How should you structure your Canvas Courses in your instance if you're in Vocational Education?
There are already multiple guides outlining the hierarchical structure within Canvas (here) and information about Canvas Courses. The purpose of this blog is to provide a VET perspective of how you could apply your system hierarchy in Canvas.
Last month we posted about how you might want to organise your Canvas Account. Now the next step is deciding how you will want to organise your Courses that works for your organisation. Courses can be used to differentiate qualifications, skill sets, units of competency or clusters.
If you have an integration with a Student Information System (SIS), take a look at how or if it maps to Canvas. If it does, then you’re set! Your SIS will map your system hierarchy to the Canvas Course structure.
If you don’t have a SIS or if your SIS does not map to Canvas Courses, consider your existing system hierarchy within your organisation. How can you mimic how your organisation is already set up within Canvas? We’ve outlined some models below to help you get started.
As always, have a chat with your Customer Success Manager to discuss which options could work for your organisation.
Qualification as a Canvas Course
When Qualifications are organised into Courses, Units would be organised into Modules.
Skill Set as a Canvas Course
Similar to the example above, Skill Sets can also be organised into Courses, and Units organised into Modules.
Unit of Competency as a Canvas Course
This option results in smaller Courses that contain the learning activities for the Unit organised in Modules.
Cluster (Multitude of Units) as a Canvas Course*
Combine multiple Units together to cluster learning activities and assessments.
If you've already hit the ground running with your Courses, how does your organisation set it up and what are the pros and cons that you've encountered?
If you're just starting out, how would you like to set it up? What are the pros and cons that you feel are most important when organising your Canvas Courses?
You might also be interested in our next article, Managing Rolling Enrolments.
|Developed in collaboration with|
|Amelia Hayson, Senior Customer Success Manager (APAC)|