We want to provide you with the right amount of support as you learn about Canvas and the new opportunities it offers. For this reason, we are offering a combination of self-instructional learning materials, in addition to live workshops and consultations to help you get the most from Canvas.
This page is an overview of all the available asynchronous, self-guided learning opportunities. Consider clicking the button below to learn about the supported learning that’s available, including one-on-one consultations and live workshops situated in the USask context.
Two Paths for Independent Learning
Guided Independent Learning
In preparation for your first term teaching in Canvas, you will be enrolled in a Canvas course with a group of your colleagues that is intentionally designed to help you get started with Canvas. This course will include many modules that are intended to demonstrate, supplement, and otherwise enhance our synchronous professional learning, but if you prefer to learn on your own then you can take those materials out of their original context and repurpose them for your own learning.
Self-Guided Independent Learning
While the Canvas course mentioned above will give you content to focus on, the independent learning materials are also detailed below for you to explore more openly. If you have any questions about the independent learning materials, information about where you can go to ask questions and seek support is found in the final section of this page.
Not sure where to begin with your independent learning?
People who have engaged in independent learning have typically found the LinkedIn Learning introductory course (mentioned below) to be a great first step in learning about Canvas. It is comprehensive and well organized, allowing you to learn about the specific features you're interested in. From there, you'll gain a better idea of where you should focus your efforts to continue on your independent learning journey.
LinkedIn Learning Courses
Using our campus subscription to LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com), you have free and unlimited access to a number of professionally produced video courses, including a comprehensive introductory course that will teach you about many of the main features in Canvas. You do not need to have access to a Canvas course to access this training, although it may be helpful to follow along if you happen to have one.
The Canvas Community is a hub for your Canvas learning needs, provided by our vendor. It allows you to discuss ideas, techniques, and tips with other Canvas customers. In addition, its includes the following:
Canvas Training Services
To provide additional learning opportunities beyond what we’re able to provide in-house, you also have access to many self-paced and instructor-led learning opportunities through Canvas’s Training Services Portal. To access the portal, do the following:
- Go to canvas.usask.ca to sign in. If you haven’t yet been granted access, you will need to wait until that access has been granted to access these resources.
- Click on the question mark Help icon at the bottom of the left-hand sidebar.
- Click on Training Services Portal. This is not our USask ICT Training Services, but rather Training Services provided by Canvas itself.
- Authorize your account information to be shared with their Training Service portal provider.
- Explore the opportunities! The Learning Library tab contains self-paced online learning, and the Training Calendar tab lists courses available for you to register in, led by a Canvas staff trainer.
USask-Specific Canvas Videos
In our early adopter survey, many people indicated an interested in short, feature-specific videos to show them how to accomplish specific tasks. While our vendor indeed has many of these already created and posted both in the Canvas Community and in the Canvas Training Services Portal (both detailed above), we also intend to create several university-specific videos for you to use. Links to these videos will be posted below as they’re created, but none have been created yet. Keep checking back for more.
More to Come
Check back on this page frequently. We will be adding more content as it is found and/or developed. Have you found a resource you found helpful? Let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org so we can consider adding it to this page.
"I'm stuck! What should I do?"
There are many supports available to you to assist you as you complete your independent learning of Canvas. Please see the webpage at the button below for a full list of these supports.