Canvas: IU's New Learning Management System

Canvas and Oncourse Fall 2014 Course Availability

Fall 2014 courses are now available for faculty (instructor of record) access in both Canvas and Oncourse.  Students will have access to fall course sites in Oncourse beginning Thursday, July 24. For courses being taught in Canvas, students will have access as soon as the instructor publishes the course

While Oncourse will continue to be available through summer 2016, you can start teaching with Canvas now.  To access Canvas: 

  • Point your Web browser to this link:  Click the Login button, and enter your IU username and passphrase to access the Canvas system.
  • Once you’re logged in to Canvas, under the “Courses & Groups” menu, you should see your fall, 2014 course(s). 

Will my students see my Canvas or Oncourse course site?

While all fall 2014 IU courses are available in both Canvas and Oncourse, students will not be able to access course sites in Canvas until they are published.  If you are not interested in teaching with Canvas this fall, there is no special action you need to take to prevent your students from accessing your Canvas course – they will only be able to access their Oncourse course sites.

What is the Canvas Redirector Tool?

When you login to your fall 2014 Oncourse course site, you will see a button, “Start teaching this course in Canvas” (note this button is only visible to users in the instructor or assistant role).  If you’re planning to teach with Canvas, click this button which will hide most tools in your Oncourse site.  All course members then – upon logging in to the Oncourse site – will be automatically redirected to the corresponding Canvas site.  Note that should you later change your mind and wish to teach with Oncourse, a corresponding button, “Stop teaching this course in Canvas” will be visible (but again only to instructors and assistants), which will disable the automatic redirection to Canvas.

Opportunities to Learn Canvas

The Center for Teaching and Learning is ready to help IUPUI faculty learn Canvas. To learn more about Canvas at IU, visit There are ample Canvas resources currently available to faculty and more will be offered, soon.  See the list below for current offerings. Canvas consultations can be scheduled by contacting the Center for Teaching and Learning at 317-274-1300 or by emailing

Canvas Training Resources:

Canvas Workshops

Getting Started with Canvas

Thursday, July 3, 2014 | University Library 1130 | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Register» | Organizer and Presenter: Lauren Easterling

Friday, July 18, 2014 | University Library 1130 | 1 - 3 p.m.
Register» | Organizer and Presenter: Tom Janke

Friday, August 1, 2014 | University Library 1130 | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Register» | Organizer and Presenter: Mark Alexander

Friday, August 8, 2014 | University Library 1130 | 1 - 3 p.m.
Register» | Organizer and Presenter: Tom Janke

Friday, August 22, 2014 | University Library 1130 | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Register» | Organizer and Presenter: Amy Powell

In this introductory session participants will have the opportunity to take a first-hand look at the Canvas learning management system. During this hands-on workshop participants will explore and learn about the following tools:

  • Navigation: Global vs. Course
  • Settings: Creating a profile and understanding notifications
  • Conversations: Canvas messaging system
  • Files: Canvas resource center
  • Syllabus
  • Announcements
  • Calendar

Seating is limited.

ETTA Fall Conference

ETTA Fall Conference

Thursday, August 21, 2014 | Eskenazi Hall Basile Auditorium | 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Register»  | Organizers and Presenters: Lauren Easterling, James Gregory

Educational Training for Teaching Associates (ETTA) is a program that provides training and resources for graduate students who teach at IUPUI, whether as instructors of record, graders, lab assistants, or in some other role. The purpose of ETTA is to improve the quality of teaching support that graduate students receive, and, therefore, to help improve the quality of undergraduate education at IUPUI.

The ETTA Fall Conference is the program’s keystone event, and it is designed for all IUPUI graduate students who serve—or who will serve—in any type of teaching-related role. An all-day event combining interactive workshops, group work, and experiential learning, the conference will include sessions on topics ranging from managing time and grading to using technology in the classroom and teaching online. It will set the stage for attendees to improve their effectiveness in the classroom and will place them on a path to becoming exceptional instructors. This year’s conference will be held on Thursday, August 21, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in Eskenazi Hall’s Basile Auditorium. The conference is free, and breakfast and lunch will be provided. For more information and to register, please visit

Associate Faculty Forum

Associate Faculty Forum

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 | University Library 1125 | 4 - 8 p.m.
Register»  | Organizer: Amy Powell and Presenters: Amy Powell, Douglas Jerolimov

To promote the professional development of associate faculty (part-time/adjunct), the Center for Teaching and Learning is holding a Fall Associate Faculty Forum on Wednesday, September 3rd at University Library from 4:00-8:00pm.

If you are a part-time faculty member, whether new or returning, you are invited to attend the Associate Faculty Forum, a professional development opportunity designed to support your teaching role at IUPUI. At this multi-faceted event, the Center for Teaching and Learning will facilitate workshops introducing faculty to new teaching methodologies and classroom techniques, and new ways of using technology in the classroom and online. Concurrent session tracks will include topics for new and experienced instructors, with hands-on activities to prepare for a successful fall semester.

This event is free and open to all IUPUI and IUPU Columbus part-time faculty; click here to register.

Scientific Writing Workshop

Scientific Writing from the Reader's Perspective with Dr. George Gopen, Professor of the Practice of Rhetoric, Duke University

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 | Neuroscience Building, Goodman Hall 1030 | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Register» | Presenter: Dr. George Gopen

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 | School of Nursing (NU) 103 | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Register» | Presenter: Dr. George Gopen

As competition for external funding becomes more challenging, getting one's scholarly work successfully published is more important than ever. Dr. Gopen's approach is based on a single idea: learning to write for the reader allows the writer to control what readers learn.

This year, Dr. George Gopen will present this workshop in a SINGLE DAY format.

As in past years, Dr. Gopen will also conduct hour-long, individualized consultations.  ONLY faculty members who participate in the day-long event will have access to the individual consultation registration.  Instructions will be sent to participants after their registration for the workshop is complete.

More about Dr. Gopen's original approach to scientific writing can be found in his article, The Science of Scientific Writing.

Learning Environments Grant

Learning Environments Grant RFP Available

Proposals Due Friday, October 17, 2014
Due dates and details can be found here

Through the awarding of small grants, the Learning Environments Grant (LEG) supports the creation of innovative, engaging formal and informal learning environments that meet the needs of both faculty and students.  Spaces at IUPUI and IUPUC are eligible for this grant.

Partner Opportunities

SoTL Travel Grants

The Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET) and the Mack Center for Inquiry on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning are pleased to announce a partnership that will offer travel grants to faculty presenting SoTL work at a conference. 

Applications for funding of faculty travel to conferences, as presenters, will be evaluated and awards made twice a year. Grants are for allowable costs as delineated by IU Travel Management up to $750. Faculty are encouraged to combine this funding with other sources.

The fall application deadline is July 1st for travel that will be completed by the following January. The spring application deadline is December 1st for travel that will be completed before the start of the next academic school year.

Please visit the website for more information on the application process

Mack Center Call for Fellowship Applications

The Mack Center enhances teaching by advancing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Administered by FACET, the center stimulates inquiry in SoTL, promotes the results of those inquiries, and fosters educational excellence at Indiana University and internationally.

The Mack Center:

  • Supports SoTL research by Mack Fellows and other faculty to develop highly effective, evidence-based strategies for enhancing teaching and learning
  • Sponsors conferences, workshops, and publications that develop faculty members’ and graduate students’ teaching skills and share knowledge about SoTL
  • Nurtures the growth of university, state, and global communities of teacher-scholars

The Mack Center collaborates with people and programs worldwide--including FACET initiatives such as the Future Faculty Teaching Fellows Summer Institute and journals--to advance the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Become a Mack Fellow
Each year the Mack Center selects a group of fellows to conduct ambitious research in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and to participate in our community of SoTL scholars.

Mack Fellows receive $1000 in initial research funds and $1000 after they complete their project and submit a paper to a scholarly journal.

For the complete call for submissions, follow this link:

If you need additional information, contact Beth Kern at (574) 520-4352 or

Captivate 6: The Basics

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Online - Adobe Connect | 5:30 - 9 p.m.
Register» | Organizer and Presenter: Denise Brown, IT Training

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 | IT 121 | 1:30 - 5 p.m.
Register» | Organizer and Presenter: Denise Brown and Donna Jones, IT Training

In this workshop, you will learn how to use one of the most popular rapid development elearning tools that is currently available. You will create a basic screencast, complete with audio, video, transitions, and animated effects. Before leaving, you will learn how to publish your project so that it can be posted online.

Captivate 6: Quizzes

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 | Online - Adobe Connect | 1:30 - 5 p.m.
Register» | Organizer and Presenter: Denise Brown and Ted Jones, IT Training

Thursday, August 14, 2014 | IT 121 | 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Register» | Organizer and Presenter: Denise Brown and Donna Jones, IT Training

Captivate is a tool from Adobe that can be used to create many different types of eLearning content: slide shows, software demonstrations, simulations, and other interactive media projects. While Captivate is a good tool for presenting material to learners, it becomes even more powerful when we add an assessment to our eLearning project. This hands-on workshop teaches you everything you need to know in order to add a quiz to your next Captivate 6 project.

Recommended Reading

Real Problems, Virtual Solutions: Engaging Students Online

Pearson, A. (2010). Real problems, virtual solutions: Engaging students online. Teaching Sociology, 38(3), 207-214.

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