Campus adds Canvas workshops for faculty on gradebook, assignments

Faculty can learn more about creating assignments in Canvas, and using Canvas as a gradebook, in two new advanced workshops that will be offered nearly a dozen times each this fall.

The sessions are meant for instructors or TAs who have at least a basic knowledge of UC Davis Canvas, the new campus learning management system. The workshops will be led by one of the instructional technologists who work for Academic Technology Services in Information and Educational Technology.

Each session lasts 90 minutes, and has been scheduled for different times and weekdays in October, November and December. There’s no cost for attending; just bring your laptop and questions.

“Using Canvas as a Gradebook” will explore “setting up your gradebook, grading schemes, using SpeedGrader and other topics.” “Creating Assignments in Canvas” will review “the many ways to enrich student learning by using Canvas for assignments.”

The workshops will be held in The Grove (Surge III) or Surge IV. The events list on the movetocanvas website has details. The site also has information on other resources that can help you learn about UC Davis Canvas, ranging from “getting started” workshops and in-person assistance for faculty, to drop-in office hours, online instructor-led webinars, and self-guided tutorials.

UC Davis Canvas is replacing SmartSite, which will be retired for teaching after spring 2017. Most fall 2016 courses are using the new system.