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Canvas LEAD (Learn, Explore, and Design)

Join us TODAY, May 3rd, in Hodges Library

Spaces are still available, and drop-ins are welcome!

Prepare for your summer and fall courses. Become a Canvas LEADer! Join us as we present Canvas topics and important tool updates that will help you effectively use your course site to engage students and raise achievement.

NOTE: Room 252 and 253 are located in the first hallway after Starbucks.

Agenda: Room 252

9am – 10am Arc Overview
10am – 11am Gradebook
11am – 12pm Tips & Tricks
12pm – 2pm Break
2pm – 3pm Arc Overview
3pm – 4pm Gradebook
4pm – 5pm Tips & Tricks

Agenda: Room 253

9am – 10am Course Structure Overview
10am – 11am Quizzes Next
11am – 12pm Canvas Analytics
12pm – 2pm Break
2pm – 3pm Course Structure Overview
3pm – 4pm Canvas Analytics
4pm – 5pm Quizzes Next


Canvas Analytics
Canvas Learning Analytics collect and analyze student usage patterns. Specifically, analytics collect log-in information, rates of participation in specific activities, amount of time spent interacting with online resources or with other students in the class. The most common uses of Learning Analytics are to identify students who are not succeeding academically and to inform targeted and timely interventions. Learning Analytics can also be used to identify assignments that cause students difficulty. Instructors can use this data to adapt and modify course structure or assignments.

Use course analytics to:

  • Predict how students react to course activities.
  • See which students are at-risk and need help.
  • View how effective your teaching strategies are in allowing students to learn.
  • See a quick view of what your students are achieving in your course.


Canvas Tips & Tricks
As much as we work with technology on a daily basis, have you ever heard a colleague say, “I didn’t know you could do that!”? Do you want to be the one sharing the knowledge? Do you like discovering hidden gems? How about uncovering tucked-away secrets?

Join us as we reveal and illustrate several lesser-known features and strategies within Canvas. At the conclusion of our session, you will have learned several things you didn’t know before to make you a more successful and efficient Canvas user.


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Infographic: Learning with Video Arc

Arc is a communication tool that allows instructors and students to actively collaborate through video and audio media. Arc’s interface lets students and instructors engage with media content by commenting directly on the media timeline. Students can learn from each other’s insights as well as from the instructor’s direction and feedback.

Arc is a more video‑centric, interactive way to approach e-learning. Where video‑as‑a‑learning‑tool has typically been one‑way and passive, Arc makes learning an active, collaborative, impactful two-way street. Are you ready? (Your learners are.)


New Gradebook
An improved version of the Gradebook. The New Gradebook makes grading more flexible and intuitive and elevates the Gradebook user experience. Colors-Icons-NewGrades


Preview Quizzes.Next, the newest Canvas quizzing engine offering a simplified design for a rich, responsive user experience. Experience new authoring, delivery, and reporting features. Get a glimpse of new question types such as hot spot, ordering, and stimulus. Quizzes.Next Feature Comparison


Course Design
Learn best practices in Canvas for organizing and presenting content to your students. Specifically, the relationships between your course’s Home Page, Pages, and Modules will be examined in detail. The goal is to provide you with an understanding for how Canvas can enhance the teaching and learning experiences of instructors and students alike.

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