Workshops and Webinars

Canvas Webinar Series for CGS Faculty

Brought to you in partnership with LMS Support and Consulting (University Center of Teaching and Learning)

Intro to Canvas | Part 1 (CGS)

Getting Started

Welcome to Canvas, Pitt's new learning management system! This introductory webinar for instructors in the College of General Studies focuses primarily on the global functions of Canvas (Course Dashboard, Calendar, and Inbox) as well course settings and course user management.

Intro to Canvas | Part 2 (CGS)

Adding, Organizing, and Sharing Content

How can Canvas, Pitt's new learning management system, help to organize and present your course content? This training for instructors in the College of General Studies will introduce how the Pages, Modules, and Files features work together to give you a flexible, dynamic home for your course online.

Intro to Canvas | Part 3 (CGS)

Assignments, Quizzes, and Grading

How can Canvas, Pitt's new learning management system, help you assess your students both online and off? This training for instructors in the College of General Studies will cover creating assignments, tests, and quizzes in Canvas; use SpeedGrader tool to read, comment on and grade student work, and use the online gradebook.


Faculty Webinar: Developing Online Learning Communities

Educational research has identified the use of learning communities as among the most effective high impact, high engagement learning practices. Learning communities should be a key part of any online instructor's pedagogy toolkit. Created exclusively for College of General Studies affiliated faculty, this webinar introduces participants to the key components that are necessary for fostering successful online learning communities. The webinar provides an overview of the evidence-based conditions under which online learning communities develop and thrive, and we will explore the importance of teaching presence as the driving mechanism for the successful functioning of this best practice for online instruction.

View the webinar recording.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Teaching On-line Courses

(But were afraid to ask)

This one-hour workshop covers the latest in best practices for teaching effective on-line courses. Learn how to avoid the common pitfalls in on-line instruction, and to successfully apply evidence-based approaches to address the unique challenges of digital learning. Topics will include developing on-line communities, applying proven teaching strategies, and designing appropriate assessment methods. Don’t miss this opportunity to put your on-line instruction on a solid foundation.

CGS Faculty Orientation 

Policies, Procedures, Tips, and the Instructor's Guidebook

This interactive workshop is designed for both new CGS faculty members, as well as for seasoned instructors wishing to get the latest information concerning CGS policies, procedures and guidelines. You will also learn more about veteran and CGS nontraditional students from guest speakers from the Office of Veterans Services and the CGS McCarl Center for Nontraditional Student Success. Whether you are teaching your first class for CGS, or your 100, there will be something new and helpful for you in this training. Facilitated by CGS Academic Affairs in Partnership with the University Center for Teaching and Learning.