Archives for March 2018

Save the Dates for On-Campus Canvas Training! 

WHO:       Faculty 

WHAT:     On-Campus Training with Canvas Trainers 

WHEN:     Tuesday, April 17 – Thursday, April 19 

WHERE:   Georgia Tech’s Campus (Locations TBD) 

WHY:         The Canvas team will provide training sessions
                     on a variety of topics! Feel free to join us for one
                     or all of the available sessions. 

More info and invitation to follow.  

Canvas Expert Help for Faculty 

Are you a faculty member who is learning to navigate Canvas? There are several expert help options available to help you along the way!  

Help from Educational Technology Experts:  

  • Need help designing and developing courses?  
    • Click here to set up a one-on-one instructional design consultation with the learning technology specialists in the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). 
  • Need help migrating your courses to Canvas or using Canvas within your course?  
    • Click here to set up a one-on-one Canvas consultation with the Digital Learning Team. 

Technical Support 

  • Need help around the clock?  
    • Georgia Tech has subscribed to 24/7 support provided by Canvas, which means that you can ask their experts questions via email, chat, or phone at any time. 
  • Want to visit our office hours?  
    • Our scheduled office hours for Spring 2018 are: 
      • Virtual Office Hours: Thursday & Friday, 9-12 AM  
      • Face-to Face AppointmentsThursday & Friday, 1-4 PM (Location TBD) 
      • Click here to schedule an appointment! 
  • Want to visit one of our open houses?  
    • We are holding several open houses for Spring 2018. Drop by in person or online to any of the below! 
      • WednesdayMarch 28th
        • Klaus 1207, 9 AM – 12 PM 
        • Virtually* in BlueJeans (Participant Passcode: 2084)
      • Thursday, March 29th
        • 760 Spring Street, 1 – 4 PM
        • Virtually* in BlueJeans (Participant Passcode: 2084)
      • Friday, April 20th 
        • 760 Spring Street,  1 – 4 PM
        • Virtually* in BlueJeans (Participant Passcode: 2084)
      •  Friday, May 4th
        • Klaus 1207, 9 AM – 12 PM 
        • Virtually* in BlueJeans (Participant Passcode: 2084)
      •  Monday, May 7th (Final Grades Due)
        • 760 Spring Street, 1 – 4 PM
        • Virtually* in BlueJeans (Participant Passcode: 2084)

Canvas Training, Training and More Training

Canvas is here and early adopters across campus have reported positive experiences overall!  Whether you are an enthusiastic adopter, somewhat more ambivalent (or even reluctant) one of the first things you will want to do is learn how to use Canvas effectively. Never fear, there are many training and documentation options available!

We have provided community access to training options by posting a Training link on our Canvas.gatech.edu homepage. Many users will do best to start with a basic video overview online and for this, you have several options:

  1. Webinars: There are several hour-long webinars available directly from Instructure. Three of the most basic webinars are even recorded, making them available for viewing at any time:

To register for a wider variety of Instructure live webinars, you can start at Instructure Canvas Training. Click on Access Training, where you can first register for an account using your Georgia Tech email, then revisit and login. I recommend the Welcome to Canvas and the Building Block series.

  1. On-Campus Training: Last November, the Georgia Tech Digital Learning team invited Instructure to provide on-campus training, and many faculty were able to attend. However, for those who were not able to attend, all of the unique sessions were recorded. You can review these sessions by going to our Training page. The most popular session was the two-hour Canvas 101.
  2. Full Overviews:
    • Lynda: Yet another option for a full overview session of learning is Lynda – you can review the 90-minute Introduction to Canvas by following the same link mentioned as above – http://canvas.gatech.edu/canvas-training-options – just scroll to the bottom to the Lynda section. You will need to login (top left) and then search for “Canvas” related training. I recommend the Learning Canvas 2017 course and it is available to view in six modular sections if you don’t have time to view the entire video at once.
    • Instructure Video Library: If you prefer your learning in smaller chunks or more topic-specific, Instructure has their entire video library available here. We have pulled together a list of Canvas Basics for Instructors at the bottom of our Self Help page.
    • Online Documentation by Topic: Most of the above are online videos, but video content is not your only option! Full topical documentation is available here. Instructor self-paced community resources are available here.
    • Departmental Overview and Training Sessions: For those who would like to have a departmental overview and training session, please reach out to our team via email at Canvas@gatech.edu and we will work with you to set up a session. We will also be providing several drop-in open houses starting in March.

Migrating to Canvas will obviously have its bumps, but we hope you will find the above training resources helpful! Should you have additional ideas on how we can help you, your department, school or the larger Tech community, please reach out to our team at Canvas@gatech.edu. We are actively looking for additional ways to assist and your input is appreciated.