Upcoming Canvas Open Labs, Training & Workshops

Canvas by Instructure LogoOpen Labs

CELT is offering open lab sessions for faculty, staff and teaching/graduate assistants to drop in and get support related to quality course design, and effective teaching practices in Canvas. Bring your work, and your laptop (this is a must). Open labs are planned for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday in August – November 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Rotunda of Parks Library (near 281 Parks Library). Note: Open Labs will not be held on September 5 and 6 due to Canvas training. Download CELT’s Open Labs flyer (PDF).

Canvas-led Faculty and Staff Training

Erin Wasson, Canvas Trainer will facilitate multiple 90-minute training sessions on the topics below. Download the Canvas-led Faculty & Staff Training flyer (PDF).

Tuesday, September 5 (Face-to-Face in 206 Durham with a Live webcast in 253 Durham)

Wednesday, September 6 (Face-to-Face in 206 Durham with a Live webcast in 116 Durham)

CELT-led Canvas Training

CELT’s Online Learning Innovation Hub staff will be facilitating training throughout September 18 – October 1: Download the CELT-led Canvas Workshops flyer (PDF).

Prerequisites for Attendees

Attendees are encouraged to watch the two Welcome to Canvas video recordings (First Look and Course Basics) as prerequisites for Open Lab Sessions and Canvas training to provide a baseline of content knowledge in the platform.

How to Register

Register for the Canvas Training events via CELT’s catalog on Learn@ISU. If you are unable to attend these programs there will be recordings made available through the MyCanvas: Training and Resources website following the event.

Embracing Change and Opportunities

Change and continuity are hallmarks of university life. Each semester, teaching and research routines enable us to fulfill professional responsibilities and expectations. We also embrace change, as each semester new students fill our classrooms and lab spaces with open minds and new opportunities to consider the ways in which we successfully teach our subjects.

One thing that you can count on is that our CELT Teaching Tip will arrive in your email inbox every two weeks. The Tip will include innovative teaching ideas, programming, and important information related to our transition to Canvas the new Learning Management System (LMS).

For the fall semester, the majority of Iowa State University courses using an LMS will be taught in Blackboard. Blackboard technical support is available through the IT Solution Center (including evening and weekend service hours). CELT will continue to address questions that are pedagogical in nature, such as course design or instructional practices.

It is important to note that now is the time to learn Canvas in preparation for all courses being taught in the new LMS this spring semester 2018. CELT has developed a wealth of resources, and training opportunities related to the Canvas transition via the My Canvas Teacher at ISU website.

We have a great line up of professional development programs in place for the semester. The full list of programs is available via CELT’s Events and Registration website and you can register for the programs through the Learn@ISU website.

Best wishes for a successful semester-

Sara Marcketti, Interim Director



Canvas is Available!

Canvas is available to all of Iowa State today. Blackboard is still available for faculty to use during fall semester 2017, and almost all courses that use a learning management system (LMS) will be taught in Blackboard. However, now is the time to learn Canvas in preparation for all courses being taught in the new LMS this spring semester 2018.

Begin to learn Canvas using the MyCanvas Teacher at ISU website. This is a 24/7 publicly available course.

How-to Log into Canvas

To log into Canvas click the “Sign Ons” link found in the upper right-hand corner (above the search box) of Iowa State’s home page. Then, use the drop down menu and go to “More Sign Ons” to select the Canvas button.

What you will see in Canvas

Once you are logged into Canvas, you will see your dashboard displaying course cards for your current courses; as well as, a “Start Here” course for MyCanvas Teacher at ISU.

If you do not see the MyCanvas Teacher at ISU course (“Start Here”), follow the steps found in Canvas’s How do I view my institution’s Public Course Index as an instructor? website and click the “+Join this course” icon to self-enroll.

If you choose to not log into MyCanvas Teacher at ISU today, you still will have access to the resources at anytime.

We are no longer accepting Early Adopters for Fall 2017.

Canvas Support:

All 24/7 support options may be found by clicking the “Help” button found on the left-hand navigation bar in Canvas. Canvas offers 24/7 support via the following channels:

  • Canvas Support Line (Call 515-294-4000 then press 2, press 1)
  • Live Chat with Canvas Support
  • A web-based Report a Problem Form

Marcketti named interim director of CELT (Inside Iowa State)

Sara Marcketti has been named interim director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, effective July 24.

Sara Marcketti

Marcketti, professor of apparel, events and hospitality management (AESHM), has served as CELT associate director since 2013. Her new appointment will extend through June 2018. Previous CELT director Ann Marie VanDerZanden was appointed associate provost for academic programs earlier this month.

“Sara has an impressive track record as associate director, and I am pleased she has agreed to serve in the interim role,” said Dawn Bratsch-Prince, associate provost for faculty. “I have great confidence in her leadership and her ability to maintain CELT’s momentum in areas like inclusive classrooms; flipped, hybrid and online pedagogy; and implementing Iowa State’s new learning management system.”

A native of New York, Marcketti holds a bachelor’s degree in art history and master’s in textiles, merchandising, and interiors from the University of Georgia; and a Ph.D. in textiles and clothing from Iowa State. She joined the AESHM faculty in 2005 and rose through the ranks from lecturer to full professor in just 10 years.

“I am excited for this opportunity to lead CELT’s dedicated staff and work with faculty to support Iowa State’s teaching academic mission,” Marcketti said. “We have built a remarkable number of resources for faculty, staff, graduate students and post-docs over the last 24 years, and I look forward to continuing and growing the excellent work we are known for.”

A search for the next permanent CELT director will be held during the spring semester.

Re-posted from Inside Iowa State (2017, July 27)

Update on Canvas “Go Live” Date at ISU

The ISU Canvas Implementation Team is continuing to make progress on completing the initial implementation of Canvas at ISU. The team met with the Canvas On-Site Implementation consultants on campus July 12-14 and were able to complete a number of steps to make Canvas functional at ISU and integrated with ISU’s local systems. Our goal is to provide a trouble-free first login experience for ISU instructors and staff, and to provide clear steps for creating courses in Canvas using Blackboard migrated course materials.

Based on the work completed and work remaining we have updated our “go live” date for instructor access and anticipate it will be by July 28, 2017.

A fully featured version of Canvas will be ready for developing Spring 2018 courses by mid-semester Fall 2017.

Status updates and additional details will be posted on the ISU Learning Management System (LMS) website. If you have questions please email canvas@iastate.edu.

Canvas by Instructure Corporate Logo

When will Canvas go Live at Iowa State?

Canvas by Instructure Corporate LogoThe short answer is: Soon.

The intent is to officially announce the “go live” date within the next week via Inside Iowa State, the Iowa State LMS website, and the CELT social network channels.

Since the announcement that Canvas was selected in mid-June, CELT and ITS have been working with Instructure Canvas on the numerous components necessary to integrate Canvas with the local ISU systems. We are also working to implement a comprehensive course migration protocol to move existing ISU courses from Blackboard into the new Canvas platform, and develop user training and support processes. We are getting close.

Getting Started Before the Live Date

In anticipation of the ISU go live date, take a minute to see what Canvas can do to help make teaching and learning easier for you, view The Cool Things You Can Do with Canvas YouTube video.

To get started before Canvas goes live at Iowa State, visit the MyCanvas Instructor Orientation website.

For more information, visit the MyCanvas Frequently Asked Questions website.


Upcoming Top Hat Programs (July 24-26)

A representative from Top Hat, ISU’s standardized interactive teaching and learning platform, will be on campus July 24 through July 26. Adam Palumbo will be available for two walk-in sessions to discuss Top Hat functionalities and pedagogy.

Walk-in Sessions

Register for one or both of the following walk-in sessions:

Individual Consultations

Palumbo will also be available for individual sessions for instructors who wish to receive in-depth training. Please sign up through Top Hat’s MeetMe website. Also, use Top Hat’s MeetMe website to sign up for individual online consultations with Palumbo at your convenience.

About Top Hat

To learn more about Top Hat, visit CELT’s Top Hat: Learning and Teaching with Audience Response Technology website.


If you have any questions or would like to contact ISU’s support for Top Hat, please email Lesya Hassall.

How to Register for CELT events

Register using your netid/password via the Learn@ISU website, email celt@iastate.edu, or call 515-294-5357

CELT Teaching Tip Schedule for 2017-2018

CELT publishes a Teaching Tip, a bi-weekly email newsletter, that includes key resources for teaching effectively; as well as, upcoming programs relevant to teaching. The CELT Teaching Tip will be published bi-weekly throughout this academic year beginning on Thursday, August 17.

Sign-up for the email newsletter, via the CELT Teaching Tip sign-up website.

CELT Graduate Assistantship positions available for Summer 2017, and Fall 2017/Spring 2018


  • Positions available: Instructional Content Developer and Technology Support
  • Hiring now: Two half-time graduate assistantships or hourly undergraduate positions starting as soon as possible and working until the end of the summer semester
  • Taking applications: Six half-time graduate assistantships available for Fall 2017/Spring 2018

Job Description

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) is seeking motivated and organized graduate students to assist in the content creation and transfer (migration) of ISU online courses into the University’s new Learning Management System (LMS) software. You will work directly with instructors and instructional design experts to review and update migrated courses. Additional duties will include learning the LMS software, developing user support materials, teaching basic hands-on software workshops, and staffing a walk-in lab to assist instructors with migrating their courses. Candidates with strong interest in communications, instructional design or development of software support materials are encouraged to apply.

Required Qualifications

  • Active enrollment in a graduate program at Iowa State University, if applying for graduate assistantships
  • Experience working independently with minimal instruction in a team environment
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Detail oriented and research oriented
  • Knowledge of LMS or web development software (like Blackboard, Moodle, Canvas, Drupal, Adobe tools, etc.)
  • Prior experience with the design and development of online instructional materials (documents, online presentations, assignments, quizzes, etc.)
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in writing and designing software support materials
  • Coursework or prior experience with teaching, tutoring, or pedagogy
  • Experience working with subject matter experts and adult students
  • Basic knowledge of HTML/CSS – Knowledge of web accessibility
  • Experience with Camtasia or other screen recording software
  • Experience creating rapid prototypes of online content
  • Experience with MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel

Application Deadline

  • June 20, 2017 for summer assistantships.
  • July 1, 2017 for fall 2017/spring 2018 assistantships.

Application Process

Send a cover letter indicating which position, a resume, examples of work, and three references to:

Darrin Jones, Program Coordinator, CELT, via email darrinj@iastate.edu

Those qualified will be contacted for an interview.

Questions? Darrin Jones, Program Coordinator, CELT, via email: darrinj@iastate.edu

Sara Marcketti receives award for contributions to family and consumer sciences

Sara Marcketti receives awardSara Marcketti, Associate Director, CELT and Professor for ISU Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management (AESHM) received the 2017 Elva Davies Research Award from the AAFCS Iowa Affiliate. The award recognizes important contributions to the information base of family and consumer sciences.

Adapted from College of Human Sciences (2017, June 12) Announcement > Kudos website.