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View session recordings and resources to help you design organized Canvas courses, ensure content is accessible to all students, develop effective assignments, build community, and more!


Canvas Basics

Canvas Basics

Get an introduction to Canvas, page creation, and document uploads. You will also learn about creating assignments (grade items) and announcements, as well as the syllabus and calendar functions.

Session Recording

Canvas Discussions

Learn how to create, grade, and facilitate graded and ungraded discussions.

Presented by Tiffany Lewis

Canvas Pages

Learn how to build pages and store content and educational resources. Pages can include text, video, images, links to files, URLs, assignments, and quizzes. You can make a page template and then duplicate it to save time on future pages.

Session Recording

Presented by Tiffany Lewis

Canvas Quizzes

This session recording will provide an introduction to creating quizzes in Canvas, as well as an overview for key features such as question types, deadlines, question banks and more!

Session Recording

Presented by Caitlin Hites

Building a Gradebook in Canvas

Learn how to set up assignments and assignment groups to build a gradebook in a Canvas course from scratch.

Session Recording

Presented by Avonlea Hanson

Course Redesign


This course redesign session gives you options to consider when you are ready to make bigger changes to your course. The presentation slides from the session include presenter notes with resource links and images. If you prefer to hear each presenter talk about the slides, choose the videos that you want to listen to as you consider which changes are right for your course. 

This session offers three frames of reference to consider when striving to make an impact on your students' learning by redesigning you course.

  1. Intentional Course Design
  2. Organization in Canvas
  3. Accessibility for All

Suggestions will be presented using a one star, two-star, and three-star system:

  • One-star ideas include elements of a course that are expected and standard design for all courses.
  • Two-star ideas include elements that are best practices or promising practices that add value to your course and the students experience.
  • Three-star ideas include elements that are exemplary practices that elevate student learning.

You may choose to update your course to include one-star ideas for all three frames of reference, or you may decide to update most of the ideas for one frame of reference. An example of this would be choosing to include all the one-star and some of the two-star ideas from all three frames of reference. Another example would be adding all the ideas under Accessibility for All. There is not a best or correct way to redesign your course. What follows here is a checklist for each frame of reference as well as three videos from the live sessions that break down the star systems.

Please contact CETL if you have questions or want to meet with a consultant to discuss your course.

PowerPoint Presentation

Intentional Course Design

Intentional Course Design Checklist

Intentional Course Design: One Star Ideas

Intentional Course Design: Two Star Ideas

Intentional Course Design: Three Star Ideas

Canvas Organization

Canvas Organization Checklist

Canvas Organization: One Star Ideas

Canvas Organization: Two Star Ideas

Canvas Organization: Three Star Ideas

Accessibility for All

Canvas Accessibility Checklist

Accessibility for All: One Star Ideas

Accessibility for All: Two Star Ideas

Accessibility for All: Three Star Ideas

Inclusive Pedagogy (EDI Tier 2)

Create/Edit Assignments Using Transparent Design

Transparent Design promotes Equitable Opportunities for Student Success (Winkelmes, 2020). We recommend viewing the session recordings if you are new to this process, need a review of the principles, or are ready to edit an assignment you previously designed using this process. We will briefly share the research behind this design, explain the design process, and share examples of before and after assignments. Tips for editing previously designed assignments will be offered as well.

Presented by Angie Stombaugh and Cindy Albert

EDI Tier 2 Session

To receive Tier 2 credit for watching the Create/Edit Assignments Using Transparent Design video:

  1. Please send CETL an email indicating the date you watched the video.
  2. Choose an assignment to work on and indicate which area you think could be changed to increase transparency to your students. (Purpose – Task – Criteria)
  3. Make the change and send us your first attempt at making that part more transparent.
Implement Inclusive Pedagogy Using Universal Design

Consider how using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles create more welcoming and inclusive classroom environments, improve student motivation, and enhance student learning. In addition, we will offer ways to implement these practices in your courses, and why using these ideas matter to all our students. Leave the session with several ideas for changes that take just a few minutes to larger planning ideas for your courses using UDL principles and inclusive pedagogy practices.

Presented by Cindy Albert and Avonlea Hanson

EDI Tier 2 Session

To receive Tier 2 credit for watching the Implementing Inclusive Pedagogy Using Universal Design video:

  1. Please send CETL an email indicating the date you watched the video.
  2. Identify one suggestion, either low, medium or high effort that you will use in the next 4 months in one of your classes. 
  3. Explain why are you choosing this strategy for your course.
Universal Design Online Content Inspection Tool (UDOIT)

The Universal Design Online Content Inspection Tool (UDOIT) is a new tool added to all Canvas courses in the UW System to help identify and quickly resolve accessibility issues in Canvas courses. View the UDOIT Cloud Course Accessibility Checker KB article to create a more inclusive and accessible course.

Video and Streaming

Creating Videos

Wondering what kinds of instructional videos are possible to create? View this session recording for an overview of video types and some tips and tricks for filming or creating stellar videos from CETL staff and campus videographers. This session will give a high-level look at creating videos and making a plan to be efficient and effective. Additional video sessions will go into detail on the nuts and bolts of creating videos using specific software.

Presented by Avonlea Hanson, Katie Larson, Mike Gehrke, and Rob Mattison

Recording in PowerPoint

Learn how to convert a PowerPoint presentation to an MP4 video file and embed the MP4 file into a Canvas course.

Presented by Caitlin Hites

Recording Video in Kaltura
  • Kaltura Basics - article
    Learn the steps to use Kaltura Capture, the video creating program built into Kaltura My Media that can be used to record any programs, websites or materials that are being shown on your computer screen.
  • Advanced Kaltura
    Take your video making experience up a notch by learning how to caption your own videos, do basic editing using the Kaltura Editing tools, add co-editors and co-publishers to your videos so they can be used cross-departmentally, add chapters in your longer lectures, and share clips within your Canvas course.

Presented by Katie Larson

Webcam Best Practices

Learn webcam best practices to ensure high-quality video and audio during your virtual classes or meetings.

Session Recording

Presented by Mike Gehrke


Session Recordings

The sessions below were recorded prior to transitioning to UW-System Zoom. The new company domain is wisconsin-edu.

  • Zoom Part 1
    Learn to use the basics including your account, settings, host and participant tools, microphones, webcams, and sharing, screens. We will focus on best practices and tools to use as it relates to classes.
  • Zoom Part 2
    Understanding the tools and buttons in Zoom is important, but it is also critical to understand strategies for facilitating and engaging your synchronous course in this software. Learn best practices for organizing your class and using engagement techniques: whiteboard, chat, polling, and breakout rooms. You will also learn about recording, recording settings, and attendance reports.

Presented by Tiffany Lewis

Check out the Zoom guides found on the Instructional Technology KB article.

Student Interaction/Assessment

Academic Integrity for All Modes of Delivery / Online Exams

Explore why students participate in academic dishonesty, alternatives to traditional high-stakes exams, and how to use Canvas to enhance academic integrity.

Presented by Cindy Albert and Angie Stombaugh

View resources for creating online quizzes and tests, such as how to import tests in Word format into Canvas and maintain academic integrity.

Building Intentional Engagement in a Synchronous Classroom

Did your students check out this semester or log into your web conferencing session only to sit there like lumps? This session is all about building intentional engagement into your synchronous sessions as a way to engage, motivate and connect your students to each other, to the content and to you. You will learn multiple ways to structure your lessons within a synchronous classroom and how to use the tools within the web conferencing tools as a way to intentionally engage your learners.

Presented by Cindy Albert and Angie Stombaugh

Creating Digital Assignments with University Software

This software sampler session recording will explore university supported software programs that are free to UWEC faculty and students and suggest assignments faculty can use in the traditional and online classroom.

Presented by Caitlin Hites and Tiffany Lewis


Wondering how to get students to connect with one another virtually in a quick and easy way? Join us to learn more about Flipgrid – an online tool that allows students (and instructors) to record short videos and easily watch and reply back to other videos on the grid. This removes some of that formality that online discussions can impose and makes connecting even easier using some unique features. We will showcase specific ideas on how you can use Flipgrid in your courses and the basics on getting started.

Presented by Cindy Albert and Avonlea Hanson


Interactions in small groups can help create engagement, collaboration, and community among students in online and hybrid courses. Join us to explore best practices for placing students in one group for your entire course or creating multiple group opportunities throughout the semester.

Presented by Angie Stombaugh and Tiffany Lewis


iClickers, a student response system, can be used to gather information on student learning during in-class polling, synchronous online lectures, hy-flex/cohort courses and asynchronously. This system is simple to use, can be integrated with Canvas, and is flexible enough to be used in many teaching situations this fall. features Attendance Gradebook

iClicker Settings

View more information on the iClicker web page.


Learn about OneDrive, a Microsoft cloud storage service that allows you to access files from any device.

Session Recording

Presented by Caitlin Hites


Learn how to use Padlet to engage students in collaboration using a free online tool that is easy to access for students. Students can easily share their ideas, link to resources, or contribute to what others are saying all in one place that updates live as students contribute. We will share examples of ways to use this tool in your courses and the basics on getting a Padlet created.

Presented by Cindy Albert and Avonlea Hanson


Learn how to develop a rubric based on your assignment, edit existing rubrics to align with the comments you generally write, and see how to use the Rubrics tool in Canvas to save you time and effort.

Presented by Cindy Albert and Tiffany Lewis

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