RHSmith – Getting Started with Canvas

In addition to the support being offered by Division of IT, Smith IT is happy to continue offering workshops to help get you up and running in Canvas, the system campus has chosen to replace Blackboard in January.  I’m sure you’ve heard that this tool is very different than Blackboard. Your course spaces will have to be re-designed for the new environment. To see what we’ve learned about how other faculty have dealt with this transition, and begin to re-think, re-build and get comfortable using this new tool, please join us in a “Getting Started” workshop.  A Getting Started Workshop is by far the best way to begin.  We’re also beginning to offer other more in-depth topics based on requests from the Getting Started participants, so watch this space for the schedule and new offerings.

  • Getting Started – We talk about everything from the migration from Blackboard and logging into the new environment to creating a syllabus page, uploading files to your course and communicating with your students.  Lots of tips from pilot faculty and students.
  • The Create and Manage Content workshops will cover working with Modules, Pages, and Assignments and the Quiz and Survey tools in Canvas.
  • The Gradebook workshops will go over everything from creating columns, and the very popular SpeedGrader to uploading from Excel.

Because each workshop will be hands-on it will be held in a computer lab and limited to 15 participants.  If you have a TA, staff member or other course builder helping with your course space, please share this invitation with them and encourage them to come too.

We will continue to hold workshops until demand subsides.  Find a schedule and register at:


Additional support on this and other other more specific topics will be provided in several modes in the coming months, including webinars, face-face workshops and recorded tutorials.

Smith IT will also be offering walk-in office hours to help with your quick questions on a first-come first-served basis.  Please stop by the Help Desk to see who is on duty.  Time will be limited, so if you think you will need more than 15 minutes with one of us, please schedule an appointment by contacting canvas@rhsmith.umd.edu.

I hope you’ll join us.

For information about the Division of IT workshops being offered to all campus faculty at CSS and McKeldin,, see their calendar at :http://otal.umd.edu/calendar.

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