Canvas Orientation and Workshops

Canvas Orientation: Using Online Tools to Support Your Teaching 

This hands-on workshop covers the basics of getting started in Canvas. Topics include basic navigation, the Course Outline Builder tool, and the Assignments tool. This is a great session for new faculty or those who need a Canvas refresher. Please bring a laptop to fully participate in the workshop.

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Modules: Interactive Outlines in Canvas

This workshop is designed for faculty with some experience in Canvas. Participants will gain skills to create an online environment that enhances the in-person experience of students.  Operating like an interactive outline, the Modules tool in Canvas allows faculty to organize content, discussions, online sources, readings, images, videos and quizzes to create a flow that matches the course design.  Please bring a laptop to fully participate in this working session.


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Sessions Available upon Request

Making your First Video for Canvas

All faculty and staff at OCAD U have free access to Techsmith Relay, a straightforward video recording and organization platform that is integrated into Canvas.  In a few short steps you can record video announcements, capture lectures, or share Youtube videos within Canvas. This quick, 45-minute workshop will give you the tools to record and share your first video in Canvas.  The session can be attended online or in person.

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Hosting Online Office Hours using Zoom provides a great online video and audio experience for faculty and staff at OCAD U. With this service you can meet with students remotely, either one-on-one or in small groups. Attend our session and learn more.

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What's New in Canvas

This session provides a quick overview of new features added to Canvas over the past year.  

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Driving Student Engagement with Video and Canvas Analytics

Students are learning from video in increasing numbers, and adding video to your course is a great way to illustrate important concepts. Learn what the research is telling us about student learning with video, some easy ways to determine their effectiveness, and how to produce your own. We will also discuss how to use Canvas Analytics to understand how students are engaging with your course overall.   

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Grading with Canvas

This short session will cover the basics of how to use the grading functions in Canvas. Topics include how to add an assignment to the gradebook, assignment group weighting, using the gradebook, grading in SpeedGrader, and tips for providing feedback to students.

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Using Zoom: Supporting Online Meetings and Webinars

Ever need to include an external guest lecturer in your class via video? Need to conduct online office hours? Tired of Skype? provides a great online video and audio experience for faculty and staff at OCAD U. Attend our session and learn more.

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If the sessions listed above do not meet your needs and you wish to discuss tech-enabled teaching strategies or setting up your Canvas course for supporting learners, please contact Travis Freeman at Alternatively, you may self-enrol in the Canvas Guide for Faculty, a Canvas course that includes step-by-step instructions, pedagogical strategies and other resources for teaching with technology.

Cultural Competency Training

The FCDC invites staff and faculty to participate in  Cycle 1 of Indigenous Cultural Competency Training (ICCT) offered by the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centre.

The intent of the ICCT is for organizations to obtain the necessary skills, knowledge, attitudes and values that support the development of meaningful and informed relationships with Indigenous people, families and communities.

Cycle 1 Training: The first cycle focuses on the early relationship in Canada with Indigenous people, intergenerational trauma and an introduction of the OFIFC’s relationship framework.

New date to be announced.

Cycle 2 TrainingAs a continuum of learning, we build on the historical narrative of the first Cycle and explore more recent efforts to re-frame the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Please note: You must have completed Cycle 1 to be eligible to attend Cycle 2.

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Cultural Competency Training Follow Ups

New this year, the Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre (FCDC) will be offering a follow up workshop, open to all faculty and staff who have completed ICCT Cycle One. This session will be facilitated by Nadia McLaren, Educational Developer (Indigenous Learning) who will help participants arrive at a solid understanding of HOW to use this knowledge at OCADU. 

Indigenous Cultural Competency Follow-up Workshop
Thursday, November 29th
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
113 McCaul Street, Room 512

Click here to register


Hit The Ground Running Teaching Orientation

This is an interactive, hands-on workshop exploring the fundamentals of teaching at OCAD University. Topics include preparing to teach, establishing the tone on the first day of class, creating lesson plans and engaging students in discussion and critique. All new faculty are strongly encouraged to attend.


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For additional strategies, tools and resources to support your teaching, please seek out the OCAD U Faculty Handbook in Canvas. Faculty can self-enrol here

Supporting Students in Distress Training

Supporting Students in Distress Training offers guidance and direction on how to support OCAD U students who are in emotional and/or mental health distress. The training aims to prepare faculty, staff and student leaders with their role and responsibility when a crisis situation arises along with the practical tools required to identify, engage, and refer to the appropriate resource as identified in the Student Crisis Protocol.

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