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Canvas Adoption and Engagement

When implementing any new initiative, it's important to spend time planning for how to successfully move your users through change. At Instructure, we built our Canvas Success Model to give you a process and set of tools for leading the people side of your change to Canvas. Made up of four revolving stages, Vision, Plan, Execute, and Assess, our model is proven to help increase adoption and successful change to using Canvas. By starting with your vision, you can find ways to connect Canvas to your beliefs about students, learning, and teaching. Once you've tied Canvas to your vision, planning for communication, training, and engagement will help ensure your users experience a seamless transition.

 

Virginia's Community Colleges (VCCS) transition to Canvas

The VCCS is made up of 23 community colleges across the state of Virginia. In the Spring of 2018, Canvas was selected to replace Blackboard as the primary Learning Management System for the system. This began a one year transition period to prepare over 8,000 faculty and over 100,000 students for this change. When a change of this size is implemented, a lot of things need to be carefully planned for. In addition to an exceptional project team at the system level and leaders at each individual college, the VCCS also had the Canvas Services Team to help guide the way. 

 

To prepare for this transition, leaders at all 23 colleges have created outstanding resources to help their faculty and students through this transition. These resources helped communicate, train, and engage their faculty and students. To help incentivize this practice, the VCCS started a resource creation contest for the colleges to showcase their efforts to communicate, train, and engage their faculty and staff.  Winners of the contest are announced below.

 

Contest Details

Colleges submitted their resources to an adoption playbook course in Canvas.  This course was created by the Learning and Strategy Consulting Team as part of their Canvas Change Strategy Consulting service.  Leaders across the system followed specific categories and judging criteria. 

 

Categories:

  • Information about transition to Canvas: Website, Print, Video
  • Promotional Video: Under 5 minutes, 5 minutes or more
  • How-to Guides: Website, Print, Video
  • Instructional Training Materials:  For teaching face-to-face, for teaching using webinar
  • Quick Reference Guides: Website, Print, Video
  • Social Media
  • Student Created Materials

 

Judges:

The VCCS was able to find volunteers from other community college systems across the country. In addition, Instructure was asked to provide judges for the contest. The judges used the following criteria to score the entries.

  • Content is well chosen and is effectively adapted to the medium (video, website, print, training module, etc)
  • Web based submissions should strive to meet accessibility across all browsers and mobile devices, and W3C standards
  • Design and layout is appealing, consistent, and functional
  • The submission meets the needs of the target audience
  • The length or duration of the submission is appropriate to the content

 

Winners

1st Place - Leveling the Playing Field - Accessibility in Canvas

Northern Virginia Community College

Preston Davis, Ed. D. - Director of Instructional Services

Shaoyu Chi, Ed.D. - Instructional Designer, NOVA Online

Maureen Madden, M.Ed. - Instructional Designer & Accessibility Liaison, NOVA Online

Rong Zhu, M.Ed. - Instructional Designer, NOVA Online

2nd Place - Canvas GIF Social Media Campaign 

Wytheville Community College

Dave Dick, Coordinator of Online Learning and Instructional Technology

 

3rd Place - VCCS Canvas Student Orientation

Tidewater Community College

John Morea, Associate Vice President for Distance Learning

Iris Wang, Distance Learning

 

Honorable Mention 

NOVA Online - Online Orientation

Caryn Sever, M.S. - Instructional Designer, NOVA Online

Kim Grewe, PhD - Instructional Designer, NOVA Online

Dedra Wright, M.Ed. - Instructional Designer, NOVA Online

Virginia Western Community College - Canvas Quick Start Guide

Erin Leftwich, LMS Administrator 

THE CANVAS SUCCESS MODEL

We’ve seen our customers do incredible things to plan for change and adopt Canvas. From tying Canvas to their vision for teaching and learning, to coming up with unique ways to incentivize and engage users, our customers have thought of everything. We captured all these best practices and developed the Canvas Success Model (pictured above). Our model gives school leadership a process and tools for leading the people side of your change to Canvas. If followed, this model will help you:

  • Increase the speed of adoption
  • Optimize utilization
  • Improve the overall student experience

 

THE CHECKLIST AND RESOURCES

While we encourage you to follow this model from the start, it can be used in year 2, 3, and beyond. The purpose of this document is to give you a checklist and free resources to get you started down the pathway to success. The resources linked in this checklist have been created by many talented people in our Customer Success Department at Instructure - chances are you'll recognize a few of them. Our model puts all these resources into perspective and gives you a framework for success. If you find yourself needing more help with your rollout or adoption, our Learning and Strategy Consulting Team is available to assist with Change Strategy Consulting and Adoption Consulting

 


ACCESS

The checklist below is available via Google Docs "Make a Copy". Please select the following link for access: Canvas Success Model Checklist and Resources Copy


 

 

VISION

Define "the why"

  • Vision and Goals Worksheet - this worksheet is meant to give you key questions to ask yourself during a new implementation of Canvas.

Determine what success looks like

Set success measures

 

PLAN
COMMUNICATION PLAN
Identify audiences
Develop key messages and timing 

Determine content, delivery method, frequency, and sender

TRAINING PLAN

Tie training to vision

Identify audiences who need training

Identify needs and timeline

Create a plan for ongoing training

ENGAGEMENT PLAN

Identify site-based leaders 

  • Site-based leaders
    • K12 - Principals, Coaches, Canvas Champions, etc. 
    • Higher Ed - Deans, Instructional Designers, Department Chairs, etc. 

Develop an incentive plan 

Predict and plan for resistance 

Empower site-based leaders 

 

EXECUTE
Implement plans

Empower site-based leaders 

Follow up and monitor progress

 

ASSESS

Aggregate quantitative and qualitative data 

Assess usage 

Define next future state and set goals 

After Year Five of our Canvas implementation, teachers are still reluctant to really dive in and use it to its fullest. These Beginner Essentials take a brand new user

 

or one who has had it on the back shelf for years
                  ...and years...
                             and some more years.... 

 

from how to add a professional profile picture to using the scheduler. 

 

I've tried to think through a "best practices" flow for teachers to follow. These are just my ideas and how I think teachers can take steps to use Canvas. Feel free to post your ideas and how I might make adjustments!   

 

Power Up Your Canvas Course, Beginner Essentials: Phase 1 - by Stephenie Jordan [Infographic] 

Power Up Your Canvas Course, Beginner Essentials: Phase 2 - by Stephenie Jordan [Infographic] 

Power Up Your Canvas Course, Beginner Essentials: Phase 3 - by Stephenie Jordan [Infographic] 

Power Up Your Canvas Course, Beginner Essentials: Phase 4 - by Stephenie Jordan [Infographic] 

You just never know who you're going to meet here in this amazing Canvas Community. For example, I "met" (virtually - not in person yet) Bobby Pedersen in the Community. Bobby lives in Tasmania. I don't live anywhere near as exciting, though it does end in "ia" (Pennsylvania, if you're wondering). We almost couldn't be further away from each other geographically. However, pedagogically and Canvasily (I'm going to say that's a word) we are really in sync! Even though she is a full 12 hours ahead of me, we recently collaborated on something that I think is pretty cool.

 

Bobby wrote this blog post - Invigorating English – Encouraging Writing Within Canvas K-6 a few weeks back. Roxanne Conroy thought it would make an amazing infographic and made the suggestion. I asked Bobby what she thought, and off we went! We collaborated on a Google Doc (there were a few hours where our days overlapped when we could communicate in real time) and made a plan to take her blog and make it an infographic. I built that in Canva, and Bobby made edits there, too. Wanna see what we did?

 

Invigorating English Infographic Gif

 

You can download the .pdf of it below. The links work in the .pdf - just click on the italics!

 

This was an amazing collaboration for me, and I feel so lucky that Bobby allowed me to use her great content to build this resource. 

 

Anyone else want to collaborate? Let's do it!

 

-Erin

Principal Consultant, Learning & Strategy 

This will be my fifth InstructureCon this year. I went once as a customer; the rest as an employee. No matter what role I was in, or where the conference was held, I always felt the same about InstructureCon - I wish I was there longer!

 

The reasons why are many - the locations are amazing, the food delicious, the entertainment blows my mind. But I think what stands out most, and what I hear from everyone else who attends, is the learning. You can learn something at InstructureCon every minute you're there. It doesn't matter if it's at breakfast, or on a shuttle, or walking to a session - learning is everywhere. Every interaction you have while there you can learn something new and awesome. 

 

One way to give you some more opportunities for the structured learning is at the preconference sessions during the day before the conference officially starts - PreCon we call it (catchy, huh?). We've just recently published the sessions for this year's PreCon, and I'm really excited about what we are offering this year. If you've never attended PreCon, I've got some reasons why you should considering coming to learn with us this year!

 

Reason 1: PreCon=Hands On. The sessions at PreCon are designed to be interactive, and to allow participants to try what is being presented. This year we've lengthened the session times, so the shortest sessions are two hours, and the longest sessions are six hours. The added time is for more in-depth exploration of the topics, with more time to participate. 

 

Reason 2: Timely Topics. We're offering 20 sessions this year. When it's time to design our schedule we ask ourselves three questions: 1 - What do our customers want?  2 - What education trends have we been hearing about? and 3 - How can we provide an amazing experience? We think we've created a schedule that answers all three of these questions, with a mix of topics that we've offered in the past and new topics that are relevant right now.

 

Reason 3: Access to Experts. All of the sessions are being delivered by an Instructure expert in the field. We've tapped some stellar members of Content Services, Training Services, Learning and Strategy Consulting Services, Technical Services, and Solutions Engineering to design the sessions and present at PreCon. 

 

Reason 4: Micro-credentialed Sessions (New this Year). We have partnered with Digital Promise for five of our sessions. The sessions in this strand have been designed around a Digital Promise micro-credential, with a key learning takeaway that is competency-based and backed by educational research. The participants in the sessions will learn the Canvas application of the content and will have time to build and submit the evidence toward the micro-credential during the session. Your evidence will be scored against a mastery rubric. Micro-credentials are delivered in the form of a open badge by Digital Promise, which can then be shared with the participant’s institution for professional learning.

 

Reason 5: Chat and Charge Lounge, Training Room, and Building Labs. In addition to the 20 sessions, we are also offering additional learning time and space during PreCon through these three avenues. Every ticket to a PreCon session comes with free entry to our Chat and Charge Lounge and Training Room. In the Chat and Charge Lounge you can rest, recharge, and also hear about a variety of Canvas-related topics through short, mini-presentations throughout the day. The Training Room will provide a schedule of 45-minute Canvas-related trainings during PreCon, presented by members of the Training Services Team. New this year are the Building Labs, offered for K-5, Secondary, and Higher Ed. These labs will give users the time and space to apply what they are learning during PreCon to their Canvas courses, with access to Instructure experts in the field. It's a great opportunity to get one-on-one help building the courses of your dreams. 

 

I have about 400 more reasons, but I'll stop here. We hope you check out the PreCon19 schedule, find something great, and join us on Tuesday, July 9. When you're checking out the sessions, you might want to keep this handy chart in mind:

 

 

 

Suggested tracks by user role

Beginner* Intermediate** Advanced*** All^

 

SessionTeacher/Faculty/Tech CoachInstructional DesignerCanvas AdminSchool Administration
Aligning Outcomes and Assessment for Data-Driven Learning**xxx
API 101: APIs for the Programming Newbie**xx
Chat and Charge Lounge^xxxx
Creating Highly Engaging Blended/Online Courses with Canvas!**xxx
Creating Killer Home Page Templates^xxxx
Creating Technology-Rich Professional Learning in Canvas*xxx
Designing your Online Course with Quality Matters*xxxx
Digging Deeper into Planning for Change^xx
Exploring Canvas in K-5*x
Getting Started: Canvas for HigherEd Faculty*xxx
Getting Started: Canvas for K12 Teachers*xxx
Getting Started: Everything you Need to Know as a New HED Canvas Admin*x
Getting Started: Everything you Need to Know as a New K12 Canvas Admin*x
Improving your Online Course with Quality Matters**xxxx
Leveraging Universal Design in Your Canvas Course*xxx
Open Lab HighEd^xx
Open Lab K-5^xx
Open Lab Secondary^xx
Personalizing Learning Experiences with Canvas**xx
Reports and Statistics: Using Canvas Data**xx
Setting Your Strategy for Change^xx
Training Room^xxxx
Transforming K-12 Classrooms with Canvas**xx

 

And...wondering if you can take all of those sessions you want at the same time? We got you...Check out the schedule below:

8 a.m.9 a.m.10 a.m.10:30 a.m.11 a.m.Noon12:30 p.m.1 p.m.2 p.m.3 p.m.4 p.m.5 p.m.
Personalizing Learning Experiences with CanvasTransforming K-12 Classrooms with Canvas
Setting Your Strategy for ChangeDigging Deeper Into Planning for ChangeAPI 101: For the Programming Newbie
Designing Your Online Course with Quality MattersImproving Your Online Course with Quality Matters
Creating Highly Engaging Blended/Online CoursesAligning Outcomes and Assessment for Data-Driven Learning
Chat and Charge Lounge
Training Room
Reports and Statistics: Using Canvas DataBuilding Lab: Secondary
Getting Started: Canvas for HighEd Faculty (Includes Lunch Break)
Getting Started: Canvas for K12 Teachers (Includes Lunch Break)
Leveraging Universal DesignCreating Killer Home Page TemplatesExploring Canvas K-5Building Lab: K-5
Getting Started: Everything you Need to Know as a New HED Canvas AdminCreating Technology-Rich Professional Learning in Canvas
Getting Started: Everything you Need to Know as a New K12 Canvas AdminBuilding Lab: Higher Ed

 

If you have any questions about PreCon19, please let us know! Hope to see you in Long Beach!

Thanks to everyone who was able to join us during the Canvas Live event.  Linked here is the recording from the session.  We wanted to move the discussion, connections and conversations to the Engagement Space where you can start your own discussions, continue to post to this thread and to the video as well. 

 

We hope you all enjoyed hearing what Oshkosh has done as much as we have.  

Here is a link to the fabulous presentation by Tim Kohl and the Oshkosh Team 

 

For more resources around our community on Outcomes here are some very handy links: 

 

INSTCON Videos: 

 

HOW TO's From the Guides: 

Over the years when working with anything to do with computers I’ve found that I learn best when I 'do the doing'. Having an expert at the front demonstrating without letting me have a go just doesn’t work for me. Nor does having someone reach over to fix mistakes I’ve made. No learning happens, it just doesn’t go in.

 

Surely I’m not alone.

 

I’ve made a rule for myself when supporting teachers with developing their blended learning skills, or when they are problem solving – Sit On Your Hands Bobby! They must 'do the doing' themselves.

 

It’s so very tempting to reach over and grab the controls, or leap in and say what the next step is, when sometimes a bit of wait time ensures they figure out the next step on their own.

 

Another avenue to explore when supporting teachers is to show them how to problem solve, and where to go for help. Keep this up your sleeve for a giggle http://bfy.tw/MNt4

 

Time spent on these may seem like eternity, but it is time well spent. I encourage you all to sit on your hands at least once this week! Then tell us how it goes.

Jaclyn  Myers

Canvas Groups

Posted by Jaclyn Myers Employee Nov 6, 2018

"Groups are for collaboration, sections are for differentiation"

 

 

Understanding the analogy:

  • Each cell phone represents a group set.
  • The group set holds all of the groups (folders) and students/participants (apps). 
  • You can't have folders for your apps without your cell phone - You can't have groups without a group set.
  • Each app can only belong to one folder - each student can only belong to one group within that group set.
  • Apps don't have to be in a folder - students/participants don't have to belong to a group. 
  • Apps can be arranged differently on a different cell phone - groups can be arranged differently in a different group set. 

 

Resources about Canvas Groups: 

Paul Towers

Panda's Are Not Scary!

Posted by Paul Towers Oct 31, 2018

Happy Halloween!

 

Although Halloween isn’t really celebrated here in the UK (well it’s not as big as our American cousins) I wanted to use this spooky day to campaign that Canvas isn’t scary. This all came about from watching Jared Stein  CanvasCon Europe 2018 presentation where he focused on ‘small change big impact’. Jared pointed out that although big change can happen, if we focused on small change over time this will have big (or even a bigger) impact on an academics learning and teaching. Personally this really spoke to me and it’s something I’m trying to develop in our institution.

 

Since we’ve had Canvas, we have used the 3E framework to create our staff development plan (we recently presented this at ALT 2018.) The 3E framework is Enhance, Extend and Empower and on a basic level it allows staff and students to use Technology in an incremental way. Just like Jared’s ‘small change big impact’ presentation we want people to use Canvas, but they shouldn’t feel scared or overburdened by the scale of the functionality. Some areas I’m trying to get across to our academics

  • Focus on one piece of functionality
    • Explore the use of a discussion and where it can sit in your course. Create different discussions for different topics and have them placed throughout a course. Have a discussion at the end of each week to raise questions or thoughts from the topics the students have learned. Use the ‘like’ functionality to provide quite feedback
  • Don’t put resources/video in isolation
    • Rather than just show students a YouTube video have it embedded in a discussion or at the start of a quiz.
  • Students want clear navigation, structure and context.
    • Give clear instructions of how your course flows or even hide certain areas you know will not be used.
    • It’s so important to build structure in your modules. By weeks, by themes, by sessions, by topics, etc. Having a structure will allow your students to work through in a set order or to easily find information.
    • From the work we’ve done with students they don’t want simple an endless list of PowerPoints, pdfs or word documents. They want context or a narrative to tell them why this specific document is important to them and how it will them with their learning.

 

So, we have decided to use twitter as a platform to promote our ‘small change big impact’ initiative. First, we will have a Halloween video (embarrassing one of me) and then a series of tweets that focus on small elements of Canvas functionality or where they can get support. Check out the twitter feed here.  We would love to see your ‘trick or treats’ throughout the day by using the hashtag The specified item was not found.

 

 

 As it’s Bonfire night here in the UK on the 5th November will be discussing 6 ways to make your Pages go off with a Bang (Panopto , H5P, Twitter, etc)

firework

 

Thanks for reading and sharing!

Doug Holton

Using FlipGrid in Canvas

Posted by Doug Holton Sep 27, 2018

FlipGrid logo

FlipGrid is a free video discussion tool that allows for threaded video discussions in your Canvas course.  It's become very popular in both K-12 schools and college classes lately, possibly even more popular that Kahoot   And Microsoft recently bought FlipGrid and opened up all the premium features to everyone for free (such as maximum allowed video length, now 5 minutes).  My colleague James May posted a short 2 minute video about FlipGrid & Canvas that includes some comments from his students about using FlipGrid:

 

Try It Out for Yourself

Feel free to try it out for yourself and post a video reply to this FlipGrid discussion "grid": Using FlipGrid in Canvas

 

How to Use FlipGrid as a Student in Canvas

Michelle Pacansky-Brock made a couple of great videos showing students how to participate in a FlipGrid discussion in Canvaseither with their computer and a webcam:

If students do use FlipGrid with a laptop or computer, they may get errors that Flash is required.  Here are instructions on how to enable Flash in Chrome and enable Flash in Firefox.

Or students can participate with their smartphone and the Canvas Student app (Android, Apple) and FlipGrid app (Android, Apple) installed:

 

These videos can help students not only see how to successfully use FlipGrid but also help assuage any fears some may have about recording video.

 

How to Set Up and Use FlipGrid as a Teacher in Canvas

Setting up and configuring FlipGrid for use in a Canvas course requires a few steps, but should not take too long, especially once you get used to using FlipGrid.  FlipGrid has a nice handout explaining how to set up and use FlipGrid in Canvas.

It is missing a few things that may come up though: 1) what do you need to do when you roll over your course from one semester to another? 2) what if you have more than one instructor/facilitator, and 3) what if you share your course with someone else to use?

This video walks through setting up and using FlipGrid in Canvas, and it addresses those issues at the end:

But as to those 3 issues about using FlipGrid in Canvas:

  1. When rolling over your Canvas course from one semester to another, go back to each of your FlipGrid assignments and create a new grid to use.
  2. If you have more than one instructor/facilitator, click on the FlipGrid link in the course navigation menu and click on "Add CoPilot" to add another person who can administer the FlipGrid grids in the course.
  3. If someone else copies your Canvas course or if you import and use a Canvas course that someone else created and which uses FlipGrid, go to Settings -> Apps -> View App Configurations, and enter your own FlipGrid consumer key and shared secret as explained in the handout and video above.  Then go to each FlipGrid assignment and create a grid to use.

Other FlipGrid Options: Captions and Email Notifications

A couple of things I didn't mention in the video: captions are not enabled by default in FlipGrid, and by default you will get an email notification every time a student posts a video.

To enable captions (which I recommend), click on the FlipGrid link in your course navigation menu, then click the pencil icon, scroll down, and toggle on the "Captions" option.

If you wish to turn off email notifications, toggle off the "Notify Me" option.

Pedagogical Uses for FlipGrid

When I've introduced FlipGrid to teachers and faculty, they are excited about it, and they get some of the obvious uses for FlipGrid such as an introductory discussion or using it in a foreign language course or the like.  But FlipGrid has also been popular in STEM, history, and all kinds of courses.  See for example these resources:

Bobby Pedersen

What's on your plate?

Posted by Bobby Pedersen Aug 9, 2018

Teachers are such busy people. We get pulled in so many different directions during the course of a school day/week/year.

 

Sometimes engaging already busy teachers with Canvas can be a real challenge.

 

Perhaps a way to encourage teachers to use Canvas could be by first looking at and acknowledging what is on their plates then looking at the different ways that Canvas can support them in dealing with some of the things that are piling up.

 

Here are a few examples:

 

Assessment/Marking - Assessment and the Little People  What assignment types can I create in a course? 

Communication - Communication in Canvas  

Curating – Laura Gibbs is the Queen of curation. Check her out here in the Community. Just one example here. Feedback Resources Padlet in Canvas 

Differentiating - Differentiation and Personalised Learning 

Student well being - Smiling Mind  https://www.gonoodle.com/  

Engagement - Sean Nufer is also a great person to follow in the Community. Here are some of his ideas. Embedding Content in Canvas, or: How I Learned to Stop Being Bland and Make My Content Amazing  

Planning - Solution Fluency Activity Planner  

Invigorating English - Invigorating English – Encouraging Writing Within Canvas K-6 

Time to learn new things - Horse Before the Cart. Purpose first, Canvas second. 

Too many meetings! – Perhaps consider using Collaborations to set agendas, keep minutes, or conducts the meeting in. How do I use the Collaborations Index Page?  or Collaborations – Changed my world!  

  

When pondering what’s on teachers plates and considering what can be done to support them it doesn’t have to be all about Canvas. Perhaps look at tools that improve:

Organisation - The 12 Best Pomodoro Timer Apps to Boost Your Productivity  

Mindfulness22 Mindfulness Exercises, Techniques & Activities For Adults (+ PDF's)  

 

I’m sure I’ve missed a few. What ideas can you offer to help people with what is on their plates?

 

 

 

 

Canvas Community what a gold mine! It's so nice to know that we are lucky enough to have access to all sorts of information, tips 'n tricks, and real live people to chat to about all sorts - sharing ideas, problem solving, making connections across the world, and having a good old laugh.

 

Once a newbie to the Canvas Community has got their bearings they can join groups, read blogs, participate in discussions, and ask questions  etc. I've only recently discovered how to access what's new in the Community. Do people know how to access the Canvas 'News'? It took me a little while to discover this gem. Gideon made an excellent point in a discussion following Questions about ePortfolios.

 

So here are some hastily cobbled together instructions to change your preferences to gain access to what's new in questions, discussions, blogs...

Click on your profile picture then click on 'preferences'

Then make a decision about where you want to land when you click the Canvas icon

Then when you log in to the Canvas Community you have this banner

Click the Canvas icon to access your preference. I've set mine to 'News'. It's not there to look pretty!

 

Enjoy all of the recent goodies.

Bobby Pedersen

Ready, steady, Canvas!

Posted by Bobby Pedersen Apr 12, 2018

I love working with teachers as they learn how to use Canvas. Hearing their relief as they realise it's easier than our previous LMS and listening to ideas floating around the room of different ways it could be used makes my job so much fun. 

 

Sometimes though there is a sense of people being overwhelmed. That's natural. I really feel for them, and can remember so well that sensation when trying to get my head around new technologies.

 

When teachers leave training sessions with a purpose in mind then it's comforting to know they are on track. But when they leave knowing the basics of putting pages and modules together but without a real purpose in mind it's demoralising for everyone.

 

Ideally I'd love to be able to have everyone leave with at least one idea they can 'use tomorrow'. eg. announcements, discussions, quizzes. What ideas/challenges do other trainers have up their sleeves for teachers to action the next day? K-12 Priority Services K-12 do you have some nifty ideas to share? 

 

Michael Welker

Canvas Cast

Posted by Michael Welker Mar 13, 2018

So in order to provide both a passive 'canned' response with resources wrap around to FAQs for our folks as well as a regular item to add into our department's engagement stream of provoking discussions, we are starting a series of "CanvasCasts".

This is our pilot one so any suggestions or feedback is welcomed:

Canvas Cast #1: Accommodations for Canvas Quizzes | 21st Century Teaching 

Others doing anything similar we can learn form as well?

-Mike

NC State College
Mansfield, OH

 

Our Department of Education have had the foresight to acknowledge the support schools require when aiming to leverage learning through the use of digital technologies. In my new role as a Blended Learning Leader our team have the privilege of being able to provide this support to schools.

 

Now that the official end of our previous LMS has come to pass we will be sinking our teeth into using Canvas as a tool to enhance what we already do really well. Last term we spent a lot of time out in schools demonstrating how to use Canvas and highlighting some of the potential it has for teaching and learning.

 

The new school year is about to start and I am keen to see how Canvas will be used in our schools. I am genuinely excited about the support we can provide and networks we can help build while keeping in mind Creating a purpose and Don't be a slave to your LMS. Make it work for you.  

 

How have other coaches reached out to schools?

What sorts of support have you provided?

What cool projects have you come across?

 

As Kelley suggested I never start with, "This is what this tech can do for you." or with "You can do this with this tech." I always start with, "What would you like to be able to do?" Then I show them how it can be done with that tech or some other tech.’

 

Wise words. Cart before the horse!