Faculty Canvas Training

Canvas Basics Parts 1, 2, and 3 will guide instructors through the most fundamental features and use of Canvas, whether the courses are online, hybrid, or face-to-face. As seating is limited to 15 per session, please reserve you spot by emailing

All three parts of the Canvas Basics training sessions will be hands-on. I will be demonstrating how to do things in Canvas, then giving you time to try them. With that in mind, please bring a flash drive loaded with the following materials to the Canvas Basics Part 1 training session:

  •  Your current syllabus (or a recent one if you have not yet updated it) saved as a Word file
  • A photograph (saved as a jpeg file), a photo of you or of something else
  • A short PowerPoint (this can be just a couple of slide with some text)
  • A PDF of an article (any article) 
  • You may also want to bring a pen and paper for notes.

If you cannot make any of the times listed below, you can always set up one-on-one Canvas training. Just email to schedule sessions that are convenient for you.

Canvas Basics Part 1 will cover:

  • Navigating the Canvas interface
  • Setting up the course homepage
  • Managing content migrated over from Blackboard
  • Utilizing the Canvas calendar and syllabus
  • Getting organized with modules
  • Course settings
  • Establishing scope and sequence using modules
  • Basic assignments, discussions, and quizzes setup
  • Building content using the rich content editor

Canvas Basics Part 2 will cover:

  • Going deeper into pages, assignments, discussions, and quizzes
  • Adding useful apps to your rich content editor and how to use the apps
  • Using rubrics
  • Canvas Gradebook and SpeedGrader
  • Creating assignment groups and weighted grading
  • What, why, and how you should hide items from students
  • Why you should use Canvas in your face-to-face classes

Canvas Basics Part 3 will cover:

  • Establishing your user profile and Canvas notification settings
  • Announcements and email through Canvas
  • Creating student group assignments
  • Using the collaborations tool
  • Conferences (Canvas’s version of “Classroom Anywhere” or “Google Hangouts”)
  • Chat
  • Adding outcomes to assignments and the Learning Mastery Gradebook
  • Managing the course roster

Late August Canvas Basics Training Schedule TBA