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Begins Nov. 5 and lasts through Nov. 21, 2018

Sign up for the Open Canvas Program

About the Program

This program is modeled after the original CTE Open Classrooms program, in which we invite faculty to explore the classrooms of their peers. The goal to learn and be inspired by example is the same however the twist is that the visit is virtual. It does not matter if the course is live, hybrid, or online. The purpose is so other faculty can garner a better idea of how Canvas can be used effectively for different courses. Sign-ups will open during the first week of November 2018.

Fall 2018 Open Canvas Hosts

David Holler (Rhetoric & Language)
Course: RHET 126-01

... the highlight [in this Canvas course] is the same as the lowlight. That is, I create daily assignments in Canvas. Those are great for students ... but they are a bit of a pain to create (e.g., in a MWF class that means you create 45 separate assignments). It works for me, though, because my class has so many cores and so many moving parts.

Jacquelyn Horton (Rhetoric & Language) RHET 103 - section 23 - Public Speaking

Jonathan Hunt (Rhetoric & Language)
Course: RHET 110N: Written Communication

My Canvas course is a disaster! I am trying to work with a "specifications" or "contract" grading model, which means a proliferation of assignments that are all graded "complete/incomplete".... I'm hoping guests will have some insight about how to make it more user-friendly for students!

Leslie King (Biology)
Course: BIOL-115-02 (Survey of Human Physiology, Section 2)

  • use of pages to organize the Canvas course
  • use of modules for assignments I would like to have the students move through in a certain order: see the "Scenario 1", "Scenario 2", and "Scenario 3"
  • modules for an example of a semester-long case study I'm having the students complete. My colleague in Biology, Leslie Bach, and I are each having or physiology students do this assignment (we each teach a different lecture section)
  • I'm happy to help anyone with module set-up if interested, or answer any questions about my site

Christine Young (Honors College, Performing Arts & Social Justice)
Course: GHON 390-05 Sexuality, Performance and Culture

Host Your Canvas Course in the Annual Open Canvas Program

Calling all faculty to host one or more of your Canvas courses for faculty visitors! To participate as a host, please fill out our quick Open Canvas Host form by Tuesday, Oct. 30.

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Previous Open Canvas Hosts

2018 Spring Open Canvas Hosts:

Nicole Brodsky (Rhetoric & Language)
Course: RHET 110N-05

  • I used Modules/Units to organize my canvas course for the first time
  • I use the Speedgrader to comment on student essays
  • I use Peer Review as well, so if people click on the "Rough Drafts" of essays and scroll through the speedgrader, they can see how students comment on each other's essays.

David Holler (Rhetoric & Language)
Course: RHET 126-01

Jacqueline Horton (Rhetoric & Language)
Course: RHET 103 - 16 - Public Speaking

  • The way I organize my courses is through modules and weeks in the semesters. I suggest hiding pages and files from students and verbally reminding them how to access your course, "always through modules".
  • I use quizzes,
  • the home page is my syllabus which I continually change updating through the semester.
  • I have started using the peer review application for essay and speech review.
  • Please feel free to let me know if you have questions.

Leslie King (Biology)
Course: BIOL 106-02 - Biology 2

  • I use the "pages" feature rather than modules to organize my Canvas courses. I've found it easier to organize areas of the course and at least for me it keeps everything a little less cluttered on a page.
  • If Observers are interested in or have questions about this, I'm happy to help.
  • I embed videos and animations, where I can, into pages and this has proved to be valuable and user-friendly for my students.
  • I use online quizzes a lot in this and other Canvas courses, so am happy to help with setting up those if anyone has a question.
  • Many of the homework assignments in General Biology 2 lie in the lab, so Observers will not see assignments to submit in this course.

Steve Morris (Business Analytics and Information Systems)
Course: BUS-308-06 - Systems in Organizations

Susan Prion (Nursing and Health Professions)
Courses: N371 Management of Complex Clinical Systems (options: two hybrid sections, one face-to-face section)

  • Electronic upload of assignments: using the upload, speed grader and especially the “comments” features for assignments
  • Strategic use of quizzing for pre and post module self-assessment and demonstration of learning
  • Use of Respondus Lock Down Browser to administer in-class tests via Canvas
  • Standardized structure of modules: organizing content into modules, and developing and implementing a standardized structure for the modules
  • Tips to help students stay organized: using titles, dates, and structure to support students in meeting assignment deadlines and being current in the course
  • Use of Quality Matters guidelines to assure course is UDL compliant
  • Video introductions to each module

Christine Young (Performing Arts & Social Justice)
Course: THTR 390-01 - Theatrical Composition

fall 2016 hosts:

  • John Higgins - First Year Seminar: Mashup: Media and Pop Culture in San Francisco
  • David Holler - RHET 125-01 (Martín-Baró Scholars Program)
  • Leslie King - Comparative Animal Physiology (Biology 350)
  • Kelly L'Engle - MPH 636 Program Planing, Management, and Evaluation (Population Health Sciences)
  • Steve Morris - BUS-308-06 (School of Management)
  • Jeff Paris - Phil 195-01, Environmental Ethics
  • Leyla Perez-Gualdron - CPSY 612 Lifespan Developmental Counseling
  • Susan Prion - hybrid course and full online course (School of Nursing and Health Professions)
  • Jennifer Wade - Survey of Human Physiology (Bio 115)

fall 2015 hosts:

  • John Higgins - First Year Seminar: Mashup: Media and Pop Culture in San Francisco
  • Leslie King - Human Physiology
  • Steve Morris - Systems & Organizations
  • Jeff Paris - Environmental Ethics
  • Susan Prion - Management of Complex Clinical Systems

More Canvas Resources

  • The Educational Technology Services (ETS) offers a number training courses in general and specific Canvas categories. You can sign up for one of the Canvas trainings on the ETS' dedicated Canvas web page.
  • If you have a specific question about Canvas or a question about course development and design, you may want to send an email inquiry to canvas@usfca.edu.
  • 24/7 access for Canvas support is available by talking directly with folks at Instructure (the makers of Canvas) accessible via the Chat with Canvas Support selection in the Green Help menu in the upper right corner of Canvas. Alternatively, you can dial 844 702 5213 to talk to someone directly at Instructure. These are first level support options and are good for general “how to” questions or if Canvas does not seem to be operating correctly.
  • Please let us know if you have questions! Email the CTE.