Canvas Clinic

CANVASCanvas Clinic

Canvas Clinic, selected Thursdays, 12:00-1:00 PM, Register here.

Canvas Clinic is a 14-session workshop dedicated to covering the main features of Canvas beginning August 2018 and running until March 2019. For each session, the CIL team will cover the basic and intermediate details of a single Canvas feature. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the depths of assignments, quizzes, collaborations, peer review, communications, design, pages, plug-in tools, settings, data, and outcomes. Lunch will be provided for those who register through the CIL website. A special surprise is in store for those who attend 10 sessions. Remember, the CIL team is always available for any of your Canvas needs!


  1. Course Basics – August 30, 2018

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.

  •             Profile
  •             Notifications
  •             ePortfolio
  •             Get to know the Canvas interface
  •             Role of Canvas in your class
  1. Assignments – Sept 6, 2018

The Assignments session 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 view how to utilize rubrics for assessing  assignments. More information on how to create Rubrics can be found in the Rubrics and Outcomes session.

  • How to build common types of assignments
  • Getting the most out of assignments in Canvas
  1. Canvas Quizzes – Sept 20, 2018

This session covers the basics of using quizzes in Canvas, including quiz settings, question types, and various use cases for multimedia in quiz questions.

  • Writing effective quiz questions
  • When to use quizzes and when not to
  • Locking down quizzes with LockDown Browser
  • Interactive video in quizzes
  1. Group Work & Collaboration – Oct 4, 2018

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

  •             Creating groups and group sets
  •             Assigning users to groups
  •             Giving assignments to groups
  •             Best practices for group work in your course
  •             Common pitfalls of group tasks and group communication
  1. Peer review in Canvas – Oct 18, 2018

This session covers the process of conducting peer review assignments in Canvas, including a variety of tips, tricks, and limitations of the peer review tool.

  • When is peer review appropriate?
  • Common limitations of peer review in Canvas (especially with group assignments)
  1. Gradebook and Speedgrader – Nov 1, 2018

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.

  •           Commenting and diagramming effectively for student feedback
  •           Grading with rubrics
  1. Course Communications & Conferencing – Nov 15, 2018

Student and instructor 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, Messaging and Chat. CIL trainers will share tools and strategies that can stimulate classroom debate, allow for brainstorming, and incorporate real-world content.

Conferencing tools allow individuals to meet online via video and/or audio stream and collaborate by sharing files, presentations, computer screens, and text-based chat.  Canvas has a built-in web conferencing tool (BigBlueButton) similar to Skype or FaceTime, but with additional functionality. Participants will learn to easily create, invite class members to join, and record web conferencing sessions. Use cases for conferencing tools will also be shared.

  • Communicating effectively with your students
  • Social Presence in online courses
  • Effective videoconferencing teaching techniques

Course Design

8. Course Design Considerations & Leveraging Modules  – Nov 29, 2018

Course Design Considerations highlights the best practices 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 tips for leveraging enhanced tool sets in Canvas. Leveraging 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.

  1. Content Pages – Jan 10, 2019

Pages serve as a media rich content delivery tool inside a Canvas course. During this Pages session, users will see examples of pages appropriate for different course 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.

  • Designing beautiful pages
  • Chunking information effectively in Canvas pages
  • Readability and usability
  1. Home Pages – Jan 24, 2019

CIL trainers 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.

  1. LTI plug-ins and tools available in Canvas – Feb 7, 2019

Description will be written closer to this date, as new tools may be adopted in between now and then.

  1. Course Settings Page and Copying a course for a new semester – Feb 21, 2019

This session covers the essentials of starting and ending a semester in Canvas.

Advanced Grading and Data

13. Student Data – March 7, 2019

Student Data will highlight the analytics features available in Canvas. Using the reporting features, participants 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.

  • Using quiz analytics data
  • Using view progress feature
  • How to examine the effectiveness of your course material in student learning
  1. Outcomes & Rubrics for Instructors – March 21, 2019

Outcomes & Rubrics reviews best practices and classroom applications for utilizing outcomes and rubrics in Canvas assignments, discussions, quizzes. Instructors will learn also learn how to make use of the Learning Mastery Gradebook.