During the 2018-19 academic year,  Circles of Innovation will continue to do our best to help faculty make the most of the Blackboard to Canvas transition. However, this year, we are going to shake things up a bit and try a new model.

Inspired by YouTube, Netflix, and our collective preference for binge watching, we are trying something new. Although not available quite yet, the image below will soon transport you to the Circles of Innovation On Demand Course in Canvas (Click here or on the image below to sign up – the link will take you to Atlas where you can log in and sign up). In this course, you will be able to binge watch on the Digi-Know Series, sign up for and participate in Special Topics Webinars, and Deep Dive into your own On Demand personal learning. Our Webinar dates and times are listed below. Remember though, this year you have to sign up for the Course to have access.

Using the Canvas GradeBook: Tips, Tricks & Best Practices

Webinar Description: This action packed 1hr webinar was designed to share tips, tricks, and best practices for using the Canvas GradeBook to speed up work flows and help teachers better communicate with students. We will feature the New GradeBook; model a variety of quizzes, assignments, and assessment practices, and the easiest workflows for adding them to the GradeBook; demonstrate techniques for using SpeedGrader to enhance efficiency and improve communication with students; Showcase a variety of little known GradeBook features; and provide for hands on and Q&A time.

Dates Offered: 

Sat Feb 9th at 10am – Using the Canvas GradeBook: Tips, Tricks & Best Practices

Wed April 3rd 7pm – Using the Canvas GradeBook: Tips, Tricks & Best Practices


Enhanced Visuals: Best Practices for Images in Canvas

Webinar Description: It has been said that a “Picture Paints 1000 Words.” Yeah, but how best can I get that picture into my Canvas Course. This fast paced webinar is designed to share best practices for finding, creating and using images in Canvas. Learn the best tools and resources for creating and embedding both static and dynamic images and videos in Canvas. Also, all participants will receive a FREE Pro License for Thing Link.

Dates offered: 

Monday Feb 11th at 7pm – Enhanced Visuals: Best Practices for Images in Canvas


Video Discussions with FlipGrid

Webinar Description: Students today frequently communicate with apps like Facetime, Skype, Google Hangouts, Instagram, Snapchat, Marco Polo, & House Party. These new mediums of information exchange allow for short video chats, video messages, and live video calls. FlipGrid (Now owned by Microsoft) is a free teacher tool that can be plugged in to your Canvas course and allow for enhanced communication, assessment and more. This 1hour, hand-on webinar is designed to get you up and running with FlipGrid

Dates offered: 

Thursday Feb 21st 1pm – Video Discussions with FlipGrid


Curating & Creating Videos for Canvas

In 1913, Thomas Edison said:

“Books will soon be obsolete in public schools. Scholars will be instructed through the eye. It is possible to teach every branch of human knowledge with the motion picture. Our school system will be completely changed inside of ten years.”

While Mr. Edison’s predictions may have been off by a few years, many of us are now using more video than ever both in and beyond the classroom. Whether through curated or created favorites, there is no denying that video has a powerful effect on student learning.  This webinar will showcase and share a variety of tools and techniques for curating and creating videos to use with students in your Canvas courses.

Dates offered: 

Wed Feb 27th 7pm – Curating & Creating Video for Canvas

Tuesday March 5th 1pm – Curating & Creating Video for Canvas

Sat April 6th 10am – Curating & Creating Video for Canvas


Universal Design in Canvas: Tips, Tricks & Best Practices

Universal design for learning is “the design of products and environments useable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.” Universal design benefits all users including students with unique learning needs. This webinar explores tips, tricks, & best practices for making your learning content universally accessible in Canvas.

Dates offered: 

Mon March 25th 7pm –  Universal Design in Canvas: Tips Tricks & Best Practices

Thursday March 28th 1pm –  Universal Design in Canvas: Tips Tricks & Best Practices

Tuesday April 9th 1pm –  Universal Design in Canvas: Tips Tricks & Best Practices