Canvas LMS

Planning for the first week of classes

This resource page aims to help faculty prepare for the first week of classes.

A Guide to Learning Online

This guide is designed to give students best-practices for approaching their fully or partially online courses.

CAS and CASNR provide flexible hybrid course models for Fall classes

In light of fall 2020, colleges created inventive course model designs to help instructors prepare their courses.

Teaching@UNL: A Comprehensive Resource

The Teaching @ UNL course in Canvas is designed for all UNL instructors--whether you are a graduate teaching assistant, a lecturer, a professor of practice, or a tenure-line faculty member.

More Reps for Better Learning

In Psychology 350, Research Methods & Data Analysis, Professor Cal Garbin makes extensive use of large question banks to provide opportunities for his students to do enough "reps," or practice, that they develop the skills and knowledge needed to approach course assessments with confidence. Garbin’s approach combines many assignment exercises with strategic proctored testing.

Fostering Engagement and Community

In an online course, it is easy for students to feel isolated. They are, in most cases, physically isolated from their peers, so intentional community-building is necessary to help counter feelings of remoteness.

Experiential Learning Log

The experiential learning log leverages Canvas, a simulation, cases, various technological tools, and pedagogically sound teaching to create a scaleable, flexible, personalized, scaffolded, experiential learning combined with repeated reflection.

How to Support Engaging and Thoughtful Discussions Online

7-24-20 This workshop helped participants with online discussions that also included demonstrations of Yellowdig and Canvas discussion platform.

Using Repeated Practice

Learn how repetition can help students master the basics with featured instructor Rebecca Roston.

Active Learning Online: Post-lecture Quizzes

Use quizzes to bust the fluency illusion and give timely feedback.

Making your course more user-friendly for students

11-20-20 Students are reporting that one of their biggest challenges this semester is dealing with the cognitive load required just to navigate their widely varying courses.

Maintaining Student Motivation and Interest in Online and Hybrid Courses

7-22-20 This webinar taught strategies for assessing student interest and helping students stay motivated online.

Essentials for Getting Started

7-14-20 Instructors were provided with strategies that have a significant impact on online learning, especially for the first week of classes.

Building a Better Container: Accessibility, Access, and Universal Design

7-16-20 The goal of this workshop was to provide faculty with an overview of the interrelationship between accessibility and Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

Leveraging Student Feedback: The Power of Formative Surveys

9-29-20 This workshop focuses on the attributes, logistics, and effective use of formative student surveys.

Using the Canvas Gradebook

school-grade-a(school-science)9-7-21 Presenters shared Canvas grade book management tips that help save time and effort and increase the accuracy of grading.

Techniques for Large Enrollment

Large enrollment courses and lectures can be challenging when it comes to creating a welcoming learning environment that promotes student engagement.

Key Resources for Fall 2020

As faculty prepare for their courses, the following resources may be of interest - each resource page has links to more related resources.

Providing Essential Student Resources in a Robust Orientation Module

Center for Transformative Teaching Instructional Designer, Eyde Olson, explains the creation of an orientation module to help with courses.

Integrating Technology

Knute Broady Collection: Ideas for Integrating Technology.

Assessment Techniques

Knute Broady Collection: Ideas for Assessment Techniques.

Geppert puts Canvas Peer Review to the test

John Geppert, professor of finance and director of assessment, believes peer review may offer a way to include more writing practice in more courses.

Canvas Commons: Free Modules for Instructors

Explore high-quality teaching content available in the Canvas Commons, created specifically for university instructors.

Using Accessibility Checker for Course Materials in Canvas and MS Office

This presentation focuses on making course materials more accessible and working towards Universal Design for a biology course.

Scheduling face-to-face & online sessions using Canvas Scheduler

Instructors need a good way to know who will be online and who will be in the classroom. One tool that addresses this problem rather neatly is the Canvas Calendar. Instructors can create appointments that allow a set number of students to sign up.

Course Structure and Organization

You can use Canvas to send announcements to your students, share course materials with them, collect assignments/assessments, and provide grades/feedback, or even facilitate online discussions. Think of Canvas as your online “classroom.” It is the space where all of your course material comes together, where many of your course activities happen, and where you will collect and assess assignments. Below we will outline some best practices in structuring and organizing your course:

Active Learning Online: Effective online communication - Muddiest Point

Use the "muddiest point" technique to gain insight to your students' learning and provide targeted instruction.

November 2016, Issue 4 old

November 2016, Issue 4