Digital Content Management

Online Course March 3, 2017-May 15, 2017

Digital Content Management Using Canvas Spring 2017

This online course is designed to meet the Canvas user where they are at. Whether you’re just beginning or experienced in using Canvas for facilitating learning, you can jump in anywhere that you wish to explore the uses of the many Canvas tools. The Canvas learning management system is flexible enough that teachers can use its tools to design creative and customized digital environments where their students can collaborate, communicate, share, design and think.

Credit Opportunity

Complete 15 of the 18, 30 minute sessions that are offered below and earn 0.5 Weld RE-4 district credit with paid registration ($25) or earn 7.5 CEU’s for free. You can register by using the link at the bottom of this page.

Course Session Descriptions


  1. The Canvas Layout: Learn about the Canvas Kaleidoscope and how it streamlines digital content management, Dashboard for quick display and navigation of your course collection, Commons to find and share lesson plans, and where to go for help, create a Sandbox course to play with course tools and creations.
  2. Account Setup and Management: Profiles allows you to update your name, picture, preferred contact methods, and any personal links for your account. Use settings to limit student levels of access, cross-list courses, customize the navigation sidebar, add external apps, and control feature options. This session will also view the default notification preferences you can receive for your courses and set them to your own preferences.
  3. Intentional Course Design: Learn the two basic models for course design: Content Pages and Modules. Participants will also learn about the Canvas Kaleidoscope, Dashboard, Commons, and where to go for help.
  4. The Rich Content and HTML Editors: Canvas has a simple, yet powerful, content editor that is available anytime for creating new content. The Rich Content Editor is used in features that support the editor (Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, Pages, Quizzes, or Syllabus). Although clean and streamlined, the Rich Content Editor is sophisticated enough to support embedding any video content, math formula, and other rich media. This session will also introduce ideas for file management.
  5. Creating Assignments: Explore the benefits of digital assignment creation, Google integration, and student submission options
  6. Grading Assignments and Creating/Using Rubrics: Explore the ease of grading assignments with the Speed-Grader tool and learn how to create rubrics.
  7. Quizzes and Creative Ways to Design Lessons: Learn to use Quizzes and Surveys and how to share the load across district/teams. Innovative uses of Quizzes will be explored such as for pre-reading/viewing activities.
  8. Group Creation and Management, Collaborations: Assign students to groups to facilitate collaborative learning. With a menu of options from the teacher manually creating groups, auto assign, or students creating their own groups, learn how to manage this tool to create opportunities for choice and differentiation.
  9. Discussions: Canvas provides an integrated system for class discussions, allowing both instructors and students to start and contribute to as many discussion topics as desired. Discussions can also be created as an assignment for grading purposes (and seamlessly integrated with the Canvas Gradebook), or simply serve as a forum for topical and current events. Discussions can also be created within student groups.
  10. Announcements and the Conversations Inbox: Announcements allow you to communicate with your students about course activities and post interesting course-related topics. Conversations is the messaging tool used instead of email to communicate with a course, a group, an individual student, or a group of students. You can communicate with other people in your course at any time.
  11. People and Settings Management: Need to have more than one teacher in a course? Perhaps you have a student aide that you would like to have limited access to your Canvas courses? This can easily be done and explore the unlimited levels of flexibility that can be accomplished in Canvas settings.
  12. MasteryPaths: Give your students what they need with ease: choice, remediation, and/or differentiation!
  13. External Apps: Need to check student work for plagiarism? Canvas has apps that are capable of being embedded in any assignment. Turn-it-in, Google Drive, Kahn Academy, Quizlet, Aleks, Padlet and more...
  14. Conferences: Are you looking for students to have access to a Collaborative Whiteboard, Virtual Lessons, Help Sessions and Flipping your Classroom. Conferences will give them that opportunity.
  15. Learning Mastery Outcome, Rubrics and Gradebook: Standards-based grading can be tricky. The Learning Mastery gradebook might be able to do what you are looking for.
  16. MagicMarker: Assess students on the fly with the swipe of a finger on an iPad.
  17. Course Import Tool: It’s near the end of the year; how will bring course content into next year’s courses? The Course Import Tool is the answer.
  18. ePortfolios: Teach students how they can set-up electronic portfolios for parents to view or for future use.