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Faculty Workshops - Canvas

Fall Workshops


Open Canvas Lab, Black Hall 141 - Every Tuesday  ( Noon - 2pm )- drop in, no registration needed.  Come get your questions answered by a Canvas specialist!


To register for one of the workshops belows, please login to MyCWU>> Main Menu>> Human Resources>>Self Service>> Learning and Development>>Request Training Enrollment.


Online Tests & Respondus​, Black Hall 141 - Thursday, October 23, 2-3pm

  • Instructor: Delayna Breckon

Learn how to streamline test creation using a specific format in Word, and the licensed program Respondus, availabe to CWU faculty.  Discover how test settings can help help preserve online assesment integrity and reduce the number of technical difficulties.  A brief introduction to the LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor is included in this workshop.


Canvas Gradebook & Speedgrader, Black Hall 141 - Wednesday, October 29, 3-4pm

  • Instructor: Delayna Breckon

Learn how to set up your gradebook either with group weights or straight points, for online or in-person courses.  Delight your students by using the Canvas gradebook!  In this workshop you will also learn how fun grading can be by using the Speedgrader tool.


Organizing Your Course with Modules, Black Hall 141 - Thursday, November 13, 2-3pm

  • Instructor: Todd Weber, Faculty Fellow, College of Business, Management & Human Resources

Learn how to organize your course using a best practice, modules!   Todd will share a variety of ways to organize your content in Canvas to enable you to create a clear, consice and pleasant learning experience.  Find out why students prefer courses that are organized by modules!


Universal Design Considerations for Online Courses, Black Hall 141 - Wednesday, November 19, 4-5pm

  • Instructor: Julie Jensen

Learn how to design your course with accessibility and usability in mind.  Universal design benefits all students and provides a framework of best practices to help you deliver a successful online course.


General Workshop Descriptions:

Open Canvas Lab

Aha! Here's your golden opportunity to visit an open lab session for Canvas...when it's most convenient for you. Bring your questions about Canvas, your desired instructional strategies, or or other needs on integrating related learning technologies using the system. We will also briefly demonstrate methods for using Canvas tools and features, and offer useful tips and techniques for rendering a perfect course....your Canvas course. See descriptions below for these short demos. You can also ask us to demonstrate something specific so everyone benefits!

Assignments in Canvas

Learn about the different types of assignments in Canvas, how to create them, how to weight the final grade based on Assignment Groups, how to create and view assignments when in the Calendar in Canvas, and how to bulk download and upload assignment submissions.

Canvas Gradebook & SpeedGrader

Allow your students to receive timely feedback through Canvas. Learn how to: Interpret icons and colors in the Gradebook, enter and edit scores, change assignment group weights and use the SpeedGrader. SpeedGrader is a slick interface that allows instructors to quickly score, provide feedback, and engage in dialog with students on submitted assignments, discussion participation, and quizzes. It also includes a way to annotate student submissions inline without re-uploading them.

Canvas Tests & Respondus

Learn to use Respondus, a special tool developed for faculty teaching with Canvas and other LMS's. By following several simple rules you can generate entire quizzes in a word processor and transfer them with ease into your Canvas course. CWU has a site license for Respondus and after the training you will receive instructions on how to download a free copy for your use.

Streamlining Your Course with Modules 

Simplify the navigation and organization of your course for students with the use of modules. Modules hold assignments, files, web links, and wiki pages. They can be locked or require sequential completion.

Using Turnitin in Canvas

Learn the steps needed to create a Turnitin Assignment in Canvas and view originality reports that identify plagiarized sources. Using Grade Mark you will grade sample papers, and transfer scores to Canvas SpeedGrader.

Using Pages & Modules in Canvas

One of the core features of the Canvas LMS is its 'Pages' tool. Pages are customizable and collaborative components that serve multiple functions. Consider the problems and possibilities of integrating Pages into your face-to-face, hybrid, or online Canvas course.

Streaming Video and MediaAmp

A demonstration on how to request and access streaming video for your online course with Brooks Library’s new streaming service: Who can request it, How to request it, How you and your students can access it.  We will additionally demonstrate and describe uses of the MediaAmp video streaming system.

Increasing Accessibility in Canvas

Learn how to create accessible documents and provide extended test time for individual students. You will also discover Universal Design techniques that will enhance the design and delivery of your online courses.

Let's Collaborate!

Collaborate is a webconferencing tool that allows users to conduct interactive meetings on the web in real time, and record those meetings for playback on-demand. The interface includes full two-way webcam video, audio, chat, application sharing, and whiteboard. You can upload Powerpoint slides, or other media, and present to an audience wo could, iterally, be scattered across the globe! This demonstration will introduce you to the basics of using the system, and techniques for being a good presenter and engaging your audience.

Improve Your Communication Skills in Canvas

Learn how to use the various communication tools available in Canvas including Announcements, Discussions, Conversations (internal email), Collaborations, Conferences, and Chat. Emphasis is also placed on tips and techniques for using these tools effectively in instruction.

Mobile Learning and Canvas

Learn about and discuss mobile learning strategies, in general, and how to effectively incorporate mobile technologies available in Canvas.

Based on the results of our three-quarter Canvas pilot and the Academic Technology Advisory Council's recommendation, the Enterprise Information Systems Committee has made the decision to adopt Canvas as the enterprise learning management system for CWU and migrate all Blackboard courses to Canvas by the end of Spring quarter 2014. Complete results of the pilot satisfaction surveys are available online:

To begin the process of migrating your Blackboard courses to Canvas, please complete the online form to request a design shell for each course you wish to migrate:

You can sign-up for face-to-face training workshops below. Faculty at the University Centers and the Ellensburg campus, who wish to attend a training session from the comfort of their own office, may request a live training webinar delivered via Collaborate. For more information on these sessions please call Delayna Breckon 509-963-1172

CanvasLIVE Training:

Webinars offered by Canvas

To view the schedule and register for these webinars follow this link:

Upcoming Topics for Winter & Spring term:

Hone Your Home Page
Mobile Series: Canvas Mobile 2.0 for iPad, Android, iPhone
A Tour of the Canvas Conference Tool (BigBlueButton)
Collaboration Tools
Mobile Series: Mobile-Friendly Assignments
Mobile Series: Discussions in the Palm of Your Hand
The Design, Delivery and Assessment of Discussions

Instructor Training for LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor

(45-minute webinar)

 Click here to register or view the full schedule.