It possible that a number of you will have seen this informational poster originally developed for Moodle (by Joyce Seitzinger, @catspyjamasnz / www.cats-pyjamas.net) and subsequently reworked for other platforms like D2L and Blackboard. We are starting the migration process (kicking off now and going through 2016) for all courses at the University of Auckland and felt something similar for Canvas would be ideal for the learning design conversations that we will be having with teaching staff. We ( @d_ellis , nicoletta.rata @jacqui_thornley @c_swanwick @s_tickner ) couldn't find anything similar for Canvas, and since the original has a Creative Commons license, we thought we would make our own. We've dropped the last column linking tools to Bloom's taxonomy due to space issues on the resulting poster, that SOLO taxonomy might be the better fit, and our dislike of how a 'traffic light' design potentially prejudices users thinking about the different tools. Attached is our first first version of a Canvas tool guide for teachers. We would be very happy for your thoughts, ideas, and challenges on how we might make this better.
@s_leichtweis , thank you for sharing this! I can see how it would be a wonderful visual guide to the Canvas adoption process.
A few quick observations:
I have never seen the informational posters on which this is based--but I've worked extensively in Blackboard and its predecessors, and while I think that this format might be more than ample for Blackboard's features, a similar poster about Canvas might have to be twice as large. Inherent in the concept of adapting an existing infographic to cover Canvas implies that apples-to-apples comparisons are valid, whereas one might argue that Canvas's design represents a paradigm shift that merits a completely different design concept.
I'm looking forward to seeing your finished product, and I hope you'll share it here! I also hope the members of the Instructional Designers group will feel free to pick apart my observations and add their own.
@s_leichtweis , I can see where this would be an extremely helpful resource for educators and would definitely include a finalized version in our Canvas Instructor Training course.
Here's my feedback:
Additions, here are two categories that I think need added to the chart:
Many thanks for the excellent feedback and ideas. As the team here only received a 3 day hands-on training workshop from Canvas staff (in addition to the Canvas guides) its great to have your input & experience with Canvas assist our learning and thinking for our migration work in the busy year ahead!
Thank you very much for the time and effort you have taken in giving us feedback on this resource. We really do appreciate it and will be integrating both your and Stephanie's feedback for the next iteration. Thanks heaps.
Good idea. We will want to accommodate and include the excellent feedback from you and Kona (and others?) first.
Thanks for the feedback everyone, we'll definitely be making some changes. It seems like the colour-coding in the first column is problematic, so I may just remove the colours entirely (the traffic light doesn't really work with that column anyway).
A bit of context: we're deliberately restricting the rows to items that appear in the Canvas side menu. We are planning on a few complementary infographics to capture the range and depth of options within some of the tools, and also the "meta" organisational options:
There's also a tension in designing for our staff vs. designing for a wider audience. We're CC licensing it and I'll attach the InDesign file of the next version, so if you'd like to adapt it to suit your institution's needs you are most welcome to do so
- Quizzes - for Communication & Interaction I agree with the orange, but would recommend adding something about the ability to comment on the quiz, both for Instructors and Students. My students use this feature quite a bit to ask me questions about why they missed quiz questions and I use it to respond to them.
Is this a feature within the quiz itself? I can't find a "comment on this quiz" option for students, although I may just be missing something obvious!