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

Bookmark this page and return periodically to see new and upcoming sessions.

Current Offerings

With November around the corner and the end of the semester just visible on the horizon, you may be beginning to feel the shadow of next semester’s prep work scratching at your door.

If you’re looking for a way to help quell some of those anxieties but running on a tight schedule, join an instructional consultant in a micro-session focused on guiding you through our Canvas course template.

Designed with busy faculty in mind, our lightning workshop series takes no longer than thirty minutes per session and focuses on getting you the basics so you can hit the ground running to prepare for next semester.

When: November 2, 2023, 12:30 - 1:00 pm. Eastern time

REGISTER HERE!

In our third workshop in the series, we’ll shift our focus to the Module Learning Guides and take a brief but detailed look at what they are, what they contain, and why they’re valuable additions to each module.

Specifically, in this third workshop of the series, you will:

  • Identify the Module Learning Guide contents
  • Discuss some of its pedagogical value
  • Consider ways to modify or customize the Module Learning Guide to suit your needs

Missed the last workshop in the series? Not sure that you’ll have time to attend? That’s okay! Each workshop is self-contained and recorded so you can watch and re-watch them at your convenience.

Canvas has a wealth of features and is always adding new features through monthly updates. In this virtual workshop, you’ll learn about the most impactful new Canvas features from 2023. We’ve sorted through hundreds of changes to bring you 11 new features from this year that can help you build effective courses and save time. 

REGISTER HERE

When: Tuesday, Nov. 28, 11 – 11:50 am Eastern time
Virtual via Zoom

This session will be recorded and the recording will be provided to anyone who registers. If you are unable to attend but would like access to the recording, please register for the workshop through the link above.

The end of the semester is in sight!

Supporting students through course projects, awarding final grades, and thinking about next semester on top of it all? It’s a lot for anyone to juggle, but we’re here to help you catch at least one of those balls.

If you’re craving a guided starting point for your next-semester-planning anxieties but running on a tight schedule, join an instructional consultant in a micro-session focused on guiding you through our Canvas course template.

Designed with busy faculty in mind, our lightning workshop series takes no longer than thirty minutes per session and focuses on getting you the basics so you can hit the ground running to prepare for next semester.

When: December 1, 2023, 12:30 – 1:00 pm. Eastern time

REGISTER HERE!

In our final workshop in the series, we’ll focus specifically on assignments and discussion boards in Canvas, covering both the basics and how you might customize and use them.

Specifically, in this fourth workshop of the series, you will:

  • Learn and discuss how assignments and discussion boards are set up in our template
  • Learn and identify some of their key features
  • Consider opportunities for you to customize and use them in your own courses

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

You can now access the new Beautiful Canvas Builder. This tool lets you easily create custom Canvas designs in just minutes

GO TO BEAUTIFUL CANVAS BUILDER

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!

Enroll in the Course

 

Welcome to Beautiful Canvas Pages Made Easy

ENROLL IN THE COURSE

Whether you are new to Canvas or desire a refresher, this 5-module self-paced course will demonstrate and encourage practice with the foundational tools available for designing and delivering your courses. Upon completion of the module assignments, participants will receive access to the BSU Canvas Foundations Badge.

Each module should take approximately 1-2 hours to complete, and participants are welcome to peruse the course in whatever order fits their needs. If you are not interested in the badge at this time, you can always reference the course for just-in-time Canvas support.


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 strategiclrn@bsu.edu 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 strategiclrn@bsu.edu 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'."