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Center for Innovative Learning: Professional Development


Quickly TidyUP your Canvas Course

December 16, 2021

Have you ever tried to manually find and delete unused files or unpublished pages in Canvas?  It’s not easy.

As you work on your Spring 2022 courses, the CIL team would like to introduce you to TidyUP. This tool allows you to quickly check for and delete unused files, folders, pages, and assignments in Canvas. TidyUP makes it easy to identify unpublished pages, delete outdated content and remove empty folders in Canvas.

You can also review the TidyUP user guide.

Panopto Recording


Canvas Grades

April 14, 2021

Explore the Canvas gradebook from the instructor and student perspectives, including course grade management features. Set up and confirm your grade weighting, extra credit assignments, and learn how to export your gradebook to Excel and import it back into Canvas.

Panopto Recording

  • Grade Schemes [00:02:42]
  • Weighted Grades / Assignment Groups [00:07:33]
  • Rubrics [00:11:39]
  • Grades [00:14:57]
  • SpeedGrader [00:35:45]


Strength-Sharing, Not Hand-Holding: Supporting Student Learning in Canvas and Beyond

August 27, 2020

Offered in collaboration with the Center for Student Success.

Setting up a course in Canvas can be a time-consuming commitment, but results in clearer expectations, easier grade tracking, and better student outcomes. The Center for Student Success joins us in looking at time management, prioritization, test preparedness and wellness and how we can make concrete, straightforward changes in our courses and communication to help students succeed no matter what format they are taking courses in.

Panopto Recording

  • Overview [00:01:51]
  • Wise Teaching [00:03:03]
  • Tactics for Students & Faculty [00:07:45]
  • Time Management [00:08:03]
  • Prioritization [00:23:12]
  • Test Preparedness [00:36:24]
  • Wellness [00:47:51]


Discussion-Based Learning

August 20, 2020

Discussion-based learning can be effective in the online environment. You can use synchronous (Zoom) or asynchronous (Canvas) discussions to promote students to student interactions. Let’s explore strategies for quality discussions, the role of instructor presence, and how to use beneficial feedback to advance discussions.

Panopto Recording

  • Discussion Based Learning [00:00:02]
  • Discussion Format [00:01:19]
  • Developing Discussion Question [00:19:40]
  • Expectations [00:24:59]
  • Grading Expectations [00:34:26]
  • Group Work Expectations [00:46:01]
  • Advancing Discussions [00:48:13]


Rubrics for Grading, Guidance & Feedback

August 19, 2020

Rubrics are often presented as a way to standardize and speed up grading open-ended questions and essays. This is true, but did you know that a rubric can also help students understand what is being asked of them in a question or assignment, and helps instructors provide more constructive feedback without taking more grading time? This webinar will explore the three types of rubrics that you can develop, where you may want to use a rubric in your course, and when to present that rubric to students to use as guidance as they are completing the assignment. We will also look at some example rubrics for discussions and reflective assignments.

Panopto Recording

  • Using Rubrics [00:01:07]
  • Types of Rubrics [00:09:44]
  • Developing a Rubric [00:31:25]
  • Sample Rubrics [00:35:40]


Plagiarism Prevention and Detection

August 13, 2020

Learn how to use Turnitin (plagiarism detection tool) within a Canvas assignment. Turnitin helps you manage potential academic misconduct by highlighting similarities to the world’s largest collection of internet, academic, and student paper content. Come and discuss the different ways Turnitin can be used and learn how to utilize Turnitin and Canvas Rubrics for student feedback.

Panopto Recording

  • What is Plagiarism [00:01:11]
  • How to Prevent [00:14:47]
  • How to Detect [00:27:08]
  • Turnitin [00:32:11]


Case-Based Learning in a HyFlex Environment

August 12, 2020

Case-based learning is not new to many faculty. Helping your students apply their learning to specific questions helps them build confidence and metacognition with the material as well as incorporate previous knowledge into the current topics. This learner-centered teaching method can work both in the classroom or online. 

This workshop will explore how to find or develop strong cases for students to explore and how to provide a framework for students to tackle the questions with a guided inquiry framework. We will also discuss how to manage the classroom and how to assess student participation in small group work.

Note: Due to technical difficulties, the recording posted below is not of the live session.

Zoom Recording 


Flipping the Classroom - Making the Most of Face-to-Face Class Time 

August 6, 2020

Because of COVID-19, many instructors are looking for the best way to engage students using blended course delivery. Flipping the classroom is one way to incorporate more active learning activities. By moving content delivery online, it opens up class time for activities that can help students collaborate, question, and apply what they've learned to help them not only understand but incorporate the information.

Many instructors are already using principles of flipping the classroom, whether or not they're aware of it. We will talk about how to move the content delivery online -- not just your video recordings! -- and what kind of activities might work for your class. We'll also discuss the unique challenges and opportunities that this fall's delivery will pose and how we can conquer them.

Please note: This workshop is flipped! Please complete the pre-workshop material on Canvas. This prework should take less than an hour to complete.

Panopto Recording

  • Making the Most of Face-to-Face Class Time [00:01:15]
  • Background Information [00:03:34]
  • Let's Give it a Try! [00:11:31]


Before you Publish: Canvas Course Cleanup

August 5, 2020

Is your course ready for students to access at the start of the semester? Whether you are updating a course for the first or third time, it is important to review your materials and work to clean up and reorganize your content. Learn tips for reviewing announcements, pages, files, course and external links, due dates, assignment groups, course settings, and checking for ADA compliance.

Panopto Recording

  • Student View [00:01:56]
  • Files [00:03:50]
  • Pages [00:17:05]
  • Course Settings [00:21:32]
  • Grade Posting Policy [00:23:05]
  • Announcements [00:24:56]
  • Assignments [00:29:11]
  • Link Validator [00:40:08]
  • Accessibility [00:51:19]



July 29, 2020

Many students don’t know how much time they should budget to study for each course they’re taking. And with face-to-face, hybrid, flipped, and online modalities, it’s becoming more complicated. In this webinar, we explore:
•    Why it’s important for students to understand “time-on-task”;
•    How instructors can estimate “time-on-task” for their assignments and courses;
•    How instructors can coach students to better manage their time and improve learning outcomes.

Pre-Work (8-minute interactive program)

Zoom Recording


Additional Resources

Canvas Quizzes

June 4, 2020

Quizzes in Canvas are a surprisingly flexible tool to do both formative and summative assessments as well as for information gathering surveys. We will explore the question types, feedback options, and settings available and how they can be best implemented for different types of assessments. Other topics discussed will include settings for security, monitoring quizzes, best practices for assessing online, and planning for open -book exams.

Panopto Recording

  • Creating Questions and Feedback [00:07:17]
  • Adjusting Quiz Settings [00:23:02]
  • Moderating and Grading [00:34:20]
  • Planning for Online and Open Book Assessment [00:50:26]


Organizing with Modules and Pages

May 21, 2020

Using modules to create a one-directional flow in a course will put the students on a path to success in your course whether it's online, hybrid, or in person. Within these Modules, embedding all learning activities and resources using Pages will give a clear map for students to follow. Among other topics, we will cover creating Module prerequisites and requirements, the new Content Editor in Pages, and creating manageable learning chunks for an easily navigable course.

Panopto Recording

  • Modules [00:01:28]
  • Pages [00:15:35]
  • The New Rich Content Editor [00:31:34]
  • Course Organization [00:52:07]


NEW Rich Content Editor for Canvas

April 30, 2020

The new version of the textbox editor within Canvas is coming this May. The new Rich Content Editor has changed the way content is added to a textbox such as uploading documents, checking accessibility, inserting headers, embedding videos, and so much more.

Join us to learn the new and improved Rich Content Editor (textbox editor within Canvas). This update will provide a more streamlined experience for content creation by consolidating similar functions so that a single row of buttons can perform all of the same actions that the two rows and the sidebar performed in the old rich content editor.

Panopto Recording 

  • New Design [00:02:34]
  • Paragraph, Text, & Page Formatting [00:09:04]
  • Links, Images, Media, Documents [00:21:04]
  • Other Formatting and Advanced Options [00:28:37]


Canvas Calendar, Inbox and Notifications

April 23, 2020

It’s easy to focus on your course in Canvas and not realize there are two very powerful tools just alongside the course! We will explore Canvas’ calendar and inbox, and how they can tie into your courses as well as work across courses. We will also take a look at notification settings, and go through what settings might be right for your teaching.

Panopto Recording

  • Course Calendar [00:01:01]
  • Canvas Inbox [00:29:04]
  • Canvas Notifications [00:48:37]


Group Work in Canvas

April 15, 2020

Canvas Groups is a powerful tool you can use to create a place where students can work collaboratively to discuss, access materials, work on assignments. In this session, we will go over how you can utilize Groups to create a collaborative environment with small group student engagement. We will discuss best practices when creating these groups (graded and ungraded) and the tools available in each group.

Panopto Recording

  • Setting Up Groups [00:01:38]
  • Managing Groups [00:10:53]
  • Assigning Groups [00:15:23]
  • Grading Groups [00:27:08]


Grades and SpeedGrader

April 2, 2020

Explore the Canvas gradebook from the instructor and student perspectives, including course grade management features. Users will also experience the power of the SpeedGrader and how it can be used to provide timely and detailed feedback for students while making the grading process more efficient and enjoyable. 

Panopto Recording

  • Grade Schemes [00:03:40]
  • Weighted grades [00:08:50]
  • Rubrics [00:18:30]
  • Grades [00:22:20]
  • SpeedGrader [00:46:30]


Making Your Canvas Course Student Friendly

March 30, 2020

Are your students confused about where to find their course work? Using modules to create a one-directional flow in a course will alleviate confusion and put the students on a path to succeed in your course. We will discuss different elements that you can use in your course modules such as weeks, units, or chapters to set-up your Canvas course to mirror your class assignment schedule. Among other topics, we will cover creating prerequisites and requirements, as well as creating manageable learning chunks.

Panopto Recording

  • Communication [00:01:55]
  • Modules [00:15:07]
  • Pages [00:29:04]
  • Course Organization [00:43:52]


Using Collaborative Features of Zoom for Online Engagement

March 27, 2020

Zoom is a powerful online web conferencing tool but it’s great at much more than attending online webinars. In this session, we’ll go over how you can utilize Zoom to facilitate effective and collaborative virtual class sessions with features like whiteboarding, sharing documents and files, polling, and breakout rooms. Plus, with the ability to integrate Zoom into any Canvas course, your students will never have to guess how to join the meeting again!

This is not an introductory workshop but is intended for users who want to learn more about how to more effectively implement Zoom for student engagement. If you are looking for more basic tutorials, please see the Instructor Orientation Course in Canvas for materials developed by Chris Connell in IT.

Panopto Recording

  • Overview [00:02:24]
  • Zoom Global Settings [00:02:57]
  • Zoom Meeting within Canvas [00:14:36]
  • Participants [00:22:27]
  • Polling [00:30:44]
  • Screen Share, Whiteboard, and Annotations [00:36:30]
  • Breakout Rooms [00:43:45]
  • Zoom Mobile App [00:56:48]


80/20 Online Teaching: The Key Practices of Online Learning

March 20, 2020

In this 75-minute session, we'll review both teaching and course-management practices that create a rich student experience and help instructors keep their investment reasonable. The session will be a mix of direct instruction, large-group interaction, and Q&A.

  • The two things that matter most to your students
  • Tips and tactics to manage your online teaching life
  • Moving large classes into the online environment
  • How to conduct live video sessions with students

Zoom Recording

Additional Resources 

Faculty Development Programs

Association of College and University Educators

Teaching Face-to-Face

Teaching Online


Webinar: ACUE Demo with ACPHS

June 11, 2020

Bacari Brown and Martha Bless from the Association of College and University Educators conduct a demo of ACUE's faculty development programs. Using the course "Promoting Active Learning Online" they demonstrate how the course is organized, play samples of videos, share course resources and assignments, and discuss learning outcomes and faculty feedback.  Length: 55 minutes

Zoom Recording


Faculty-to-Faculty Support

Faculty-to-Faculty Mentoring and Support Available
Late 2019, the college conducted a survey to 'catalog' faculty expertise with various teaching and learning tools and techniques as well as faculty interest/availability to help others. Community response was fantastic! The result is a datab
ase of faculty who've volunteered to share their expertise via mentoring, answering questions, sharing examples, and training.

Want to talk to a peer who has lectured online using Zoom?  Wondering whether it's feasible to run an online discussion board using Panopto or VoiceThread? Trying to make your online course more interactive with TurningPoint or Kahoot polling? Our community has a rich with experience and generous in spirit.  

image of document icon   Faculty Resources: Teaching and Learning Tools and Techniques