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Academic Technology Training

About our trainings

OIT offers a number of live scheduled trainings and recorded on-demand sessions to support instructors in using technology in teaching and learning. We can also facilitate customized trainings for your group or department. Scroll down to the Request Training or Consultation section to learn more. You might also visit the Center for Teaching and Learning Events website, where you'll find a wide variety of teaching-focused events

Scheduled trainings & webinars

Scheduled training sessions have clearly defined learning objectives and hands-on learning opportunities. A description of each training can be found by clicking on the cards below. To ensure we have enough space for all interested, please register in advance.

Live Zoom Training Webinars

Vendor-hosted webinars

Live Zoom Training Webinars

Ongoing
Vendor-hosted Webinar via Zoom

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On-demand video trainings

Some of our training sessions are available as videos to watch at your convenience.

Canvas

Teaching with Canvas

1 hour on-demand training video

This training is designed for instructors and staff who are interested in a comprehensive overview of Canvas features and functionalities. Topics covered in this 90-minute training include: course navigation, communicating with students, managing course content and the gradebook, using the calendar, using Canvas support, and more. After completing this session, participants will be able to:

  • Effectively navigate the Canvas system
  • Add and organize course materials
  • Customize course and account settings
  • Communicate with students using Announcements and Inbox
  • Create course activities using Assignments, Quizzes, and Discussions 
  • Enter grades and grade student work in Canvas
  • Manage the Calendar and use the Attendance tool

Training Resources 

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Administering Quizzes & Exams

1.5 hour on-demand training video

This training is designed for instructors interested in delivering quizzes and exams online using the Canvas Quizzes tool. The training will cover quiz setup and functionality, available question types, and grading submitted quizzes. We will also discuss adjusting quiz settings and availability for individual students. After completing this session, participants will be able to:

  • Configure and edit general quiz settings
  • Adjust test-taking time for students who need accommodation
  • Differentiate quiz question types
  • Build and populate quizzes
  • Grade and provide feedback on quizzes

Training Resources: 

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Using Canvas Studio

1 hour on-demand training video

Canvas Studio allows instructors and students to actively collaborate through video and audio files. Studio's interface lets students and instructors engage with media content by commenting directly on the media timeline. For example, students can record themselves giving a presentation or practicing a performance, and instructors can provide feedback on specific points of the video. In this session, you will learn how to use Canvas Studio to facilitate student engagement with one another, with their instructor, and with the content they are learning. We will also review other features of Canvas Studio, such as recording screen captures, editing videos, adding in-video questions, grading Studio assignments, and more. After completing this session, participants will be able to:

  • Upload pre-existing videos to Canvas Studio
  • Record new video content
  • Edit videos using Canvas Studio
  • Embed Studio videos into course content
  • Use commenting features to interact with and provide feedback to students
  • Add quiz questions to Canvas Studio Videos and sync results with the Gradebook
  • Grade videos submitted via Canvas Studio using Rubrics and Speedgrader

Training Resources

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Assignments and Grading

1 hour on-demand training video

This training is for instructors who would like to gain comprehensive knowledge of the Canvas’ Assignments and Gradebook tools. You will learn about setting up assignments in Canvas, the Gradebook’s relationship to other tools in Canvas, methods for efficient Gradebook usage and organization, new Web Grading Sync functionality, and known limitations of the Gradebook as well as workarounds for those limitations. After completing this session, participants will be able to:

  • Create new Assignments and associated Gradebook columns
  • Enter and edit individual grades as well as multiple grades at once
  • Arrange and filter Gradebook instructor view
  • Utilize SpeedGrader tool to grade assignments
  • Create and manage Grade Schemes
  • Import and export grades using csv files
  • Use the new Web Grading Sync functionality

Training Resources: 

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Grading with Rubrics

17 minute on-demand training video

This training is designed for instructors to learn how to create and implement the Rubrics tool in a Canvas course. The training will cover creating a Rubric on an Assignment page, customizable options for Rubrics, grading using Rubrics in the SpeedGrader, calibrating Rubrics in the SpeedGrader, and making Rubrics available to students both before and after they complete an assignment. The training will also discuss various options for using Rubrics creatively in your course. After completing this session, participants will be able to:

  • Create and manage Rubrics in Canvas assignments
  • Use Rubrics for assignment grading in the Speedgrader
  • Allow students to access course Rubrics

Training Resources: 

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Cidi Labs

Cidi Labs Design Tools Basics

15 minute on-demand training video

This video training is designed for instructors and staff and staff seeking to create more engaging, aesthetically pleasing, and more navigable courses in Canvas. Cidi Labs Design Tools are a suite of Canvas tools that expands both aesthetic design and course navigation customization options to enhance the student experience in Canvas courses. After completing this session, participants will be able to:

  • Launch Design Tools and adjust settings
  • Add and edit content blocks in Design Tools to structure course pages
  • Apply and modify pre-designed page themes
  • Add and edit navigation links
  • Import existing content and page templates

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Cidi Labs Design Tools Advanced

15 minute on-demand training video

This training is designed for instructors and staff interested in using advanced features in Cidi Labs Design Tools, a new suite of Canvas tools that greatly expands design customization options. This 15 minute training covers the advanced elements available in Cidi Labs Design Tools, as well its accessibility options. The “Using Cidi Labs Design Tools in Canvas Basic” training is strongly recommended as a prerequisite. After completing this session, participants will be able to:

  • Add expanders, accordions, and tabs
  • Add module progress indicator and module list to a page
  • Add module progress indicator and module list to a page
  • Style lists and tables
  • Format text into columns
  • Add HTML snippets to a page
  • Change the page design manually through the code editor

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Set up your Course with Multi-Tool

15 minute on-demand training video

This training video is designed for instructors and staff who are interested in using Multi-tool for building out and bulk managing their course modules, pages, assignments, and quizzes. Multi-tool is part of the Cidi Labs Design Tools suite, which aids in creating and editing Canvas course features in bulk. By the end of this 10 minute training, you will be able to use the following features of the Multi-tool:

  • Template Builder: Create template pages, assignments, discussions, and quizzes that can be utilized in your Canvas course
  • Module Builder: Build your Canvas course structure through Modules; create and edit modules; add pages, assignments, discussions and quizzes to modules
  • Due Date Modifier: Update date values of pages, assignments, discussions and quizzes from one centralized location
  • Delayed Announcement Modifier: Adjust delayed posting dates for announcements

Training Resources

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Make Canvas Pop with Cidi Labs

1 hour on-demand training video

This training is designed for faculty and staff seeking to create more engaging, aesthetically pleasing, and easier to navigate courses in Canvas. Cidi Labs Design Tools are a suite of Canvas tools that greatly expands aesthetic design and course navigation customization options, and enhances student experience in Canvas courses. After completing this session, participants will be able to:

  • Launch Design Tools and adjust settings
  • Add/edit content blocks in Design Tools to structure course pages
  • Apply and modify pre-designed page themes
  • Add and edit navigation Links
  • Add and style images
  • Utilize expanders, accordions, and tabs to style content
  • Use Design Tools’ accessibility tools

Training Resources:

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PlayPosit

Quick Tips & Tricks for PlayPosit

30 minute on-demand training video

In this video you will be introduced to the ins and outs of using PlayPosit to create interactive videos. You will be shown: how to link PlayPosit to a video; how to add interactions to videos; how to review student progress, and finally, what exactly is a “Bulb” in PlayPosit.

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PlayPosit Advanced Features

1 hour on-demand training video

Join the PlayPosit Instructional Design team to learn about PlayPosit's advanced features. In this 1 hour webinar, you'll learn how to adjust advanced settings to allow for branched learning, hotspots, overlays, and more! Learn to use the Rich Text Editor, adjust interaction placement and timing, and find out more about auto-grading, web embedding, and adding secondary streams. Download the PlayPosit Advanced Features Training Outline to better follow along with the training video.

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PlayPosit Advanced Features Webinar

1 hour on-demand training video

In this 1 hour webinar you will learn how to use PlayPosit's advanced features, including the rich text editor, precise timing tool, autograding, web embed questions, advanced feedback options, and more Download the PlayPosit Advanced Features Checklist to better follow along with the recording

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Advanced Interactions in PlayPosit

45 minute on-demand training video

This 45 minute video will show you how to create an auto-graded fill in the blank table, discuss the differences between the various advanced interaction and bulb settings, how to use analytics in PlayPosit, and go over some frequently asked questions and common use cases for PlayPosit.

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App Smashing with PlayPosit

1 hour on-demand training video

App smashing is the process of using multiple apps to create projects or complete tasks. In this intermediate to advanced PlayPosit training, you will learn how to incorporate external apps into your bulbs to increase interactive learning in your videos. Learn more about App smashing with this PlayPosit playlist.

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Zoom

Zoom & Canvas Overview

5 minute on-demand training video

This brief training will go over the new Zoom and Canvas Integration. This allows instructors to schedule Zoom meetings directly from Canvas, generate attendance and polling results, utilize cloud recordings and much more. After watching this training, be sure to visit the Zoom & Canvas Integration Guide for more detail on features.

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Scheduling Meetings with Zoom

< 5 minutes

Zoom offers multiple methods to schedule a meeting. A host has control over the options for their scheduled meetings, except for settings that an administrator has locked for all users. Learn how to efficiently schedule meetings in under 5 minutes with this training video and other resources!

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Host/Co-host Controls in Zoom Meetings

10 minutes

This short training goes over how host controls allow you to control various aspects of a Zoom meeting, such as managing the participants. The host can share hosting privileges with a co-host, allowing the co-host to manage the administrative side of the meeting (managing participants or starting/stopping the recording) while the host presents.

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Scheduling a Zoom Webinar

10 minutes

Use this training to learn how to schedule a webinar including registration. This requires your registrants to complete a brief form before receiving the link to join your webinar. Hosts can collect names, email addresses, and other information from registrants and can choose to automatically or manually approve attendees, which keeps meetings secure. Before watching, you may want to visit Zoom's Getting Started with Webinar page to learn about other features of Webinars.

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Enabling Zoom Breakout Rooms

5 minutes

Breakout rooms allow you to split your Zoom meeting into up to 50 separate sessions. Meeting hosts have options to sort attendees automatically or manually, or they can allow participants to select and enter breakout sessions as they please. Watch this 5 minute video to learn how you can implement breakout rooms in your Zoom meetings or lectures.

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Screen Sharing & Recording Zoom Meetings

10 minutes

In under five minutes, learn how to share an entire desktop, specific application windows, a portion of your screen, a whiteboard, device audio, and more during a Zoom meeting.

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In addition, visit Zoom's Recording resources for everything you need to know about recording meetings including recording layouts, saving and sharing video, using audio transcriptions, and more!

CU Clickers

iClicker Cloud Complete Training

30 minute on-demand training video

This training will give you teach you everything you need to know before using iClicker Cloud. iClicker Cloud can also be used to poll remote students as well as students in the classroom, and integrates with Canvas, enabling students to link their iClicker remotes directly to their Canvas courses. The software is free for instructors to use, and works with student iClickers as well as the iClicker Student App. Before watching this training, we recommend ensuring you have downloaded and logged into iClicker.

You may want to look into wireless and clicker use on our Wireless Considerations page, and see if your classroom is rated for clicker use on our Classroom Frequency and Wireless Ratings page.

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iClicker Cloud Polling

10 minute on-demand training video

This brief training will give you an overview for using the polling feature in iClicker. Before watching this training, we recommend ensuring you have downloaded and logged into iClicker. Additionally, you may want to look into wireless and clicker use on our Wireless Considerations page, and see if your classroom is rated for clicker use on our Classroom Frequency and Wireless Ratings page.

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Other Tools

Teaching in Remote-Capable Classrooms

10 minute on-demand training video

This brief training will prepare you to use the new Remote-Capable Classroom (RCC) technology available in many of the classrooms on campus. RCC allows instructors to simultaneously deliver lectures to students physically present in the classroom as well as to students participating remotely. This training will demonstrate the Remote-Capable Classrooms to you in action. After completing this session, participants will be able to:

  • Connect your device to a Crestron Mercury X system in a Remote-Capable Classroom
  • Run remote sessions through Zoom
  • Adjust a camera, a microphone, speakers, and adapters available in the system
  • Know the difference between a table mounted mercury and a cart mounter mercury<

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Proctor Exams with Proctorio

1 hour on-demand training video

This training shows instructors how to install and set up Proctorio online exam proctoring service in Canvas. We discuss online exam proctoring use cases, student communications, and support resources. The training was facilitated by Kevin Schaub, instructor from the Leeds School of Business who has used Proctorio extensively in his courses and supported other instructors at Leeds.

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Adding Digication ePortfolios to Curriculum

1 hour on-demand training video

This workshop will contextualize and provide an orientation to the use of ePortfolios for teaching, learning, and assessment at the course and program levels. Workshop participants will engage with the key functionalities and tools within Digication as they design an ePortfolio assignment and build an ePortfolio template for their course. This workshop includes integration points with the Canvas learning management system. Facilitated by Joan Monahan Watson, PhD, Director of Education and Implementation, Digication, Inc. After watching this session, participants will be able to:

  • Define ePortfolio as a process ("folio thinking") and a product
  • Describe different ways ePortfolio can be used at the course and program levels in Higher Ed
  • Design an ePortfolio assignment for their course
  • Utilize key tools and functionalities within Digication
  • Build an ePortfolio template in Digication
  • Add Digication to their Nav Bar in Canvas
  • Share the template with students via the course in Canvas
  • Describe what students need to do in order to make their ePortfolios available to the instructors via Canvas

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Vendor trainings

Many of CU Boulder's academic technology vendors provide independent training resources. In this section, you will find links to on-demand and live training resources provided by our vendors.

Canvas Training Portal

Vendor Resource

Canvas Training Portal

Canvas offers a training resource called the Canvas Training Portal where you can participate in online training webinars or view pre-recorded training videos. Access the Canvas Training Portal through the Canvas Help Menu found at the bottom left side of the Canvas Navigation Bar.

The Training Portal will open in a new tab that asks you to authorize the training portal. Once you click “Authorize”, you will be redirected to the Training Portal Tutorial slide show. The tutorial provides useful information on navigating the portal, accessing training videos, and registering for training webinars. This tutorial will appear each time you access the portal. To disable the tutorial in the future, click “Don’t Show Again” on the final slide of the tutorial.

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PlayPosit 2021 Webinar Series

Vendor-hosted webinars

PlayPosit 2021 Webinar Series

Over the course of 2021, PlayPosit is facilitating a number of webinars covering topics including: using PlayPosit playlists, managing media libraries, flipping syllabi, and more. Visit the 2021 PlayPosit Webinar page for more information and sign up links.

2021 PlayPosit Webinars

PlayPosit Academy

Vendor Resource

PlayPosit Academy

PlayPosit provides a self-directed training resource called PlayPosit Academy. It consists of step-by-step video lessons that will take you from the very basics of building an interactive video (or “Bulb”), to assigning and grading PlayPosit Bulbs in Canvas, and to advanced features of PlayPosit. You can start, stop, and pick up where you left off any time.

Please note: you may need to login to playposit.colorado.edu before using PlayPosit Academy.

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VoiceThread Workshops

Vendor Resource

VoiceThread Workshops

VoiceThread offers a series of interactive workshops covering a variety of topics, including the basics of using VoiceThread and how VoiceThread integrates with Canvas. The VoiceThread Basics workshop is split into four separate hour-long sessions, and teaches attendees how to create VoiceThreads as course content, share VoiceThreads with groups and individuals, moderate comments to assess student work, and more. Workshops are facilitated by VoiceThread staff. NOTE: VoiceThread workshops are conducted through GoTo Webinars, and will require a small download before the session.

Recordings of all previous workshops are available through the VoiceThread Workshop Archive.

Upcoming VoiceThread Workshops

Zoom Video Tutorials

Vendor-hosted webinars

Zoom Video Tutorials

Zoom has a number of pre-recorded short video tutorials for popular Zoom features including joining a meeting, scheduling a meeting, meeting controls, breakout rooms and more.

Zoom Training Videos

Zoom Recorded Training Sessions

Vendor-hosted webinars

Zoom Recorded Training Sessions

Watch recordings of Zoom Trainings at any time. These recordings range from 45 minutes to one hour and cover more advanced topics than the short video tutorials. Topics include: Zoom Meetings for Education, Zoom Rooms User Training, Planning and Running Webinars.

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Request a group training

OIT's Learning Technology Consultants are available to facilitate training sessions tailored to the needs of your group or department. You can schedule any of the listed predesigned sessions, or request to customize them. Learning Technology Consultants are also available to meet one-on-one with instructors, TAs, and staff.

Additional resources

Find additional support resources on the service pages of the tools supported by OIT, including webinars and on-demand trainings. Visit their service pages for more information: