August Sessions Help Instructors Make the Most of Canvas

Mon July 31, 2017

For instructors and teaching assistants working in Canvas, Teaching Effectively in Canvas is a Faculty Engagement program designed to help make high-quality teaching easier for instructors.

Each two-hour workshops focuses on different aspects of teaching and learning and demonstrates ways to apply them in the Canvas learning management system. Workshops include hands-on time, so please bring your laptop. If you’ve never been in Canvas, we recommend taking an in-person training course beforehand or reviewing available resources at

In August, there are two sessions for each workshop and people are encouraged to attend a session for each of the four workshops to get the most comprehensive learning experience. Each session takes place in room 2425 of Sterling Hall and registration can be completed by clicking below on the desired date. In addition, the final hour will include individual consultations. All UW-Madison instructors and TAs are welcome to attend.

Workshop Descriptions & Available Sessions for Registration:

  • Course Design in Canvas: The workshop focuses on communicating learning objectives, while providing opportunities for students to connect prior experiences and personal learning preferences with course content in Canvas — in a way that fits your teaching style.
  • Assessment in Canvas: The Assessment workshop helps you develop and apply smart assessment strategies to course objectives, get and give good feedback that strengthens student learning — and do it more efficiently than you imagined in Canvas!
  • Designing Social Learning in Canvas: The Social Learning workshop provides methods and examples to enlist students in teaching and learning from each other with Canvas.
  • Designing Individual Learning in Canvas: The Individual Learning workshop offers examples and practices in Canvas to ensure students come to class prepared to interact with instructors and classmates.

Canvas, like D2L, is part of the Learn@UW suite of learning technologies and is supported by DoIT Academic Technology’s Learn@UW-Madison service. Our Learner Experience: Training & Support service provides in-person training events such as Getting Started with Canvas and Managing Grades in Canvas. Additional resources for Canvas users include the UW-Madison Canvas KnowledgeBase, the Canvas Instructor Guide, consultations and online training. Visit for all available resources, the timeline for when your unit is scheduled to move to Canvas and updates about the campus transition to Canvas.