CIT Training

In-Person Workshops

CIT TrainingAll workshops are held in South 225, and participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop or mobile device. You can find descriptions and learning outcomes for our Spring 2019 series below. CIT is available to tailor a training class for faculty in your department who want to learn together! Email to request a personalized workshop.


Coffee & Canvas

Description: Join us for coffee and conversations about Canvas. Catch a sneak peak of the latest feature releases coming to Canvas! We’ll identify how it impacts your workflow and, bigger picture, members of the Canvas support team will be on-hand to answer questions and discuss design recommendations to maximize efficiencies in your Canvas course management. These workshops will begin at 9:00 AM on the following Wednesdays: 2/13, 3/6, 3/27, 4/18 (Thursday), and 5/8. Registration is not necessary.

Teaching faculty and staff who attend will be able to:

  • locate the full Canvas release notes documentation within the Community;
  • summarize the feature releases impacting teachers and learners;
  • infer changes to one's course management workflow;
  • incorporate new features in course design to fulfill learning outcomes.

Course quality enhancement workshop series

Description: We invite you to partner with an instructional designer, both masters level professionals, for a deep dive into quality course design. We will focus on specific guiding questions and talk through their various answers. Participants are encouraged to bring a device on which to create something specific to course content. These workshops will begin at 3:00 PM on the dates identified below. Seating is limited so we ask that you complete a registration form and let us know if your plans change.

The workshop on April 1st will explore essential questions instructors should consider in the early stages of course design. Instructors who attend this workshop will be able to:

  • articulate the importance of a substantive introduction to the instructor and course;
  • establish resources necessary to facilitate learner success in your course;
  • identify possible obstacles for accessing course content.

Tangible takeaways can include Pages, template Modules, introductory videos, and more. What do you want to make?

The workshop on April 8th will focus on context as it relates to the visual appearance and readability of course content. Instructors who attend this workshop will be able to: 

  • leverage Canvas’ rich text editor to incorporate various media;
  • explain the importance of contextualizing information within course design;
  • articulate the importance of, and duplicate steps to, authorize the Google LTI.

Tangible takeaways can include complete Pages rich with media resources (YouTube, Google Drive files, etc) and Module templates. What do you want to make?

The workshop on April 10th will explore universal standards surrounding Canvas-based course content from the learner’s perspective. Instructors who attend this workshop will be able to:

  • become familiar with the challenges that learner might face when accessing Canvas-based content;
  • discover options for creating a more user friendly learner experience;
  • explore methods and technology that make their courses both accessible and engaging.

Tangible takeaways can include Discussion and Assignment templates inspired by real-world applications of course content, video, and transition of instructor-inspired content into an open educational resource. What do you want to make?

The workshop on April 24th will focus on establishing guidelines for managing student expectations and fostering community within a Canvas-based course. Instructors who attend this workshop will be able to:

  • identify Canvas-based technologies to promote a learner’s sense of community;
  • develop communication guidelines to include assignment feedback, response to learner inquiry, and Gradebook updates;
  • facilitate opportunities for learner-to-learner, learner-to-content, and learner-to-faculty interactions.

Tangible takeaways can include netiquette standards, a “What you can expect from me” policy, instructor biography multimedia, and icebreaking activity templates. What do you want to make?

The workshop on April 29th will explore the Canvas Gradebook and opportunities for giving and receiving of feedback, at all levels, throughout the course. Instructors who attend this workshop will be able to:

  • articulate the relationship between learning activities and the Gradebook;
  • leverage the Canvas Gradebook to maximize grade transparency;
  • duplicate steps necessary to associate a rubric to an assignment

Tangible takeaways can include the adoption of Geneseo’s Canvas-based grading scheme, weighted Assignment Groups, and custom rubrics. What do you want to make?

Please contact Laurie Fox if you have any questions or suggestions for future workshops. Self-Paced Online Training

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