Canvas 

DVC, like all California community colleges, utilizes Canvas as our Learning Management System. At minimum, all instructors should publish their Canvas courses and post their syllabus to assist with students’ access to class materials. This takes about 10 minutes and is modeled in the video tutorial below:

Canvas also offers many other tools that support student success and retention, from its calendaring features to its grade book.  We hope you will learn about using Canvas by participating in one or more of the professional development opportunities listed below.


NEW: Self-paced Canvas trainings

Want to learn about Canvas, but having a hard time fitting an in-person workshop into your busy schedule?  Check out DVC's new self-paced courses.  Self-enroll using the links below, and learn about Canvas and Canvas-related tools when and where it's convenient for you.

Workshop Title, Self-enroll Link Workshop Description

 

Starting Out: Simple Canvas Course Design

with Anne Kingsley

 

This self-paced introductory course covers the basics of using Canvas features and tools to enhance your teaching and provide support structures for students. Course includes instructions on uploading your syllabus, creating Announcements, using Canvas Gradebook, and designing assignments.

Regular, Substantive Interaction in Online Classes

with Kat King

Are you an online instructor wondering if you’re meeting the federal and state requirements for regular contact in your classes? Take this self-paced refresher course on what regular, substantive contact is - and best practices for achieving it. This course is ideal for instructors teaching online, or those who are interested in online teaching. Get beyond the plug-and-play!

Video Conferencing: Virtual Office Hours and More

with Kat King

Ever wished you had a more interactive way to host online office hours? Wish you could host and record a lecture to share with students in the event of a class cancellation? Learn how to use this free, Canvas-friendly video conferencing tool. This self-paced course includes instructions for creating one-time or recurring events that attendees can join through video and/or audio. Learn how to share your screen, record and caption your meetings, and more!

Upcoming in-person Canvas trainings at DVC

Canvas trainings are offered throughout the month in the Staff Development Lounge (AB-217-LAB) and during FLEX week.  Please enroll via the Professional Development Calendar on InSite.

Workshop Title, Instructor Workshop Description

Canvas for Face-to-Face Classes

with Jeanette Peavler

Set yourself and your students up for success with this workshop that will cover how to use Canvas to supplement your face-to-face classes. We’ll start with the basics: how to post your syllabus, contact info and office hours. Next we’ll look at ways to support student success with Announcements, Attendance, Modules, and a brief peak into Grades. Plan to leave with tips and materials to save yourself time and increase retention rates.

Structuring Canvas for Online Classes

 with Kat King

Learn best practices for structuring content in your online classes to best help students succeed. Build a welcoming Home Page, create a streamlined Navigation menu, and use Modules, calendaring, and gradebook features in ways that promote student understanding and retention.

Canvas Gradebook for Face-to-Face Instructors

 with Jeanette Peavler

Have you ever gotten an email from a student who misunderstood his/her grade?  Or had a student drop by your office hours wondering how well they need to do on the final to pass your class?  You might just need a little Canvas Gradebook in your life.  This workshop is intended for those interested in how to make the Canvas gradebook work for you AND your students.  Learn how to create assignments in the Canvas embedded gradebook. Empower students with the ability to track their grade in your course and project their final grades based on their performance on future assignments.  Keep yourself from getting a flood of grade related emails at the end of the semester.  What could be better?

Advanced Canvas Gradebook, Rubrics, and Speedgrader

with Kat King

This workshop is intended for those already familiar with the basics of Canvas Gradebook, and is particularly valuable for instructors in online courses. Pick up strategies on using Speedgrader features and Canvas Rubrics to provide student feedback on assignments and discussions. Learn tips for ensuring students actually read your feedback and understand their grades on your assignments.

New Canvas Tools

with Kat King

Using Canvas and wondering about its latest new features? Come learn about Name Coach, Quizzes Next, Note Bowl and other Canvas tools to support student success.

Video Conferencing: Virtual Office Hours and More

with Kat King

Ever wished you had a more interactive way to host online office hours? Or wish there was an easy way to host virtual meetings with your department or committee? Wish you could host and record a lecture to share with students in the event of a class cancellation like those during the fires? Learn how to use this free, Canvas-friendly video conferencing tool. We will cover how to create one-time or recurring events that attendees can join through video and/or audio. Learn how to share your screen, record and caption your meetings, and more!

Meeting Regular, Effective Contact Regulations in Online Classes

with Kat King

Are you an online teacher wondering if you’re meeting the requirement for regular, substantive interaction in your online classes? Come to this workshop for a refresher on what regular, substantive contact is, and the latest and best practices for achieving it. This course is ideal for instructors teaching online, or those who are interested in online teaching. Get beyond the plug-and-play!

Canvas Hackathon and Technology Social

with Anne Kingsley, Mario Tejada, Kat King, Carrie Million

Get your Canvas questions answered and take some time to socialize and have fun! Let’s work together to add new graphics, buttons, media, and other design features to make your Canvas pages shine and dazzle...or, at the very least, have a course that is clear, helpful, and organized! You can stay the whole time or just drop in.  (For Face to Face and Online Instruction)

Get Your Students Canvas Ready Through Digital Badges

with Anne Kingsley

Get your students Canvas ready and learn about digital badges! In this workshop, you’ll learn how to download a Canvas Training learning unit specifically designed for our students to learn Canvas basics. This training ends in a digital badge. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of how to help your students navigate our learning management technology as well as incorporate digital badges into your classroom teaching.

District online courses

4CD offers two-week and four-week courses to support faculty using Canvas in their face-to-face, hybrid, or online classes.  Upcoming courses are listed below.  Please enroll via the Professional Development Calendar on InSite

Workshop Title, Instructor Workshop Description

Beginner’s Guide to Teaching with Canvas

with Kat King

Introductory course on using Canvas features and tools to supplement face-to-face, hybrid, and online teaching. Week One: Learn basics and best practices for designing a Canvas site, including uploading syllabi, sending Announcements, and using Canvas Gradebook.  Week Two (optional) Guides the creative process of building Canvas-enhanced assessments, including using the Assignments and Rubrics tools. 

Note: This course provides up to 5 hours of variable flex credit for faculty

Becoming an Effective Hybrid Instructor

with Joanna Miller

This course teaches effective practices in hybrid teaching to improve student success. Content includes strategies for designing learning experiences that move cohesively from face-to-face to online activities. Course also explores how to use Canvas tools to organize learning modules in a hybrid class.

Note: This course provides up to 10 hours of variable flex credit for faculty

Becoming an Effective Online Instructor

with Anne Kingsley

This course teaches effective practices in online teaching to improve student success. Content includes strategies for regular and effective instructor contact, interaction among students, effective course design for streamlined access and accessibility, and beginning steps to prepare for submitting courses to the OEI Course Exchange, if desired.

Note: This course provides up to 10 hours of variable flex credit for faculty

One-on-one support 

Have a Canvas-related question that isn’t covered by a flex workshop? Schedule one-on-one or small group time in the Staff Development Lounge (AB-217-LAB) with Jeanette Peavler (Canvas Administrator) or Kat King (Instructional Technologist), or drop on by.  Campus Map 

Drop-in hours

Day Hours
Mondays 9 am - 4 pm
Tuesdays 10 am - 6 pm
Wednesdays 10 am - 4 pm
Thursdays 9 am - 4 pm
Fridays by appointment

 


Frequently asked questions


Contact Us

Name Email Phone
Jeanette Peavler, Canvas Administrator jpeavler@dvc.edu 925-969-2277
Kat King, Instructional Technologist kking@dvc.edu 925-969-2292

Additional Canvas support