QuickStart to Canvas and Best Practices:  Online & Shortened Format

The Digital Learning & Emerging Technology Initiatives Office, Learning Platforms Team, Office for Faculty Excellence, and faculty leaders across campus have partnered together for professional development (PD) to help you get your Canvas course ready for the Fall. We’ll be there for you as you “pivot” to short format courses and online teaching!

We are very excited to offer a two-day QuickStart Session to get you started in Canvas and share best practices for teaching online, high enrollment courses, and teaching in a shortened format.

There’s no registration required to attend; click on the “Join the ZOOM Webinar” button below to go directly into the Zoom session.

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Thursday July 30th, 2020Friday July 31st, 2020
Getting Started with Canvas
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Student Groups and Collaboration
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Building and Teaching in Canvas
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Canvas Studio
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Building and Managing Course Content
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 pm
Quizzes and New Quizzes
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Grading and Assessment.
2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m
Course Design Consideration
2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Day 1 Outline – July 30


Getting Started with Canvas


Building and Teaching in Canvas


Building and Managing Course Content


Grading and Assessment

Day 2 Outline – July 31


Student Groups and Collaboration


Canvas Studio 


Quizzes and New Quizzes

Course Design Considerations

Canvas Resources

  • Canvas Network. Free professional development courses for educators. Excellent way to see how others design courses. Great way to experience Canvas as a student
  • Canvas Community. View the Canvas Guides, learn how others are creating in Canvas.
  • Downloading Canvas Commons ECU Templates:
    1. Click “Commons” in the Global Nav menu in Canvas.
    2. Filter: by Modules; Click “Share with ECU” at bottom of screen.
    3. Click the link in the “Start Here Template” tile.
    4. Click the blue Import/Download button.
    5. Select the course you’re importing into.
    6. Choose Import Course.