Walker Center Summer 2019 Workshops


Workshop Calendar

Workshop Details

To see more information on our upcoming seminars, click a seminar title. Listed under each title, you will find a description of the seminar, the dates and times when it will be offered, the instructor(s) who will be leading the seminar, and any additional information. Each seminar is 1 hour in length.

To register for a seminar, after viewing the description and availability, click the button associated with your preferred date and time.

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Adapted from Brian Helmke's "Large Classes" workshop at VA Tech, this exercise will help you brainstorm your own group work structures for your students. 

Participants will adapt a sample group work activity to fit their own subject matter, collaborate on locating appropriate resources to their courses, and reflect together on the group work process.  

In this seminar, we will discuss strategies to engage students in the classroom based on best practices in teaching and learning. Get ready to practice some active learning activities that you can apply in the classroom immediately. 

Learn how to use Microsoft Forms to quickly and easily create attractive and effective surveys. Microsoft Forms is a simple, lightweight tool that lets you quickly create a form, collect responses in real time, and view automatic charts to visualize your data. Forms surveys can be distributed, emailed, embedded, and more. Within minutes you can create a survey and add that form to your course.

This session will be offered online using Zoom.  Registered participants will receive the access link one day prior to the session.

Participants will receive sample survey questions, add a Midterm survey to their Fall Canvas course, and share ideas on how to use the feedback they will receive.  

Ready to work on your syllabus for the upcoming term? In this workshop, we will review the syllabus template, discuss how to write measurable course learning outcomes, and work on aligning your course assessments with the outcomes. 


This workshop will address the challenges of grading—including the question of how to grade student participation. Participants in the workshop will review and define the criteria for their students’ work and begin to formulate rubrics that can assess and advance their students’ learning. The workshop will also explore how we might shift our students’ focus on getting good grades to reflecting on their own learning.


If you currently use tools like Skype and FaceTime for your teaching and learning needs, you’ll want to learn more about Zoom. Zoom enables users to have an interactive, high-quality video and audio conference from laptops, desktops, and mobile devices. Join us to learn more about Zoom, and how it can assist you in teaching and learning, administration, and research collaboration.

This session will be offered online using Zoom.  Registered participants will receive the access link one day prior to the session.

This one-hour session is for everyone interested in getting started using Canvas.  Join us to learn about UTC’s new learning management system.  In addition to learning information about navigating the system and the basics for building a course, you will leave with tips and tricks to help you make a smooth transition to Canvas. This session  is a prerequisite for all other training sessions. 

These sessions will fill quickly.  As the sessions fill, the date will be removed from the registration form.

Friday, July 12th, 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Thursday, July 18th, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Zoom Session)
Monday, July 22nd, 10:00 am
Wednesday, July 24th, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday, July 30th, 11:00 am (Zoom Session)
Thursday, August 1st, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Monday, August 5th, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Friday, August 8th, 10:00 am -11:00 am (Zoom Session)
Tuesday, August 13th, 9:00 am - 10:00 am

This session will focus on creating online assignments in Canvas using the assignment tool.  During this session, we will focus on adding assignments, discussing assignment groups and purpose for the groups, grading assignments with Speedgrader and rubrics, and creating group assignments.

This session is a must for those who create online assignments or post grades for students in the learning management system.  During this session, we will focus on the Canvas grading tool features such as creating and managing assignment groups, creating new grade columns, managing your total points, creating weighted totals, and much more.

Learn about the new Arc Media tool in Canvas. Arc is a more video‑centric, interactive way to approach e-learning. Where video‑as‑a‑learning‑tool has typically been one‑way and passive, Arc makes learning an active, collaborative, impactful two-way street. Arc integrates seamlessly with Canvas to store, embed, and capture media content. Arc’s analytics allow instructors to quickly and easily analyze which videos people are watching, how long they are watching, and when they stop watching.

These sessions are offered online using Zoom.  Registered participants will receive the access link one day prior to the session.

In this workshop, we will demonstrate best practices of online course design in Canvas with Quality Matters standards in mind. This hands-on workshop will provide guidance on how to incorporate your course outcomes and module outcomes in modules that are easily accessed through an attractive front page. 

This workshop will provide an overview of elements that help to create accessible Word/PDF documents, Excel Spreadsheets, and PowerPoint Presentations. 


The Collaborations tool is available in each Canvas course. It can be used to take the place of a Wiki or class blog or class journal. For this workshop, each participant will add the tool to their sandbox or class and then create a Collaboration. This tool runs on Google Docs so participants must have a Google account in order to fully participate in the workshop. Samples of ways to use the tools will be brainstormed, and a master list will be created together as a group. 

Participants will create a link between their Canvas account and their Google account, add the Collaborations to their Course Menu, add a Collaboration to their Fall Canvas course, and share ideas on what to use the Collaborations tool for with their students.

Help your students create a Canvas ePortfolio. Basic ePortfolio artifact management will be covered as well as lots of resources. 

Participants will create, name, and navigate within the Canvas eportfolio tool and learn how to add new sections and pages.