Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology

Workshops By Request | Canvas LMS

Departments are invited to schedule a CTLT "Workshop By Request" session to engage departmental faculty in topics of broad interest. Other topics are possible – just inquire and we likely can offer it from our existing repertoire or develop a custom one.

  • Each session can be considered for a 50-minute time slot, although longer sessions are possible based on conversations with the facilitators.
  • Scheduling is first come, first served based on CTLT staff availability.
  • Requests should be submitted at least one quarter prior if at all possible.

NOTE: Facilitator contact for all Canvas workshops: Tonia Malone, LMS Administrator

Introduction to Canvas

Upon completion of this training, you will be able to: 

  • Describe the process for courses, enrollments and access is added to Canvas. 
  • Discuss course resources such as: Cal Poly Template, online courses, Commons, help options, and consultations  
  • List the steps for releasing our course to students
  • Describe Canvas navigation and how to optimize the new LMS interface 
  • Compare import to redesign and discuss the pros and cons 

Content Creation in Canvas

Upon completion of this workshop, you will be able to: 

  • Review Cal Poly Course Template and Syllabus Template  
  • Compare course design layout using modules or pages 
  • Create a Welcome Page and set as Homepage 
  • Add Syllabus content 
  • Organize content with Modules  
  • Organize files 

Communication Tools in Canvas

Upon completion of this training, you will be able to: 

  • Set up your Profile & Preferred Contact Methods
  • Set up Notification Preferences
  • Create an Announcement for your students and set up various Announcement options
  • Manage your Inbox (i.e., emails)
  • Effectively use the Calendar Tool
  • Create a Discussion or a Q&A forum in your course

Assessment Tools in Canvas

Upon completion of this training, you will be able to: 

  • Organize Assignments by type
  • Create assignment groups and apply weighted grades 
  • Apply gradebook filters based on established and custom assignment groups
  • Convert a discussion to a graded discussion 
  • Create a notes column in the gradebook 
  • Sort the gradebook on various criteria 
  • Create and apply late submission policies 
  • Filter students by performance criteria and send messages 
  • Create and use rubrics in speedgrader 
  • Access and adjust assignments using the Calendar tool 
  • Create a Quiz  

Three Ways to Create a Syllabus for Canvas

Upon completion of this workshop, you will be able to: 

  • Create a link to a Word or PDF syllabus for students to download
  • Add a scrolling preview of your syllabus attached to the download link
  • Create a syllabus by copy/pasting from a past Word, Pages or PDF syllabus 
  • Fix the copy/pasted syllabus to be accessible by using Headers, etc.
  • Create a short syllabus page of links that access sections of your syllabus
  • Create an accessible syllabus using the Cal Poly Canvas Syllabus Template

Creating Accessible Documents in Canvas

Faculty only. This workshop provides an overview of accessible instructional materials for students with disabilities. Participants will create an accessible Canvas Page, using accessibility features in the rich content editor. Covers requirements for CSU Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) and Cal Poly accessibility policies. Available in-person or online by request. Questions? Contact Pam at padoughe@calpoly.edu.

PolyLearn Migration into Canvas

Faculty would be shown step-by-step how to migrate their PolyLearn course into Canvas. The instructors would work at the same pace as all the participants and at the end, the facilitator can help individual instructors. If the instructor needs more time, a separate consolation can be scheduled.

Drop-In Support for Canvas

During a scheduled date and time, faculty can come to a location where experienced Canvas support staff can answer individual questions and help with basic support needs. In cases of more complex support needs, a separate individual consultation can be scheduled.   

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