Canvas will be the learning management system (LMS) platform used at Chapman University for Fall 2020. (Fall courses will not be available in Blackboard). Therefore, it is important that all faculty receive adequate training in Canvas course design this summer. Educational Technology Services (ETS) is excited to guide you.

The Canvas Course Design training is centered on pedagogical concerns. There are modules on Backwards Design, Course Learning Goals/Objectives/Outcomes, Accessible Teaching, Fostering Student Collaboration, Creating Assessments, Multimedia Assignments, Rubrics, etc.  There’s also content about Online and “Hy-Flex” teaching to help our faculty prepare for Fall.  We have 5 full-time and 4 part-time staff members coordinating those cohort experiences, many of whom have classroom experience and/or training in Instructional Design.  Signups are available now. 

If you feel you have already trained or have adequate experience, please fill out this form so we can know your skill level and (perhaps) ask you to mentor others: Checklist for those who have previous Canvas experience.

Options for full-time faculty summer training include the following. (Part-time faculty will be trained in August.)

  • Group Intensive Hike: Canvas Course Design Cohort Intensive (~15 hours; fast-paced; learn from each other and a facilitator)
  • Solo Hike: Canvas Course Design Independent Study (~15 hours; self-paced; lightly facilitated)
  • Hike with Trail Guides: Basic Technology Training and Canvas Course Design (15-30 hours+; strong support from various tech staff and Canvas professionals; for those who don’t feel comfortable with their tech expertise and need extra help)

Note: Canvas courses for fall 2020 will populate 60 days prior to the start of term. That means you won’t see your fall 2020 courses until end June, early July. If you would like an empty course (or courses!) in Canvas to start building, please request a Master Course.

Sign up now!