Programming and Workshops

Through the academic year, a variety of in-person and online educational technology programming and workshops are available to educators looking to explore or integrate technologies into the teaching and learning experience. Subscribe to Educational Technology Announcements to receive timely emails with information about upcoming learning opportunities and educational technology tool updates.


In-Person Programming and Workshops

Monthly Canvas Roundtables

Canvas Roundtables are offered in the Academic Technology Center (ATC, Kirby Plaza 175) on a monthly basis. Within each session, there will be time for hands-on activities and time for discussions.
March Roundtable Basics: Grading with Canvas Speedgrader and More
Explore how to set up a Canvas Gradebook and more, including:

  • Building a quiz or assignment
  • Understanding Canvas Grading/Gradebook
  • Using Speedgrader to Grade & Provide Feedback
  • Thursday, March 5, 10:00 to 11:00 am
  • Wednesday, March 18, 2:30 to 3:30 pm

March Roundtable Special Topic: Canvas Quizzes and New Quizzes
Explore Canvas Quizzes and New Quizzes, including how New Quizzes is different from Canvas quizzes, how to find New Quizzes, and what functionality it can provide.

  • Thursday, March 26, 9:00 to 10:00 am

Programming Events

Accessibility Drop-In

Accessibility is an important component of teaching, video, and web design. Incorporating these principles can be challenging and daunting without support and conversation. Join members of the ITSS Drupal Tech & Users Group(s), Accessible Academic Technology Team, Academic Technologist and Communications Associate to explore and work on your projects in Canvas, Drupal, meeting minutes, PDF’s, captioning for video and other areas. No experience necessary, just curiosity and interest.

  • Date: March 18
  • Time: Drop in anytime between 10 am to 2 pm
  • Location: Kirby Plaza 175

UMD Course Design Retreat

Reimagine your Course Using Learning Science Principles

During the UMD Course Design Retreat, held at Bagley Nature Center Classroom,  you will learn with colleagues in a welcoming, informal environment where brief presentations on learning sciences research will be followed by guided work and discussion activities. From these conversations and activities, you will gain a new framework for reimagining your course as well as ideas for activities and assessments that will enable students to:

  • build connections for long-term retention of new information

  • practice retrieving newly learned concepts

  • be more motivated and self-directed in their learning

Learn more and apply for the UMD Course Design Retreat by April 3.


There are a number of online webinars available Spring 2020.  Two participation options are available for each webinar: 

  • Join UMD Technologists in Kirby Plaza 173 for a webinar broadcast and stay up to 30 minutes for additional discussion and Q and A.
  • Join online from your own location and device.

Spring 2020 Webinars

Canvas Coffee Time + Course Design Exploration (Kirby Plaza 173 or online)
Coffee and course design exploration time is provided if you choose to join UMN colleagues in Kirby Plaza 173. During this time explore your Canvas ideas, then stay afterward to explore your course design ideas with ITSS technologists.

  • March 11, 9:30 to 10:30 am
  • April 8, 9:30 to 10:30 am 

Canvas Learning Data and Analytics Foundations (Kirby Plaza 173 or online)
The one-hour webinar will provide engaging information about Canvas tools that enable access to data, and potential insights we might gain from learning data. It will also introduce participants to a method for using learning data to identify and contextualize students' needs, enabling instructors to address them with evidence-based practices. Preparation prior to the webinar is not required.

  • April 7, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Design Challenge: Course Design with Open Educational Resources (Kirby Plaza 173 or online)
During this 30-minute webinar, we'll use Wiggins & McTighe's (2005) backwards design model to identify the learning goals for your course, define how students will be assessed in relation to the learning goals, and develop learning experiences and activities. We'll walk through this process using a sample course and participants are encouraged to have their course syllabus on hand for reference during the discussion.

  • April 15, 2:00 to 2:30

Design Challenge: UDOIT (Kathryn A. Martin Library 115)
During this webinar, you'll be introduced to the UDOIT tool in Canvas, understand how to run it in your course, how to interpret the results, and make changes.

  • April 23, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm 
  • April 8, 9:30 to 10:30 am

 Design Challenge: Using Media in Course Development (Kirby Plaza 173 or online)

  • May 8, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Self-Paced Online Workshops

Canvas: Integrate Media with Kaltura
Video and audio is everywhere in our society today and can be a powerful tool for teaching and learning. But to use it effectively, it is important to create and manage media strategically and efficiently. This workshop explores the use of Kaltura, the cloud-based media management system available to all faculty and students to use in courses. Participants will create, edit, and publish video content with Kaltura through a Canvas course site.

  • Online workshop: 4-hours, self-paced
  • Available starting the second week of September, 2019

Discover Canvas Series (a set of three standalone workshops)
The Discover Canvas Series is a set of three standalone workshops that can be taken in any order. Learners new to Canvas may find it helpful to take the series in the following order:

1) Make Design & Navigation Decisions
2) Create Content & Assessments, and
3)Assess Student Progress.

  • Online, self-paced
  • Available anytime, anywhere