Announcing Digital Learning Days: Building with Canvas

Faculty gathered around a laptop using Canvas

Faculty gathered around a laptop using Canvas

Are you interested in learning new ways to engage students with Canvas, Georgetown’s learning management system? Are you looking for an opportunity to build your fall course sites in Canvas with support from others?

The Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS) is excited to announce Building with Canvas, our first Digital Learning Days event on August 6 and August 20 from 11 am to 3:30 pm in Car Barn 315, Main Campus.

Whether you are a new or experienced Canvas user, we invite you to join us one or both days to explore pedagogical approaches for using Canvas and to spend hands-on time applying what you learn to your own course sites. We will provide you with space, support, and food to help you get prepared for the upcoming semester.  

Our programming schedule is as follows:

  • 11:00-11:30 am: Welcome, CNDLS staff introductions
  • 11:30 am-12:30 pm: Topic table discussions
  • 12:30-1:00 pm: Lunch (provided)
  • 1:00-3:15 pm: Build-a-Course Workshop
  • 3:15-3:30 pm: Conclusion

To begin the program each day participants will join a discussion on a topic related to pedagogy and Canvas. It will be an opportunity to sit with peers and CNDLS staff to discuss, learn, and get inspiration. 

Participants will choose one of the following Building with Canvas topics to discuss:

  • Building Your Course: This discussion at this table will focus on the options for creating and organizing your course in Canvas, including using Pages and Modules.
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Accessibility: To teach effectively, you have to reach your students, students who come to the classroom with varied backgrounds, expectations, abilities, and learning styles. This understanding is at the heart of the philosophy of practice known as universal design for learning (UDL). This table will discuss the pedagogical purpose of incorporating UDL, as well as share strategies. 
  • Digital Assignments: Come join this table if you are curious about incorporating different types of projects and assignments for students that meet your courses learning goals and engage students in creative and compelling ways through Canvas. 
  • Assessment Strategies: From rubrics to Canvas Analytics, this table will discuss the various ways you can work with your students succeed by applying the appropriate assessment strategy.
  • Creating and Using Multimedia Resources: Canvas allows for us to enhance our courses using a variety of multimedia. Whether you want to produce your own content or incorporate existing content, this table will help you decide when and how to best use multimedia resources.

After lunch, participants will apply their knowledge and new ideas for engaging students in a hands-on Build-a-Course Workshop in which CNDLS staff will provide one-on-one assistance. University Information Services (UIS) staff will also be available to answer questions, including how to migrate content from Blackboard to Canvas.

Register for Digital Learning Days

Can’t join us in-person, or want to learn about multiple topic areas?  Don’t worry!  Facilitators will share handouts with in-person attendees, and all registrants will be emailed a link to a follow-up blog post (right here on the Prospect Blog) that includes all of the shared resources from both days of programming.

Questions about the event? Please reach out to

For more information about Canvas, including training resources and how to get help, please visit the GU Canvas Support Site. For faculty needing assistance moving or archiving their Blackboard course content, UIS provides Canvas migration support office hours.

You can also check out our Getting Started with Canvas videos or revisit our webinar on Canvas Tips and Tricks