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CTE workshops invite faculty to think in new ways about common pedagogical questions and to explore innovative teaching practices and technologies. If you have an idea for a workshop, or would like the CTE to run a workshop for your department or school, please contact us at

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Back-to-School Boot Camp

At the start of each semester, the CTE organizes Back-to-School Boot Camp, a week-long series of workshops meant to help instructors gear up for the new semester. Lunch each day provides a chance to connect with instructors from across the institution. Come for a single session or stay for the day!

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Advanced Use of Canvas

After completing this workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Organize your course using the Canvas calendar, including: 
    • Scheduling office hours and meetings 
    • Organizing assignments and events 
  • Develop collaborative class activities
    • Set up groups using People 
    • Set up a group assignment 
    • Set up and participate in collaborations 
    • Create a whole-class and group discussions
    • Use collaborations and Peer Review tool for peer feedback
  • Create content online using Canvas Pages 

course/syllabus design workshop

The Center for Teaching Excellence is offering a course/syllabus design workshop for first-time teaching fellows. John Rakestraw, Executive Director of the CTE.

Creating Online Lectures

The Center for Teaching Excellence has recently completed work to design a recording studio that facilitates the creation of online lectures. While you can still create an online lecture from the comfort of your home or office, the studio provides an interruption-free, acoustically-enhanced space coupled with all the equipment you need and personal assistance in helping you get started. In this workshop we will review how to prepare for a recording and about the recording process workflow, show examples of recorded lectures, and go over the basic editing process. In addition, there will be a discussion of three main areas of focus when recording online lectures: course design, the relationship between online lectures and class time, and technical concerns. 

Designing Online Learning

Are you ready to take the next step in designing learning online? Come to this workshop to learn how to:

  1. Work with video, audio, and images
  2. Design according to universal design for learning and accessibility standards
  3. Integrate third-party materials from YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, and others
  4. Develop a mobile-friendly site. 

After this workshop you will be able to design for the web in Canvas without any formal background in graphics or web design. 

English Language Learners at BC: Implications and Challenges in the Classroom

A workshop for faculty about the implications and challenges of having more international students in the classroom. 

Grading in Canvas

After completing this workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Organize assignments into groups and set group weights 
  • Specify how students will be graded through the assignments feature for online, paper, and no-submission assignments
  • Annotate/comment on student work and grade student work using SpeedGrader
  • Assign grades through the Gradebook
  • Manage instructor and student views of graded content
  • Develop rubrics for assessment
  • Export grades to .csv file 
  • Edit the grading scheme
  • Manage and assess student work using peer review

Introduction to Canvas

New to Canvas or want a refresher? Come to an introduction to Canvas workshop.
After completing this workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Navigate the Canvas website
  • Select a homepage
  • Edit content
  • Organize modules
  • Add content (including documents, PDFs, PPTs, as well as library course reserves)
  • Create an assignment
  • Navigate the Speedgrader and Canvas Gradebook
  • Organize the left navigation menu
  • Add TAs and Librarians

leading discussions

Whether you’re faced with a sea of silent students or trying to get a runaway conversation back on topic, leading class discussion can be one of the most challenging – and enjoyable – parts of your work as an instructor.  In this workshop, we’ll talk about the components of a successful discussion and share concrete strategies for getting a conversation started and keeping it on track. 

MediaKron 3.0

Mediakron is an online toolkit for digital curation and storytelling developed at Boston College. It's a platform that makes it easy to collect media content and organize it in a variety of ways, including slideshows, maps, timelines, comparisons, and more. This workshop will provide an introduction to the newly revised version of MediaKron and will explore ways the application can be used to build digital projects for teaching and scholarship.


Best practices for creating learning materials in Canvas

Are you ready to take the next step in developing your online course sites? Come to this workshop to learn how to work with Pages to author content directly online, find and embed rich media (video, audio, images) to support learning goals, design your site according to accessibly standards, and design your site to work on mobile devices.

strategies for active learning 

Hands-on activities such as problem solving and team work hold a lot of promise to transform learning, but how can they be used effectively?  This workshop will combine a brief presentation on research about active learning with hands-on exploration of cases.  Enrollment is limited; please register by September 1st.

Teaching and Learning in an Age of Distraction

If attention is an increasingly scarce resource today, what role does the classroom play in helping students spend it wisely? This session will explore some of the practical decisions we make in teaching -- whether to lecture or lead a discussion, whether to allow devices in the classroom, whether to use personal response systems like clickers -- but we’ll discuss them in the broader context of new pedagogical approaches, recent research in brain science, and the experience we all have figuring out how to manage attention in our own lives.

Teaching Through disruption

Whether it is a snowstorm that closes campus or a conference that takes you across the country, events sometimes get in the way of teaching classes. Fortunately, the Center for Teaching Excellence supports a variety of resources to help you work through a blizzard and still connect with your class.

This workshop aims to prepare attendees to:

  • Set goals to accomplish in a virtual conferencing session.
  • Make use of the features in the Canvas virtual conferencing tool to meet the goal.
  • Share with students any information they will need to participate successfully.
  • List potential concerns to anticipate, for themselves and their students, and how to avoid or solve them.

Using Panopto Lecture Capture

This workshop will demonstrate BC's new Lecture Capture tool, Panopto, and will include instruction on how to use the Personal Capture option to make recordings from one's own computer.  

We Learn What We Do: Strategies for Active Learning

Hands-on activities such as problem solving and team work hold a lot of promise to transform learning, but how can they be used effectively? This workshop will combine a brief presentation on research about active learning with hands-on exploration of cases. It will offer strategies for instructors to:

  • Identify learning goals, and activities to meet them
  • Structure activities with the expectations and support to help students succeed
  • Measure how activities contribute to learning

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