Canvas Spotlight Course Showcase

Course Showcase – Principles of Chemistry

By Laura McAllister, Lindsey Schreiber, Ciara Rupert, Nate Easley III, Todd Wolfe, and Alex McDaniel In the CTLD Course Development Cycle, MSU Denver instructors work with the instructional design team to improve their courses. Instructors identify course objectives, develop learning activities, create a user-friendly course, record high-quality multimedia content, and much more. As part of […]


How do I write effective captions?

All multimedia resources available in your Canvas course should have closed captions to comply with federal law and accessibility guidelines. Good captions are more than just a direct transcription, they also indicate to the viewer who is speaking, what background noise is present, and other audio cues. For a detailed explanation on what to include, […]

Readings/Content Self-Help Tutorials

Display a File in a Canvas Page

In an online course, you’ll often encounter situations where you need to share files with students, such as PDFs, Word documents, Powerpoints, or Excel spreadsheets. In these situations, you can display the file in a page in Canvas and include text before it to establish context, such as directions for its use or an explanation […]

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Get Started Using Generative AI in Your Course

It seems like higher education has been through a roller coaster over the past several years. The challenges of the pandemic, an explosion in online enrollments, and the transition back to the classroom may have left many educators and students dazed and trying to adapt. Just when there was a chance to catch our breath, […]

Generative AI Tutorials

Use Microsoft Copilot

Generative AI is a powerful new technology with many applications for teaching and learning. However, its daunting for some educators to dive into a novel technology that can be used inappropriately, especially in an educational context. While it might be a little intimidating at first, its well worth exploring, both to see how it can […]

Generative AI Resources

Copilot Example Showcase

Copilot is a versatile generative artificial intelligence product now available to all MSU Denver faculty, staff and students. Built on the popular ChatGPT large language model, it responds conversationally to any prompt the user provides. In this showcase, you’ll find several example videos demonstrating how Copilot can be used for educational purposes. These practical demonstrations […]


Upgrade Your Course with the MSU Denver Blueprint

The Canvas Blueprint serves as the foundational structure for all online course shells at MSU Denver, aimed at ensuring consistency and quality. If you’ve taught online since we transitioned to Canvas, chances are you’re familiar with the Blueprint, though it has been updated since the first iteration. This current version of the Blueprint features streamlined […]

Course Showcase

Course Showcase – Foundations of Instructional Design

By Michael Rupert, Alexandra Grima, Will Austin, Sarah Creasy, Nate Easley III, Todd Wolfe, and Alex McDaniel During the fall 2023 semester, instructor Alex McDaniel and Innovative and Lifelong Learning partnered with the CTLD Instructional Design team to create “Foundations of Instructional Design”, a self-paced, online course can be finished in 8 weeks or less […]

FAQ Generative AI

Where Can I Find a Syllabus Statement Regarding Generative AI?

In July of 2023, then Interim Provost Marie Mora, Ph.D., stated every course at MSU Denver should explicitly address the use of generative artificial intelligence in the syllabus or other course information. Review the Generative Artificial Intelligence Taskforce page for more information on Generative AI from the Provost.  To find template syllabus statements and considerations […]

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Aligning Rubrics with Outcomes

Imagine running a marathon without any signs to guide you or a visible finish line. You wouldn’t know where to go or if you’ve completed the race. This confusion mirrors what happens in a learning experience when course activities and assessments aren’t aligned with the desired outcomes.  In a well-organized marathon, the finish line represents […]