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I use apps for everything (doesn't everyone?) and I suppose when I first downloaded the Canvas app a few years ago, I was first learning how to use Canvas myself, and the app was not nearly as updated as it is today, so sadly I did not use it much. I recently watched the video Canvas Mobile Apps, Not Just for Students Anymore and I highly recommend it to everyone. It pleasantly lead me through the newest features and how they can be used easily in our everyday life.  (Picture yourself waiting on line at a grocery store and being able to publish/unpublish course content.) The fact that speedgrader can be used from my phone is especially exciting for me because I can now grade from anywhere. I look forward to using this latest version more often as a teacher and I will also recommend that my students use it. Special thanks to Ryan Seilhamer and Kenneth Rogers for the presentation. mobile-app

 

 

 

 

 

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Nathan Vassallo

Newbie Admin to Canvas

Posted by Nathan Vassallo Mar 27, 2019

So in trying to learn as much as I can about Canvas I stumbled across the Canvas Mobile Design 2019 Quest  As a district with 1:1 iPads I wanted to learn as much as I could about the Canvas Mobile Apps just so I could know what they are capable and offer suggestions to teachers. 

 

What was your biggest takeaway?

The biggest takeaway I found is the mobile checklist which I plan on sharing with teachers in my district to help them design better courses for iPads.

 

Is there a tip you are able to (or plan to) apply to your work in the future? How will it help you overall?

I started following the CMUG to hopefully pick up some more gems to help out the teachers. 

 

Do you have follow-up questions for CMUG members? Is there a discussion you'd like to open?

What is the best way to offer up feedback that my teachers are seeing that will make the iPad App more effective in the teacher's eye?

 

 

 

 

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From the outset I hope everyone know how much I love Canvas. I love the mobile apps. They are great and people like Peyton, Ryan an  Kristin do an outstanding job covering and promoting the app(s). First there was the Canvas app. Then SpeedGrader, Polls and Magic Marker. Next up was the Parent app and then finally the Teacher app. I have been a part of the Canvas family for five years now and I have seen so much grow in the mobile strategies. 

 

However, since my role is that of a Sub-Account Admin, I just don't get a lot of use out of the mobile apps. I do not teach and I am not a student, which leaves me with having to login through Safari when I am out of the office and get that frantic email from a faculty member that something isn't quite right in their course. If you haven't tried using Canvas through the mobile browser, particularly on a smaller screen phone, you may not be quite aware of how cumbersome it can be.

 

I would love for the great folks at Canvas to maybe make a new addition to the app family. To help those of us that support our faculty and students. To help use get out from behind the desk and be out there with them when they need us.

 

I guess the the question then is what would that look like?

 

Well... I think that it would have to work a lot like the teacher app. Maybe just replace the To Do option on the bottom of the screen with the Admin option as the To Dos are typically course related and not "real" to dos for the Admin. I know some people may be both, but that is why this would just be used for those administrative tasks and not for teaching. You would still have the teacher app for that.

 

Here are some quick mock-ups I made this morning:

 

Home screen with a quick link to the Admin area on the bottom tool bar.

 

 

Admin page that lets you select which Account/Sub-Account to view.

 

 

The Account/Sub-Account page.

 

 

The Courses drop-down menu could load the navigation menu as a selection option.

 

I know it is much easier to make the mock-ups then it is to make the app, but I think there are many Canvas admins that would love to be able to work through an app then through the mobile browser.

 

What say you CMUG? Is it time for a Canvas for Admins app?

I find a tension between students and teachers over mobile devices and there use in High School.  Many students cannot yet regulate their use and are constantly distracted by all the social media and even parents providing details of the day.  Many teachers are constantly frustrated by the distraction and find students are constantly involved in a "social crisis" rather than learning. 

I believe one way we can start to help students is to show them the power of their mobile device as a work tool.  Changing the attitude of it as a toy/communication/game device to one where they can be productive.  Having a tool that can easily allow this to happen is the essential first step in teaching them to be better users of their mobile devices.  The Canvas Student app is that first step.  Letting students see the power of working anywhere, anytime rather than just following the latest social mishap!

Hello there, Canvas Mobile Users Group!

 

It’s been quiet around here lately! To help kick start some new collaboration in CMUG, Ryan, Kristin, and I designed a quest! Now, this quest will require some reflection and some writing. All of of the requirements center on mobile design and maximizing student engagement within the Canvas Student App.

 

Are you ready? Let me out line them for you!

  1. Read this blog post! (Easy, right?)
  2. Watch Ryan and Kenneth’s InstructureCon 2018 presentation Canvas Mobile Apps, Not Just for Students Anymore. Feel free to add a comment or a question under the video. While this isn’t a required part of the quest, it would be great to hear about your biggest takeaways from the presentation or your favorite tip and how it can be applied to your work. You could also ask a question!
  3. Participate in the Canvas Student | Favorite Feature Poll. This will be a way for CMUG members to see how opinions of students at various institutions are alike or different. For those of you who are up for a bonus challenge, there’s even a Google Form version of the poll you can share with your own students before you cast your vote.
  4. Read the Mobile App Design | Course Evaluation Checklist. You do not need to comment on Lily's bog. Just read and then think about how you could apply some of its content to your work.
  5. Write a Blog in CMUG. Based on what you learned from the video, the poll, the checklist, and the other mobile-friendly instructional design you’ve picked up along the way, write a blog and share your insights! If you want, feel free to use this template to get started.

 

Canvas Mobile Design 2019 BadgeWhen you’re done, you’ll receive a nifty badge for your Community profile and 150 points. You'll probably earn more points with likes and comments on your blog, too!

 

Please note: When you work on quest components, to earn the badge, you have to click on the links in the badge itself. You can find this in your profile, then rewards. Completing it by following the instructions here won’t "complete" the steps that are required to award the badge.

 

Throughout the coming months, Ryan, Kristin, and I will help develop the discussion that take place as comments and in blogs throughout CMUG. It will be awesome to learn from each other as we browse the materials as I outlined above.

 

As I fly through CMUG in my newly designed super-suit, I’ll likely award some surprises along the way! Thank you in advance for your thoughtful comments and participation.

 

Mobile On!

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