Canvas Theory of Change.pdf

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Too often as trainers, we jump straight into the "WHAT" of Canvas... What are the different components of Canvas? ...How do we use each element?


This is a disservice to our learners.


At our best, we provide our learners with context. We begin with WHY Canvas matters, and then HOW online learning fits into teaching. Only when the WHY and HOW are established do the different technical "WHAT" components of Canvas become relevant.


"WHY" Canvas Resources

This is about purpose... why teaching with Canvas is important.

  • The attached theory of change document shows how my organization, CIEE, advances our mission using Canvas. (As a bonus, it also has some suggestions for how to measure success with Canvas... but that is for another post).
  • We use the following arguments to teachers about why they should care about Canvas
    • Canvas makes your life easier
      Canvas saves you time, keeps you organized and increases your efficiency.
      Yes, there is a learning curve to Canvas. But there is also a learning curve with a coffee maker. You wouldn't want to forsake coffee, now would you?
    • Canvas increases your impact
      Students learn better when courses are on Canvas. With clear access to assignments and course files, grades and online discussions, Canvas supports you in challenging and supporting your students' growth.
    • Professional development
      Online learning is becoming the standard - the new normal. Learning Canvas allows you sharpen your skills and stay up to speed on best practices as an educator.


"HOW" Canvas Resources

This is about envisioning use - how Canvas will integrate into and augment your instruction


"WHAT" Canvas Resources

This is about technical implementation - what you need to do to use each element of Cavnas