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Now that you’ve gotten READY, it’s time to ACT!

Welcome to Advanced Canvas Training 2020 (ACT-20)! As we make the switch from Blackboard to Canvas and shift many courses to fully online, instructors are going to be working hard on their skills and their courses. Luckily, you don’t have to go through the process alone.

Listed below are the ACT-20 workshops, which are designed to align with the Six Course Design & Facilitation Goals adopted in May 2020. The workshops will guide you through a number of important course design considerations and methods that range in focus from simple tasks, like adding course content, to larger tasks, such as creating effective engagement opportunities in your course. Read through the descriptions below each workshop, and sign up for the ones that sound the most useful to you.

Looking for information about the ACT-20 program and how to enroll? Go to the ACT-20 website.

 

We look forward to joining you on this journey! 


Workshops

Use the calender below to sign up for the ACT-20 Canvas workshops.

Please note: If you register for workshops, but you have not enrolled in the ACT-20 program (and received your enrollment receipt), then you are not enrolled in the program and not eligible for the supplement.

Not sure which sessions you've already registered for? Try searching your email (Outlook) for the keyword "trumba.com" to locate your confirmation emails.

 



Course Design & Facilitation Goal 1. Structural Consistency: The course uses the institution’s learning management system and associated course template, including tools such as announcements, calendar, assignments, gradebook, etc. Students that experience consistent organization of their courses are free to spend their cognitive energy on learning, rather than navigating widely varying courses. This also ensures FERPA-protected data is secure.


1. Workshop A: Overview of Canvas Blueprint

In this workshop, we will cover the setup and navigation of the MSUD Canvas template. Topics include a brief overview of the syllabus, modules, institutional templates, and more. This workshop is best suited for faculty that have never used Canvas and/or have minimal experience teaching online.


1. Workshop B: File Management & File Storage

In this workshop, we will cover some of the “behind the scenes” work required for maintaining a smoothly running course. We’ll discuss different tools for storing files and best practices for managing content in Canvas.


1. Workshop C: Module Building in Canvas

In this workshop, we’ll cover where the heart of your content will be delivered to your students: Modules. We will discuss how to build and organize modules, edit and import content, and explain the difference between files and pages in Canvas. We will also review some of the changes with moving content from Blackboard to Canvas that you will want to keep an eye out for.

(cross-listed as Workshop 4B)


1. Workshop D: Canvas Gradebook

In this workshop, you will learn about the Canvas gradebook. You will get to experience the different features and options that are unique to the Canvas gradebook, in addition, the chance to recreate some of the popular Blackboard features. This workshop will help you make sure your course has structural consistency and adheres to FERPA guidelines.

(cross-listed as Workshop 3C)


1. Workshop E: Building a Course from Scratch - Syllabus and Modules

In this workshop, we will overview two key tools in Canvas, the syllabus and modules. This workshop is geared towards faculty that are building a course from scratch (rather than copied from Blackboard). Please note that for a more in-depth overview of these tools, faculty should sign up for the workshops geared specifically to the tools (Module Building in Canvas).

Course Design & Facilitation Goal 2. Educational Consistency: In this workshop we will record multimedia in YuJa. Multimedia can include video lectures, course introductions, voiceovers of PowerPoints, and more. We will also talk about best practices for getting media into your course content in Canvas.


2. Workshop A: Using YuJa to record media

In this workshop, we will record multimedia in YuJa. Multimedia can include video lectures, course introductions, voiceovers of PowerPoints, and more. We will also talk about best practices for getting media into your course content in Canvas.


2. Workshop B: Creating Assignments in Canvas

In this workshop, you will learn about how to create assignments in Canvas. You will be introduced to how utilizing the features of the assignment tool can enhance assignments in your course. You will walk away able to identify the best practices for assignment creation in your course(s).

(cross-listed as Workshop 4C)


2. Workshop C: Creating Discussions in Canvas

In this workshop, you will learn how to create discussion boards in Canvas. You will learn about some of the best practices around crafting discussion prompts and incorporating the Canvas multimedia features to make your course discussions more engaging.

(cross-listed as Workshop 6A)


2. Workshop D: Creating Rubrics in Canvas

In this workshop, you will learn about how to create a rubric in Canvas. You will learn the features of the Canvas rubrics; some examples include performance criteria distinctions and alignment. You will also learn about how to incorporate best practices of using rubrics, like easier and more consistent grading, in your course.

(cross-listed as Workshop 3B)


2. Workshop E: Building a Course from Scratch - Discussion and Assignment tools

In this workshop, we will overview two key tools in Canvas: the discussion board and assignment tools. This workshop is geared toward faculty that are building a course from scratch (rather than copied from Blackboard). Please note that for a more in-depth overview of these tools, faculty should sign up for the workshops geared specifically to the tools (Creating Discussion Boards and Creating Assignments).
 

Course Design & Facilitation Goal 3. Feedback and Instructor Presence: The instructor is visible and active in the course on a regular basis, including giving timely, high-quality feedback on student work. Along with increasing student engagement, the “hands-on” presence of instructors is part of what separates MSU Denver from other institutions.


3. Workshop A: Communication Tools in Canvas

In this workshop, we’ll cover the tools in Canvas used to increase instructor presence and maintain consistent communication with students in your course. Tools discussed include announcements, calendar, chat, email, and the recording feature in Canvas.


3. Workshop B: Creating Rubrics in Canvas

In this workshop, you will learn about how to create a rubric in Canvas. Rubrics are a great way to make grading easier, while also incorporating communication and feedback into your course. You will learn how to use some of the features the Canvas rubric tool has, like performance criteria distinctions and scale scoring.

(cross-listed as Workshop 2D)


3. Workshop C: Canvas Gradebook

In this workshop, you will learn about how to use the Canvas gradebook tool to incorporate feedback and communication into your course. You will learn about the unique features in the gradebook that will make grading easier, as well as how to recreate popular Blackboard gradebook features, like creating a manual column.

(cross-listed as Workshop 1D)


3. Workshop D: Creating Quizzes in Canvas

This workshop will cover how to create quizzes using the various options/settings inside the quiz tool within Canvas. These options include automatic grading, adding questions to a quiz, creating question banks, and setting up the quiz framework.

(cross-listed as Workshop 4D)


3. Workshop E: Building a Course from Scratch - Feedback and Gradebook

In this workshop, we will overview a few key tools in Canvas related to feedback and grading. This workshop is geared towards faculty that are building a course from scratch (rather than copied from Blackboard). Please note that for a more in-depth overview of these tools, faculty should sign up for the workshops geared specifically to the tools (Creating Rubrics in Canvas and Canvas Gradebook). 
 

Course Design & Facilitation Goal 4. Alignment between Outcomes, Activities, and Assessments: The key content, activities, and assessments are aligned with stated student learning outcomes. This alignment applies to large parts of the course, and is communicated clearly and consistently to learners, so they can see how each part connects to the overall course goals. This type of alignment is a central feature of effective instructional design.


4. Workshop A: Improving Course Structure using Objectives

This workshop covers the benefits of CLOs and MLOs and how they relate to one another. Additionally, we’ll show you how to build CLOs/MLOs inside of a course, add them to an assignment or quiz, and grade them.


4. Workshop B: Module Building in Canvas

In this workshop, we’ll cover where the heart of your content will be delivered to your students: Modules. We will discuss how to build and organize modules, edit and import content, and the difference between files and pages in Canvas. We will also review some of the changes with moving content from Blackboard to Canvas that you will want to keep an eye out for.

(cross-listed as Workshop 1C)


4. Workshop C: Creating Assignments in Canvas

In this workshop, you will learn how to create assignments in Canvas. You will be able to identify how to craft a series of assignments for your course, as well as utilize some of the unique assignment features Canvas has to offer.

(cross-listed as Workshop 2B)


4. Workshop D: Creating Quizzes in Canvas

This workshop will cover how to create quizzes using the various options/settings inside the quiz tool within Canvas. These options include automatic grading, adding questions to a quiz, creating question banks, and setting up the quiz framework.

(cross-listed as Workshop 3D)


4. Workshop E: Building a Course from Scratch - Rubrics and Objectives

In this workshop, we will overview a key feedback and grading tool in Canvas: rubrics. This workshop is geared towards faculty that are building a course from scratch (rather than copied from Blackboard). Please note that for a more in-depth overview of these tools, faculty should sign up for the workshops geared specifically to this tool (Creating Rubrics in Canvas).

Course Design & Facilitation Goal 5. Accessibility and Engagement by Anyone: The course design and facilitation can be accessed by everyone. This incorporates aspects of Universal Design for Learning and addresses legal requirements. Along with meeting accessibility guidelines, instructors work closely with the MSU Denver Access Center when a learner identifies a needed accommodation.


5. Workshop A: Accessible Pages, Assessments & Quizzes

In this workshop, we will demonstrate how to create accessible page structure in Canvas. We will also examine which assessments and quizzes can be used with minimal accessibility adjustment.


5. Workshop B: Accessible Images and Alternative Text

In this workshop, we will demonstrate how to add alternative text in Canvas and discuss other alt-text considerations like complex image descriptions and student use of alternative text. We will also cover MSU Denver best practices for using and creating alternative text (Alt-text).


5. Workshop C: Accessible Videos and Media

In this workshop, we will demonstrate how to create captions using Yuja and Amara. We will also show how to create accessible transcripts for audio files and strategies that can be used to acquire transcripts from publishers and content creators.

Course Design & Facilitation Goal 6. Effective and Intentionally-chosen Pedagogical Methods: The course incorporates effective pedagogical methods, based on the context and the learners. A few examples supported by evidence and research include: active learning; clear expectations for writing and communications; formative and summative assessments that are sequenced, varied, and suited to the level of the course; and timely feedback to learners with opportunities to act on that feedback.


6. Workshop A: Creating Discussion in Canvas

In this workshop, you will learn about how to create a discussion board in Canvas. Discussion boards in Canvas have unique multimedia features that could enhance the engagement of your course. You will also learn about some of the best practices for crafting effective discussion prompts.

(cross-listed as Workshop 2C)


6. Workshop B: Using MS Teams for Synchronous Communications

This workshop will demonstrate best practices for small group work inside MS Teams, including how to create group breakout rooms, how to move between groups, and integrate apps to guide group work including Forms, Wikis, and Powerpoints.

(cross-listed as Workshop 1C)


6. Workshop C: Groups and Collaboration

In this workshop, we’ll discuss tools for promoting group work and collaboration in your course. In addition, while wikis and blogs in Blackboard do not transfer to Canvas, we will offer alternative options for your course that will maintain student engagement and active learning.

(cross-listed as Workshop 2B)


6. Workshop D: Do More with Canvas: Integrating Apps

This workshop will introduce how to access MSU sponsored third-party applications-GoReact, VoiceThread, Office 365 and MSTeams-in order to expand the functionality of Canvas. We’ll explain how to integrate these various tools into a course and how they interact with the native tools of our new LMS.

(cross-listed as Workshop 3D)


6. Workshop E: Building a Course from Scratch - Discussions and Quizzes

In this workshop, we will overview two key tools in Canvas: the discussion board and quizzes. This workshop is geared towards faculty that are building a course from scratch (rather than copied from Blackboard). Please note that for a more in-depth overview of these tools, faculty should sign up for the workshops geared specifically to these tools (Creating Discussion Boards in Canvas and Creating Quizzes in Canvas).



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