Back-To-School Workshops

At the start of each semester, the CTE organizes a series of Back-to-School workshops meant to help instructors gear up for the new semester. Some workshops will be recorded to provide access to those who cannot attend. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find recording links.

August 2021

Tech Drop-Ins (CTE Innovation Lab, O'Neill 250 or Remote via Zoom)

Bring questions on Canvas and other BC supported technologies, and CTE staff will answer them on a first come, first served basis. To make drop-ins accessible to as many instructors as possible, they will be offered in person with the option to attend remotely.

Register for Monday, August 16, 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Register for Wednesday, August 25, 9:30 - 11:00 am

Register for Thursday, August 26, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Register for Friday, August 27, 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Introduction to Canvas (Remote Session via Zoom)

Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 10:00 - 11:30 am

Canvas is an online learning management system that can serve as a central hub for a course online. It is an important tool for communicating with your students about course structure and requirements, and sharing course materials including syllabi, readings, and other media. During this workshop, we will introduce instructors to the Canvas platform and essential features such as Announcements, Files, Modules, Pages, and Discussions. The session will consist of 60 minutes of content followed by 30 minutes of Q&A.

Register for Introduction to Canvas

Assignments and Grading in Canvas (Remote Session via Zoom)

Wednesday, August 4, 1:00 - 2:30 pm

This session provides an overview of options for receiving, grading and managing student work in Canvas. We will review Gradebook settings that determine how grades and feedback are communicated to students. This session is recommended for anyone new to grading through Canvas, or anyone who has used Canvas grading and is interested in exploring it further. When you are registering for this workshop, you are invited to submit questions related to using assignments and grading in Canvas. We will address your questions in the presentation (first 60 minutes) or during the Q&A (last 30 minutes).

Register for Assignments and Grading in Canvas

Perusall (Remote Session via Zoom)

Thursday, August 5, 2021, 10:00 - 11:30 am

This session will focus on how to set up and use Perusall, a tool that allows students to collaboratively annotate documents and other content in conversation with their classmates. The session will begin with a brief framing of pedagogical considerations, followed by an overview of commonly used Perusall features: adding readings/videos, creating assignments, annotation features, grading, Canvas integration, and student groups. The session will consist of 60 minutes of content followed by 30 minutes of Q&A.

Register for Perusall

Poll Everywhere (Remote Session via Zoom)

Friday, August 6, 2021, 10:00 - 11:30 am

This session will provide an overview of the Poll Everywhere platform, a tool for creating interactive activities and polls for students to participate in. We will cover creating and presenting activities in Poll Everywhere, registering students and preparing them to participate, as well as viewing student responses and exporting grades from Poll Everywhere to Canvas.

Register for Poll Everywhere

Recording in Panopto (CTE Innovation Lab, O'Neill 250)

Tuesday, August 17, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Panopto allows instructors to create recordings of lectures or presentations, including audio, video and screen content, and share them with students in Canvas. This workshop will introduce lecture capture, which records classes in technology-equipped classrooms and can also provide live streaming. It will also demonstrate personal capture, which allows instructors to make recordings on their own laptops for students to view asynchronously, allowing more synchronous time for interaction. We’ll cover what to expect this Fall, when classes will be recorded but not made available by default, and how instructors can make visible to students exactly what they want them to see.

Register for Recording in Panopto

Introduction to Canvas (CTE Innovation Lab, O'Neill 250)

Monday, August 23, 10:00 - 11:30 am

Canvas is an online learning management system that can serve as a central hub for a course online. It is an important tool for communicating with your students about course structure and requirements, and sharing course materials including syllabi, readings, and other media. During this workshop, we will introduce instructors to the Canvas platform and essential features such as Announcements, Files, Modules, Pages, and Discussions. The session will consist of 60 minutes of content followed by 30 minutes of Q&A.

Register for Introduction to Canvas

Assignments and Grading in Canvas (CTE Innovation Lab, O'Neill 250)

Tuesday, August 24, 10:00 - 11:30 am

This session provides an overview of options for receiving, grading and managing student work in Canvas. We will review Gradebook settings that determine how grades and feedback are communicated to students. This session is recommended for anyone new to grading through Canvas, or anyone who has used Canvas grading and is interested in exploring it further. When you are registering for this workshop, you are invited to submit questions related to using assignments and grading in Canvas. We will address your questions in the presentation (first 60 minutes) or during the Q&A (last 30 minutes).

Register for Assignments and Grading in Canvas

Considerations for the Post-Pandemic Return (CTE Innovation Lab, O'Neill 250)

Tuesday, August 24, 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Even as we aspire to a return to “normal” this fall, our experiences of the past year and a half will inevitably color how we think about classroom norms moving forward. What do attendance policies look like in the post-pandemic era? How do we approach assessment? How will the adjustments instructors found useful last year — such as increasing flexibility, building in greater structure, or making more time for connection — inform course planning for fall? In this session, participants will get the chance to raise the post-pandemic teaching questions they’re most interested in and think together about possible strategies for addressing them.

Register for Considerations for the Post-Pandemic Return

Planning for the First Day (CTE Innovation Lab, O'Neill 250)

Wednesday, August 25, 1:00 - 2:30 pm

The first day of class is an important opportunity for you to set the stage for the rest of the semester. In this workshop, we will discuss how to use your first class to set expectations for the course, get to know your students, engage students with course content, and create a positive learning environment.

Register for Planning for the First Day

Bridging Remote Students (CTE Innovation Lab, O'Neill 250)

Thursday, August 26, 10:00 - 11:30 am

While we look forward to returning to full classrooms this Fall, we recognize that individual students might occasionally need to quarantine, or participate from abroad, or manage some other situation that demands working remotely. Instructors helping them can draw on a range of options and experiences from last year, including asynchronous alternatives, and engagement through Zoom, applying them in a lighter and less demanding way. In this session, we'll discuss some of the pedagogical and technological setups that make each possible before attendees have a chance to strategize around options best suited to their teaching.

Register for Bridging Remote Students

Canvas Quiz Tool (CTE Innovation Lab, O'Neill 250)

Friday, August 27, 10:00 - 11:30 am

Learn how to use the Canvas Quiz tool (classic version) to assess your students in a variety of ways. We will cover question formats ranging from multiple-choice to essay and file upload questions, and will also discuss how students’ answers can be graded within Canvas. Features to promote academic integrity and ways to account for student accommodations will also be covered. The session will consist of 75 minutes of content followed by 15 minutes of Q&A.

Register for Canvas Quiz Tool

Session Recordings

Some workshops will be recorded to make the content available to instructors who cannot attend at the time they are scheduled. Recordings will be posted below within a week of the workshop offering.

Accommodation Requests

The Center for Teaching Excellence is committed to providing equal access to its events and programs. Individuals with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may contact centerforteaching@bc.edu.

Past Back-to-School Workshops

  • Clearer Grading
  • Introduction to Canvas
  • Maximizing Canvas
  • Canvas Gradebook Drop-In
  • Small Teaching
  • Responding to Student Writing
  • Trans 101: Supporting Transgender Students
  • Active Learning in Every Setting
  • Academic Integrity by Design
  • Introduction to Canvas
  • Maximizing Canvas
  • Designing Clearer Assignments
  • Building Classroom Community
  • Creating Online Lectures
  • Drop-In Help: PRS, Zoom, and Canvas
  • Facilitating Discussions
  • Lecturing for Learning
  • Introduction to Canvas
  • Maximizing Canvas
  • Collaborative Reading with Perusall
  • Tools and Techniques for Visual Thinking
  • Teaching Through Disruption
  • Drop-in Help: Canvas and Zoom
  • Teaching with Case Studies
  • Real News in the Classroom
  • Designing Better Exams
  • Gauging Student Learning
  • Introduction to Canvas
  • Lecturing for Learning
  • Maximizing Canvas
  • DIY: Creating Online Lectures Using Panopto
  • Mindfulness Strategies for the Classroom
  • Intercultural Competence in the Classroom
  • Grading More Efficiently and Effectively
  • Facilitating Better Peer Feedback
  • Introduction to Canvas
  • Maximizing Canvas
  • Crafting an Inclusive Syllabus
  • Rubrics for Better Grades and Grading
  • Teaching Through Disruption
  • Beyond Discussion Boards: Online Collaboration Tools
  • Making Groups Work
  • Doing More with Panopto