When it comes to learning a new technology, you may prefer videos, guides, live training sessions, time to tinker with new tools and settings, 1:1 help and support, or any combination of approaches.

Given those contributing factors, our comprehensive training plan has been designed to accommodate a variety of learning preferences.

CANVAS IN A FLASH (Instructor Edition)

Self-paced training experience. Canvas essential training with pedagogical considerations for designing and delivering instruction. Includes an option to earn a Bronze Teaching Development Award from the Center for Teaching and Learning.

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Canvas Essentials Recordings - Watch On Demand

Canvas Essentials Pt. 1
Canvas Essentials Pt. 2

Topics covered include organizing a course, updating the course navigation, designing a home page, importing the KSOT, building a module, designing pages, adding text headers, module organization, publishing and date restricting modules.

Canvas Essentials Pt. 3

Topics covered include adding assignments and discussions to a module, submitting in student view, Gradebook, assignment groups/weighted grading, announcements, syllabus, teams link, and course card image.

Canvas Beyond the Basics - Watch On Demand

Beyond the Basics Pt. 1
Beyond the Basics Pt. 2

Making the Switch from Blackboard - Watch On Demand

Making the Switch Pt. 1

This session covers the following topics:

  • Getting Started
  • Checklist
  • Blackboard example course
  • Demonstration of preparing a migrated course in Canvas
  • Separating modules and editing items
  • Publishing a course module
  • Importing the Kent State Online Template

Watch a Recording of Making the Switch Pt. 1 (39:07 min)

Making the Switch Pt. 2


Live (Online) Training Sessions. Information Technology (IT) and Kent State Online (KSO) are offering several training sessions on Canvas, including First Look @ Canvas; Canvas Essentials; Canvas – Beyond the Basics; Canvas Overview; Assignments/Assessments; and Communication.


Canvas Ready Bootcamp

Join us as we prepare to say "farewell" to Blackboard and "hello!" to Canvas. In this session, we'll present important considerations for migrating course materials from Blackboard to Canvas, and review a checklist of items to ensure that you and your courses are Canvas Ready!

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Canvas - Essentials for Online Courses

In this 3-hour session, we'll review the essentials to help you get started designing an online course in Canvas. We will begin with an introduction to the Learning Management System (LMS) and discuss strategies for how to organize your course and add learning materials, assignments, and discussions. We’ll also complete an overview of grading and review other course tools and settings that you may find useful as you design and teach in Canvas.

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Canvas - Beyond the Basics for Online Courses

In this 2-hour session, we will consider additional tools in Canvas with online courses in mind. Topics for this session will include an in-depth look at Quizzes, designing and grading with Rubrics, creating Groups and group assignments/discussions, and course analytics.

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Request 1:1 support for making the switch from Blackboard and/or getting started in Canvas.

Request Help & Support


Have a question about Canvas? Stop in to Online Tech Office Hours and talk to Tom and Johnny to get live help with your Canvas tech questions. No appointment necessary! 


Canvas - Online Office Hours

Have a question about Canvas? Stop in to the Online Tech Office Hours and talk to Tom and Johnny to get live help with your Canvas tech questions. No appointment necessary!

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