Canvas Resources and Technology Support

Designing a quality online or hybrid course is different from preparing for a face–to-face class. The eLearning Team and the Faculty Commons have compiled resources and tips to help instructors feel confident about teaching online and/or hybrid modalities.

Canvas Professional Development Opportunities and Technology Support

What is Canvas?

Canvas is Bellevue College’s “Learning Management System” or “LMS”. It enables instructors to build and maintain a secure workspace to share course content, communicate with students, provide online learning activities and assessments, and keep track of their students’ progress.

Need help?

Walk-in help is available at the eLearning & Media Center in D140 located in the Library Media Center.

Where Can I Learn How to Use Canvas?

We have multiple training options available for everyone who wants to learn how to use Canvas.

Canvas 101

Course Description:
A self-paced, facilitated online course is offered by the eLearning Department at Bellevue College. The course is designed with new online instructors in mind. Enrollment is ongoing throughout the quarter, though there is a cap of 20 participants. This online training is intended to introduce instructors to the available tools in Canvas. It is self-paced, project-based, and guided–a facilitator will be available to answer questions and to evaluate participant projects.
How to Register:
Registration is done through the eLearning Department. For more information contact:
Bruce Wolcott, eLearning Designer

Canvas 201: Taking your Course to the next level!

Using Canvas to Overcome Barriers to Learning – explore in depth tools in Canvas that enhances student learning.
The purpose of this workshop is to build on the knowledge you gained in Canvas 101 and learn how to enhance your Online class.

This workshop uses Universal Design for Learning principles to guide you through the process of using Canvas to reduce learning barriers for our students.  You will be introduced to learning barriers and how to design your Canvas course to reduce these barriers as much as you can. You will also learn how to update your course navigation and organize your site to improve student experience.  You will also be introduced to ways to review how your students are participating in your courses so you can provide immediate support as needed.

We cover a variety of topics, including an introduction to UDL, gain expertise with the assessment tools used in Canvas, Canvas site and module design using UDL principles, following a best practices course checklist when setting up or reviewing a Canvas site and techniques for closing out your Canvas site at the end of each quarter.

Module 1: General Course Design
Module 2: A Change of Perspective = A Change in Course design
Module 3: Canvas Site Design for UDL
Module 4: Community Building Using Canvas
Module 5: Analyze student participation and review site design
Module 6: Reviewing a Course, End of Quarter Process

It is self-paced, project-based, and guided–a facilitator will be available to answer questions and to evaluate participant projects. There are six course modules and will require about 22 hours to complete.

Upon completion of and participation in all portions of the workshop, participants will earn a Certificate of Completion validating 22 hours of Professional Development.

Copyright Information for Educators

Upon successful completion of this module, the student will be able to:

  • Define key terms of copyright including fair use, TEACH ACT, and public domain
  • Describe how copyright law applies in educational course design
  • Understand and use Creative Commons (CC) and other licensing options to identify content that is suitable for your courses
  • Develop and maintain a copyright compliance and management plan
  • Locate and use public domain, CC, and Open Educational Resource (OER) content

This course is organized into the following sections:

  • Introduction: Includes information about this course, a pre-assessment quiz, and infringement confessions with copyright bear discussion board.
  • Copyright law in education: This section of the course provides the most in-depth information on copyright law and how it directly impacts face-to-face, hybrid, and online education.
  • Creative Commons: Copyright law has come a long way and Creative Commons is an offshoot of copyright law that places the decisions for use into the hands of the creator. This is exciting news for higher education because it makes a lot of content rapidly accessible for use in online education.
  • Compliance & Management: Copyright is a complex and sticky subject, but how do we make it work for us as educators? This section will give you a lot of hands-on strategies you can use to be compliant with copyright and create a solid workflow for your content.
  • Resources: Here you will find additional places to learn more about copyright, Bellevue College’s policies on copyright and fair use, and critical support resources for you.

Facilitator: Bellevue College Faculty Librarian

Accessibility 101: The Basics of Inclusive Design

Course Overview

The purpose of this course is to introduce participants to the basics of accessibility, with emphasis placed on making content accessible while promoting proactive (as opposed to reactive) steps that people can take to create and advocate for accessible content. Participants will learn the language of accessibility, the laws that most impact higher ed, how to create accessible content, the principles of Universal Design for Learning, and other useful information pertaining to accessible technology and the experience of people with disabilities.

Course Objectives

  • Explain the importance and benefits of accessible/inclusive design.
  • Summarize the laws that protect people with disabilities in institutions of higher ed.
  • Differentiate between access and accommodation.
  • Employ Universal Design for Learning principles to design a lesson.
  • Create simple accessible documents, Canvas pages, PDFs, and/or PowerPoint presentations that include the following:Use of headings and style guide
  • Alt-text for images
  • Descriptive hyperlinks
  • Accessible tables
  • Identify and use the various approaches to caption a video.
  • Take steps to ensure online technology is accessible to students, faculty, and staff on your campus.

For more information contact:

Betsy Zahrt Geib
Instructional Designer, eLearning, Bellevue College

Intro to the Canvas Learning Management System for Faculty SBCTC Training

Introduction to Canvas for Faculty is offered through SBCTC and is free of charge.
Course Description:
SBCTC eLearning offers a three-week online training course free of charge to faculty and staff affiliated with the Washington Community and Technical College system that covers the basics of using the Canvas learning management system. By the end of the course, participants should have a basic understanding of the main features of Canvas, and be ready to begin using Canvas with their classes. There are many advantages in completing “Introduction to the Canvas Learning Management System for Faculty” training:

  • Certificate of Completion
  • Online learning experience
  • Asynchronous learning mode with an online facilitator providing feedback and grading your assignments

How to Register:

  • Go to Introduction to Canvas for Faculty
  • Choose “Intro to the Canvas Learning Management System for Faculty”
  • Click on “Available Sections” then click on “Register for Class”
  • Make sure you read the course description and course expectations.

Disclaimer: “Intro to the Canvas Learning Management System for Faculty” is offered through SBCTC and is separate from Bellevue College’s training system. If you have any technical problems, please contact SBCTC eLearning staff at or call 1-888-580-9011.
After You Register:

  • Once registered, follow the instructions from SBCTC on how to access the course.
  • Because “Intro to the Canvas Learning Management System for Faculty” is offered through SBCTC, please do not access the course through BC’s site.
  • For technical assistance, please contact SBCTC eLearning staff.

Canvas Help Guides

Canvas Help Guides is the online documentation self-paced site for students, instructors, instructional designers, and learning management system (LMS) admins. The lessons are continually updated online.

Last Updated July 5, 2022