Canvas Fundamentals Workshop on June 29 at 9 AM in 21 Olson

Dear Faculty Colleagues,

I’m writing with news of two Canvas-related summer opportunities, a three-hour UC Davis Canvas workshop coming up this Wednesday morning, and the Summer Institute on Teaching and Technology coming up on September 9.

Due to faculty interest, we are holding yet another Introduction to Canvas workshop this coming Wednesday, June 29th, from 9-12 in 21 Olson (a computer classroom). We welcomed 40 faculty members to our first such workshop this summer, and now that our summer session classes are well underway, we shall offer another orientation to faculty who are teaching later this summer, or who plan to move to Canvas with the majority of faculty this fall.

Instructional Technologist Steve Faith will lead this workshop on the Fundamentals of Canvas. During our three hours together, participants will learn how to organize and add content to course sites, use the most relevant tools in UC Davis Canvas, and understand key differences between SmartSite and UC Davis Canvas.

Faculty who attended our last workshop had their many questions answered, and felt much more confident with teaching with our new learning management system. Wednesday we will also hear from our lead Educational Technology Partner, Joey Van Buskirk, as he tells us about his experiences using Canvas as a student, and about the ways that he and other ET Partners will stand ready to support your use of UC Davis Canvas. Instructional Designer Mark Wilson will also brief us on the variety of ways one could organize a class with Canvas.

You need not register for Wednesday’s workshop. Just show up to 21 Olson by 9 on Wednesday to learn about UC Davis Canvas.

Whenever you have a question about the use of UC Davis Canvas, please contact the parent company of Canvas, Instructure, via live chat and phone support that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for faculty, staff, TAs, and students. To access this great new resource, click on the “Help” link in the lower left corner of any Canvas page, or call the UC Davis’ Canvas hotline: 844-303-8285. To log on to UC Davis Canvas, visit

We’ve established sandbox sites for all faculty (meaning you could get started playing in your summer sandbox right now), and any practice course site that you create now will easily be transferred to a new course site later this year. If you find that you don’t yet have a sandbox site, or if you have any other implementation questions about UC Davis Canvas, please send an email to

This workshop will be filled on a first-come basis, so feel free to arrive a few minutes early for our Wednesday at 9 AM opportunity to meet in 21 Olson to learn about UC Davis Canvas. We will offer more such opportunities in July and August.

Finally, we hope you will consider not only participating in but actually giving a five-minute presentation at the September 9 Summer Institute on Teaching and Technology. If you would like to give a short presentation on innovative work that you do with your students, please fill out our survey at — we would love to include you!

Thanks, and I hope to see you Wednesday morning at 9 in 21 Olson for the Introduction to UC Davis Canvas!


Andy Jones

Academic Technology Services

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