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SkillShops as Co-Curricular Learning Opportunities


The HSU Library and many of our partners (Learning Center, Academic and Career Advising Center, Peer Health Educators, CAPS, and more as we continue to grow) offer SkillShops as co-curricular learning experiences that promote lifelong learning. By taking SkillShops, students have the opportunity to develop new skills for academic, professional, and personal success. SkillShops offer students the opportunity to Explore, Create, and Innovate outside of the classroom and can connect them with people outside of their major.

Integrating SkillShops in Your Course

Many instructors offer extra credit or even require students to attend SkillShops as a way to supplement their learning and increase their skill set. We can help you connect SkillShops to your course content and learning outcomes. If you plan to incorporate SkillShops into your course, let us know at You can also view the current offerings on the SkillShops Calendar.

Assign the Extra Credit Form (See below for more information) as a way for your students to reflect on what they learned from their SkillShop and provide you evidence that they attended. You can make any changes to the form to include your specific course goals.

Integrating Online SkillShops Into Your Canvas Course

You can add any of our online SkillShops as an assignment in your course by importing the SkillShop from the Canvas Commons (instructions on importing from Canvas Commons). Simply search for the course you're interested in and add the assignment to your course. Students will upload their SkillShops badge to your course to show that they completed the SkillShop. If you would like to learn more about using online SkillShops in your course, contact us:

Online SkillShops available in the Canvas Commons: 

  • HSU Library: APA Citations Tutorial
  • HSU Library: Getting Started with Camtasia
  • HSU Library: Getting Started with WordPress
  • HSU Library: MLA Citations Tutorial
  • HSU Library: Research Basics

What are SkillShops?

  • 50 minute drop-in workshops that introduce or develop skills through exploration and/or application
  • Co-curricular
  • Active and hands-on learning for 25+ minutes
  • Allow students to set their own learning goals
  • Incorporate strategies for creating engaging & interactive learning environments
  • Encourage discovery, exploration & social connection

Interested in how you can use SkillShops for your class or to help your students? Contact us with any questions, requests or ideas you may have:

Do you plan to offer SkillShops as an assignment/for a grade?

Offering Extra Credit

Offering Extra Credit

If you are planning on offering extra credit to your students who attend SkillShops, you can track their attendance and get a snapshot of their learning by having them fill out a worksheet asking them to reflect on what they learned at the workshop and how they will use their new skills. The sheet also has a space for the workshop facilitator to sign and verify their attendance. 

Extra credit sheet template (customizable version - just your add course-specific information and requirements)

Extra credit sheet - generic version (simple version with no course-specific info or requirements)

You can also import this as an assignment from the Canvas Commons into your course. Go the Canvas Commons and search from "HSU Library SkillShops Assignment" to locate the assignment. You can use the extra credit sheet it is linked in the course, or copy and edit for your specific requirements. If you copy and edit the form, be sure to replace the link in the assignment with the new copy so that students have the correct form.