This year Circles of Innovation is being repurposed to help with the Canvas transition. For those of you who have not yet had an opportunity to check us out, Circles of Innovation (Circles for short) is a faculty development opportunity “Where good ideas collide and great discoveries are made possible!” We invite you to join us for one hour each month to explore innovative ideas and try out collaborative and creative techniques designed to enhance teaching. As always, every session will have practical Brick and Click (aka both traditional and digital) teaching strategies that you can adopt, adapt, and apply in your own classroom. For those of you who would like to RSVP and add Circles to your professional development plan, check us out in the Edge. To learn more about that watch the short video below or, click here.

January Session: Acing Assessment

Canvas offers a wide variety of tools that can be used to track and improve student learning in your courses. This month, the Circles team takes a closer look at leveraging assessment tools in Canvas. If you would like to learn a little more about how to best utilize quizzes, surveys, outcomes, and more, come join us for this month’s Circle on Acing Assessment.

Date Time Campus
Tuesday, Jan 23rd 1pm to 2pm Lake Nona 1-101
Tuesday, Jan 23rd 6pm to 7pm Poinciana 1-228
Wednesday, Jan 24th 1pm to 2pm Winter Park 134
Wednesday, Jan 24th 4pm to 5pm East 8-218
Wednesday, Jan24th 6pm to 7pm Poinciana 1-303
Thursday, Jan 25th 1pm to 2pm Osceola 4-304
Tuesday, Jan 30th 1pm to 2pm West 6-327C
Wednesday, Jan 31st 4pm to 5pm West 6-327C

Feb/Mar Session: Appy Hour

Midterms got you stressed? Come and join the Circles team for Appy Hour (Sorry, no H). This fast-paced session is designed to showcase a variety of Apps, LTI’s, and Extensions that can help you to better engage your students, reduce your workload, and improve your teaching in Canvas.

Date Time Campus
Tuesday, Feb 20th 1pm to 2pm Lake Nona 1-101
Thursday, Feb 22nd 1pm to 2pm East 2-206
Wednesday, Feb 27th 2pm to 3pm Poinciana 1-204
Wednesday, Feb 28th 4pm to 5pm West 6-220
Thursday, Mar 8th 1pm to 2pm Osceola 4-304

Mar/Apr Session: The Instructuregogy Wheel

Step right up folks and try your luck at the Instructuregogy Wheel. Join the Circles team as we connect fun theory, brain science, behavioral economics, and researched pedagogy to the best tips and tricks for teaching in Canvas. This Circles Salon will utilize a new tool on Circles to help you learn more about adjacent possibilities and teaching in Canvas.

Date Time Campus
Wed, Mar 21st 4pm to 5pm East 8-213
Wed, Mar 4th 1pm to 2pm Winter Park 134
Thur, Mar 22nd 1pm to 2pm East 8-243
Tues, April 3rd 1pm to 2pm Lake Nona 1-101
Thur, April 5th 1pm to 2pm Osceola 4-304
Thursday, April 12th 4pm to 5pm West 6-220

Circles Rewind Sessions Available on Request

Starting Right in Canvas

Does the Blackboard to Canvas transition have you tied up in knots? Are you looking to start right, but are not sure where to begin? Would you like some tips and tricks on how best to roll your Blackboard content to Canvas? Might we suggest…


The Detangling Solution designed for faculty all tangled up in the Blackboard to Canvas Transition

Ok, so this product doesn’t technically exist, but this month the Circles Team will begin hosting sessions on Starting Right in Canvas. If you have questions and are interested in having some fun while learning where to begin? What key resources are important to a good start in Canvas? What learning experiences will help you and your students hit the ground running? This month’s Circle is for you. The team will be sharing tools and techniques for Starting Right in Canvas. Whether you are brand new to Canvas or you are an experienced online teacher, we hope you will come out and join us for Circles of Innovation.

Session 2: The Page Build Challenge

This interactive hands-on session is designed to better familiarize faculty with page design in Canvas. How should I be designing? What are the adjacent possibilities for my content?  From the introductory iconic guessing game through resetting your homepage in Canvas, this fast pace session will get you ready for 21st century inline design. This session is differentiated for a variety of learning levels, and we welcome beginning through advanced Canvas users. So, if you are ready to have some fun and learn some new tricks, we hope you will join us for The Page Build Challenge.