Canvas training prepares faculty for fall, many options available

As the University-wide transition from RamCT to Canvas will be in full swing for the Fall 2015 semester, it is Canvas Resources SOURCEimportant for instructors to become familiar with the new learning management system. While most of the faculty who have already adopted Canvas say it’s easy to learn, they also say it takes some time to explore and understand all of its features.

To help instructors become familiar with the system, a number of Canvas training opportunities are available now, in a variety of formats to cater to different learning styles and preferences.

Kevin Nolan, learning management system application administrator, says for those who want to learn directly from a Canvas expert and get a chance to “experiment, get the feel of the system and have individual questions answered,” there are hands-on workshops offered periodically on campus. Workshops will be offered this month from March 9–12.  Learn more and register for sessions at

For those who prefer to speak one-on-one with a Canvas expert, Nolan suggests going to the Canvas Information Center in Morgan Library room 185 to speak with someone. Additionally, for those who like to learn at their own pace, Nolan suggests using the online guides, videos, and training handouts from the workshops available at

Regardless of which option you choose, faculty who participated in the Fall 2014 Canvas pilot emphasized in a survey that “training should not be missed.”