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 to request a training.

Upcoming Workshops


Wednesday, April 18th
Using Gradebook Effectively in Canvas
2:00pm – 3:00pm Anderson Lab B, Gordon Library (Register Here)

Monday, April 23rd
Using Gradebook Effectively in Canvas
2:00pm – 3:00pm Anderson Lab B, Gordon Library (Register Here)


Thursday, May 10th
Basic Canvas Training
11:00am – 12:30pm Anderson Lab B, Gordon Library (Register Here)

Creating Assignments & Quizzes
2:00pm – 3:00pm Anderson Lab B, Gordon Library (Register Here)

Monday, May 14th
Basic Canvas Training *Please note different location
11:00am – 12:30pm Anderson Lab A, Gordon Library (Register Here)

Creating Assignments & Quizzes
2:00pm – 3:00pm Anderson Lab B, Gordon Library (Register Here)

Tuesday, May 15th
Canvas Clinic – walk in hours
1:00pm – 3:00pm Anderson Lab B, Gordon Library

Wednesday, May 16th
Canvas Clinic – walk in hours
11:00am – 1:00pm Anderson Lab B, Gordon Library

Course Descriptions

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. 


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 the 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, drop by during one of the following times!

Canvas Assignments & Quizzes (Instructor Led – registration required)

45 minute session with additional time for questions, small group setting. Registration capped at 6 participants per class. This session will discuss the following topics:

  • Creating different types of quizzes, tests, & surveys
  • Creating Assignments and adding weighting
  • Best practices for academic honesty
  • Using Speedgrader & autograding options
  • Making accommodations for all learners

**Please register here: Assignments & Quizzes

Using Gradebook Effectively (Instructor Led – registration required)

45 minute advanced session with additional time for questions, small group setting. Registration capped at 6 participants per class.  This session will discuss the following 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:

  • Configuring your profile, communication, and notification preferences
  • Handling video and media
  • How to use all aspects of Canvas including: Assignments, Discussions, Files, Pages, Modules, 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!

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.