ITG Training Session Descriptions

See for a full schedule. You can also self-enroll in our accompanying Canvas course for additional details and supplemental resources on each session.

Canvas Sessions

Canvas Basics

This session will focus on the most efficient and effective ways to build a course in Canvas at Emerson. The ITG team will walk you through how to get your Canvas course up and running using 5 easy steps. Whether you’re new to Canvas or have been using it for years, this session has something for you.

Creating Accessible Canvas Content

What’s the deal with those little red and green accessibility meters that appear in Canvas with your images and documents? How can you design the online elements of your course in a way that’s inclusive for all learners? Join Adam Engel (Instructional Designer) as we answer these questions. We’ll cover how the Ally tool in Canvas is your best friend when it comes to accessibility, look at Canvas’ Accessibility Checker, and see how to correct auto-captions on Panopto videos. This session will help you meet Emerson's accessibility guidelines and also help you bake digital accessibility into your course design without being overwhelmed.

Canvas Quizzes

Have you been wanting to use the Quizzes tool in Canvas but have been afraid to try? Perhaps you just haven’t had the time to sit down and learn how to use it. This session will walk you through the mechanics of building both low and high stakes quizzes. We will also discuss some creative ways to use the Quizzes tool to achieve your learning objectives.

I Hate Canvas!

Tired of adding due dates one assignment at a time? Of having to relink every semester’s syllabus manually? Of needing to delete all your past announcements? What other parts of Canvas drive you crazy? In this 60-minute session, you’ll get the time to air your Canvas grievances with your peers and then kvetch as a group with moderator Christopher Connors, one of the resident Instructional Designers, and fellow salty-person. Sometimes, whining about what gets your goat can lead to discoveries that there are others who have already solved that same problem! Sometimes. Bring your sass and sense of humor, and be prepared to share some great successes in teaching the last few semesters as well! Adult beverage not required (though, honestly, is probably recommended).

Tidying Up Canvas to Help Students Stay Organized

One recurring theme we hear from students during Covid is that things are hard to find in their Canvas courses. Faculty also tell us that they're not always sure how to arrange their Canvas courses in a way that makes sense to them and their students. Join time management specialist Jodi Burrel (Associate Director, WARC) and Canvas tamer Natalie Hebshie (Associate Director, Online Learning) as we help you see Canvas through your students' eyes and walk you through some simple tweaks that could revolutionize your Canvas experience for you and your students. We'll focus on the elements of Canvas that give you the most impact for organization and time management: the Assignment, Calendar and Syllabus tools.

Making the Most of Modules

Are you getting emails from students asking where to find course material? Looking to control the flow of your course? In this session, we will discuss how using modules can help you structure your course to suit your organizational style while allowing students to effortlessly find and use your course materials. All levels of Canvas experience welcome! Facilitator: Dani Crisp, Instructional Designer.

Panopto Sessions

Panopto Basics

Take your courses to the next level with Panopto! Join us for this session on Panopto Basics; we’ll cover the following topics:

  • Recording your video using Panopto
  • Trimming your video in Panopto’s video editor
  • Embedding your Panopto videos into your Canvas course
  • Setting up video submission assignments and discussions in Canvas

This 1.5-hour training session will be in a workshop format, meaning that part of the time will be dedicated to instructor-led demonstration and explanation, and part of the time will be dedicated to hands-on work to practice using Panopto. The hands-on work will require participants to record their own short videos using Panopto, trim the video, and embed the video in a discussion response in our ITG Trainings Canvas course.

Advanced Panopto

If you’ve been using Panopto and want to step your game up, come to this workshop! We will go over workflows on what to do when:

      • You recorded your screen but didn’t mean to
      • You want to make a video quiz!
      • You would like to insert a YouTube Video into your video presentation
      • You would like to change the thumbnail image on your video
      • You want to share your videos/folder outside of Canvas
      • You want to use Panopto’s web-based recorder
      • You want to combine different videos clips in Panopto

Please come with a pre-recorded video in Panopto we can try out these workflows on.


Building Community: Low-Stakes Tasks

Looking for some concrete ways to foster community during the online components of your course? If you’d like to tune-in to your students’ needs to give them a sense of agency or get students to care about each other’s interests and projects, you’ve come to the right place. Join Adam Engel (Instructional Designer) and Tina Dent (Assistant Director of Teaching & Learning) as we discuss using low-stakes tasks like formative feedback and collaborative pre-writing to build community in your classroom, wherever it may be.

Building Community: Gamification

Want to spice-up your asynchronous Canvas activities? Hoping to avoid the dreaded “Zoom burnout”? Join Adam Engel (Instructional Designer) as we explore some fun, creative ways to motivate your students as they navigate your course content...and how designing online learning activities can be like building a Dungeons & Dragons adventure. Personal experiences and strategies are welcome and encouraged!

Premiere Rush

If you’d like to edit your lecture video beyond basic trimming in Panopto, join us for a 90 min hands-on workshop on Premiere Rush. Premiere Rush is a user-friendly video editing software that everyone at Emerson has access to through Adobe Creative Suite. We will go over how to:

  • Cut between different clips
  • Record voice-over
  • Insert cards/titles
  • Reduce background noise
  • Add graphic elements to your video
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