Workshops / Events

We offer a variety of workshops and events. Workshops are taught by CIDI staff via Zoom, so you can attend from your office. ETE events are offered as in-person meetings in Logan and often have a remote participant option. Participation and application of learned skills from workshops and events may be counted toward badges for ETE 10.

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New Quizzes in Canvas

Learn how to leverage New Quizzes in Canvas to create a more dynamic assessment experience. This workshop will include New Quizzes creation, question types, settings, moderating, and editing. Changes to the workshop curriculum can be made based on instructor experience.

Improve the Canvas Student Experience

Learn quick and easy practical tips to make sure your content more usable and easy to learn for the students in your course. In this workshop we will go over how to:

  • Get rid of extra content in your course and simplify your course navigation.
  • Get rid of broken links and make sure your content is published.
  • Embed and caption your videos to make them more usable for everyone.
  • Provide content in user-friendly formats that work well on mobile devices.

Editing 2+ Courses in one Place with Canvas Blueprints

Canvas allows a teacher to create a "blueprint" course, where updates can be made just once and then synced to several associated courses. This can greatly ease the management of multiple versions of the same class. This workshop shows how to use and effectively manage blueprint courses.

Getting Started With Canvas

This workshop covers signing in, creating assignments and setting up the gradebook, using modules, pages, and files, and updating profile and notification settings. Topics are subject to change based on the experience of attendees and what is needed.

Grading in Canvas

Grading is the most important thing to get right in Canvas. To help, this workshop covers:

  • The basic logic of Canvas grading, with assignments and assignment groups.
  • Using the SpeedGrader and rubrics
  • Assignment rules and assignment weighting
  • Showing and hiding grades
  • Late work policies
  • Extra credit scenarios
  • Pushing grades to Banner
  • Grades from third-party tools and content (Time permitting)
  • Outcomes (Time permitting)

Importing and Updating Your Course for the New Semester

This workshop addresses how to copy content from one semester's course to another, update due dates and settings, check for problems, and make additional enhancements.

What's New in Canvas?

This workshop will walk through new features in Canvas and how to utilize them in your courses.

How to Quickly Create a Beautiful Canvas Course

Design Tools for Canvas allows you to rapidly stylize and build out your Canvas course, allowing you to focus more time on planning engaging content and learning activities in your course.

Creating Your Own Course Templates

This workshop shows how the Design Tools in Canvas can be made to create a customized template that can be quickly implemented.

Shortcuts and Tools to Take Your Canvas Course to the Next Level

You've learned how to use Design Tools, now get to know the amazing tools you didn't know existed! Did you know you could add an alert box to your front page with one click? That's just the beginning of what's to come with this workshop.


Teaching Technologies

Publishing Open Textbooks with Pressbooks

Pressbooks is an open e-book authoring and publishing platform available to USU teachers and students. It integrates with Canvas and allows teachers and students to discover, use, and adapt existing open educational content or author and publish new content. Learn how to use and create Pressbooks content for your course.

Creating Interactive Activities for OER Texts (Pressbooks)

Pressbooks is an open e-book authoring and publishing platform available to USU teachers and students. It allows teachers and students to find, reuse, author, and publish open content. Additionally, it incorporates tools for creating interactive activities to accompany the text using the open H5P assessment platform. Learn how to create or adopt an open textbook and make it interactive. 

Digital Badging Using Canvas Credentials (previously Badgr)

Digital badges are sometimes called microcredentials. They can be awarded to students for various accomplishments and then shared by students on social media and elsewhere as an indicator of their accomplishment or competence. Canvas has an integrated digital badging tool called Canvas Credentials (previously called Badgr). This workshop addresses how to create, award, and track digital badges. 

Gamify Your Course with Delphinium

Delphinium adds a graphical presentation to your Canvas content and adds some game elements to help increase student engagement. Learn how to set it up for your course in this introductory workshop. 

Create Custom Message Campaigns with Delphinium

Delphinium adds a graphical presentation to your Canvas content and adds some game elements to help increase student engagement. It also provides a feature to message students using a form letter approach so you can quickly email students who meet certain criteria and include their name and number of points they have earned to date. This workshop addresses this custom messaging function. 

Building Interactive Learning Activities with Atomic Assessments

Atomic Assessments provide 65 question types with multiple delivery and feedback options. They can be embedded nearly anywhere in Canvas, for practice or for points. Options abound for math and science. See how to create the interactive lessons you've longed to provide your students.

Managing and Editing Lecture Recordings

With all the recordings you have probably been creating lately, your MyMedia account may be in need of some attention. This workshop will take you through the first steps to becoming a media master: learn how to tag and add descriptions to your recordings to make them more easily searchable, discover the power of playlists, and become familiar with the basic editing tools that are available through MyMedia.

Teaching Classes in Zoom

Learn how to plan, begin, and successfully teach a class over Zoom. This workshop focuses less on Zoom functionality and more on teaching strategies for keeping students engaged and minimizing distractions when teaching in real-time, remotely.

Getting Started in Zoom

Learn the basics of Zoom, including scheduling, recording, managing settings, and making a good learning environment for your students.

Advanced Zoom

Learn about advanced Zoom options, such as breakout rooms, polls, and using multiple monitors.

Running Secure Exams in Canvas with Proctorio

This workshop addresses how to create exams in Canvas, plus tools and methods for protecting quiz content and ensuring academic integrity when in-person proctoring isn't an option. (Includes discussion of Proctorio, question banks, time limits, question design, and more.)

Using Turnitin in Canvas

Canvas integrates with the Turnitin plagiarism detection platform. This allows teachers to have student submissions checked automatically for plagiarism against online resources and other student submissions. This workshop shows how to enable Turnitin in Canvas and interpret originality reports.


Teaching Methods

Creating Inclusive, Accessible Courses

Your Canvas course already has great content, but have you considered how usable and accessible that content is?

Recording Lectures

This workshop will focus on utilizing lecture capture in your course.

Teaching Online Classes

Learn how to set up an online course in Canvas using a Canvas template. This workshop addresses the process of beginning with a course map, importing a Canvas template, and then developing and organizing course materials into modules.

Teaching IVC Classes

Best practices and tools to use while broadcast teaching. Topics will vary based on attendees and their needs. 

Teaching Hybrid Classes

A hybrid class replaces some synchronous teaching time with asynchronous learning. It involves both the development of quality online content and interactions and the effective use of live class time. This workshop addresses tips for success in both the online and live components of a hybrid class.

Making Your Online Class More Interactive and Humanized

Help your online students get to know and interact with you better. Connect your students to each other through thoughtfully designed discussion boards, peer reviews, and group projects. Use techniques to speed up your feedback process when grading. 

Writing Outcomes for Assessment

Writing concise outcomes to be used to measure mastery through assessment in your courses.

Use Video Effectively in Teaching

This workshop will help you enhance your teaching with video.

Designing a Flipped Classroom

Utilize Canvas and its features to create more time in class for demonstration or discussion.

Exam Security in Canvas Without Proctorio

If you want to run a secure exam without using Proctorio, your options are to use a testing center or design your exam in a way that removes the benefits of trying to cheat. This can take some extra work and creativity, but often results in better exams overall. We'll discuss question design, timing, question banks, and the way the USU testing center network works.

Designing Assessment for Learning

This workshop will help you create or re-design assessment to align with your overall course goals.


ETE Events

The Office of Empowering Teaching Excellence brings instructors together from across the USU system to build a community of teaching excellence. To accomplish this ETE holds several workshops, seminars, learning circles, and other events throughout the year. Those who engage in these events gain new insights on cutting edge teaching technologies, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and community support for a culture of teaching excellence. Engaging in instructional development is a key component of the architecture of engagement at USU. 

Access details about specific events below, or find all upcoming events on the ETE Calendar:

ETE Conference

This annual conference allows faculty to gather and share tried and true practices they use in their own classrooms. 

ETE Foundations

Foundations of USU Teaching is a cohort-based program occurring every August to help introduce instructors to pertinent USU teaching information.


A deep dive into the teaching tools and methodologies of online, broadcast, blended, and flipped instruction.

Learning Circles

Small Learning communities of instructors that meet throughout a given semester to dive deeper into instructional methods and pedagogy.

Seminar Series

Speakers selected from USU's faculty and visiting guest speakers discuss topics pertaining to various aspects of effective teaching and practical application.

Teach Calendar