Sessions in Canvas, Ally, H5P and Vevox

Who should attend these sessions? Any member of staff with access to Canvas or Vevox, especially tutors, course convenors, teaching assistants, and course editors and administrators.

What if I miss a session? If you miss a session and would like to talk with one of our specialists about using Canvas or other digital education tools to teach or support student learning at Oxford, please contact our helpdesk service.



Details and booking links

Canvas Fundamentals


Description: This session will introduce the basic features of the Canvas Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) for teachers and administrators. We will demonstrate tools to manage course content, settings and learning activities. 

Dates and times: Fri 13 Sep (11am-1pm), Tue 24 Sep (2-4pm), Thu 17 Oct (2-4pm), Fri 15 Nov (11am-1pm), Tue 3 Dec (11am-1pm)

Format: Online via Teams

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Canvas: Using the Assignments tool


Description: The Assignments tool in Canvas can be used to support formative assessment and offers a range of ways for both submitting work and offering feedback. In this short session we will demonstrate how to create an assignment and explain some of the options available. 

Date and time: Tue 12 Nov (12.30-1pm)

Format: Online via Teams 

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Canvas: Using the Quiz tool


Description: Canvas provides a quiz tool which can be used to test understanding and provide additional learning resources for students. In this short session we will explain the basic principles of how the quiz tool operates in Canvas, what types of quiz format can be used, and explore question types available. We will also consider how question feedback can be added and demonstrate how quizzes can be placed alongside other content.

Date and time: Tue 22 Oct (12.30-1pm)

Format: Online via Teams 

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Canvas: Using H5P to create interactive content


Description: H5P is an embedded toolset which can be used to author rich and interactive content within Canvas. Content types include quizzes, interactive video, enhanced presentations, and much more. It has a wide range of application across many different subject areas, from medicine to languages. This short session will introduce the tool within the context of Canvas and demonstrate how to get started.

Date and time: Mon 18 Nov (12.30-1pm)

Format: Online via Teams

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Canvas: Using the Oxford Manage Courses (Rollover) tool


Description: This session will explain how to use Manage Courses and demonstrate the options available when rolling over, including content and enrolments. We will also consider a checklist of actions once a course is rolled over, and explain areas where certain types of course content do not copy over. Please note this session is most relevant to participants who have or require administrative access in Canvas.

Date and time: Fri 19 Jul (12.30-1pm)

Format: Online via Teams

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Canvas: Using the Oxford Groups tool (GET)


Description: The Oxford Groups tool (or GET) is a custom tool in Canvas to bulk enrol course participants through the integration with SITS (eVision). These pre-defined groups can be used to enrol students (and staff) in different types of Canvas courses. Programme student cohorts and Unit groups (eg entire departments, colleges, postgraduates, undergraduates etc) can be selected, and Ad-hoc groups be created. These individuals can then be dynamically enrolled in Canvas courses, at the course or sub-account levels

Date and time: Mon 16 Sep (2-3pm)  

Format: Online via Teams

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Canvas: Ally course accessibility reports and alternative formats


Description: All courses in Canvas now receive accessibility reports and students can download files in alternative formats. This session will show you how you can use the Ally Course Accessibility Reports tool to improve the accessibility of your courses. You will also learn how students can take advantage of the Alternative Formats feature that is available to all users.

This brief introduction will cover key features of the Ally tool in Canvas from the perspective of course owners, course teachers and students.

Format: Online via Teams

Date and time: Please note we are not offering this session in Michaelmas term 2024. If you have any queries about Ally, please contact our helpdesk service.

Getting started with the Vevox polling tool


Description: Do you want to add interactivity to your presentation or lecture? This session will look at using the Vevox polling tool to implement interactivity during live or remote teaching sessions. We will demonstrate Vevox to give you an idea of its available features and explore how to add interactivity to your presentations.

Date and time: Tue 10 Sep (12.30-1pm)

Format: Online via Teams

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