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Canvas Use Proficiency Scale

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Teacher Goal(s)

General Canvas UseUse for assignments and gradesUse to communicate with students, receive feedback (assignment submission, formative assessment, etc.), and deliver contentUse to deliver and expand instruction, increase variability in assessment, and differentiate instructionUse to allow independent and collaborative learning
Observed Use/Ideas for Future Use:
QuizzesQuiz to assess learning, view student performance (summative assessment)Quiz, show performance and discuss with students - assessment for learning - use it to form instruction (formative assessment) - use various forms of questions in a quiz - quizzes have images/videos/graphs/etc.Quiz banks allowing multiple attempts with consistently varied questionsStudent generated questions, levels of question difficulty for question sequencing using banks
Observed Use/Ideas for Future Use:
ModulesOrganize assignments through grouping that makes sense for class (by topic, by unit, etc.)Incorporate pages, external links, and files to disseminate course content/info.Using modules to organize class content, serves as backup for absent students (blended learning)Use modules to offer students remediation and advanced students support for extended, self directed learning (online learning)
Observed Use/Ideas for Future Use:
AssignmentsDeliver homework to studentsStudents submit assignment through Canvas, teacher uses Speed Grader for feedbackUsing structures to insure accountability, using group assignments to coordinate larger projectsUsing structures to insure accountability, using assignments to facilitate group work, peer review and/or ePortfolios
Observed Use/Ideas for Future Use:
PagesHave a welcome page

Uses Pages to provide content and share resources and files

Use pages to offer students remediation and advanced students support for extended, self directed learning

Pages offer absent students material or learning activities missed

Students create content pages from classroom learning

Students assemble resources on pages to complement teacher instruction

Students create pages based on their own self-directed and/or collaborative learning that helps the class by offering new frontiers of learning within the discipline or linked to other disciplines

Observed Use/Ideas for Future Use:
DiscussionsStudents respond to question posed by teacher with little to no peer interactionDiscussion posts guided for content quality and incorporates peer review/responseStudents use group discussion to continue learning outside of class,Discussions used to generate new inquiry, contribute to collaborative groupings, develop independent learning
Observed Use/Ideas for Future Use:
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Instructure Alumni
Instructure Alumni

JBeyer​, thank you for creating this document. I plan to follow its evolution as you update it and collaborators add to it. I wanted to call your attention to another evolving resource in the Instructional Designers​ group (and if you're not already a member of that group, joining is just a few clicks away): Canvas tool guide for teachers

Coach Emeritus

I can't believe it took me four months to find this. Great tool JBeyer​!

I guess that is the joy of the Community, it is now so large that gems can be found tucked into unexplored corners. I am surprised there are fewer comments and additions to your tool. Not only am I going to follow this, but I would also like your permission to steal this and use on my campus.

Agent K

Instructure Alumni
Instructure Alumni

All, those of you following this document might also enjoy this one. It's located in the K12 Group: Canvas Tool Guide for Teachers

Coach Emeritus

I agree, Stephanie!

In trying to expand my familiarity with the Community, I am exploring areas I have neglected simply due to a lack of time. Imagine my very pleasant surprise when I discovered these two gems. Wow!

I encourage all of you, especially those new to Canvas, to explore these two wonderful tools, and a big thank you to Stephanie for encouraging their wider dissemination!


Community Champion

This is super Jason. Perhaps I should have taken a leaf out of your book and produced this as a Canvas page? Certainly worth considering as the ideas develop.

Thanks so much for sharing and to Stefanie for alerting me to it

Coach Emeritus

Great idea Jason! Nice work :smileycool:

Community Contributor

This is an excellent resource, and I'm excited to share it with colleagues in my 9-12 school. I took the liberty of adding a few references to collaborative and group learning in the right-most column as I firmly believe that more powerful thinking results from group efforts (among students and instructors!). Thanks so much, JBeyer​!