2019 Teaching with Technology Summer Institute

You have figured out how to use the basics of Canvas – navigate the interface, post content, communicate with students, create and grade assignments, and so on. Now you are thinking:

How can I take my course beyond the surface?
How can I get the most out of Canvas without having to go through a lot of trial and error?

What can I expect?

The institute will consist of a mix of small-group and large-group sessions, as well as individual work time. You will engage in discussions and hands-on workshop activities, facilitated by the learning technology specialists from CTL, to advance your skills and techniques in teaching with Canvas (see the summer institute schedule below for more details).

How does it differ from Canvas training?

Please note that this program is uniquely different from, and not a substitute for, the Canvas training offered by the Office of Information Technology (OIT). If you intend to learn how to use the tools in Canvas, we recommend you consider attending the Canvas training sessions (see http://canvas.gatech.edu/canvas-training-options for details) prior to attending the institute. The institute is focused on learning tips, tricks, and best practices for using Canvas to create meaningful learning experiences effectively and efficiently.

Is this for me?

No matter whether you are a novice or an expert in using Canvas, please come and join the discussions about rethinking how you teach with technology!

The summer institute will be facilitated by:

Chaohua Ou, Assistant Director of Learning & Technology Initiatives
Vincent Spezzo, Learning & Technology Specialist

Summer Institute Schedule


Session Description

Session 1:

Using Media in Canvas to Make Learning Captivating

Monday, July 15, 2019
9 am - noon (breakfast provided)
Student Center, Peachtree Room

Facilitated by Chaohua Ou

Our students have endless stream of videos at their fingertips and they often resist learning when facing a wall of text. Proper use of multimedia will make learning more captivating through visual representation of concepts while providing students the opportunity to learn at their own pace. In this session, we will explore how to integrate media into your course content and how to ensure the media is used in a way that helps enhance student learning. We will also investigate how to use media analytics to get insight into student learning behaviors and learning performance.

Session 2:

Designing to Promote Student Interactions in Canvas

Tuesday, July 16, 2019
9 am - noon (breakfast provided)
Student Center, Peachtree Room

Facilitated by Vincent Spezzo

Have you ever wanted to have a discussion board that becomes a learning community or turn a course module into a collaborative student workspace? If you are interested in learning about how to promote and foster student-to-student interaction, then this is the session for you. Join us as we explore various Canvas tools that can be used to create student interactions and discuss the best practices for crafting engaging collaborative opportunities. By the end of this session you will be able to create truly interactive and meaningful activities to engage your students.

Session 3:

Rethinking Assessment, Feedback, and Grading

Wednesday, July 17, 2019
9 am - noon (breakfast provided)
Student Center, Peachtree Room

Facilitated by Chaohua Ou

Using a range of methods for assessment helps students measure their learning progress, knowledge, and skills against learning outcomes. It also enables you to respond to learning needs and strengths by modifying your teaching approach as necessary. In this session, we will explore techniques and best practices of conducting assessment with Assignments and Quizzes in Canvas. We will also discuss how to grade and provide feedback faster and easier by using such tools as Speedgrader, Peer Review, and Rubric.

Session 4:

Reaching Beyond Canvas: External Tools and Resources

Thursday, July 18, 2019
9 am - noon (breakfast provided)
Student Center, Peachtree Room

Facilitated by Vincent Spezzo

Canvas extends its functions with many external tools that are seamlessly integrated into courses. It also enables you to find, import, and share educational resources through Canvas Commons. Join us for this session as we discuss the external tools in Canvas and explore how to use them to meet your teaching needs. We will also examine how to efficiently locate, curate, and assess the resources that are most relevant and useful for your courses.

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