Course Syllabus

 Canvas Training Workshop Outline   

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Trainer: Nasreen Rahim

Hello and welcome to the Teaching with Canvas Common Course Management System (CCMS). This (hybrid format) training workshop introduces Canvas tools in the context of practical strategies for design, development, and management of an online course. You will have an opportunity to review the basics of online course development and practice the use of Canvas tools through hands-on exercises both face-to-face and virtually.

Training Description

In this training workshop, you will learn how to teach using the Canvas learning management system by Instructure. You will also practice what you have learned through a series of hands-on exercises focused on the subject you teach.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the training, you will be able to use Canvas to build your online course applying the different parts of the course design rubrics offered by the Online Education Initiative (OEI) that:

  1. Addresses elements of instructional design
  2. Emphasizes communication between and among learners and instructors, synchronously or asynchronously
  3. Focuses on instructional activities designed to measure progress towards learning outcomes
  4. Addresses the support resources made available to students taking the course

Facilitator Communication Policy

  • Q&A Forum: Please post general questions in the Q&A forum that can be accessed from the link at the top of our course homepage, or from the discussions page.
  • Conversations (Inbox): If you have a personal question, please contact facilitator using the Conversations tool within Canvas. You can access conversations via the Inbox link in the Global Navigation list.
  • Email: Based on My Profile settings, facilitator receives all conversation posts to email; so you do not need to send your message to both places. It is recommended that you use the Inbox (Conversation) tool versus direct email.
  • ConferNow
  • 3CMeNow

Time Commitment & Recommended Skills

  • Approximately 10 hours face-to-face and 20 hours online
  • Your time commitment will vary based upon your own level of experience with web technologies

Technical Requirements

  • Any recent computer (purchased within the past five years) should have the minimum hardware required
  • Macintosh or Windows operating system
    Note: Android and iOS devices will likely not provide the functionality necessary to build a fully effective online learning environment
  • A broadband internet connection is strongly recommended (DSL, cable, 4G, etc.) - you will likely encounter frustration if you try to take an online class while using dialup
  • For a list of recommended browsers, visit Canvas's Basic Computer Specifications page.

Resource Information

All readings will be available online in Canvas. Many of them will be in the online Canvas guides, and you will be able to bookmark or print them for future reference.

Strongly Recommended Tools

You will be exposed to many, many websites and resources in this training. Take time to develop a process for bookmarking these sites for future reference. If you don't have a clear bookmarking process or tool in mind, set up a free account at a social bookmarking site, like Diigo. Diigo is an easy way to tag and bookmark websites, providing you with the ability to access them from any computer with an internet connection and share them with others.

Or you can use a digital workspace like Evernote. Evernote is a workspace that lives across your phone, tablet, and computer, where you can create notes, collect info, find what you need, and present your ideas to the world.


When the trainer need to communicate, there will be a text announcement. Trainer recommends including Announcements in your notifications preferences to ensure you receive all of the important training/Canvas information.

Discussions & Collaboration

Facilitator will provide you with opportunities to interact with your peers, in addition to create content for your own online class via discussion tool. You’ll also learn to add rubric to discussion tool.

Assessment & Grading

This hybrid training has been designed as an active learning environment to provide confidence about your new skills and abilities. Throughout the training, you will be introduced to the ways that you can teach with Canvas. For each assessment, you’ll learn to add rubric and link to learning outcomes.

If you are willing and interested in getting your course applicable for the OEI Exchange program following the OEI Rubric more diligently, the facilitator will guide and help you move towards that goal.

Some Tips for Success

Training sessions will take place on campus each month and continue throughout the week. There may also be half day Friday Academy Canvas training based on faculty need and demand. You will have opportunity to regularly turn in work online throughout the week. However, facilitator will make your new weekly content available Friday if you want to use the prior weekend.

  • If this is your first online learning experience, expect to invest extra time to orient yourself to the course design and tools.
  • Block out time in your schedule to do the work.
  • Check in on discussions and try to contribute and share anything new or unique you have tried with your peers.
  • Please do not hesitate to ask for help when you need it, and assist others when possible.
  • Read tutorial guides, and any other course material, carefully and ask for clarification when needed.
  • View videos for step by step instructions.

Most of all, please don't hesitate to contact the facilitator along the way. The facilitator is here to be your guide, and together you will explore the ways this technology can be used to support the success of our students.

The assignments below are in an order that builds nicely, but since this is a self-paced course, feel free to do them in any order that appeals to you. The due dates are simply guidelines.

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