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

January 2019

Basic Canvas Training (Registration required)
January 3, 10:00am – 11:30am, Anderson Lab, Gordon Library
January 7, 11:00am – 12:30pm, Anderson Lab, Gordon Library

Set Your Course: Canvas Course Organization (Registration required)
January 8, 2:00am – 3:30am, Anderson Lab, Gordon Library
January 9, 11:00am – 12:30pm, Anderson Lab, Gordon Library

Setting up Canvas Gradebook & Weighting Assignments (Registration required)
January 13, 2:00am – 3:30am, Anderson Lab, Gordon Library


Instructional Media Training

Sharing Course Videos! (Registration required)
January 7, 10:00am – 11:00am, Fuller Labs, Beckett Conference Room

Educational Video Tools & Sharing (Registration required)
January 9, 10:00am – 11:00am, Chairman’s Room Campus Center


Course Descriptions

4th Annual Canvas Camp – Introducing New Gradebook and Quizzes.Next

Canvas Camp FlyerWhen: August 20th & 21st, 2019 10:00am – 12:00pm
Where: Gordon Library, Anderson Lab 

Canvas Camp is a drop-in, completely hands-on workshop where faculty will get to experience some of the new features released in Canvas the past year.We’ll have quick tasks set up (5-10 min each) for faculty to try out and experts on hand to help with any questions that come up.

The new features available are:

New Gradebook – try the new Canvas Gradebook interface
Quizzes.Next – Make a quiz with Canvas’ new advanced quizzing engine

Camp Registration is Open! Please sign up to let us know you’ll be attending.


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Canvas Day: What’s New with New Gradebook?

Your Technology for Teaching and Learning (TTL) team is here to help you prepare for the first major change to Canvas’ functionality since we adopted Canvas in 2016.

Co-sponsored by the NERCOMP Canvas Community of Practice, our inaugural New Gradebook workshop is happening on May 7th.  Canvas Day, is a 1/2 day session where we invited all-around Canvas guru and Instructure employee Carrie Saarinen, to discuss the ins and outs of the new tool.  There will be time at the end for Q&A and opportunities to discuss best practices or network with your fellow Canvas colleagues.

Don’t be left in the dark! Come explore with us how  ‘New Gradebook’ can streamline your grading and communication with students in new and exciting ways. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact


3rd Annual Canvas Camp: What’s New in Canvas?

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Canvas Camp is a drop-in style completely hands-on workshop where faculty will get to experience some of the new features released in Canvas the past year.

We’ll have quick tasks set up (5-10 min each) for faculty to try out and experts on hand to help with any questions that come up.

Some of the new features available are:

Arc Video – record and embed an introduction to your course in Canvas
New Gradebook – try the new Canvas Gradebook interface
Quizzes.Next – Make a quiz with Canvas’ new advanced quizzing engine
New Student Dashboard – Add custom “To-Do” events for your class
New Scheduler Tool – Add sign-up lists to Canvas Calendar events

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. 

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.