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CIPhER Center for Innovative Pharmacy Education & Research

Spring 2023 Canvas Training

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Wednesday, June 1, 2023, Beard 200/ Karpen 110 and via Zoom
**Session presenters will be available for a drop-in session from 9:30 am – 10:00 am to troubleshoot any issues related to Canvas
Are you prepared for the transition from Sakai to Canvas? Are you looking for strategies on how to best transition your course content to Canvas? Would you like to know more about Canvas’s basic functionality? This program will provide you with tools and strategies for using or optimizing your Canvas experience. Participants will learn about Canvas layout options, basic functionality (e.g., creating assignments, structuring a gradebook), and obtain insights from those faculty who have already made the transition!
  • 9:30 am – 10:00 am (Leads: Adam Persky, Laura Rhodes, Jason Martin): Drop-in session to troubleshoot access issues; no content will be discussed during this time
  • 10:00 am – 10:15 am (Lead: Adam Persky): ESOP preferred Canvas layout and format to create a consistent student experience
  • 10:15 am – 11:15 am (Leads: Adam Persky, Laura Rhodes, Jason Martin): Canvas basic training
    • Course navigation
    • Uploading course content
    • Structuring a gradebook
    • Creating assignments and assessments
  • 11:15 am – 12:00 pm (Leads: ESOP Faculty): Demonstration of course pages in Canvas and tips for transitioning from Sakai to Canvas
Learning Objectives:
At the end of this program, participants will be able to:
  1. Outline Canvas fundamentals related to course navigation, uploading content, grades, assignments, and assessments
  2. Identify strategies for transitioning to Canvas from Sakai
  3. Identify additional Canvas resources
Prior to the session, participants are encouraged to log into Canvas to view the platform and review UNC’s Canvas resource website
REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Tuesday, May 30, at 5 p.m. Eastern Time
Presenter Information
Adam Persky, PhD, FACSM
Professor and Associate Dean of Professional Education
 Adam Persky received his BS in biology from Purdue University and a MS in exercise science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He completed his PhD in pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Florida and did an industry-sponsored postdoctoral fellowship in pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and GlaxoSmithKline. Currently, he is associate dean of professional education, a clinical professor in the division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics, and faculty fellow in CIPhER at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Within the pharmacy school, Dr. Persky teaches physiology and pharmacokinetics and has received several of the school’s teaching awards, including Best Overall instructor. Dr. Persky was named an Atlantic Coast Conference Teaching Scholar by the American Association of College of Pharmacy. He has given over 100 workshops across the country and has numerous publications on a variety of topics relating to teaching and learning.
Laura Rhodes, PharmD, BCACP
Assistant Professor and Assistant Director, PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program
Laura Rhodes, PharmD, BCACP, is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). She is an Assistant Director of the PGY1 Community-based Pharmacy Residency Program and the Community-based Psychiatry Fellowship Program. In her role with UNC, Laura works collaboratively with the School, Residency Program, and practice sites, preceptors, and residents to transform practice across the state of North Carolina. Laura received her PharmD from Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida. She completed her PGY1 Community-based Pharmacy Residency Program with UNC and Moose Pharmacy. She then completed a 2-year Community Practice Engagement Fellowship with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, supporting pharmacy sites, preceptors, and residents. In her current role, Laura actively develops and implements patient care services in the community pharmacy setting, with a specific interest in community-based pharmacy workflow models, quality improvement initiatives, immunizations, and nonprescription medications.
Jason Martin, MA
Senior Director of Information and Educational Technology
Jason Martin, M.A is the Senior Director of Information and Educational Technology for the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Jason joined the School in 2016 as the Technology Operations Manager. He received his B.S.C. (2004) and M.A. (2005) from Ohio University in Athens, OH. Jason’s higher education experience prior to coming to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy includes positions at Ohio University, Aiken Technical College, St. Peter’s University, and Seattle University. Jason is responsible for the IET Department’s strategic initiatives including classroom technology planning, data security, and technology support for the School’s academic, research, and administrative enterprises. Jason co-chaired and wrote the Physical Facilities and Educational Resources response for the School’s 2020 accreditation. He is the former chair of the School’s FAO Committee and current chair of the Technology Governance Committee.
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Date: Jun 1, 2023 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Registration closes on May 30, 2023 05:00 PM

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