Part 10: Fall 2019 Labs

184 Supporting Student Success in Canvas 08.28.2019

On August 28, 2019, the Active Teaching Lab brought together numerous instructors, instructional designers, and affiliates to discuss strategies for encouraging student success through Canvas. This Active Teaching Lab shared easy-to-implement suggestions that help all students!


  • Design and implement “Module 0” to share suggestions for time management and studying, as well as sharing campus resources with students to help with tutoring, mental & physical wellness, etc.
  • Reduce chances for confusion by eliminating unused features from your course site!
  • Using Canvas Learning Analytics and low-stakes assignments early in the semester offers your an opportunity to connect with students who might have had slow starts to the semester, who might need extra assistance, or who are experiencing personal challenging impacting their course performance.
  • Structure and promote a Discussion for Troubleshooting as a way to encourage peer-to-peer learning!

For more information visit the session’s activity sheet.


The Active Teaching Lab is a Faculty Engagement program with sessions held on Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00pm and Fridays from 8:30-9:45am in the Middleton Building (1305 Linden Dr.), room 120. Check out upcoming Labs or read the recaps from past Labs. We build interdisciplinary conversations that are more emergent than a presenter and more dynamic than a panel — a conversation with colleagues sharing challenges, solutions, and experiments on topics selected by a variety of stakeholders.

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