Distance Learning & Instructional Technology

Canvas Workshop Descriptions

Building Courses in Canvas

This fast-paced introductory workshop will prepare you with the basic skills needed to get started building courses in Canvas, and presents ways to integrate innovative learning technologies into your courses. It is highly recommended that this course is taken prior to taking Managing Courses in Canvas. 

At the end of this two and a half hour session, you will know how to:

  • Navigate your Canvas Course.
  • Setup Grades using the Assignment Index Page.
  • Organize modules and add course content.
  • Upload your course syllabus
  • Use the HTML Editor to create accessible course content.
  • Setup your course Home Page.
  • Access and understand the Manage Files storage.
  • Embed videos as content.

Following the workshop, schedule a consultation with a Distance Learning and Instructional Technology staff member for further support in the use of Canvas to engage learners.
 

Needing to complete training to teach Online and/or Hybrid courses at UNT Dallas?

Option 1: Complete the two face-to-face/virtual workshops titled Building Courses in Canvas and Managing Courses in Canvas.

Option 2: Complete the online, ten-week, Canvas Online Instructor Training course.

Training is to be completed prior to teaching an Online or Hybrid course.

Distance Course Development is a separate process with specific timelines and deadlines which must be met to ensure the course(s) meet quality standards and are ready well before semester start.

Canvas Online Instructor Training

This ten week, fully online course will prepare you with the skills needed to build and manage courses in Canvas. Specifically geared toward online and hybrid teaching faculty, this course takes you all each of the innovative tools Canvas has to offer and presents best practices for their use in the online classroom. Strategies learned during this course can also prove to be invaluable when integrating Canvas into the traditional classroom.

Topics covered in this online course include:

  • Introduction to Canvas
  • Making Canvas Work for YOU!
  • Building your Course.
  • Managing Your Course
  • Communicating with Students
  • Encouraging Interaction
  • Feedback and Grading in Canvas

Participants are required to schedule two face-to-face or virtual meetings during this course with Distance Learning and Instructional Technology staff to cover essential elements of Canvas and to answer any questions you might have.
 

Needing to complete training to teach Online and/or Hybrid courses at UNT Dallas?

Option 1: Complete the two face-to-face/virtual workshops titled Building Courses in Canvas and Managing Courses in Canvas.

Option 2: Complete the online, ten-week, Canvas Online Instructor Training course.

Training is to be completed prior to teaching an Online or Hybrid course.

Distance Course Development is a separate process with specific timelines and deadlines which must be met to ensure the course(s) meet quality standards and are ready well before semester start.

Canvas Grades

The Canvas Gradebook helps instructors easily view and enter grades for students. During this workshop, we will cover how to use the Grades tool in Canvas, including initial setup recommendations and settings, adding Assignment Groups and Assignments.

At the end of this workshop, you will know how to:
• Add and Organize Items in the Gradebook
• Points and Weights Setup
• Sort and Filter
• Use SpeedGrader
• Post Grades
• Provide Feedback

Following the workshop, learn about other opportunities in which Distance Learning and Instructional Technology staff members can further support you in the use of Canvas to engage learners.

Canvas Quizzes

The Quizzes tool within Canvas, UNT Dallas’ learning management system, allows you to create and manage formative and summative assessments using a variety of question types to help evaluate student learning and measure instructional effectiveness. 

At the end of the workshop, you will know how to do the following: 
• Create and organize quiz banks 
• Create various types of questions to allow for more meaningful and authentic assessment 
• Create question groups for randomization of questions 
• Configure quizzes with appropriate settings, time limits, and student views after quiz is taken 
• Use Moderate Quiz to extend time for students with accommodations
• Manage and grade quiz submissions

Managing Courses in Canvas

This fast-paced intermediate workshop expands upon the fundamentals learned in the Building Courses in Canvas workshop, and introduces additional tools and innovative technologies useful for productivity and management.

At the end of this two and a half hour session, you will know how to do the following:

  • Create Announcements to update students about timely course information.
  • Create discussions
  • Build Practice Quizzes, Graded Quizzes, or Graded and Ungraded Surveys.
  • Enable access to assignments for students with accommodations or extensions.
  • Use the Calendar to help students manage assignment due date.
  • Communicate with students using Inbox.

Following the workshop, schedule a consultation with a Distance Learning and Instructional Technology staff member for further support in the use of Canvas.
 

Needing to complete training to teach Online and/or Hybrid courses at UNT Dallas?

Option 1: Complete the two face-to-face/virtual workshops titled Building Courses in Canvas and Managing Courses in Canvas.

Option 2: Complete the online, ten-week, Canvas Online Instructor Training course.

Training is to be completed prior to teaching an Online or Hybrid course.

Distance Course Development is a separate process with specific timelines and deadlines which must be met to ensure the course(s) meet quality standards and are ready well before semester start.