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.

Interested in a one-on-one session? Having issues accessing a webinar? Email atc-ttl@wpi.edu.


Upcoming Workshops

Did you miss our trainings from the week of March 16th? You can find links to recordings below.

Wednesday, March 25

Thursday, March 26


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.


Sharing Course Videos

What’s the best way to get my videos in front of my student audience? In this workshop we will review sharing options and go over individual cases – bring your questions!


What’s My Video Strategy

How you should create, store and share your videos may depends on some practical considerations of your audience. For example – do your students want to download? Do they live in countries with low network speed? This workshop explores your video options keeping the needs of your audience in mind.