Academic Technology Services Spring 2018 Training Schedule


Learn about Canvas, Microsoft Office, WebEx, and about editing Mercer websites using the CMS system  

The hands-on classes are designed to provide you with the skills to fully understand the skills taught in the workshops. 

All training is scheduled in Stetson 135

Contact Jerome Gratigny for any questions

Phone: 478-301-5521   Email:

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Date Time Training
Jan 30 10:30am – 12:00pm Microsoft Outlook

Learn to navigate Outlook, organize emails and save important emails to your computer, create email signatures, manage calendars, share calendars, manage permissions, create calendar events and invite others to your events.

Feb 7 11:00am – 12:30pm
Jan 24 10:00 – 11:30am Microsoft Excel for Beginners

In this hands-on workshop you will learn to navigate the Excel workspace, create workbooks and worksheets, format cells, use formulas and functions, and create basic charts.

Feb 16 1:30 – 3:00pm
Mar 16 11:00am – 12:00pm Microsoft Excel (Intermediate)
Recommend to first take Excel for Beginners Build upon the skills learned in the beginner class. Take a deeper dive into formulas and functions in Excel to create more complex calculations.   Learn about Pivot Tables and other ways to organize data.
Mar 23 1:00 – 2:00pm
Jan 29 11:00am – 12:00pm
Getting Started with Canvas
Canvas is Mercer’s Learning Management System (LMS) allowing instructors to deliver curriculum, assess student learning, and to manage the student grades. In this workshop you will learn how to navigate Canvas, add content, and setup your course.
Feb 2 11:00am – 12:00pm
Feb 6 1:00 – 2:00pm Setting up Your Grades

Learn how to organize your Grade Book and setup assignment groups. Learn how to create weighted columns for your final grades. Manage student grades to allow your students to confidently know their current grade in the course.


Mar 13 2:30 – 3:30pm
Feb 13 2:30 – 3:30pm TurnItIn in Canvas

Turnitin is a plagiarism deterrent service that integrates with Canvas. Learn how to create a TurnItIn assignment and to access feedback from TurnItIn.

Mar 22 1:30 – 2:30pm
Feb 22 2:00 – 3:00pm Accessibility Checker

Learn what is means to make your course accessible and how to use Canvas’ new Accessibility Checker. Learn accessible design to make your course 508 compliant.

Mar 28 2:00 – 3:00pm
Jan 26 2:30 – 3:30pm Getting Started with WebEx

WebEx is a video web conferencing tool allowing users to meet virtually. Learn how to schedule meetings, conduct meetings, record meetings, and interact with users during a live WebEx session.

Feb 9 11:00 am – 12:00pm
Mar 15 2:00 – 3:00pm
Feb 15 11:00am – 12:30pm Photoshop

Learn the fundamentals of Photoshop and how to edit photos, design graphics, and understand the techniques to get the most out of Photoshop.

Mar 29 11:00am – 12:30pm Photoshop

Learn the fundamentals of Photoshop and how to edit photos, design graphics, and understand the techniques to get the most out of Photoshop.

Jan 31 10:00 – 11:00am CMS Training

Mercer’s CMS allows for easy edits and updates to websites. Learn how to navigate the CMS interface, update and add content, add images, manage documents, add links, and much more.

Feb 14 10:00 – 11:00am
Feb 28 10:00 – 11:00am
Mar 14 10:00 – 11:00am

Grades Disappearing in Canvas

When editing an assignment or quiz you might need to add a student or provide additional time.  This is one of the great features in Canvas as you can assign the quiz or assignment to different students or sections with their own due dates or availability dates and times. However, if you replace everyone or someone who has previously taken the quiz then all of their grades will no longer be visible in the grades.  It is important to use the “Add” button in the assign section of the details in order to add additional students or groups for a different date or time.  For example, you might have a student that was not present on the day of the quiz.  You want to allow this student the ability to take the quiz so you will “Add” the student and the specific date and time.

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Canvas: Getting Started Workshop

Canvas is Mercer’s new Learning Management System allowing for a robust and intuitive LMS.

In this “Getting Started” workshop we will explore the Canvas interface and basics to get your course up and running. We will also learn about communicating with students, navigating the course tools such as notifications, assignments, discussions, quizzes, and grades. In this basic session you will be able to discover the potential for Canvas and understand the basics to develop your course.


The 1-hour workshop will be held in Stetson 135, every 2nd and 4th week of the month during the Fall 2017 semester.

Tuesdays (2nd & 4th) 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Wednesdays (2nd & 4th) 10:00 – 11:00 am

Additional times and dates can be scheduled for individual and custom raining sessions.
Contact Jerome Gratigny for further information.

Canvas Instructor Overview

500 – Canvas Interface Overview from Canvas LMS on Vimeo.

Canvas for Students Getting Started

200 – Canvas Overview for Students from Canvas LMS on Vimeo.

Mercer University Weighted Average Grade Calculator

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Responsive Web Design


Responsive Web Design is a modern approach to designing websites that modify the structure of the content for the device you are using.  Mobile devices are becoming increasingly used to access websites.  In the past web designers created sites for screen view on a computer and a separate site for mobile devices. Responsive design allows designers to create a single site that adjusts to the device and looks good on each device.

Mercer University is working on making our site Responsive & What does this mean for our CMS Builders and Contributors?

We will be providing training and resources to assist CMS Builders and Contributors to make the shift to Responsive design.  It is important to look at your site on devices other than the computer once you make edits to ensure that your site looks good on all devices. More training, resources and information will be coming soon to keep you updated and to understand responsive web design as we move forward.