Canvas Training Update

Hello from the Canvas Training Design Team,

The Canvas training series was launched back in June 2018 with the first offerings of the Level I three part “Essentials” trainings with sessions held through the summer, 38 people successfully completed Level I training. Additionally, special training sessions were held to prepare the Tech Ambassador group and the Graduate Education Online faculty for their course migration and Fall 2018 course launch in Canvas. Of the nearly 80 people that have engaged in the Canvas training process, 65 have completed the Level I training series or an equivalent special training.

For those of you not familiar with the CETL Canvas professional development plan, the training design was developed as a multi-level learning model, combined with a series of special topic “Spotlight” sessions to offer flexibility in developing individualized skills for leveraging the features and tools in the Canvas digital learning environment (DLE). All three training levels are delivered through a hybrid/blended modality, the training series is a scaffold design and build upon each other starting with Level I, and each level has multiple parts to the training sequence:

Level I – The Essentials includes;

  • face-to-face Introduction Session (50 minutes),
  • a Canvas Immersive Online Training component, self-paced online content delivered within the Canvas DLE (takes about 2-hour to complete),
  • an instructor guided hands-on Sandbox Session working within the Canvas DLE. (2-hour Session)

Level II – Student Success includes;

  • face-to-face Introduction Session (50 minutes),
  • a Canvas Immersive Online Training component, self-paced online content delivered within the Canvas DLE (about 2-hours),
  • an instructor guided hands-on Sandbox Session working within the Canvas DLE.

Level III – Student Engagement includes;

  • a Canvas Immersive Online Training component, with online content and activities using Canvas tools and features (about 2-hours),
  • 2-instructor guided hands-on Sandbox Sessions working within the Canvas DLE. (Each session 2-hours in length)

Spotlight Sessions – The CETL Canvas training design team recognized that not all members of the UW-Superior teaching community have the need to complete all 3 of the training levels to utilize the Canvas DLE in the same way they used D2L, this is where the “Spotlight” sessions come into the plan. Spotlight sessions focus on student centric DLE tools for the enhancement of student learning and achievement through the use of Canvas. Each session will cover a selected Canvas DLE tool or feature like quizzes, rubrics, group assignments, student collaborations or peer review tools. By combining a few select “Spotlight” sessions with Level I training for example, an instructor can develop their own unique toolkit of acquired skills for teaching with Canvas without the need to complete all 3 levels of the Canvas training series.

Next Steps?

CETL Canvas training team recommendations for “Next Steps” depends on where you as a member of the campus teaching community are at in this professional development process:

  • Haven’t started yet? We recommend you get engaged in the process, CETL has been offering multiple introduction sessions during this semester to help you get started and we can offer additional ways for you to engage in your professional development even if you have conflicts with our training schedule.
  • Got started and in-progress? Great, hang in there and keep an eye on the CETL events calendar for scheduled Canvas training events as more training opportunities will be added as we move forward.

The CETL Canvas training team recognizes the challenges some members of the teaching community face in the scheduling time for professional development. In response we have adapted some of our training sequences to better accommodate busy schedules and will be offering live Zoom web casts of training sessions and optional evening sessions. If you cannot attend one of our Level I or Level II Introduction sessions, we can still get you started in the online learning module portion of those training sequences.

Next steps for getting started and to complete Level I – Essentials training sequence:

  1. Sent an email to Del Wright at CETL requesting to be added to the online course in Canvas
  2. Once you get a course invite from Canvas, confirm your invitation and log into the course
  3. Complete the online training module
  4. Watch the CETL training schedule for upcoming Level I – Essentials 2-hour hands-on training events
  5. Pre-register for a Level I – Essentials 2-hour hands-on training event and either attend in-person on campus or connect remotely through our Zoom web conferencing link.

Please Note: our next 2-hour hands-on Level I – Essentials training session on Friday November 2, 9:00 A.M. – 10:50 A.M., completing the online module is a prerequisite for attending this session.

If you have any questions please contact us at CETL, additional information and our updated calendar is available on our webpages. Link to our Calendar – https://www.uwsuper.edu/cetl/calendar/index.cfm

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