Canvas is Queen’s new, University-wide Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which will be officially adopted across all Schools in AY 2019/20, replacing the current VLE provided through Queen’s Online (QOL).  If you haven’t had the opportunity to avail of Canvas training this year, it’s not too late to book a sessions ahead of the September rush. Don’t be left with a blank Canvas at start of term, a full programme of training is available throughout August and September to help you to develop your modules in preparation for teaching in September. A description of 6 key training and support activities available to all staff is outlined below.

1. Canvas Building Blocks

Building Blocks are one-hour, highly focused Canvas training sessions which focus on building skills required to create an engaging course in Canvas.  Face-to-face workshops will also be streamed online so you can join us from the comfort of your office or home. 

Choose from any combination of building blocks to suit your needs. Blocks cover topics ranging from assessment, communication and content building tools with a how-to focus. Come prepared to ask questions, engage in practice activities and discover how to successfully leverage Canvas to enhance and support instructional practices.
For more details and to register your place in the physical or virtual classroom, click below:

August Schedule:

  1. Set up and Start to Build – Tues 13 Aug 13:00-14:00
  2. Create and Communicate – Tues 13 Aug 14:30-15:30
  3. Get Together With Canvas – Wed 14 Aug 10:00-11:00
  4. Getting Quizzical With Canvas – Wed 14 Aug 11:30-12:30

September Schedule:

  1. Set up and Start to Build – Mon 09 Sept 13:00-14:00
  2. Create and Communicate – Mon 09 Sept 14:30-15:30
  3. Get Together With Canvas – Wed 11 Sept 10:00-11:00
  4. Getting Quizzical With Canvas – Wed 11 Sept 11:30-12:30
  5. Grader Expectations – Fri 13 Sept 10:00-11:00
  6. Turnitin Essentials – Fri 13 Sept 11:30-12:30

2. Canvas Surgery

Visit your Canvas Surgery for step-by-step guidance on how to build your module in Canvas. If dates/times for venues advertised within your Faculty do not suit, please feel free to come along to ANY of the dates/times offered across campus.

From Monday 26 August until the end of September, you can attend any Faculty-based Canvas Surgery to participate in a guided module build session(s).  Build demo sessions will run in parallel so you can choose a time that suits your availability.  Pre-registration is not necessary as places will be offered on a first come first served basis to meet demand.  Sessions run every hour so drop in any time. Add your name to the sign-up sheet for session(s) running every hour. 

PLEASE NOTE: In order for the Surgery Sessions to be of benefit to you, please bring a laptop device so that you can build your module with some hand-on support and advice from your Instructor.

How Canvas Surgery works:

Triage: Start in the Triage area to receive advice on which room(s) best cater to your needs. Work your way through topics covered in the room until you have accomplished your goal and/or published your module.

Room 1 => Set Up: Room 1 will provide an overview on how to navigate the key areas of Canvas, set up your profile and understand the Canvas Inbox. See how to use the ‘Files’ section to upload content from QOL VLE to Canvas. Learn how to quickly populate the Template pages within your Module Development Area using some basic editing features in Canvas. Finally, see how easy it is to publish your module. (45 minutes)

Room 2 => Start to Build: Room 2 is where you start to build module content in your Canvas Course. See how to use the ‘Rich Content Editor’ to create simple learning resources. Learn how to structure your course in Canvas to create a learner journey. You will also see how to use the communication tools in Canvas to effectively communicate with your students. This session will end with a brief recap on how to publish your module in Canvas. (45 minutes)

Room 3 => Assessment Setup:  If you would like an overview on Assessment opportunities within Canvas, then come to Room 3. See how to use the powerful Canvas Quizzes functionality, how to set up your assignments and weightings, explore various submission types and learn how best to use the Turnitin Integration within Canvas. Finally, learn how the Gradebook can be used to record results before looking at the many options for assignment grading and feedback available to you in Speedgrader. This session will end with a brief recap on how to publish your module in Canvas. (90 minutes)

Week 1 – Surgery Schedule:

Note: Surgery Sessions run every hour on the hour and last for 45 minutes. Access to a laptop or tablet device is necessary so please bring one with you!

  • Monday 26th August – AHSS – PFC 01/005 – [10:00-14:00]
  • Tuesday 27th August – EPS – MAP 0G/005 – [10:00-14:00]
  • Wednesday 28th August – MHLS – WMB – Seminar Room 1 – [10:00-14:00]
  • Thursday 29th August – AHSS – MAP 0G/005 – [10:00-14:00]
  • Friday 30th August – MHLS – WMB – Seminar Room 1 – [10:00-14:00]

Week 2 – Surgery Schedule:

  • Monday 2nd September – AHSS – PFC 01/005 – [10:00-16:00]
  • Tuesday 3rd September – EPS – Ashby 02/013 – [10:00-16:00]
  • Wednesday 4th September – MHLS – MBC 02/002 – [10:00-16:00]
  • Thursday 5th September – EPS – Ashby 02/013 – [13:00-16:00]
  • Friday 6th September – MHLS – MBC 02/002 – [10:00-16:00]

Week 3 – Surgery Schedule:

  • Monday 16th September – AHSS PFC 01/005 – [10:00-16:00]
  • Thursday 19th September – EPS M&P 0G/005 – [10:00-16:00]

Week 4 – Surgery Schedule:

  • Monday 23rd September – MHLS –Room TBC – [10:00-16:00]
  • Tuesday 24th September – AHSS – Room TBC – [10:00-16:00]
  • Wednesday 25th September – EPS – Room TBC – [10:00-16:00]

3. Canvas Cafe – Drop-in Clinics

Dropping in for a coffee in Junction? Pop over and join us to build your module with some expert help from one of the Canvas Team! Ask questions, troubleshoot issues, fast-track the course development process, get to grips with the latest tips, tricks and much more.

Join us in Junction Cafe on the following dates:

  • Tues 06 Aug -10:00-12:00
  • Fri 23 Aug -10:00-12:00
  • Mon 09 Sep -10:00-12:00
  • Fri 20 Sep -10:00-12:00

4. GET READY – GO LIVE!

Short virtual Lunchtime session will run from 13:15-13:45 with time for Q&A at the end. These focused lunchtime sessions will deliver key information to help you put the finishing touches to your module in time for Semester 1. Why not grab a coffee and join us online from the comfort of your office.

Your online instructor will walk and talk you through steps required in order to:

  1. Import content from your Module Development Area (Session 1)
  2. Check your Settings (Session 2)
  3. Publish your Module (Session 3)

Session 1 dates/times:

  • Tues 10 Sept – 13:15-13:45
  • Tues17 Sept – 13:15-13:45
  • Thurs 26 Sept – 13:15-13:45

Session 2 dates/times:

  • Wed 11 Sept – 13:15-13:45
  • Wed 18 Sept – 13:15-13:45
  • Fri 27 Sept – 13:15-13:45

Session 3 dates/times:

  • Thurs 12 Sept – 13:15-13:45
  • Fri 20 Sept – 13:15-13:45
  • Mon 30 Sept – 13:15-13:45

5. Canvas for Support Staff

Learn how to use the VLE to manage and support the delivery of academic modules in Canvas. Tools and features which help to facilitate communication of information to students, file and content management, managing assignments, grades and student feedback will also be covered.

This practical workshop will introduce you to the Canvas VLE and give an overview of its functionality, in particular the tools and features that can be used to manage and support the delivery and administration of a Queen’s academic module. Canvas user roles and permissions will also be covered.

  • Wednesday,  21  Aug 10:00-12:30
  • Wednesday 18 Sept 10:00-12:30

6. Guided 1-2-1 Support Sessions

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Guided 1-2-1 support sessions are available to Module Conveners or Programme Teams, (subject to availability). Work alongside a Canvas expert to fast-track the course development process. See how easy it is to publish your module in time for September.

Consultation sessions are available to Module Conveners at their desks and/or Programme Teams within Schools.

Please note that 1-2-1 sessions are subject to availability. You can use the calendar links listed directly below to check availability and to book a 1-2-1 session with support representative(s) available to you within your Faculty/School:

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS)

SCHOOL

CONSULTANT

School of Arts, English and Languages

Emma McAllister – Digital Learning Developer (AHSS) >>BOOK 1-2-1 NOW

Laura Farling – Digital Learning Developer (AHSS) >>BOOK 1-2-1 NOW

Jenny Reid – Digital Learning Consultant (CED) >>BOOK 1-2-1 NOW

School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics

Emma McAllister – Digital Learning Developer (AHSS) >>BOOK 1-2-1 NOW

Laura Farling – Digital Learning Developer (AHSS) >>BOOK 1-2-1 NOW

─ Aaron Crozier – Digital Learning Consultant (CED) >>BOOK 1-2-1 NOW

School of Law

Emma McAllister – Digital Learning Developer (AHSS) >>BOOK 1-2-1 NOW

Laura Farling – Digital Learning Developer (AHSS) >>BOOK 1-2-1 NOW

Steph Dougherty – Digital Learning Consultant (CED) >>BOOK 1-2-1 NOW

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

Jill Harrison – e-Learning Developer (SSESW) >>BOOK 1-2-1 NOW

Emma McAllister – Digital Learning Developer (AHSS) >>BOOK 1-2-1 NOW

Laura Farling – Digital Learning Developer (AHSS) >>BOOK 1-2-1 NOW

─ Steph Dougherty – Digital Learning Consultant (CED) >>BOOK 1-2-1 NOW

Queen’s Management School

Emma McAllister – Digital Learning Developer (AHSS) >>BOOK 1-2-1 NOW

Laura Farling – Digital Learning Developer (AHSS) >>BOOK 1-2-1 NOW

─ Aaron Crozier – Digital Learning Consultant (CED) >>BOOK 1-2-1 NOW

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS)

SCHOOL

CONSULTANT

School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Tom Dore – Digital Learning Officer (EPS) >>BOOK 1-2-1 NOW

Steph Dougherty – Digital Learning Consultant (CED) >>BOOK 1-2-1 NOW

School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Shelby Hanna – Digital Learning Officer (EPS) >>BOOK 1-2-1 NOW

─ Aaron Crozier – Digital Learning Consultant (CED) >>BOOK 1-2-1 NOW

School of Mathematics and Physics

Tom Dore – Digital Learning Officer (EPS) >>BOOK 1-2-1 NOW

Steph Dougherty – Digital Learning Consultant (CED) >>BOOK 1-2-1 NOW

─ Aaron Crozier – Digital Learning Consultant (CED) >>BOOK 1-2-1 NOW

School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Shelby Hanna – Digital Learning Officer (EPS) >>BOOK 1-2-1 NOW

─ Aaron Crozier – Digital Learning Consultant (CED) >>BOOK 1-2-1 NOW

School of Natural and Built Environment

Tom Dore – Digital Learning Officer (EPS) >>BOOK 1-2-1 NOW

Jenny Reid – Digital Learning Consultant (CED) >>BOOK 1-2-1 NOW

School of Psychology

Shelby Hanna – Digital Learning Officer (EPS) >>BOOK 1-2-1 NOW

Jenny Reid – Digital Learning Consultant (CED) >>BOOK 1-2-1 NOW

Faculty of Medicine, Health & Life Sciences (MHLS)

SCHOOL

CONSULTANT

School of Biological Sciences

Kirsty Gillen – Digital Learning Developer (SBS) >>BOOK 1-2-1 NOW

Jenny Reid – Digital Learning Consultant (CED) >>BOOK 1-2-1 NOW

School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

Steph Dougherty – Digital Learning Consultant (CED) >>BOOK 1-2-1 NOW

─ Aaron Crozier – Digital Learning Consultant (CED) >>BOOK 1-2-1 NOW

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Matt Birch – eLearning Developer (N&M) >>BOOK 1-2-1 NOW

Jenny Reid – Digital Learning Consultant (CED) >>BOOK 1-2-1 NOW

School of Pharmacy

Steph Dougherty – Digital Learning Consultant (CED) >>BOOK 1-2-1 NOW