Teaching Resources for Faculty
Department of Biology University of Utah

Canvas Training

What is Canvas?
Canvas is the online learning management system for University of Utah that provides customizable teaching, learning and assessment digital tools in one place. The use of Canvas is managed by Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT) which also provides support to faculty who want to use this system.

How do I learn to use Canvas?
1. Set up a private consultation with a member of the TLT staff for canvas training.  TLT offers one on one consultation. Group training options are also available. 20 minute drop-in appointments for quick questions is also offered. Click HERE and book an appointment. For first time users a personal consult is advised. If there are multiple biology faculty interested in canvas training, please contact Naina Phadnis to arrange a private group canvas training session through TLT.

2. Want to try canvas on your own? Try the crash course by clicking HERE. You will need to log in with your UID to access the course.

Active Learning Tools

What is active learning?
Active learning is a teaching method that engages students in activities such as reflection, discussions, problem solving, data analysis, to involve students more in the learning process to promote higher order thinking.

Examples of active learning activities
HERE are some examples of activities that can be used to engage students in the classroom.

Questions to initiate discussions
Want to initiate discussion in your classroom? HERE are some examples.

Using clickers

Clickers or audience response systems can be used to promote active learning in the classroom by facilitating rapid collection of answers or feedback from every student. Turning Point Technologies is the recommended vendor for this service at the University of Utah.

Want to get started with clickers?
HERE is a quick-start guide to help you get started with clickers at the University of Utah.

New to clickers and wondering how clickers help?
HERE is a guide prepared by CU Science Education Initiative and Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative that explains how clickers can be used in a classroom to enhance learning.

Behavioral intervention

Are you dealing with a student or staff who is showing concerning, disruptive, or threatening behavior towards themselves or others?

HERE is the University of Utah guidebook for dealing with difficult student behavior. Page 4 of the guide books lays out various student behaviors and whom to contact for help.

Please contact the behavioral intervention team (BIT) at the University of Utah. BIT helps to keep the university community safe and connects distressed students to support services. If a student/staff is an immediate threat to themselves or someone else, call 911.

Unsure if a particular case classifies as concerning behavior?
Call BIT regardless. They can advice appropriately. Anonymous consults are also available especially if you are concerned about revealing student/staff identity. You will not put the person at risk or in danger by doing so.

What to do in an active shooter situation?
We have witnessed many violent events occurring on college campuses. Although these events are rare, preparing a plan on how to respond is always a good idea. HERE is a link to a video on how to prevent a fatal shooting incident on campus. Please share this link with your TAs before each semester.

Course reserves

Reserve class textbooks, research papers, books, or media through the Marriott library. Click HERE to access the online form to place a request.

Upcoming events

Numerous teaching workshops are being held at the CTLE every semester. Click HERE to find a schedule and topics of the workshops and also to register for them.

The Hugo Rossi Lecture series at CSME hosts researchers and educators from across the country to share new developments and ideas in science education. To see upcoming speakers click HERE.