Digital Learning Checklists

With the increase in digital learning initiatives around the world, many administrators and teachers are looking for ways they can meet those standards and give our students the best 21st century learning experience possible.  The tools in Canvas empower us to meet every aspect of digital learning and take them to a new level.  Implementing digital learning across a large school district or university may seem like a daunting task.  However, by using the SAMR model of technology integration and Canvas, you have stepping stones to achieving full digital learning at your institution.  

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Digital learning is your initiative, Canvas is the tool, and SAMR is the model to bring our institutions into the digital learning age. In the visual above, we use SAMR side by side with Bloom's to help understand what SAMR can bring the table.  By using SAMR, we can start using the basics with Canvas to achieve digital learning.  As we become more comfortable with Canvas, we can move towards integrating more of the tools available to us.  As we move up in the SAMR model, we are able to achieve all that Canvas has to offer to the classroom.  

The checklists below give your school an institution wide plan to achieve digital learning standards. We will focus on two areas:

1. What schools leaders can do to achieve digital learning at their institution.

2. What teachers can do to implement digital learning in their classrooms. 

These checklists are attached below for you to download

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These checklists are meant to serve as building blocks for your professional development plan.  They focus on the "why" and "how" of your plan and will give instructors meaning behind learning Canvas.  They can also be used as a formal evaluation tool during faculty observations.  Feel free to download and use these checklists to help with your digital learning initiative.  

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Community Contributor

This is great stuff, thanks for sharing. Looking at SAMR through the different roles and with different lenses is very nice. I think it will be helpful for folks to better wrap their head around SAMR and integrate it in their thinking.

Community Contributor

 @david_summervi1 ‌ might be able to utilise a little of this with our Bloom's study!

Community Novice


Coach Emeritus


This is an important topic that people are beginning to realise the value of. I love the was SAMR matches up to Blooms.

I just found this tool today. Blooms Taxonomy periodic-table tool Looks helpful.

Coach Emeritus

Hi  @akuntz ‌!

SAMR is great model, and I like your approach to using it with Canvas! I will steal this!

A Community member ,  @darrinj ‌, is trying to get a best practices Community group rocking and rolling. We would greatly appreciate your support and comments at https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/9048-quality-matters .

Again, this is good stuff, and the good stuff just got better!

Agent K

Community Novice

Some great stuff here.  If I want to adapt to my organisation. Just wondering about the Copyright, I do not see any mention of Copyright here.  How would I attriubute this?

Thanks in advance.


Thanks, Kim! Feel free to use or alter these however you wish. No need to attribute.  

Community Contributor


These checklists are very helpful. Thank you! A couple years ago I created a survey to assess how our staff was using Canvas. The questions were based on the SAMR model. 

Janetta Garton

Coach Emeritus

What a great way to use SAMR and to plan ahead. AND to celebrate how far you have come. Love your work. Thanks for the share Janetta!

Community Novice

 Hey @andrew_delmastr ‌  this post fits well with the Blended Learning models you are developing.

Community Participant

Thank Janetta.  Would you mind sharing the actual survey?  This fits so nice with our school's continuous improvement plan.


bogardde‌, have you seen this? I know SAMR is big for your work.

Community Explorer

The Canvas Arc Tool is now the Studio? This is listed in the Teacher document. Update?

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