Teaching Workshop Series: Canvas as a Pedagogical Tool


Spring 2017 Teaching Workshop Series

Fridays, 9:30 - 11:30 am in the Faculty Center (MLIB 1705)

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Canvas has new advanced features that allow you to develop your course quicker and easier. Canvas Design Tools provide course templates and advanced customization. Come learn the ins and outs of this new tool in addition to others, to enhance your course development. Registrants are encouraged to bring their personal laptops.

Facilitator: Nathan Sanders, Senior Instructional Designer, Teaching & Learning Technologies (TLT)

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Throughout your life, you will find yourself in many situations where you must communicate your top-level research to people who aren’t experts in your field. The 3 Minute Thesis competition was developed to help researchers prepare short, compelling statements that clearly communicate complex ideas in memorable ways. Come learn strategies for presenting your research to family members, employers, politicians, and others. Featuring presentations by the winners of the University of Utah’s 2016 3 Minute Thesis competition.

Facilitator: Danny Nelson & 3MT Participants

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Martine Kei Green-Rogers, Assistant Professor, Theatre

Irene Ota, Academic Program Manager, Diversity Coordinator & Instructor, College of Social Work Administration

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Learn how you and your students can create a digital presence in Canvas. You will learn about the Canvas recording apps, how to produce content, and how video is streamed. You will also have the opportunity to demo different technologies instructors have used to create media. Registrants are encouraged to bring their personal laptops.

Facilitator: Nathan Sanders, Senior Instructional Designer, Teaching & Learning Technologies (TLT)

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A combination of lecture, theatre-based activities, a theatrical presentation, and discussion will be used to illuminate our potential biases, discuss how they affect student learning, and strategize ways to deal with them in a classroom setting.

Facilitator: Martine Kei Green-Rogers, Assistant Professor, Theatre

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Friday,  Oct. 28 | Information for Prospective Fulbright Students


Jolyn Schleiffarth, Fellowships & Benefits Coordinator, Graduate School

Howard Lehman, Professor, Political Science

Friday,  Nov. 18 | Canvas as a Pedagogical Platform

The architecture of Canvas opens opportunities to teachers and students to interact with the platform in the same ways they interact with the rest of the Internet: creatively, socially, dynamically. Canvas is a pedagogical tool that has an eye toward open adaptation — and toward learning out in the world, rather than only behind computer screens or inside brick-and-mortar classrooms. Canvas is not the course: it’s the launching pad for the course.

We will discuss how Canvas can support your teaching, and how using Modules, Quizzes, Rubrics and Collaborations can improve your assessment, feedback and communication with students. The Teaching and Learning Technology team will spend the last hour assisting and setting up appointments to address additional Canvas questions.


Jon Thomas, Director, Teaching & Learning Technologies

Friday,  Dec. 2 | Making Research Relevant and Understandable

This workshop includes discussion, writing and speaking activities designed to bring attention to the academy’s need to make our research more approachable across disciplines and communities. We will examine methods for making descriptions of our research more useful by focusing on its relevance, validity and accessibility, and borrowing techniques from #lolmythesis and Three Minute Thesis.


Jennifer Seagrave, Associate Instructor, Undergraduate Studies

Friday,  Oct. 7 |Slideology


Holly K. Johnson, HEI Consultant, CTLE / Adjunct Assistant Professor, Art & Art History

Feb. 3 | Teaching Dossier: Curriculum Vitae & Teaching Philosophy

This workshop focuses on creating a teaching portfolio that highlights your teaching practice as part of your scholarly credentials. Essentials for an effective curriculum vitae (CV) as well as research-grounded approaches to developing or sharpening your teaching philosophy statement will be discussed. Registrants are encouraged to bring their current CV and teaching philosophy statement for peer feedback opportunities.

Facilitator: Alyson Froehlich, Higher Education Instructional Consultant, CTLE / Assistant Professor, Psychology

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CANCELLED -  Feb. 10 | Learning Outcomes


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Last Updated: 2/13/17