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Beginning Fall 2022, CSUSM will begin using Canvas as our learning management system. The Faculty Center has partnered with Academic Technology Services to provide training and support to faculty to transition to the new platform. 

  • Canvas Training Course - Starting May 2

    This is self-directed course that offers both the technology training with instructional design principles, and culturally responsive pedagogy resources. This course is open to any and all faculty who want to progress through the course in a linear fashion, or pick and choose based on your needs and interest. 

    Faculty who complete each of the modules will receive $250. When you begin the Canvas course, you will need to sign up via a quiz to receive your compensation. The deadline to sign up is June 1.

    Watch a short video tour of the Canvas course which will show you how to sign up for compensation, how to work through the modules and more.

  • Canvas Ambassadors
    Virginia Arreola                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

    Department: Modern Language Studies

    Available: June 22-July 7; July 14-24; Aug 1-22

    Arease of Expertise: Course setup, creating modules, weighted categories, assignments, quizzes (graded/practice), discussions, Groups, Inbox, Calendar, Scheduler, Rich Content Editor (RCE), Files, Announcements, Course Homepage selection/customization, Canvas Syllabus, Importing Canvas Commons content, Rubrics, Gradebook, Speedgrader, Import/Export course content

    Karson Bader                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

    Department: Physics

    Available: May 27-June15; Aug 1-30

    Arease of Expertise: Course design, course templates, creating assignment, basic html code, setting up announcements, quiz/test bank creation

    Steven Cauchon                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

    Department: Political Science/Global Studies

    Available: June 1- Aug 26

    Arease of Expertise: I am more than able to assist with course setup and migration from Moodle, setting up forums and rubrics, creating assignments, addressing accessibility issues, and much more                    

    Tracy Daly                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

    Department: Kinesiology

    Available: June 1-June 29; July 18-Aug 26

    Arease of Expertise: Basic course set up (setting up home page),  Announcements, attachments/files/course linking, adding in web links, setting up/adding modules (visibility/active/inactive), discussions, grading/gradebook (adding points, view, actions), setting up assignments/quizzes, messaging, calendar, ConferZoom, student view.                      

    Jessica Gerez


    Department: School of Nursing

    Available: TBD                                

    Arease of Expertise: TBD

    Laura Hoeger                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

    Department: Literature & Writing

    Available: June 1-30; July 1-10; July 16-30; Aug 20-22

    Arease of Expertise: Canvas has made my life teaching online so much easier, and I can't wait to show you how!  I have taught nearly 50 courses in Canvas over the past ten years.  I can help with making courses aesthetically pleasing, easy to follow and accessible (its easier than you think!).  I can help build assignments and create rubrics and show you all the shortcuts to use your content in future courses, including assignments and rubrics!  I will show you how to alter time limits for certain students who have accommodations, set modules to open automatically after students have progressed through certain content, publish and unpublish pages and assignments, set your home page, and display your PDF files automatically in the course.  I can help with navigating the gradebook, automatically applying zero for no submissions and late credit, and programming Canvas to automatically weight your assignments towards the final grade.  All this and many more!             

    Janette Larson                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

    Department: LTWR

    Available: June 1-Aug 9; Aug 17-29

    Areas of Expertise: basic course setup, importing courses from a "sandbox" course, creating assignments, creating groups for forums and assignments, integrating Turn-it-in , setting up a home page (other than default), making a clickable button using HTML, using Canvas feedback tools for giving feedback in assignments, setting up Peer Reviews, loading rubrics.      

    Jessie Kosorok Mellor                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

    Department: FYP and HD

    Available: Between June 24th and August 5th, and August 15th.

    Areas of Expertise: I can teach how to import, do basic course set up, page set up, linking modules to icons for a personalized class homepage – how to embed google links or share drive links so you can just update one place for multiple courses, and other neat tricks like notifications from the grade book and how to set up a dropped quiz, making sure assignments are the correct points or setting them as extra credit, how to tell what is hidden/not, how to add proper tags to images etc. for ADA

    Elizabeth Nash                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

    Department: Political Science & Global Studies                          

    Available: June 22-July 7; July14-24; Aug 1-22

    Arease of Expertise: Basic course setup; setting up communication tools (announcements, home page, content pages, messaging etc.); creating assessments (discussions, assignments, quizzes, surveys etc.), accessibility, basic rich content editing, developing online presence through videos

    Mary Roche


    Department: Sociology

    Available: June 21 - August 22

    Arease of Expertise: Any Canvas topics, especially modules, discussions and assignments 

    Jolie Van Schoik                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

    Department: Human Development

    Available: All Summer

    Arease of Expertise: Using and setting up announcements, making short video quizzes with YouTube videos, using the accessibility checker, using alt text, I would say that I’m most helpful in humanities and social sciences and less for math and science witch might use different programs although I could help with the basic course set up 


  • Flipped Canvas Boot Camp

    August 23 and 24, the Faculty Center and Instructional Design Services will offer sessions that align with content in the Canvas Basics Course. Each session will include tips and tricks, examples from Canvas Ambassadors, and time for Q&A. As the title suggests, this is built on a flipped model and is not designed as an alternative to the Canvas Basics CourseAs with a flipped modality, the expectation is that faculty will review the related materials prior to the synchronous sessions, which will apply the knowledge and answer questions rather than presenting material. 

    All sessions will be held via Zoom:


    • Modules 1 & 2: Tues, Aug 23, 2:00-3:30pm
    • Modules 3 & 4: Weds, Aug. 24, 9:00-10:30am

    • Modules 5 & 6: Weds, Aug. 24, 2:00-3:30pm

  • CSUSM Virtual TRC

    Join the IDS Staff for Open Office Hours, Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm

    Visit the TRC now