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Canvas Summer Camp Teaches How to Maximize the Platform

July 3, 2019
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This summer brings an opportunity for Thomas Nelson educators to learn how to maximize Canvas, a platform recently adopted by Virginia’s Community College (VCCS) to replace Blackboard. 

Canvas Summer Camp is a series of three-hour professional development sessions focused on effective teaching and learning with Canvas. Participants can enroll in one or more sessions which will explore these essential questions:

  • Why do we do what we do in our courses?
  • What would we like our students to do and experience in our courses and how might Canvas facilitate those goals?
  • How can students and teachers get the most out of Canvas?

Open to all, including those who have never taught in Canvas, four sessions are available at campuses in Hampton and Williamsburg. The classroom locations will be announced for the sessions which are scheduled as follows: 

Thursday, July 18
9 a.m. – noon           Hampton campus                
1 – 4 p.m.                  Historic Triangle campus

Thursday, August 15
9 a.m. – noon           Hampton campus                
1 – 4 p.m.                  Historic Triangle campus

Space is limited. RSVP as soon as possible by CLICKING HERE .

Part of the Canvas Mentors initiative and funded by a Thomas Nelson Innovator Grant, Canvas Summer Camp sessions are facilitated by Jenny Quarles, director of Online Initiatives for University of Virginia’s (UVA) Curry School of Education. Quarles designs Canvas courses and supports faculty and students working with Canvas at UVA. She also teaches English courses and has taught with Canvas since 2011.

While Canvas Summer Camp is a chance to explore new approaches to teaching and learning and provides new tools to support such, it is not an introduction to using Canvas. The sessions will not provide “how-to” for basic functions of Canvas nor will they focus on migrating course materials and teaching practices directly from Blackboard.

Canvas First Look and Next Steps workshops are ideal resources for those who need assistance with basic functions. The online courses, Canvas Resources and Growing with Canvas, are also helpful.

Those interested in workshops may email Assistant Professor Lauren Williams at Williamsla@tncc.edu. Williams is among coordinators of Canvas training at Thomas Nelson.