Foundations of Teaching with Canvas: On-Your-Own Edition

CATL has a new self-paced course available!

Learn about how Canvas can support your in-person, hybrid, blended, or online course in this on-your-own, asynchronous course. After completing the course, you’ll be able to:

  • Use the core tools of Canvas – discussions, quizzes, assignments, grades, pages, and modules – within the context of how you’d like to teach your courses.
  • Use the communication tools bundled in Canvas – discussions, announcements, chat, Blackboard Collaborate, and Kaltura – to stay connected with your students.
  • Use Canvas to present course materials and assess student learning.

You’ll engage with these topics as you work through the Foundations course, applying them to one of your own concluded courses or an empty “master” course for future use. Participants that choose to confirm their completion of the training course by submitting their work will be eligible for a digital badge indicating their professional development efforts as well as opening further advanced training opportunities.

Signing Up

To sign up for the Foundations of Teaching with Canvas course, follow these steps:

  1. Open this link, https://uws-td.instructure.com/enroll/6GACEA.
  2. Sign in with your UW-Green Bay username and password.
  3. Once signed in, click on the [Enroll in Course]
  4. You’re now enrolled in the course as a student. Click on [Go to the Course] to begin immediately.

If you enroll in the course and can’t find it later, refer to this guide from Canvas on adding courses to your Dashboard.

Advanced Trainings – Summer 2020

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) is partnering with faculty facilitators to run a series of our Advanced “Core-hort” Course in late July and August. All eligible instructors who complete the course will receive a $1000 stipend.

In this advanced course, core-horts will come together to create a plan for an “online core” for their classes (building a core with a cohort = core-hort). This online core builds on the knowledge from Foundations of Teaching with Canvas and enables instructors to have the flexibility to offer full course citizenship to all students. The first week provides you space, colleagues, and resources to help you consider how to design your course to promote student learning of outcomes across multiple modalities and to explicitly tackle issues of equity, access, and inclusivity during times of crises. This portion of the course is asynchronous, though faculty facilitators and cohorts can opt to include synchronous meetings.

During the second week, each cohort will further explore strategies to help you cope with specific challenges presented by your discipline, your course, or your preferred teaching methods when pivoting between modalities. This part of the course will likely include virtual synchronous meetings, but we will provide asynchronous alternatives for those unable to attend.

By the end of this two-week course, you will:

  • Be able to articulate a plan for at least 5 weeks of your course’s online core.
  • Build out an element of your course plan that tackles the pedagogical challenge inherent in your cohort’s theme by designing a rough draft of a course module.
  • Have engaged in a series of brief reflections with peers on the challenges you foresee, your plan to tackle these, and the choices you made as you begin to build out your course plan.

We expect a 15-20 hour commitment from the participants.

You may be wondering: “How do I choose which cohort to join?” To some extent, your availability during the summer might influence which cohorts you may join, but if you have the flexibility, you might consider choosing based on the pedagogical challenges we’ve identified based on feedback from students, instructors, department chairs, associate deans, and deans.

  • Applied and Experiential Learning Cohort: If you teach studios, labs, performance, or use demonstrations frequently in your courses, you may wish to join this cohort. CATL and our co-facilitators, Amy Kabrhel and Kerry Kuenzi, can help you grapple with the “how’s,” from doing labs in a kitchen or facilitating best-practices for critique; to the “why’s” of choosing asynchronous over synchronous activities.
  • First-year Seminar Cohort: If you plan to teach a first-year seminar or a course that is often a part of the first-year experience, you may wish to join the First-year Seminar cohort. You will work with fellow FYS instructors, CATL, and co-facilitator Vince Lowery, the Director for Student Success and Engagement.
  • Large Lecture Course Cohort: If your large lecture course was moved online, or if you have a fully online course already planned, you may wish to choose this cohort; you will work with CATL and Katia Levintova as the faculty co-facilitators.
  • Learner-Centered Discussion Cohort: If you teach upper-division courses, foreign language courses, capstones, or seminar style courses, and you’re excited to explore different student engagement techniques with CATL and co-facilitator Jen Schanen-Materi, you may wish to join this group.

  • Pivotal Pedagogy Cohort: If you anticipate needing to move fluidly between multiple modalities, or your availability doesn’t allow you to join another cohort, you’ll find support from your colleagues in CATL, and our co-facilitators Alan Chu and Michelle McQuade Dewhirst.
Cohort Dates Registration Link
Applied & Experiential Learning July 27 – Aug 10;
Aug 10 – Aug 24
Register
First Year Seminars July 27 – Aug 10;
Aug 3 – Aug 17
Register
Large Lectures – Online July 20 – Aug 3 Register
Learner-Centered Discussions Jul 20 – Aug 3;
Aug 3 – Aug 17
Register
Pivotal Pedagogy Jul 27 – Aug 10;
Aug 3 – Aug 17;
Aug 10 – Aug 24
Register

Eligibility:

All UW-Green Bay instructors are eligible to engage in our Advanced Core-hort Course, but you must first either complete the Foundations of Teaching with Canvas course or apply to “opt-out” of that course. Note that you should complete the Foundations course one week prior to the start of your Advance Core-Hort so that the CATL team has time to provide you feedback. For more information about the Foundations course, and to sign up, click here: More information about Foundations

Foundations of Teaching with Canvas

Want to enroll in the self-paced course?

Foundations of Teaching in Canvas, was designed to help instructors use Canvas as an ally in their teaching. It should be useful regardless of how you teach – online, face-to-face, hybrid, blended, or a combination of all of these. We hope the Foundations Course will provide a solid base from which you can launch your preparations for the Fall.
Sign Up For Self-Paced Course

  • Please fill out this Qualtrics form to indicate interest in the course.
  • After you fill out the form, someone in the Center will enroll you in the Foundations course. Please send an email to catl@uwgb.edu if you have not been enrolled after 24 hours.
    • If you are new to UW-Green Bay, please note we will not be able to enroll you until you have your UWGB login credentials. Please reach out to your supervisor to learn more.
  • Once you are enrolled, you will receive two course notifications from Canvas, one for the Foundations course, and another for a “template” course.
    • The template will have the basic ingredients of a class laid out. Much of the Foundations Course will serve as a recipe for cooking up your class in Canvas. Completing the Foundations Course will set up more advanced work this summer where you can work on perfecting your class’s secret sauce.

There is also an alternative way to show mastery of Canvas in the Foundations course. We encourage to register for the course to see if that is the right choice for you.

Those who successfully complete the Foundations course are eligible for a $150 stipend. The Center commits itself to helping all UWGB community members in their professional growth as it relates to teaching and learning.

Staff members who are also teaching or who use Canvas as part of their work (advising, for example) should contact their supervisor and Human Resources (hr@uwgb.edu) to be sure that they are eligible for the stipend. The course is open to all.

Opting-Out of Foundations of Teaching with Canvas to Access Advanced Course

In order to engage in more advanced training this summer, you are required to either complete this course or show alternative mastery of Canvas. Think of it as a program prerequisite that helps instructors and learners build on prior knowledge together in advanced courses. Instructors opting to show alternative mastery will not be eligible for compensation for the Foundations of Teaching with Canvas course.

How does the opt-out process work?

Please use this checklist to preview what we’ll be looking for in your opt-out example course. The checklist is structured in a way to draw out the elements of your example course that best exemplify the components that provide an inclusive and equitable experience for all of your students, regardless of how they’re able to attend your course’s delivery method. We ask that you fill out this Qualtrics form to show your mastery of Canvas.

The form will ask you to 1) describe how you meet each standard in the checklist and 2) provide the web address for the page in the course where you meet each standard. If you believe that you have met the spirit of the standard but not the letter of the standard, explain that too. For example, perhaps you do not use rubrics, but you can explain how you do something that is equivalent.

Once you have submitted the form, someone in the Center will go over your course and respond as soon as we are able.