Workshops

The Academic Technology Center has many learning opportunities available!

Most workshops and trainings are instructor-led, so please pre-register by clicking on the links and plan to stay for the duration.  Occasionally we will hold drop-in workshops, this will be noted in the description.

There’s more to come, so check back often (and keep your eye out for Canvas notifications!)

Interested in a one-on-one session? Email atc-ttl@wpi.edu to request a training.

Featured Workshop!

Join the ATC for our 2nd Annual Canvas Camp:

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Choose Your Own Adventure

Canvas Camp will feature 4 brief (~25 min) rotating sessions throughout the 3 hour block, and an open session for the final hour. Come for the snacks, stay for the learning! 

Where? Anderson Labs and Tech Suites
When? August 21st 1pm-4pm

Forge your own unique path from the below available sessions:

Please Register Here

 

Integrating Video in Your Course – Integrating video in your course (Ensemble, Echo)
Building Assessments – Creating tests, quizzes, and surveys to enhance student engagement in your course
Custom Home Pages – Set a custom home page and customize it with colorful buttons and banners
Pedagogical Design – This session will discuss design considerations for using Canvas effectively in enhancing student learning
Open Hands on Workshop – Come build your course site under supervision of Canvas experts. Learn tips and tricks while you’re in the thick of it. Ask questions, get answers, pick up cheat sheets.

Upcoming Workshops

Thursday, August 10th
Canvas Basic Training
11:00am – 12:30pm  Salisbury Labs 123

Tuesday, August 15th
Canvas Basic Training
11:00am – 12:30pm  Salisbury Labs 123

Thursday, August 17th
Canvas Basic Training
11:00am – 12:30pm   Salisbury Labs 123

Monday, August 21st
Canvas Camp: Choose Your Own Adventure
1:00pm – 4:00pm  Anderson Labs, Gordon Library

Tuesday, August 22nd
Canvas Basic Training
12:00pm – 1:30pm   Salisbury Labs 123

Wednesday, August 23rd
Canvas Basic Training
12:00pm – 1:30pm   Salisbury Labs 123

Wednesday, August 30th
TA/PLA Training
5:00pm – 6:00pm (Location TBD)

Thursday, August 31st
Deliberate Design for Canvas: Making Pedagogical Choices in Course Organization (Food for Thought session)
12:00pm – 1:20pm Hagglund Room, Campus Center


Course Descriptions

2nd Annual Canvas Camp: Choose Your Own Adventure

Canvas Camp will feature 4 brief (~25 min) rotating sessions throughout the 3 hour block, and an open session for the final hour.  There will be coffee & snacks provided…
Forge your own unique path from the below available sessions:

Integrating Video in Your Course – Integrating video in your course (Ensemble, Echo)
Building Assessments – Creating tests, quizzes, and surveys to enhance student engagement in your course
Custom Home Pages – Set a custom home page and customize it with colorful buttons and banners
Pedagogical Design – This session will discuss design considerations for using Canvas effectively in enhancing student learning

Open Hands on Workshop – Come build your course site under supervision of Canvas experts. Learn tips and tricks while you’re in the thick of it. Ask questions, get answers, pick up cheat sheets. 

Register here


Canvas Clinic : Open Workshops

Come stop by one of our Canvas Clinic workshops to get help- whether your site needs immediate triaging, or just a consult, the ATC is here to help! 

ATC is holding open workshops to help you get prepared for B-Term.  We’ll have staff on-call for your Canvas design questions, tech support, or just reassurance or feedback.  No appointments necessary, walk-ins welcome.

Whether you just want a place to work without interruption, or need a total site overhaul, or want a snack (yes, there will be snacks), drop by during one of the following times!


Grading in Canvas (Instructor Led – registration required)

45 minute advanced session led by Lindsey Van Gieson.  Class is a small group setting, registration capped at 6 participants per class.  It will discuss the following Gradebook topics:

  • Setting up weighted grades
  • Using SpeedGrader
  • Uploading and downloading Gradebook
  • General Gradebook settings and organization

**Please register here: Grading in Canvas registration


Canvas Course Building & Organization (Instructor Led – registration required)

1 hour advanced session led by Lindsey Van Gieson.  This session will discuss module development and customizations, navigation, and how to optimize your course flow and organization!

You will need to know how to do the following tasks in Canvas to get the most out of this session:

  • Create a Page
  • Upload Files
  • Create a Module
If you do not know how to do the above tasks, please sign up for our Basic Canvas Training session (or contact the ATC) before attending this session.

Canvas Basic Training (Instructor Led – registration required)

1 1/2 hour session led by Lindsey Van Gieson.  Learn the basics of how to set up your course site in Canvas. Class is a small group setting, registration will be capped at 8 participants per class.  In this session we will discuss the following:

  • Importing content from Blackboard and other sources
  • Configuring your profile, communication, and notification preferences
  • Handling video and media
  • How to use Assignments, Discussions, Files, Pages, Gradebook, Quizzes, & Syllabus

**Please register here: Canvas Basic Training registration


Canvas Camp (Instructor Led – registration required)

1/2 day summer camp activities led by members of the TTL team.  Sessions are small group setting, registration capped at 6 participants per session (with 6 individual sessions available throughout the day!).

> Modules & More! – Get the most out of your course site with advanced Canvas tools like Modules, Scheduler, Apps, & Canvas Commons

> Integrating Video in Your Course – Integrating video in your course (Ensemble, YouTube, Echo)

> Building Engagement – Chat, discussions, collaborations, & Piazza

> Faculty Showcase – See some real WPI faculty course sites built out in Canvas!

> Custom Home Pages / Buttons – Set a custom home page and customize it with colorful buttons and banners

*Each day will include a “Free Choice” activity at 4pm- drop in on a session you missed, or just hang out by the snack table!


Canvas Corner (Drop-in – Table sitting)

On your way through the Campus Center for lunch, take a minute or two to stop by the Canvas Corner and see a live demo of our new Canvas platform in action.  Feel free to ask questions, or just chat with a resident Canvas expert. Faculty, students, and staff are all welcomed!


Canvas Test Drive (Drop-in)

Drop by the computer lab to try out Canvas for yourself. Learn the basics, orient yourself to the layout, and ask questions!  We’ll have a Canvas expert on hand to help. Sessions are informal, feel free to drop by anytime during the scheduled timeframe.


Teaching with Canvas (Instructor Led)

One-hour session led by Erin DeSilva!  Change can be hard, but often brings opportunity.  Such is the case with a new Learning Management System, especially when you are bringing in Canvas by Instructure.  Since leaving WPI in 2014, Erin has worked with faculty teaching in a range of settings, utilizing Canvas to accomplish a variety of teaching goals.  In this session, we will discuss the following major affordances of Canvas:

1.  Control over your content design (modules, pages, drop-in files and images)

2.  Making content more accessible for students (mobile-friendly, screenreader-friendly)

3.  New tools for classroom efficiency (grading, office hour sign ups, etc)

4.  Getting a better snapshot of your students’ progress with Canvas (quizzes, analytics, outcomes)

View the recording of Erin’s April 4th presentation.