Cidi Labs Webinars

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This webinar features Florida State University’s College of Business, who have ditched unwieldy spreadsheets and clunky communication to successfully manage 150 faculty and the preparation of over 1000 Canvas courses per year.  By adopting the right tool and aligning it with their workflow, this tiny team of two has been able to:  

    • Continuously assess and monitor the readiness of all courses without a single spreadsheet
    • Ensure their quality standards are met across all courses and quickly identify gaps
    • Effectively communicate to Deans and Chairs the status and readiness of the Canvas courses in their departments 
    • Dramatically reduce the time it takes to do all of the above!  

We highlighted and demonstrated the various features of ReadyGO, a course readiness tracking tool from Cidi Labs, which the Florida State University’s College of Business is using to improve the way they prepare so many Canvas courses for each new term.  

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A Jumpstart for Building Quality Matters (QM) Ready Courses in Canvas

How can we make it easier for faculty to ensure their Canvas courses meet Quality Matters Standards?  In this webinar,  you will see how Pittsburg State University in Kansas is giving their faculty a huge jumpstart by providing course templates that meet 25+ QM Standards right out of the gate, plus embedded guidance that helps faculty keep quality in mind as they customize their course.  We also demonstrate how easy it is to build and apply the QM-ready templates using DesignPLUS – a set of tools from Cidi Labs that make high quality Canvas course design easy.

Introducing UDOIT Advantage for Canvas

Imagine if you could magically turn all those PDF files lurking in your Canvas courses into more accessible Canvas Pages. Now you can, with UDOIT Advantage!  Check out this webinar to learn more about an exciting new version of UDOIT – an automated accessibility assistant that guides course designers and educators in improving the accessibility of their Canvas courses. We’ll take you on a tour of UDOIT and highlight the much-anticipated new features that will give you an accessibility advantage.

Upcoming Events

June 6, 2023
  • Mississippi eLearning Association Retreat in Choctaw

    Dates: June 6, 2023 - June 8, 2023  

June 21, 2023
  • Online Teaching Conference in Long Beach, CA. Register Online

    Dates: June 21, 2023 - June 23, 2023  

July 26, 2023
  • InstructureCon in Denver. Register Online

    Dates: July 26, 2023 - July 28, 2023  

August 3, 2023
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    Dates: August 3, 2023 - August 4, 2023  

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The Journey toward Optimal Course Design: Making Every Step Easier

With the emergency phase of Covid-19 behind us, many institutions have turned their attention to improving their online courses, along with the processes and tools involved in course design.


In this webinar, we explore ways to optimize every step of the course design process, from building and staging to refining your Canvas courses.  You’ll get an up-close look at a set of tools that have helped over 450 higher ed and K12 institutions more easily develop professionally styled, highly engaging and accessible Canvas courses – without the technical skills, large teams, or oodles of time that are often required to do so. 

A Scalable Course Development Model to Achieve the Impossible

Develop 60 hours of engaging Canvas course content for over 100,000 learners with 4 instructional designers in 9 months – impossible, right?! 


Not for the Education Service Center, Region 11 Reading Academies design team, who rapidly built a scalable delivery model for the Texas Reading Academies, using tools from Cidi Labs to meet these goals, which were driven by a state mandate to provide literacy training for their teachers.  


Watch this webinar to learn how they pulled off this incredible feat and delivered a highly satisfying Canvas course experience for participants that is:  

    • Engaging
    • Professionally styled
    • Consistent
    • Accessible

We also demonstrated the set of tools that helped the ESC Region 11 Reading Academies design team achieve the levels of efficiency and quality required to build this highly successful program in so little time with a small staff.  


This webinar provides practical tips to help you handle the ever-growing demands on your course design and delivery practices, so that you can deliver more without sacrificing quality.    

Tools to Bolster Your Canvas Course Quality Initiatives

In this webinar, we explore the ways that the Cidi Labs instructional design tools for Canvas can help make your Quality Matters work much more efficient and easier to scale.

The Importance of Visual Design in Online Courses

When it comes to online courses, beauty is more than skin deep. Studies have shown that the aesthetics of an online course are important factors in motivating students to engage and persist in the learning process.   Traditionally, however, designing professional-looking courses requires loads of time and technical skills such as HTML, CSS, or JavaScript.   This webinar explores how DesignPLUS can help you create high quality, engaging, and accessible Canvas courses without requiring advanced technical skills.

Looks Do Matter: Taking Your Canvas Course Design to the Next Level

Research has shown that a well-designed course promotes a positive user experience. In this video, we’ll use DesignPLUS – our advanced course design toolset – to transform the look and feel of a basic course.

Shifting Online Course Design Practices from Surviving to Thriving

In March 2020, the small team at Fullerton College moved 20,000 students fully online in just 3 days by leveraging DesignPLUS and UDOIT Cloud to create engaging, accessible, and quality-driven Canvas courses.  

Accessibility Made Easy: Introducing UDOIT Cloud 3.0

UDOIT Cloud 3.0 – our Canvas course accessibility checker – is a significant leap forward in the functionality and user experience of the platform, making it easier and more efficient than ever for you to ensure your Canvas courses are accessible to all learners.  

Tools that Impact Canvas Course Design

Presented by: Kenneth Larsen @ Cidi Labs, Dr. Tracy Stunz @ Clovis Community College and Robert Caldwell @ North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics    

Using DesignPLUS in Canvas to Address QM Standards for Course Design

Presented by: Mike Zackrison and Kenneth Larsen @ Cidi Labs, Alicia Reed @ Laredo Community College and Jillian Jevack @ Quality Matters


Lighten your load this summer with ReadyGO

Featuring Eric Larson, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota and Tawnya Means, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Take your Canvas Courses to the Next Level

Featuring Kenneth Larsen, from Utah State University and Christie Fierro and Justin Kornheisl from Olympic Community College

Maximize Accessibility with UDOIT Cloud

Featuring the University of Minnesota and University of Central Florida


TidyUP your Canvas

Featuring Anna Stirling (Mt San Jacinto College) and Christopher Phillips (Utah State University


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