OBU Canvas Training

2018 Canvas On-Ground Trainings

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23rd - Canvas Camp
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First Look

First Look introduces participants to the Canvas environment, login procedure, and global navigation. Attendees will explore account setup, personal preferences, and communication tools, such as the Inbox and Calendar. This session also presents the numerous avenues for support available to each Canvas user.

Course Basics

Course Basics provides an overview of the layout and features included in a Canvas course. Users will learn about the Course Navigation Menu and individual components that can be used to deliver content and assess student performance. This introductory demonstration provides users with the background knowledge to begin their Canvas journey.




Modules teaches users how create flow within a course by organizing and structuring content with the Modules tool. Instructors will explore how to create and manage content modules, leverage progress monitoring capabilities, and scaffold student access to course content.

Gradebook & Speedgrader 

Explore the interface of the Canvas gradebook from the instructor and student perspectives. Users will experience the power of the Speedgrader and the various ways it can be used to provide timely and detailed feedback for students while making the grading process more efficient and enjoyable.

Quiz Basics 

Quiz Basics session will prepare instructors to use the quizzing tool in Canvas. Users will learn how to customize quiz settings and differentiate assessment windows to students. A variety of quiz question types will be explored, and participants will have the opportunity to view example quizzes and use cases.

Home Pages

Home Pages will guide participants through the creation of beautiful and functionally designed Home Pages that are intuitive for students. Participants will be provided with best practices for creating banners and buttons, using tables, inserting images and exploring other features. 


Student and Teacher communication is the backbone of effective classrooms. Numerous Canvas tools facilitate student dialogue for content analysis. Three of the specific tools highlighted in this session are class Announcements, Discussions and Chat. Trainers will share tools and strategies that can stimulate classroom debate, allow for brainstorming, and incorporate real-world content.

Groups & Collaboration

Groups & Collaboration introduces teachers to collaboration features in Canvas, including discussions, group assignments, the Collaboration tool, and web conferencing. Participants will see how these tools can be used to infuse interactivity and cooperation in their classes.


Assignments provides users with a detailed exploration of all the options and use cases for the Assignment tool in Canvas. Participants will create and manage Assignment groups, organize their Assignment index, and work to develop cohesive assignments for their courses. Users will explore assignment settings, applications, and tools. Additionally, participants will learn how to utilize rubrics for assessing assignments.

Course Design 

Course Design highlights the best practices in Canvas for creating student-centered course spaces that can be easily navigated from a browser or a mobile device. We’ll discuss strategies such as chunking content into small bursts of learning, best practices for building native content and provide instructors with tips for leveraging enhanced tool sets in Canvas. 

Content Pages

Pages serve as a media rich content delivery tool inside a Canvas course. During this Pages webinar, users will see examples of pages appropriate for different grade levels and content types. Participants will also explore resources to help them create engaging and dynamic pages which will engage students and drive student learning. In addition, users will be shown how to embed valuable third-party tools to reduce distractions and focus learning inside Canvas.



Open Lab

Open lab is a time to come and get personalized help from staff and fellow faculty members on specific Canvas details and projects. A time to talk through issues as well as discuss best practices and techniques for creating, facilitating and managing courses. Bring your own device, or use a university lab computer to access your account and get hands-on assistance with Canvas. 

Canvas & Coffee

A monthly meeting of faculty in the GC to share ideas, discuss solutions and best practices and to learn from and communicate with fellow OBU faculty who are using Canvas.



Managing Quizzes

Managing Quizzes explores the more advanced features of the quizzing tool. Instructors will learn how to leverage question banks and groups to differentiate quiz content and assessment. Participants will gain greater control over quiz sessions through the use of the Quiz analytics and Quiz moderation tools.

*Prerequisite: Please have one pre-built sample quiz available to use for hands-on activities

Outcomes and Rubrics

Outcomes & Rubrics for Instructors reviews best practices of utilizing outcomes and rubrics in Canvas assignments, discussions, quizzes, and as shared resources, along with specific applications of the Learning Mastery Gradebook and the Canvas Magic Marker app.

Data for Teachers

Data for teachers will highlight the analytics features available to teachers. Using the reporting features, teachers can monitor student progress, interaction with the course content, and track mastery on key standards or skills.

*Prerequisite: For best participation in hands-on activities, users should come with a live course where students have completed some assignments, and instructors have communicated with students.