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Teaching + Learning

Professional development at your convenience

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!

Getting Started

Have questions about teaching this fall? This FAQ document has some answers! Be aware that this is a living document and is subject to change as conditions change.

This three-part session will offer ideas to think about before you put your fall classes together.

Presented by Cindy Albert and Tiffany Lewis


Canvas Basics Part 1

Get an introduction to Canvas, page creation, and document uploads. Get an introduction to Canvas, page creation, and document uploads. 

Canvas Basics Part 2

Take a look at creating assignments (grade items) and announcements, as well as the syllabus and calendar functions.

Presented by Tiffany Lewis

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

Presented by Tiffany Lewis

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

Canvas Pages Session

Presented by Tiffany Lewis

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

Canvas Quizzes Session

Presented by Caitlin Hites

Session Recording

Presented by Avonlea Hanson

Inclusive Pedagogy and Universal Design Principles

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.

Video and Streaming

Session Recordings
  • Collaborate Ultra Basics
    Learn how to use the basic tools including session settings, participant roles, recording, and sharing webcams, screens, applications, and files.
  • Collaborate Ultra Engagement
    Building a learning community doesn’t have to go away just because class is being taught synchronously. Learn how to engage, motivate and connect with your students through the live streaming platforms available to you.This session will focus on best practices and the right buttons to push as it relates to engaging your students.

Presented by Katie Larson and Tiffany Lewis

Collaborate Ultra Recording Links

Collaborate Ultra made a change the week of 9/13/20 to recording links. Educators and students can still find session recordings on the Collaborate Ultra tab of the course. The change comes if educators want to send the link in an email or post the link in another course. All previous recordings allow public access by default, but you must enable it on new recordings. Refer to the Collaborate Ultra Recording Links guide for instructions.

Facilitating Synchronous Classes in Collaborate Ultra

Understanding the tools and buttons in Collaborate Ultra is important, but it is also critical to understand strategies for facilitating your synchronous course in this software. Learn best practices for successful facilitation in Collaborate Ultra.

Presented by Angie Stombaugh

You can create a master course and send students a guest link if you want to host office hours for multiple classes at the same time.

Use the breakout room feature to talk privately with students during office hours. This option will allow you to see when other students enter the main room.

Presented by Tiffany Lewis and Avonlea Hanson

Wondering what kinds of instructional videos are possible to create? Attend this session 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

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

  • 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 Recording

Presented by Mike Gehrke

Student Interaction/Assessment

This software sampler session 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.

iClickers Session

Presented by Matt Evans

OneDrive Session

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

Transparent Design promotes Equitable Opportunities for Student Success (Winkelmes, 2020).Attend 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 ofbefore 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 make it more transparent to your students. (Purpose – Task – Criteria)
  3. Make the change and send us your first attempt at making that part more transparent.
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