Ongoing, relevant, and meaningful training and professional development is critical. There are so many different opportunities available regardless of prior knowledge or experience with Canvas! Click on the different options below to learn more.
Using Canvas in the Classroom
There are over 50 different video tutorials available on a large variety of topics. Videos are short with most between 5-10 minutes.
Self-Paced Courses are listed according to themes. Each course estimates time to complete. Examples of Self-Paced Courses include:
- SIS Integration for Canvas Admins
- SIS Integration for Canvas Teachers
- Strategies for Non-Readers in K-2
- Apps and External Tools for K-2
- Assignments for K-2 Teachers
- Home Pages, Buttons, and Modules… Oh My!
- Engaging Learners
- Canvas Course Evaluations & Accessibility
- Best Practices for Course Design
- Data in Canvas
- Canvas at the School or District Level
- Canvas Overview for Admins
- Providing Feedback with Google Assignments
- Creating Canvas Assignments with Google
- Embedding Content using Google LTI 1.3
- Overview of Google Assignments LTI 1.3
- New Quizzes
- K12 New Quizzes
- The Canvas Teacher App
- Grading and Feedback
- …and many more!
Differentiated Learning Pathways
Learning Pathways are multiple courses related to a theme. Examples of Learning Pathways include:
- Preparing to Launch
- K-12 First Day Ready
- Canvas for Young Learners (K-2)
- Course Design & Accessibility
- Canvas for School & District Leadership
- Templates & Sharing
- Canvas + Microsoft Office Integration
- Canvas + Google Integration
- Setting up Your K-12 Instance
Live Subscription Trainings
Find the Learning Calendar to participate in live webinars, facilitated by Canvas Trainers (scroll down on this guide to see specific instructions on how to view the training calendar and register for live webinars). These sessions cover the entire breadth of what is available on Canvas in small, hands-on sessions. Webinar participants receive a “Resource Document” to help them apply what they learn in the Webinar and can receive a Badge for each webinar. Canvas Trainers recommend the following webinars as “key”:
- Content Pages
- Leveraging Modules
- Course Communication Tools
- Course Settings and Sharing
- Home Pages
- Quiz Basics/Creating Assessments with New Quizzes
- Managing Quizzes/Managing Assessments with New Quizzes
- Mobile Apps: Teacher App
- Speedgrader and Gradebook
After registering for a webinar training, an email confirmation is delivered along with a Google/Outlook calendar invite. This email includes a link to access the live webinar training.
Customized Training and/or Best Practices PD for your district/school
Training sessions significantly increase the success of Canvas implementation! Reach out to Tori Gilpin, LMS Program Coordinator,
to discuss district or charter’s training needs.
High-Quality Instructional Materials (HQIM) are content-rich, fully accessible, culturally and linguistically relevant, free from bias, research-based, and aligned to New Mexico state standards. They are written with clear purpose, effective lesson structure, and pacing to provide flexibility for teachers to best suit the learning styles of all students, encouraging inquiry and curiosity. HQIM may also provide a variety of relevant assessments to equip teachers with professional tools to evaluate student comprehension of the content and provide deeper understanding of the standards. It is expected that teachers use HQIM regardless of platform used and/or teaching format. Below are the four options for obtaining and/or using digital content in Canvas that abides by these expectations.
1. Your own, local content
Use locally-adopted high-quality instructional materials (HQIM), whether open educational resources (OER) or by working with publishers to integrate digital content, teachers can follow guidance for implementing or creating content.
2. State-acquired Open Educational Resources (OERs)
Use or modify content from high-quality State-acquired Open Education Resources (OERs). The NMPED is in the process of acquiring OERs for use in the classroom. These are high quality instruction materials that will provide schools a jump start in building out digital lessons. Materials that have been acquired and are available on Canvas can be viewed through:
3. Other NM Canvas Educator Content
Vet and use shared high-quality content created and shared by existing New Mexico Canvas users, potentially through the NM Canvas Consortium.
4. Canvas Commons
Vet and use high-quality content from Canvas Commons. Canvas Commons is a learning object repository that enables educators to find, import, and share resources. Using Commons, instructors can share content with other teachers and departments, among other schools, and with worldwide Canvas instructors. Instructors can also import course content from a variety of sources for course creation. An instructor can modify imported content to best fit the needs of their students.