Course REDESIGN RETREAT 2020 (May 27): focus on Canvas

A key goal of the UW Collaborative Language Program (CLP) has been to support instructors creating their own collaborative blended courses. This year’s UW Course Redesign Retreat focuses on the best practices in course design within the newly adopted Canvas learning management system.

Instructors from throughout UW system are invited to a day long workshop in Madison, May 27 to jump start the redesign of their content in Canvas and learn how today’s technologies can be used to promote all three modes of communication, as well as facilitate cross-campus relationships needed for course sharing.

Participants of the Retreat can find information on the tentative content of the retreat in the schedule below.

*Note: This year’s retreat is only 1 day but is being offered in tandem with the CLP & DPI sponsored Wisconsin Post-Secondary Language Educator Summit

CLP Instructors attend both free of charge but must register.

Other UW Instructors the following fee applies:

  • $60/one day of either Canvas Retreat or Summit
  • $100 for both days

Payments may be made to the UW Collaborative Language Program via check or as an IUJ to UW-Stevens Point acct. 102-600644

Register by May 15, 2019: Registration Form Coming Soon!
(Limited to the first 45 registrants)
122 INGRAHAM (Across Charter street from Van Hise)
1155 OBSERVATORY DR. (Corner of Charter and observatory)
Madison, WI 53706

Bring your own device

This workshop will take place in a collaborative learning classroom, 122 Ingraham Hall. You do NEED to bring your own device. There are plenty of outlets at each table and the ability to share what you are doing with all participants.

Have a course in mind and some content in a sandbox site.If possible use a course that you have already taught so that you are focusing on improving the organization of that content rather than starting from scratch with a new course for which you don’t have as much content with which to work.

Learning Outcomes

Essential Question: What changes will you make in your current course design in Canvas such that students are able to access content when they need it and when you need them to get to it? What types of interactions will you add to help students achieve the expected level of language proficiency regardless of the number of synchronous physical meetings?

Learning Outcomes: 

Participants can…

  1. develop a clear organizational structure that students can follow in their canvas courses.
  2. choose techniques & technologies to support learning outcomes and address the needs of a variety of learning preferences.
  3. provide multiple means of access to content students need
  4. identify the communication mode of focus in lesson activities built in Canvas and choose the best environment to foster that mode (synchronous vs asynchronous).
  5. prepare quality student interaction so that it is productive and constructive in synchronous & asynchronous settings.
  6. integrate techniques that manage time well in synchronous and asynchronous settings.

Traits of participants:

  • practicing teachers using Canvas with a diverse knowledge base in online and blended learning techniques and technologies.
  • practicing teachers using Canvas who may not be familiar with the variety of ways to integrate newer technologies in support of current language pedagogy.

Tentative Agenda

All Participants:

Please bring a Laptop and EAR BUDS/Headset. There will be times when you may want to listen to videos and not share your sound with the room.

Wednesday, May 27
Time Content
9:45-10:00  Continental Breakfast & Coffee
10:00-12:30 Considerations for Building Communicative Proficiency In Blended & Online Courses: Using Canvas requires flexibility and innovative thinking to reach all students with the content they need when they need it. We will explore templates and design layouts to scaffold content and provide access for just in time learning. Tips and tricks for using Canvas tools for teaching and learning will be shared.

Work time for course development.

12:30-1:15  Lunch
1:15-4:00 Reflective Practice: Knowing Your Support Team and How to Get Help When You Need It. Following some of the guided practice we have had, participants will have a hands-on opportunities to compare quality teaching and course design checklists to their own course design. These tools may serve as guides in improving the design of your course from both instructor and student perspectives. Finally, “when it doesn’t work, who do you call?” Whether you need help, big or small, there is a team of support for you. It is important that you know who is on your team and how best to access the help you need when you need it.

Work time for course content development and organization.

Registration Form Coming Soon!!

Note: All travel expenses are billed to your home university.


Parking is available on a first come first serve basis. Lots 17, 20, 26 and 80 are the closest.
Cost: $12/day
Lot 20 is located off of University Ave. between Charter St. and Henry Mall. This lot does typically fill up so it is recommended to arrive early. Lot 17 is located off of Engineering Dr. tucked in between the engineering buildings. This has the most spaces available. Lot  26 is on Observatory Dr. just west of the Steenbock Library. Entrance is around the back. Lot 80 is the underground garage for Union South off of Dayton St. UW Parking map. Lauren’s abbreviated map focusing in on the lots nearest the workshop may also be downloaded.


UW Employees
If you are a UW employee paying with a travel card, you may get the state rate of $122 by reserving through Concur Travel.

Nearby options with the UW Rate include:

Graduate Madison
Reservations MUST be made through Concur Fox Travel for the UW rate.