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Huston-Tillotson University has a mission to provide its increasingly diverse student body with an exemplary education that is grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, balanced with professional development.  Our vision is preparing leaders in a connected world where diversity of thought matters.

Training Materials


Canvas 101

Canvas is a learning management system (LMS) developed by Instructure. While moderately new in the industry, Canvas has made major advancements through innovative tools, a modern interface, and streamline functionalities.  Canvas is known for its user-friendly online environment and ability to easily connect instructors and students both in and out of the classroom. Canvas includes basic LMS functionality for managing enrollments, sharing documents, submitting assignments, and assigning grades, as well as personalized features for individual students.

Huston-Tillotson University will debut Canvas Spring 2020!  For up-to-date new

What are the benefits to me?

  • A clean, user-friendly interface
  • A dashboard page that quickly summarizes assignments, announcements and other relevant information across course sites
  • Customizable notifications – students can get alerts via email, text message or social media at the frequency they desire
  • A working calendar that can be added to Google Calendar, iCal or other popular calendar tools
  • Support for media content
  • The power of the cloud


How do I get started?


Student Canvas Resources


Faculty Canvas Resources

Career Preparation

Quality Matters

A founding principle that continues to drive Quality Matters is the need for QM Standards to reflect current academic research on effective learning. The initial standards and subsequent modifications have been based on the insights of teams of experienced online instructors and instructional designers and on the best practices standards promulgated by accrediting bodies and national and international organizations. In addition, the QM Standards have been examined for consistency with the conclusions of the educational research literature regarding factors that increase learning and engagement and that improve learner retention rates.

QM Research is focused on curating and supporting research studies related to the impact and use of the Quality Matters model. Literature reviews to inform members of the Rubric Committees in their effort to assure that the Rubrics remains current with the research are also an important component of QM Research activities. If you are looking for guidance on conducting QM-focused research or finding studies to support the use of QM, we recommend starting with the resources listed in this section.

Visit the Center for Academic Innovation and Transformation for a QM Higher Ed Workbook.  The annotations are highly beneficial to applying QM’s 8 Standards to course design. (source:  Quality Matters)




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Staff Development