Growing with Canvas

Resource type: Self-paced Canvas course
Intended for: New faculty, emerging practitioners

Growing with Canvas is a self-paced training course to introduce the main Canvas tools. You can self-enroll through the Canvas learning system. The course is organized into modules with videos, text explanations, examples, and practice exercises. Consider working through the modules in order, because some topics build from others.

What's in the Growing with Canvas course?

In this module, you’ll learn more about the basics of navigating your Canvas course as well as how to communicate with students via the Inbox and Calendar tools.

This module covers:

  • Getting Around in Canvas
  • Communication Tools

This module focuses on overall course design, sharing strategies for customizing your course appearance as well as organizing content to support student learning.

This module covers:

  • Customizing Your Course
  • Course Design

In this module, you’ll learn more about the different Canvas activities you can use to support student engagement in your course.

This module covers:

  • Pages
  • Discussions
  • Assignments
  • Quizzes

This module shares strategies for effectively using Canvas SpeedGrader™ to assess your students’ work and share their grades with them so they can keep track of their progress in the course.

This module covers:

  • Course Settings and Weights
  • SpeedGrader and Gradebook

This module reviews how the Canvas Groups tool can be used to support learning and develop a sense of community in your course. It also outlines the steps for copying your course materials from term to term, as well as how to share content with your colleagues.

This module covers:

  • Groups and Collaboration
  • Copying and Sharing Courses

Tools You'll Use

The Growing with Canvas self-paced course is built within PSU’s learning management system, Canvas by Instructure. You can learn more about how to use Canvas with our Canvas Tutorials.

About the Course Creators

This course was adapted from the Instructure’s Growing With Canvas: Faculty Development course and customized for the PSU community by OAI staff.