Express Workshops

Express Workshops

Express Workshops are quick, one hour workshops. Click on a workshop title to see if it is currently being offered. If a workshop you are interested in is not being offered or you are unable to attend a scheduled one, please sign up for an individual consultation.

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workshop logoAccessibility

Want to save yourself some time? Come to this workshop and learn how to address accessibility standards during the course planning phase. You will leave with helpful resources and insight regarding what is required for students with disabilities, but also design tips that are useful for all students.


Canvas Badgr logoBadging Student Achievement in Canvas

This workshop introduces faculty to Badgr – a badging system that seamlessly integrates with Canvas. Learn the purpose of badges in education, create a digital badge and integrate Badgr with a Canvas course, and build a series of Canvas module requirements for students to complete before they are awarded a badge. The free Badgr license features an anonymous leaderboard where students can see their progress in relation to their peers.


Building Canvas for Your Face-to-Face Course iconBuilding Canvas for Your Face-to-Face Course

Have your students been asking you to use the Canvas Gradebook? Want to ensure all your due dates automatically show up on your students’ calendars? Bring your assignment descriptions and other course information and we’ll get Canvas set up to work efficiently with your face-to-face course.


 workshop logoCamtasia

Camtasia is a premium screen recorder with sophisticated video editing built in. This workshop is a great opportunity for those who have a version of Camtasia installed, but have never gotten around to learning; or, for those who have want to try before they buy (there is a free 30-day trial available through Techsmith).


canvas basics logoCanvas Basics

Are your students asking you to use Canvas? Don't fret - we'll get you up and running. Use the core Canvas tools to upload, organize and distribute course content, communications, as well as collect student papers and distribute grades and feedback.


Canvas Collaborations iconCanvas Collaborations

Find out how Canvas Collaborations can enhance student group work. Leveraging Office 365 and Google Docs, Collaborations enable multiple students to work together on the same document at the same time. Documents are saved in real-time, which changes tracked and immediately visible to everyone.


Canvas New Term Checklist iconCanvas New Term Checklist

Need help copying your course over from a previous quarter? Can’t remember how to post your syllabus? Want to make sure everything looks good before clicking Publish? Come to the New Term Checklist workshop and we’ll all work together to make sure we start the quarter on Canvas right.


 canvas on the go logoCanvas on the Go!

Ever wonder what your course looks like on a smartphone? Need to send a course announcement on the bus? Did you know that you can annotate student papers, and grade with rubrics, using your iPad or Android phone/tablet? Come to this session to look at your course on various mobile platforms, learn how to use your smartphone to quickly message your students, and try out the Canvas SpeedGrader app.


canvas speedgrader logoCanvas SpeedGrader and Rubrics

Learn how Canvas can streamline your grading process. The Canvas SpeedGrader tool allows you to view and annotate papers, evaluate student work with a rubric, and attach audio/video feedback - all on one screen.

Canvas Studio iconCanvas Studio

Canvas Studio (formerly known as ‘Arc’) is Seattle University’s video storage application. Canvas Studio allows you to store and stream video, generate closed captions, and embed videos within Canvas. Plus, it allows students (or instructors) to add a question or comment to any point in a video.


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Check Understanding with Canvas Studio Quizzes

Learn how to quickly check for understanding and engagement by adding True/False or Multiple Choice questions to Studio videos at specific timestamps.


workshop logoCommunity Building Tools

Let us introduce you to some fun tools that go beyond Canvas discussions to allow students to collaborate in real time or work on projects together.


workshop logoCopyright

Are you confident that your materials (articles, videos, images, cartoons) are in line with the university's copyright policy? Most of us aren't sure. Join us for this workshop where we'll show you how to determine if you're in compliance and help you figure out how to get in compliance if not.


Padlet logoCreate Community with Padlet

Faculty love using Padlet because it is easy to make a bulletin board where students can add images, links, videos, audio and other interactive media. It’s useful for collecting ideas; brainstorming; sharing presentations, research, project drafts and more. If you are interested in learning more or signing up for an SU Padlet account, please join us.


Sway logoCreate Engaging Presentations with Sway

Microsoft Sway is a free, cloud-based digital presentation and storytelling app included with SU's Office 365. Simple to use, Sway accepts almost any file format including videos, PDFs, text, audio, images, and charts. Completed projects can be seamlessly embedded or linked into Canvas pages, submitted as assignments and used as lesson modules.


Adobe Spark logoCreate with Adobe Spark!

Adobe Spark is a cloud-based application, free for anyone, that is used to create presentations (with or without narration), videos and web pages. Your creations can be seamlessly embedded in a Canvas page and students can send links to their Sparks as assignment submissions. You will come away from the workshop having created your first Spark!


Design a Flipped Classroom Using the CDLI Blended Flow Tools

Looking to “flip” your class by moving lectures and preliminary learning activities online to free up class time for more in-depth learning activities? Learn about the CDLI Blended Flow Tools. They can help you brainstorm engaging online and classroom activities and design a purposeful “flow” that integrates online and classroom learning. An online quiz or discussion before class, for example, can help you ensure that students arrive to class on the same page. These online tools can also help you diagnose common student misunderstandings to focus on during class time.


workshop logoExplain Everything

This versatile tool allows you to create Khan Academy-style videos where you can capture your voice as you write on a white board, your slides or any other media. Works on an iPad and you can even check out iPads loaded with the Explain Everything app from us!


workshop logoGadget Finder

Looking for a new digital tool to integrate into your face-to-face, hybrid, or online course? This workshop will give you a tour of the CDLI Gadget Finder to help you discover new tools for assignments, activities, and interactions.


workshop logoGet Feedback from Students Quickly and Easily

At CDLI we have seen faculty embed quick surveys into their courses to check if students are having any problems interacting with Canvas of if instructions are clear. In this workshop we’ll show you how to create quick feedback surveys in JotForm, Qualtrics and Canvas. You can see an example from one of Bill O’Connell’s courses.


Getting Interactive with H5P

H5P is a web-based application for creating interactive activities that can be embedded on a Canvas page. Examples of activities include image hotspots, timelines, select words from a paragraph, and image sequencing. Take a look at this list for the details about all the available activity types. In the workshop, you will build two interactive activities and embed them on a Canvas page.


How Do I Do That?

Do you have a great idea about something you’d like to create for your class but not sure the best way to produce it or what tool to use? Although CDLI has a Gadget Finder with an extensive set of tool suggestions, the list can sometimes feel overwhelming. Come in with your questions and ideas and we’ll see if we can steer you to a solution and a tool that will work for you.


How to Caption Videos

Creating closed captions for your digital lecture files is easier than you might think. At this workshop, you will learn to upload a video to Arc, determine when captions have been generated, and use the built-in caption editor to make corrections.


workshop logoHumanize Your Homepage

A course homepage is like the entryway to a house or a cover on a book. In this workshop we’ll establish what you would like to convey on your homepage, then we’ll help you work out a homepage design that reflects your course and provides your students with efficient ways to orient themselves to the course materials. See our Gallery of Courses to see what other faculty have done.


workshop logoInteractive Videos

Sometimes a voiceover slide presentation just isn't enough. You'd like to be able to stop and see if the students are comprehending what you've just covered. We have some easy to use tools for that. Please join us to find out what the options are.

workshop logoLearning with Visual Mapping Tools

Join us to explore the different ways to use visual mapping tools in your course. These easy-to-use tools are useful for visualizing relationships, clarifying complex or abstract concepts, organizing thoughts for final essays or creating visual explanations that can be shared as presentations.


Canva logoMaking a Banner for Your Course Using Canva

Not to be confused with Canvas! Canva is an online tool that will help you make appealing and memorable course banners for your Canvas course homepages. There are many banner styles and formats available in Canva for free.


Genially logoMaking Interactive Visuals with

Interested in making your Canvas pages come alive? is an easy-to-use, template-based, online application allowing you to embed interactive syllabi, infographics, maps, or most anything into a Canvas page. In this workshop you will create a account, create a basic interactive lesson, and embed it in a Canvas page.


making the most of canvas gradebook logoMaking the Most of the Canvas Gradebook

Distribute scores and feedback to each student in your course from one screen - the Canvas Gradebook. There's many time-saving features here. For example, two clicks inside the Gradebook allows you to message all students who haven't yet submitted their work to a particular assignment.


OneNote logoOneNote Class Notebook

OneNote Class is a free notebook app included with Office 365 and integrated with Canvas. Learn how to create class wikis, document libraries and enable student collaboration by incorporating OneNote into your Canvas course.


Online Discussions Doctor iconOnline Discussions Doctor: Diagnosing Your Forum Fails

“Why aren’t online discussions as lively, fruitful, and deep as classroom discussions?” If you find yourself asking this question, CDLI has a diagnostic tool to help you unpack the various online course design and facilitation factors that can lead to discouraging online discussions. You’ll come away from this workshop having had an opportunity to discuss best practices and start designing (or revising) your online discussions inside Canvas.


online student debates iconOnline Student Debates Using Zoom

If you think that you’d like to have some student debates in your course, but don’t have time for debates in class (or your class is fully online) consider a tool like Zoom. Zoom can record two (or more) students at different locations debating. The recording can then be turned in as an assignment or posted to your course so that other students can watch the debate and leave comments.


workshop logoOnline Student Presentations

Having your students do presentations online often makes for better presentations and makes it possible for students to get peer feedback before the final presentation. Let us show you how!


open source logoOpen Source/Open Educational Resources

Looking for alternatives to expensive textbooks? Want to find free learning content to integrate into your course? We’ll help you navigate the world of Open Source and Open Educational Resources (OERs) by showing you some powerful tools for finding free classroom resources.


icon for organize everything using airtableOrganize Everything Using Airtable

Airtable is a free web-based tool that makes it easy for you and your students to create database collections that can be quickly sliced and diced to create Pinterest-style galleries. Survey forms that can be created on the fly from an Airtable database, which keeps crowdsourced activities like article scavenger hunts ordered and manageable. With its wide range of applications for collecting and organizing data, Airtable should be on your list of “killer apps.”


workshop logoPadlet + Thinglink: Sharing Multimedia

It turns out that two of our favorite tools play really well together. When students create multimedia projects in Thinglink, they can share those projects easily using Padlet. Padlet preserves all of the interactivity of media created in Thinglink. Join us to see how easy it is for students to share multimedia.


Page and Graphic Design iconPage and Graphic Design

Learn how to design clean, crisp, and logical pages in Canvas. This workshop is set up as an initial information session where we will look at various issues and solutions for designing pages in Canvas. Afterwards, there will be an open lab session where you can stay as long or as little as you like so there is time to work on your Canvas pages and ask questions specific to your course needs.

Rubrics in Commons iconRubrics in Commons

With the Canvas Rubric feature you can include rubrics in assignments, discussions and peer-review. Rubrics make your expectations clear and allow you to efficiently give students meaningful feedback. With the introduction of Canvas Commons—a learning object repository that enables educators to find, import, and share resources—you can easily find and import useful rubrics.


workshop logoScreencapture

If you need to capture your voice along with what's happening on your screen, we have some ideas for you. Whether it's creating tutorials, voiceover slide presentations or explaining an interesting simulation we probably have a solution for what you need.


workshop logoTechnology in Your F2F Classroom

Have you ever wished you could get real-time, meaningful feedback from your brick and mortar students? Are you looking for ways to increase engagement and interactivity in your classroom? In this workshop we will discuss a variety of technical and pedagogical approaches to using free and device-agnostic tools like clicker substitutes, real-time surveys, and informal chatting and check out a few of CDLI's faculty favorite tools.


workshop logoThingLink

With ThingLink, you can add hotspots to any image. When a user rolls over a hotspot, a variety of media can be displayed – text, videos, links or other images. ThingLink is one of the easiest tools around for making images come alive!


workshop logoTimelines

Timelines can help students see the chronology of events and offer a context for new content. In this workshop, we will explore several online tools that you and your students can use to construct these valuable visual aids.



using canvas for small group logoUsing Canvas for Small Group Projects

Create a work-space in your Canvas course where students can share files, communicate and collaborate in small groups. Monitor each group to provide feedback while students work on their projects. Groups can submit their collaborative work to a graded Canvas assignment.


workshop iconUsing Canvas Quizzes to Check Student Understanding

Following the Just-in-Time Teaching approach, consider using Canvas Quizzes to build interactive study guides for students. Responses are compiled in Canvas, exposing where students are struggling. When collected just before a class meeting, this insight can help you determine the focus of class discussions and activities.


workshop logoUsing Student Peer Review in Canvas

Looking for an efficient way for students to critique each other's work? The Canvas Peer Review tool can help. In addition to a paper annotation tool and commenting feature, you can also attach a rubric to guide students in their reviews.


Zoom logoWeb Conferencing with Zoom

This tool is a faculty (and student) favorite. Come in and we'll show you what it can do from video meetings with multiple students to online office hours to recorded student debates or creating your own great video tutorials. Super easy to use. Zoom is the Swiss army knife of online teaching tools.