Canvas offers new and flexible options for creating learning activities that engage students. CITL consultants can help instructors evaluate tools and options to achieve their instructional goals. 

The Canvas workshop series is designed to help instructors efficiently set up their courses in Canvas. Along with instruction in how to use Canvas, these workshops focus on teaching and learning strategies.

The workshops below are designed to help novice through advanced Canvas users. Those new to Canvas may find our Canvas Overview helpful.

View the current schedule of Canvas workshops and webinars offered by the CITL.

Introductory Workshops & Webinars

  • Canvas: A First Look (face-to-face and webinar)

We recommend that you take the Canvas: A First Look workshop first, as it will give you an understanding of the interactivity of Canvas tools and how that influences how courses are set up. This workshop is available as a 90-minute face-to-face workshop that incorporates hands-on work; alternatively, you can attend the 50-minute webinar that does not include hands-on sections. After this workshop, we recommend that you take the Canvas Studio workshop, described in the Intermediate section.

  • Make the Move to Canvas (face-to-face only)

This short 1.5 hour workshop is for the basic Oncourse user who simply wants to bring course materials into Canvas. We will begin by setting up a practice site and putting migrated course content into Canvas. We will demonstrate in Canvas how to add your syllabus, add resources, and utilize the gradebook. Please bring a laptop (not tablet) with you if you have one.

  • Full Migration Workshop: Oncourse to Canvas (face-to-face only)

This three-hour, hands-on workshop helps you jumpstart your transition to Canvas. As Oncourse now has a complete set of migration tools available, this is an excellent workshop to attend. Migrate Assignments, Tests and Surveys, Forums, Resources (except URLs), and Modules and Lessons over to a practice site in Canvas. From there, you can make adjustments, update settings, add new content, and get everything ready to go before you export it over to your “real” course site. 

Intermediate Workshops & Webinars

Follow-up workshops cover a variety of topics, including communications tools, grading, content creation, and file management. The following intermediate workshops are currently available:

  • Canvas Studio (face-to-face only)

See examples of current courses being taught in Canvas. Canvas Studio also gives you more hands-on time to work on your course site, as CITL staff will be available to answer any questions.

  • Canvas: Assignments and Grading (face-to-face and webinar)

Learn how the Assignments tool and Grades tool present graded activities to students and how instructors can use these tools to record grades and communicate with students about their competency and progress.

  • Canvas: Cross-Listing Courses (webinar only)

Because the process of combining courses and sections in Canvas is different from Oncourse, we highly recommend that you attend this workshop to better understand the process.

  • Canvas: Communication Strategies (face-to-face and webinar)

Learn about Canvas’ communication options, including the inbox, notifications, announcements, and chat; you will learn best practices for using each communication option.

  • Canvas: Quizzes and Tests: Level I (webinar only)

Learn about the basics of using the Quizzes tool, including how to create a quiz, specify settings, and add individual questions. Participants will also learn how to use Question Groups to organize and randomize questions, as well as the range of response options for quizzes.

Advanced Workshops

The following advanced workshops are currently available:

  • Canvas Pages: Content in Context (face-to-face and webinar)

The Pages tool can be used to present course context to students in engaging ways. Participants will learn how to upload and organize their files and then use these files and embedded media to present content to their students by creating pages. 

  • Canvas Modules: Organizing Course Content (face-to-face only)

Modules are used to organize course content by weeks, units, or whatever organizational structure works for your course. Add Assignments, Discussions, Quizzes, Files and more in an organized sequence of learning activities.

  • Canvas: Quizzes and Tests: Level II (face-to-face only)

Learn about extended functions and flexibility of the Quizzes tool; several options for providing feedback on student performance; when to use question groups and question banks; how to view quiz statistics; and best practices for online assessment. 

Related Workshops

  • Avoiding (Online) Discussion Doldrums (face-to-face only)

Online discussions can build community, develop thinking and writing skills, and promote broad student participation. This workshop provides background and practical knowledge needed to use online discussions successfully in your class, including how to create discussions in Canvas, VoiceThread, and other tools.

  • Design Before You Assign: Engaging Students in Successful Collaborative Learning (face-to-face only)

Collaborative assignments can give students opportunities to engage with disciplinary content, address authentic complex problems, and build the valuable team communication and project development skills they will need in their professional lives. Such work also can be rife with obstacles: student confusion, grading issues, and complications associated with collaborating on projects outside of class. In this workshop, participants will learn how to design group work that addresses common problems in advance, learn how to scaffold and support group work to gradually build student progress, and experience how Canvas supports student-centered learning for group assignments.


CITL staff often present webinars with their partners at IT Training and CTL (IUPUI). Sign up for these via the CITL Events Listing. Recordings of previous webinars are available via IT Training's site.