Canvas Day 2018: Wednesday, April 25

Thank you for joining us on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at the Regenstein Library.

Canvas Day is Wednesday, April 25, 2018

We’re excited to announce that Canvas Day is coming!  Join your colleagues on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at the Regenstein Library. Planning for the day includes presentations by instructors who have used Canvas in their classrooms in innovative ways and discussions on how Canvas can enhance classroom teaching. Mark your calendar and check back here for further details.

Why attend?

This half-day conference will highlight presentations by several faculty showcasing their success stories in leveraging Canvas in their teaching and learning. You will have the opportunity to network, engage in consultations, earn chances to win door prizes, and learn more about Canvas. The event will start with a light lunch and end with a reception, including optional tours of the TechBar and the first One Button Studio for video production at UChicago.



Student Engagement

Ever considered using instant polling in your classroom? Have you thought about how incorporating video could give you new ways to connect with and engage your students?


Can collaboration within the classroom or on assignments facilitate learning? How do class blogs and flipped classroom models allow for collaboration?

Sparking Ideas

Listen to fellow faculty talk about how they are using technology in their courses, stop into one of our Canvas technical workshops, or chat with one of our instructional designers for a consult to spark new ideas for your own teaching.


11:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Room 122

Registration & Grab Lunch

Check-in with our registration table, grab some swag and lunch and settle in for our first session.

12:00 – 12:30 PM | Room 122

Considering Innovation in Teaching and Learning

Scott Stern, Professor of Medicine and former Assistant Dean for Technology & Innovation in Medical Education for the Pritzker School of Medicine, shares his thoughts on why instructors should think more about how to innovate their pedagogy with the growth of available supporting technologies.

12:30 – 1:00 PM | Room 122

Student Panel: Their User Experience

UChicago students share their Canvas experiences and expectations moving forward on this platform. This discussion will include their thoughts as they relate to a recent Canvas user survey of students and instructors conducted during winter quarter 2018 by the Academic Technology Solutions group in IT Services.

1:10 – 2:00 PM | Room 122

Using Video Outside the Classroom

Faculty in this presentation will share how they are creating and leveraging video content for student learning outside the classroom, both in a flipped classroom model and in an adaptive release format for building understanding, and how that change in content delivery has affected what they do in the classroom.

2:10 – 3:00 PM | Room 122

Encouraging Creativity, Collaboration and Engagement with Class Blogs

In this panel session, faculty share how they have effectively integrated blogging and active discussions in a variety of ways that have increased student engagement with course content, their instructors, and other students.

3:10 – 4:00 PM | Room 122

Deepen Student Engagement in the Classroom with Instant Polling

Advances in student response systems, or ‘instant polling’ technology, are allowing instructors opportunities to increase the feedback from entire classes quickly. In this presentation, hear how a couple of UChicago instructors are leveraging this instant information to enhance their classroom teaching and learning practices.

4:00 – 5:00 PM | Room 122

Reception and Tours

The end-of-day activities includes refreshments, tours of the TechBar, and an exciting preview tour of the first One Button Studio for video production at UChicago! Tours begin by the registration table outside of Room 122.

Learning Sessions & Consultations

1:10 – 2:00 PM | TechBar Studio

Canvas Learning: Organizing with Modules

Learn about best practices in course organization to make your course site easy for students to navigate, find content and assignments, and easier for you to manage.

2:10 – 3:00 PM | TechBar Studio

Canvas Learning: Using Multimedia

Are you interested in incorporating different types of media into your course site? Learn best practices for including images, audio, and video content into your course.

3:10 – 4:00 PM | TechBar Studio

Canvas Learning: Blogging & Discussions

Class blogs and Discussions in Canvas are great ways to encourage collaboration, allow for peer review, and continue class discussions outside the classroom. Learn more about leveraging these tools in your course.

1:10 – 4:00 PM | TechBar Studio

Canvas Consultations

Do you have some specific questions about your Canvas course site, want a demo of a specific feature, or just have some general questions around using Canvas? Drop in and chat with one of our Canvas team members stationed in the TechBar Studio area. Follow-up consultations can also be scheduled at this time.


David Archer

Professor, Department of the Geophysical Sciences

Colin Benert

Lecturer in German, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Germanic Studies

Jason M. Heltzer

Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Jessica Hurley

Collegiate Assistant Professor, Humanities Division

Alison Hunter

Senior Lecturer, Biological Sciences Collegiate Division

Britni Ratliff

Senior Lecturer, Director of Chemistry Collaborative Learning Programs, and Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Chemistry

Scott Stern

Professor of Medicine, Clinical Course Director, Clinical Pathophysiology and Therapeutics, Pritzker School of Medicine

Tyler Williams

Assistant Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, South Asian Languages and Civilizations


Canvas Day will be held at the Joseph Regenstein Library, located at 1100 E. 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637. Registration, lunch, coffee, info tables, faculty presentations, and end of day reception will be in room 122, just to the left of the main doors facing 57th Street. Canvas technical sessions, consultation, tours will be in the TechBar Studio located on the first floor, to the right of the main staircase, behind the TechBar walk-up desk.

Joseph Regeistein Library

RSVPs are now closed. Thanks for coming to our event!


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