Join your teaching peers during these faculty development offerings from the Division of Online and Strategic Learning.

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Current Offerings

A virtual workshop via Zoom


Every time students open your Canvas course, they start on your homepage. The homepage serves many needs: welcoming learners, providing quick access to important information, and helping learners navigate the rest of the course.

In this virtual workshop, we’ll explore different options for Canvas homepages. We’ll examine a variety of example homepages, discuss tools for designing a home page, and workshop faculty homepages.

  • Wednesday, November 9, 10-11 a.m.
  • Virtual workshop via Zoom
  • Event will be recorded, and the recording will be shared with all registrants

Want us to discuss your course homepage during the workshop? Just come prepared with a link to your course and/or your current course homepage.

This workshop will include design tools from Beautiful Canvas Pages Made Easy, a self-paced course on using the Ball State Canvas design library. If you do not have Beautiful Canvas Pages Made Easy on your Canvas dashboard, you can enroll in the self-paced course here.

Enroll in the Course

Whether you’re new to accessibility or experienced at creating accessible learning experiences, this self-paced Canvas course will guide you through creating a course in the Canvas LMS that is accessible to all students.

This course includes written materials and short video presentations so that you can learn in your own way, at your own pace.

Core modules cover the basics of accessibility, including how it impacts your students, and the 8 steps to making a Canvas site accessible. Additional content covers topics such as cognitive accessibility, complex images, discipline-specific accessibility, and Universal Design for Learning.

You can also use this Canvas course as a reference resource when developing or revising a course. Handy tools such as a course index, further readings, and a PDF checklist will help you locate the information you need to make the biggest impact for your students.

Faculty who complete this self-paced course will be able to:

  • Identify core principles of accessibility
  • Design an accessible course using Canvas’s built-in tools
  • Use automated accessibility checkers in combination with manual checking to locate and fix accessibility issues in their course
  • Reflect on inclusive and accessible pedagogical interventions for their course

Enroll in the Course

If you’re tired of bland Canvas content, this self-paced course is for you. This self-paced course is a collection of Canvas design elements that you can incorporate into your Canvas content.

In this self-paced course, you’ll also learn how to implement these design elements. You can pick and choose which elements to use, whether that’s adding a single button to your Canvas site or creating entire beautiful pages!

Welcome to Beautiful Canvas Pages Made Easy

Request a 1:1 Course Development Consultation

We offer 1:1 consultation to provide a thorough assessment of course(s) with the Quality Matters+ Ball State Rubric and provide constructive feedback on how to improve the overall design, accessibility, alignment, and ease of navigation from the student perspective.

Send us an email to schedule a 1:1 consultation with our faculty support team. A member from our team will walk you through the Self-Assessment Tool and process for quality course design.

Download a Canvas Template 

Not sure where to begin? Use a Canvas Template created by our team.

Technology Coaching and Teaching Consultation

Designed to address the unique needs of the individual instructor, consultations begin with a meeting to identify teaching issue/s, provide feedback, and work to find a solution. The consultation may also include class observations.

Contact us at to set up a consultation.

Request an Online Retreat

College or discipline-specific retreats and professional development days. Professionals from the Division of Online and Strategic Learning can facilitate an online retreat to help faculty address discipline-specific issues about student needs. This can be a one-day bootcamp in Canvas with select live-hour sessions.

Contact us at to set up a retreat or professional development day or to learn more about how we can help.

Faculty Testimonials

David Largent

Dave Largent, Associate Lecturer of Computer Science

"I’ve received lots of positive comments from learners the last couple of semesters. While I’d like to take full credit for them, I truly believe I would not have received the kudos were it not for things I’ve done after participating in a variety of DOSL’s professional development opportunities. Completing ACUE’s Certificate in Effective College Instruction (which I had access to through DOSL) had the biggest impact on my teaching. Close in impact was what I learned from DOSL’s Remote Teaching Bootcamp, their Faculty Learning Community on Remote Synchronous Learning, and  their Keeping Students Engaged During A Pandemic: 5 Day Certificate Course. DOSL provided me the opportunity to learn and grow. I just had to put forth the effort to do so—just like the learners in my courses."

Darolyn Jones

Lyn Jones, Assistant Teaching Professor of English

"I find DOSL's regular webinars to be a community building exercise.  I look forward to seeing and meeting with my colleagues to share and swap resources, learn of new methods to build community, engage with my students, and make my course work and Canvas delivery more 'student friendly'."