown faculty and staff will learn how to build courses in Canvas in this hands-on session. The following are some of the topics that will be covered:

  • adding files to Canvas
  • migrating content from Blackboard to Canvas
  • how assignments are created, submitted, and graded
  • how to use the calendar to schedule class sessions, events, and appointments
  • how to communicate with students using announcements, conversations, and notifications
  • how to cross-list (combine) Canvas sites
  • how to use Canvas Support

Canvas Build-a-Course Workshop
Tuesday, Dec. 12, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Healey Family Student Center Herman Room)
CNDLS Staff

Set up or revise your spring course(s) in Canvas in this hands-on workshop featuring both self-guided resources and expert support.

Starting with Canvas
Tuesday, Dec. 12, 12:00 - 1:00 PM (Healey Family Student Center Herman Room or online Zoom session)
Presenter: Peter Janssens, CNDLS

This presentation will

  • present an introduction to the Canvas interface and core functionality to users who have not used the platform
  • highlight functional differences between Canvas and Blackboard

Participants will

  • learn how to get content from Blackboard to Canvas
  • learn what the core Canvas tools are and how they can be used. Tools include the Calendar, the Inbox, Assignments, Grades, and Collaborations
  • identify ways to organize a course in Canvas using Modules and Pages
  • become aware of how students use Canvas to access course content and do course work

One-on-one Assistance in Migrating Content to Canvas
Tuesday, Dec. 12, 1:00 - 4:00 PM (Healey Family Student CenterHerman Room)
UIS Staff

Receive hands on assistance from UIS in migrating your course materials to Canvas.

Instructional Continuity Tools for Canvas (online only)
Tuesday, Dec. 12, 4:00 - 5:00 PM (Online only Zoom session)
Vartan Akchyan and Peter Barbee, UIS

Learn about lecture capture, web conferencing, and other tools integrated in Canvas that faculty can use for instruction and learning activities during campus closures.


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