Canvas Webinars

From PowerPoint tips to engaging today’s digitally distracted learners, Instructure sponsors webinars on a variety of teaching and learning topics presented by leading experts to offer free professional development to those using Canvas.

Other popular topics include sessions on flipping the classroom, supporting at-risk students, integrating third party tools such as MyLab and McGraw Hill Connect, and using Canvas analytics.

To browse the archive of recorded webinars, or view upcoming topics, visit the Canvas Webinars webpage.

Need Help Learning to Use Canvas Features?



Canvas Guides are here to help!

Canvas has some pretty awesome features, but sometimes we all need a little help learning how to use them. Canvas training sessions are great (we offer them here at OLITS) but it can be hard to remember all of the fine details on using everything after a session. This is where the Canvas Guides come in. Even as someone who uses Canvas everyday, I find them very helpful and use them all the time.


Canvas guides consist of step by step illustrated instructions on everything from assignments to notification preferences. Some features also include video explanations. There are also guides from the instructor perspective as well as the student perspective, so if your students are having trouble, you can refer them to the specific page in the guides that can help them out. The video below shows you how to locate and search the guides.

Preparing and Teaching an Online Course: The Podcast Episode 2

Podcast auf dem Smartphone

If you’re an instructor, instructional designer, or interested in education, then you should definitely check out a new podcast that the OLITS crew is debuting. If you’d like to be a fly on the wall as an instructor goes through preparing and teaching an online course, then give this podcast a listen. We will be updating with new episodes throughout the semester and mixing some strategies you may want to incorporate into your courses.

Episode 2

Episode 1

Have you tried Turnitin?

Turnitin is an online plagiarism checker that can be used to detect plagiarism in student papers. Turnitin can detect plagiarism from websites, books, and other submitted student papers. It even shows you potential websites where information was copied from. Not only can Turnitin help to deter  and identify plagiarism, but it can also help instructors identify students who may be struggling with paraphrasing or are using too many quotations.

The software is integrated in Canvas, and to use it, you just have to enable it for a given assignment. If you have used it before, you may have noticed there are some differences this semester. Turnitin has now become an LTI in Canvas, but don’t worry, it still has all of the same great features as before, it just operates a little differently within Canvas.

Here is a video to show you how it works!

Turnitin LTI Tool for Canvas – How Instructors Create a Turnitin LTI Assignment in the Canvas LMS from Turnitin on Vimeo.

And here are some other helpful links. Remember, if you or your students are having difficulty with a Turnitin assignment, the helpdesk is available 24hours a day at 813-974-1222 or

How to set up a Turnitin assignment

How to adjust Turnitin settings

Turnitin Instructions and Issues from USF

There are a couple of other things to keep in mind when using the new Turnitin LTI in Canvas. Be sure to set up all of your assignment settings in Canvas first, then enable Turnitin on the assignment. Turnitin offers a gradebook (as shown in the video), but you won’t want to, and don’t need to use it. You can use the speedgrader to grade your students assignments as usual, and you will be able to access the reports within Canvas. It has also been reported that Turnitin is not a fan of the web browser Safari, so we recommend sticking with Google Chrome or Firefox.

Free Book! The War at Work

As you may already know, Seth Mattison will be the keynote speaker at the Second Annual Bay to Bay Learning Symposium held at USFSP on February 10, 2017.

What you might not know is that everyone who attends will receive a free copy of his most recent book, The War at Work: A Tale of Navigating the Unwritten Rules of the Hierarchy in a Half Changed World, co-written by Joshua Medcalf. Bay to Bay attendees will also have the opportunity to have it signed during the symposium.

cover of the war at work

The shipment of books for the event arrived recently, and of course, this bookworm snagged a copy and has already started reading it. As a lover of fiction, I was looking forward to reading this book, but I was completely prepared for a true “business book.” However, when the story began with a disgruntled employee taking a sledgehammer to his office I was immediately intrigued!

Mattison and Medcalf capture the challenges of the evolving world of work through the perspective of those confronting those changes head-on. Technology, networks, and access to information are among the many aspects discussed in this book. Along with Seth’s presentation at Bay to Bay, this book will be a great source of insight for what is to come in the workplace of tomorrow and how teaching and learning at USFSP can evolve to maximize on those elements as well.

Check out the summary of the book below and be sure to get your tickets for the Second Annual Bay to Bay Symposium today!

Book Summary

On a quiet night in the C-suite of Axis Medical Group, Brian Kelly holds a ten-pound sledgehammer, standing in front of a massive corner office. Staring back at him is his own name, etched across the door in polished block letters. He worked for twenty-five years to get it there, but tonight that has to change. And so, with every ounce of his strength… Brian starts to swing. We’re entering the age of the Network, a world of hyper-connectivity and constant flux, where disruption is the norm and autonomy, empowerment and meaning are basic expectations of the new workforce. Organizations are being forced to execute and perform today while simultaneously maintaining the discipline to reinvent themselves for a very different future. Successfully navigating the challenge of thriving in two very different worlds is the mandate of the modern day leader. This book will show you how. The fact is, we live in a half-changed world, where everything from communication and etiquette, policies and procedures, where and when work happens, and “paying your dues” are still influenced by a long list of “unwritten rules” established by the world that preceded the Network: the Hierarchy. Responsible for the creation of incredible efficiencies and scale over the past 150 years, the top-down structures and culture of the Hierarchy are still deeply embedded in our organizations and leadership ideologies today. Drawing from their experience guiding everyone from Fortune 500 executives to major-league coaches through the new world of work, Seth Mattison and Joshua Medcalf combine timeless truth with timely strategy in THE WAR AT WORK, a fable grounded in two leaders’ introspective journey from the top down world of the Hierarchy to the hyper connected world of the Network. For anyone seeking to embrace the future, find meaning, purpose, and mastery in their career and leadership capacity, this story is a compass, providing new perspectives and practical solutions to navigate the disruptive waters of change, unleash human potential, and bring genuine transformation to a world that desperately needs it.