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Faculty Technology Center Workshop Descriptions

CSUN's Faculty Technology Center offers various opportunities to learn how to incorporate technology into your teaching. Access online workshops or view the face-to-face workshop schedule

Featured Workshops

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Teaching with Canvas (online, self-paced)

The goal of this course is introduce you to need-to-know tools and features of Canvas so you are equipped to teach using the Canvas learning management system. You will learn how the system works through a series of brief, curated readings, and test your knowledge through optional formative quizzes. We invite you to apply what you have learned through a series of optional hands-on exercises that can be performed in your test course. Faculty can take this online workshop at any time. Self-enroll using this link to the Canvas course.
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Teaching with Canvas: Grading and Analytics for Student Success (online, self-paced)

This workshop will cover some of the tools and features available in Canvas used to track student access and progress. Course statistics can be used to monitor student access to activities and resources in your course. Activity completion can be set for course assignments and resources to give students a clearer picture of their progress in a course and set prerequisites to restrict access. The gradebook provides faculty with tools to contact students according to certain criteria. Completion of a Teaching with Canvas workshop, Canvas Essentials workshop, or previous knowledge of Canvas is highly recommended. Self-enroll using this link to the Canvas course.

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Canvas Essentials (in-person)

Learn how you can enhance your courses using Canvas, the University’s Learning Management System (LMS). Canvas allows you to deliver content, communicate with students, create activities, and assess student work in an online environment. You can use Canvas for online, hybrid, or technology-enhanced face-to-face courses. This workshop will be geared towards getting started using Canvas, but time will also be reserved to answer your questions. Please bring a laptop computer to the workshop if you would like to participate in any of the hands-on activities. This workshop is offered throughout the semester in 75-minute sessions and immediately followed by a Canvas Studio (see below). View dates and register using the online Workshop Calendar.


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Canvas Studio (in-person)

Do you need some carved out time to work on your Canvas course? Are you looking for a creative boost to get some actual work done? Join other faculty, instructional designers, and technologists in a collaborative working environment at our Canvas Studio sessions hosted by the Faculty Technology Center. Use this time for setting up your courses, building out assignments and activities, sharing ideas and techniques with your peers, or getting some much needed grading done. Bring your laptop or device, and we will provide the coffee and cookies! No RSVP required. View dates on the Workshop Calendar.


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Teaching with Video (in-person)

There are many options for using video in your courses, from synchronous web-conferencing using Zoom, capturing classrooms lectures using Mediasite, creating video lectures using Camtasia, or using your tablet or mobile device to make instructional videos to publish on YouTube. Plus, you can find and use open educational resources available in online repositories. This workshop will provide an overview of the options and resources available at CSUN and allow time for you to get set-up using the available tools. Please bring a laptop computer to the workshop if you would like to participate in any of the hands-on activities. This workshops is offered throughout the semester in 75-minute sessions. View dates and register using the online Workshop Calendar.


Additional Custom Workshops Available 

Faculty can request to meet with instructional designers and other faculty to discuss how technology can help enhance teaching and learning. We would also be happy to discuss the opportunity to develop custom-tailored workshops to meet the needs of your college, department, or program. Contact to make a request.