Course Syllabus

LTAD 1118 Essentials of Canvas


Jane Doe
Phone Number: (407) 582-0000

Course Description

In this hands-on, online course, participants will learn how to prepare their courses for delivery using the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS). Ten hours of professional development credit will be awarded by the successful completion of 4 comprehensive modules in this course in which participants produce or edit their course content through the Canvas interface.  There are also quizzes on your knowledge of Canvas and discussions about using Canvas in your courses.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify tools and design elements in the Canvas system
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Canvas tools for course building, communication, assessment, and evaluation

Course Requirements

In order to successfully complete the course and receive PD credit, you must complete all course activities in a timely manner. All submitted work must meet the course performance criteria.

You will be evaluated in terms of your participation in and completion of the assignments as outlined in the course calendar. Valencia requires 100% completion of the following activities to receive credit for this course:

  • Submit all assignments on time.
  • Complete all quizzes on time.
  • Post substantive, original comment(s) to each discussion board.
  • Meet the minimum number of replies for each discussion board.
  • Complete the end of course survey.

Performance Criteria


All quiz questions should be answered correctly.  You will have multiple attempts to complete the quizzes and receive feedback on your answers after each attempt.


Discussion postings should be:

  • Substantial – Thoughtful, original, relevant and contributes to the overall learning of the group.
  • Thought-provoking – Stimulates thinking and reasoning.
  • Timely – Post early to give your peers time to respond, this contributes to a rich discussion.
  • Logical, concise, and grammatical.
  • Convey “your presence” – Reinforce your conclusions with real life and professional experiences.

Additionally, all discussion criteria will be reflected in the rubrics for discussion posts.


You'll be creating materials in your own Canvas sandbox course space in order to test out and apply what you are learning about Canvas features.  See the Course Requirements Checklist for a complete list of all the things you'll be doing in your Canvas sandbox for this course.

Academic Integrity

Faculty are expected to model academic integrity by presenting original thoughts, research, and self-expression. Ideas, language, and/or research from other sources must be appropriately acknowledged.

Tips for Success

To be successful in this course, you must have:

  • Access to a computer with a high-speed connection.
  • An open-minded attitude, personal honesty, and a willingness to share your knowledge and ideas with others.
  • The belief that online learning is more convenient, but not easier than face-to-face learning.
  • The belief that quality learning can happen anytime and anywhere.
  • An interest in self-reflection.

Additional Tips:

  • Make sure your browser is up-to-date.  Chrome or Firefox is recommended
  • Keep and/or print a copy of the course syllabus and schedule on your computer.
  • Work offline if you prefer: print your assignments and read them offline; use a word processor to compose your work before posting it to the course.
  • Check the course and course email regularly.
  • If you have a general course question, post it on the “Help Forum” discussion board. Remember that all participants will be able to see your question. Questions about grades or other personal matters should be emailed to the facilitator(s). 
  • Set aside specific times each week to complete class activities. If not, your other work will expand to fill all the time you have.
  • Expect electronic glitches/power outages and plan ahead. Don’t wait until the last minute to submit your work.
  • Maintain back-up copies of all of your coursework on a flash or jump drive.

What participants can expect from the facilitator(s):

  • Prompt responses to your questions and emails, within 24 hours (with the exception of weekends, holidays, or when Valencia is closed).
  • Daily monitoring of course.
  • Thoughtful discussion facilitation (involvement may be limited to encourage discussion with course peers).
  • Prompt action on technical problems within the facilitator’s control, such as broken links, file size, discussion settings, etc.
  • Respect for participants’ area of expertise, ideas, and opinions.

Center for Teaching/Learning Innovation Team Contacts:

  • Individual Faculty Development Staff Contact Information
  • East Campus – Building 4, Room 133 – Phone: (407) 582-2425
  • Lake Nona Campus – Building 1, Room 344 – Phone: (407) 582-7128
  • Osceola Campus – Building 4, Room 124 – Phone: (407) 582-4918
  • Poinciana Campus – Building 1, Room 305 – Phone: (407) 582-6131
  • West Campus – Building 6, Room 326 – Phone: (407) 582-5826
  • Winter Park Campus – Building 1, Room 126 – Phone: (407) 582-6919

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