Learn Canvas from the comfort of your own home

Transitioning to a new learning management system is no easy task. That’s why the eLearning and Educational Technology (eLET) committee has been touring the great state of Virginia. The Canvas Roadshow has made stops at numerous community colleges within the VCCS.

After the first tour (Fall 2018), results indicated that faculty were ready for more. The team is currently conducting intermediate sessions across the Virginia Community College System.

But wait, there’s more! Beginning February 28, 2019 the group began conducting evening webinars. That’s right, you can now enjoy learning Canvas from the comfort of your own home.

Update: Click the Watch the recording link next to the session you wish to view.


Webinar Recordings
Getting Started in Canvas | Watch the recording




Our workshop will cover the main tools you will use to create your course in Canvas. You will learn how to set up and use Canvas Global Navigation Tools. Discover the power of Modules; how and why they are important for your course flow. Learn how to add files, quizzes, and assignments to your Canvas course. We will discuss the grade book, as well as additional tips and tools that will help you design your course in Canvas.

5 Engaging Ways to use Studio videos in your course | Watch the recording




Video in education is booming right now. Canvas Studio makes it easy to create and share engaging videos into your course. We’ll showcase 5 real-world examples including: an interactive video announcement, video class introduction discussion, and providing video feedback to student submissions in the SpeedGrader. *Since this recording Studio has been renamed to Studio.

As of July 1, 2019, Arc has been renamed to ‘Studio’. All the functionality and workflow of using Studio is the same as with Arc, it just has a new name. When watching this recording, make a mental note to substitute ‘Arc’ for ‘Studio’ whenever it’s mentioned.

Modules, Pages and Content, Oh my! | Watch the recording




Do you know the difference between Modules, Pages, and Content in Canvas? As you create your course, it is important to know the difference between these items. We will examine the use of Modules to organize your course content and analyze when and how to use Pages within your course. After this session, you will be able to construct your course in an organized method.

Speedgrader/Gradebook/Feedback | Watch the recording | Assignment Groups recording




The Canvas gradebook gives faculty advanced tools to track student progress and to provide graded feedback to students. New features give instructors flexibility in grading and communications, right from the gradebook itself. SpeedGrader allows you to view and annotate student submissions from the same platform where you mark work as late or excused; SpeedGrader allows feedback to students to be created via text, voice or video, so feedback can be personalized and help create a social presence for instructors.

Alright Stop, Communicate & Listen | Watch the recording




Canvas is created with the student in mind. This session will cover the great communication tools that Canvas has to offer. Inbox/Conversations allows you to communicate with students through Canvas in an email type setting. It integrates with your email as well. Discussions use student-student, student-instructor and student-content engagement to boost the student experience. Announcements are valuable to keep students up to date on occurring course items.

Organizing Your Course Files | Watch the recording




Do you have lots of documents, power points, videos, etc. for your courses? Do you wish you could put everything in one place, and have access to it from anywhere you want to work on course construction? Now you do!! See how easy it is to organize all your information in your Canvas account files, using folders for each course. It’s a one stop shop for content storage!

Quizzes & Question Banks | Watch the recording




Canvas quizzes makes it easy to create meaningful, engaging assessments. Quizzes give you plenty of functionality with ease of use. Join us to see how quizzes can enhance the student experience in Canvas, as well as how to use question banks to simplify the construction process. With Canvas quizzes, the answer is … EASY!

Due, Due, what can my Syllabus Do? | Watch the recording




The Syllabus course navigation tool makes it easy to communicate to your students exactly what will be required of them throughout the course. The syllabus tool provides a place where you can post your course description, a brief introduction, class guidelines, weekly reminders, and other important information.The Course Activity Streams is populated by the due dates that are linked to each assignment, discussion or quiz.

Canvas Commons | Watch the recording




Commons is a learning object repository that enables educators to find, import, and share resources. A digital library full of educational content, Commons allows Canvas users to share learning resources with other users as well as import learning resources into a Canvas course. In this session you will learn how to share, import and export content using the commons.

Quizzes.Next | Watch the recording




Learn about the next-generation of quizzing in Canvas, called Quizzes.Next. It provides additional functionality for engaging and assessing your students. In addition, Quizzes.Next encourages more dynamic quiz/test questions and more in-depth analysis of the results. In short, Quizzes.Next cranks up all the dials!

Intro to Canvas, part 1 – Global Navigation | Watch the recording




Learn how to get around inside of Canvas and what all those icons mean in the left navigation. Contrast those with the navigation items inside a course and learn how they are different, how to disable or enable them, and how that affects a student’s view. Learn how to utilize a series of best practices in Canvas to help your students have a seamless experience.

Intro to Canvas, Part 2 – Course Navigation | Recording Coming Soon




In this session, we will cover the course navigation and organization in Canvas. We will dive into the structure of courses and how to best organize them for student success. Please watch the Global Navigation video prior to taking this course.

Intro to Canvas, Part 3 – Best Practices | Watch the recording




In this session, we will cover the settings for your course and how to utilize the tools built into Canvas. We will also spend some time on best practices for using the LMS at VCCS institutions.

Integrating Google Drive into Canvas | Watch the recording
Wrapping up the semester | Recording Coming Soon




This session will go over some housekeeping items for wrapping up your semester in Canvas. We will cover best practices for communication with students, organizing your course cards and copying your course to the next semester.

Canvas Video Guide – How to Set up Badges in Canvas | Watch the recording




This Canvas video guide will highlight the process of setting up and configuring your modules to award virtual ‘badges’ in your Canvas course. Badges are a form of gamification where the students earn a virtual badge as a visual representation of the progress they’ve made in the course.

Canvas Tips and Tricks (Advanced) | Watch the recording

In this session we will go over some shortcuts and intermediate skills that can help enhance your Canvas course. We will talk about embedding in the rich content editor, using the html code on the back end and a few other tips and tricks. This is not advised for new canvas users or people that do not feel comfortable with low level coding.

1. Putting emojis in module titles and other headers
2. Embedding HTML embed codes in the RCE. (And a little about resizing items)
3. Adding specific feedback in quizzes based on the student response (and putting GIFs into feedback)
4. Prerequisites and requirements in modules
5. How to do extra credit.

Canvas and Quality Matters |Watch the recording


QM and Canvas. Learn how you can set up your Canvas Course so that you can cover several of the QM standards with some simple design tips including accessibility requirements. This session is geared for those who have already completed the Syllabus and Modules workshops. We will spend time discussing the rubric, standards and how Canvas can help you prepare your course for a peer review either an official one or unofficial one.

Analytics |Watch the recording


For this session we will dive into the reports that you can run in your classes. We will also discuss the data that you can request from your LMS admin team.

Note: Please note that information shared within these webinars may differ as settings may vary per institution.