Canvas LMS Learning Opportunities

First Semester, '15-'16 School Year

Interested in Canvas, but not sure where to begin?

Take advantage of some of the introductory online courses that were created for the Summer Institute and that have been modified to be entirely self-paced and open-enrollment. (No CPE credit is available for exploring these courses).

Canvas 101 -

This course is the best starting point for any teacher new to Canvas. It not only gives an overview of all basic tools and functions, but also walks users through setting up their user profile and settings.

Building a Lesson -

This course provides a model blended lesson and resources to inform a teacher or designer about the basic steps required to build a lesson in a Canvas course.

Communication Tools -

Canvas hosts a powerful and comprehensive suite of communication tools. This course provides an overview of those tools and prompts enrollees to evaluate the quality of those tools for providing quality feedback to student learners.

Using Google Apps in Canvas -

The course that provides the information needed to leverage the best of Google Apps with Canvas. Want to be truly paperless? This is the (slightly advanced) course for you!

Canvas Mobile Apps -

Canvas provides multiple mobile apps for both iOS and Android devices. This self-paced course provides information to AISD staff members who might be interested in the use of one or more of these mobile apps.

Whether you know it or not, you already have a Canvas account. All you need to do to access and join these courses is click on the link and log into Canvas with your Active Directory credentials (same as Eduphoria).

Feedback from Summer Institute attendees:

  • "I'm excited to use Canvas. I have been using Google Classroom, but compared to Canvas, it's like riding a stagecoach . . . versus flying a jet."
  • "It was easy to use. I was impressed and I'm looking forward to using Canvas with students next school year."
  • "I like the fact that Canvas provides everything that teachers use in one place."

Prefer a fully online, but moderated, learning experience?

The Canvas Challenge is a two-week course in which participants build a lesson in their own Canvas course shell. Completion of this course earns participants 4 hours* of CPE credit in Eduphoria. More information can be found here.

*Time calculated for a participant with average tech proficiency (for some participants, it may take more or less than 4 hours to complete the coursework). Partial credit will not be awarded.

Enrollment for each cohort is capped at 30 participants. The course will take place once each six weeks and you can sign up for your preferred cohort below (make sure you are logged into your AISD Google account):

Canvas Challenge - 1st Six Weeks

Canvas Challenge - 2nd Six Weeks

Canvas Challenge - 3rd Six Weeks

Feedback from previous Challenge participants:

  • "I appreciate a quality instructional experience that really helped me to learn the system and provide a new method of instruction for my students."
  • "I really liked being able to complete the assignments on my own time, from the comfort of home. I would love to participate in more courses like this."
  • "I enjoyed doing the training online this way. I got to play around and was able to process things."

Sometimes, face-to-face support is most helpful . . .

1st Semester Drop-in Canvas Support:

Always at the PDC, always from 3:30-6:00, always focused on the support you want . . .

No sign-up necessary, arrive anytime before 5:00 pm. Come-and-go. Not for CPE credit.

- Tuesday, August 25

- Tuesday, September 1 - CANCELED

- Thursday, September 17

- Tuesday, September 29

- Tuesday, October 13

- Tuesday, October 27

- Tuesday, November 17

- Tuesday, December 8

Are you an increasingly-experienced user wanting to follow your own path?

Utilize these resources and don't look back:

- Canvas Help Guides

- AISD Tech Help Resources

- Canvas Gut Check Video Series

Did you know that ESC Region 11 has adopted Canvas?

Stay up to date on Region 11's Canvas-related professional learning opportunities by viewing the Digital Learning section of their workshop calendar here:

What about students?

Canvas Tour Courses for Elementary and Secondary Students

You are encouraged to have students walk through a brief Canvas overview course which will orient them to the system, guide their setup of user settings, and explain how they'll accomplish the most common student tasks in the system.

Elementary Student Tour -

Secondary Student Tour -


Canvas Tour for Campus Administrators

This open-enrollment and unmoderated course provides campus principals and administrators with information related to their administrative rights at their sub-account (campus) level. In addition, it provides suggestions for how administrators might begin to use Canvas on their campuses.

Canvas Tour for Campus Admins -