Canvas Basics Training Workshops – 2023 PDI

For instructors, TA’s and staff members who have not used Canvas before or who need to brush up on their skills, at the beginning of each semester, we offer Canvas Basics workshops.

Build a Course in Canvas

  • How to design your course to match your pedagogy and learning objectives.
  • Which file formats to use so students can access your content.
  • How to take mobile device needs into your course design.
  • Upload and organize files in your Canvas course
  • Create Pages and Modules to present content to your students.
  • Use the built in dynamic Syllabus tool.

Date/Time: Monday, January 9, 2023, 1 – 2:30pm
Register for Build a Course training

Introduction to Canvas Assignments and Gradebook

  • Pedagogical assessment considerations.
  • The relationship between assignments and the Canvas gradebook.
  • How to create a column in the gradebook.
  • The options that are available when you create an assignment.
  • Rubric basics.
  • Perform subtotal calculations by assignment groups.
  • How to enter grades for your students.
  • Download a copy of your Canvas gradebook.

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 11, 2023, 10 – 11:30 am
Register for Assignments & Gradebook training

Canvas New Quizzes – Getting Started

New Quizzes will become the only quiz option in CSU’s Canvas by summer/fall 2023.  Get to know New Quizzes!

  • Learn the new question types and features in New Quizzes.
  • Learn how to apply settings on a New Quiz. Shuffle questions/answers, manage what students see when they complete the quiz.
  • Learn how to create questions in a New Quiz.
  • Preview how the quiz will look to students.
  • How to use Question Groups to make a quiz unique per student.
  • How to view a student’s submission in SpeedGrader.
  • How to moderate a quiz and add additional time or attempts for a student’s quiz.
  • Learn how to migrate an existing classic quiz, which does not rely on question banks, over to a New Quiz.

Date/Time: Monday, January 9, 2023,  9 – 10:30 am
Register for New Quizzes training

Canvas Advanced Gradebook

  • How to give extra credit.
  • Weight your grades by assignment groups. g. Exams 50%, Papers 25%
  • Exclude a student from a course assignment.
  • Assign an assignment to certain students in your course.
  • Drop the lowest score in an assignment group.
  • Create a grading scheme for your course.
  • Calculate final letter grades for your students. At the end of the semester final grades can be imported into ARIESweb.

Date/Time: TBD


Register for training workshops at MyLearning with your CSU NetID

In Bridge, type Canvas in the Search box to find trainings on Canvas.

Canvas Pedagogical Foundation

TILT Pedagogical Course Design Considerations
TILT Align Assignments with Learning Objectives
TILT Rubric Design

Training Guides

Canvas Instructor Guides
Canvas Instructor Videos

Canvas Content Key Points
Canvas Content Exercises
Gradebook Basics Exercises
Canvas Gradebook & Assignments Key Points
Canvas Advanced Gradebook Key Points
Quiz Classic Key Points
Create Eye Catching Pages with Design Tools
Copy a Canvas Quiz

Recorded Workshops

Build A Course workshop – Aug. 2021
Assignments and Gradebook – Aug. 2020
Canvas Overview / Content – June 2020
Advanced Gradebook – January 2021

Other Training Options

Your College Canvas Coordinator
Appointment with Central Canvas Support

Customized Training

We offer specialized Canvas training for groups of 8 or more people. Contact us at: