Faculty Center Professional Development Calendar

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Spring 2021 Schedule

Ongoing - self-paced:  Introduction to Teaching with Canvas

Live session accessibility requests:  If you require specific accommodations (such as closed captioning for our live online sessions) please reach out to us within five business days so we can make necessary arrangements in advance of the class.


 Welcome Letter and Canvas Profiles 

There are many options available to create and manage your instructor contact information.  This online class will cover the following:

  • Best practices for welcome letters and pre-course communication
  • Creating a general profile
  • Creating a profile within Canvas
  • Linking to profiles
  • Creating policies about how to contact you.  

This is a completely online class. Once you have registered, you will receive the log in information.

When:  Thursday, April 1

Time:  12:00 - 1:30 pm


Canvas Communication Tools

Announcements, Discussions, Online Conferencing Options

This Advanced learning workshop will cover using announcements and discussion boards and various online conferencing tools such as Canvas conferences and Zoom.  We will focus on:

  • Important settings
  • General security
  • Advanced options
  • Semester to semester ‘roll over’ best practices. 

When: Thursday, April 8

Time:  12:30 - 2:00 pm


Loading and modifying templates

There are  more templates and helpful resources located in the Faculty Center Design Best Practices section.

This optional workshop will cover all the ways to utilize the tools and templates that are contained within the site.

What you will learn:

  • How to customize your home pages
  • How to find and import templates into your course(s)
  • How to customize templates
  • How to customize banners
  • How to create icons
  • Advanced tips and tricks

When:  Friday, April 9

Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am


Design an Orientation module or use Templates and modify them

Create a roadmap for your students to start off in the right direction.

This session will cover:

  • How to create an orientation module
  • Standard best practices and must-have’s for orientations
  • How to use/modify orientation templates
  • How to create a quick orientation video

When: Friday, April 16

Time: 9-10:30 am


Using Canvas Peer Review and Groups

Group projects, discussions and peer review assignments are fantastic tools to keep students engaged with one another.
This session will cover:

  • How to use, create, manage and edit groups
  • How to use other group tools
  • How to create and grade peer assignments

When:  Monday, April 19

Time:  9-10:30 am


Use digital badges to indicate specific accomplishments in online classes

Digital badges can be used to indicate specific accomplishments or skills achieved.  These badges can be used in a variety of digital platforms including e-portfolios, and LinkedIn profiles.

This session will cover:

  • Defining digital badges
  • How they connect students to their learning objectives and potential jobs
  • How to create enable and connect your class modules to badges
  • How students will collect badges
  • How to use them in your own professional development portfolio

When:  Friday, April 23

Time: 9-10:30 am


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