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Gina_Hutchens
Community Participant

Canvas checklist for teachers????

My principal would like a document, that we could send out to teacher for them to basically check-off where they are in using canvas.  Kind of like:

  • I'm using modules in Canvas
  • I'm using Assignments in Canvas
  • I'm using discussion in Canvas, etc. so that we can show them there is room for them to grow as a teacher in using canvas not just as a place to store worksheets, powerpoints, etc.

Any ideas????

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James
Community Champion

I have an idea, but I'm probably going to tag the wrong people on it. While I was at InstructureCon at the end of July, I sat down with   @lstark ‌ at the product engagement couch and we talked about how Canvas is working with institutions to answer just this kind of question. It was something like (I'll probably get it wrong) them looking at institutions who were part-way through their contract and not fully using Canvas and they wanted to reach out to make sure that things were going well and offer places where there was potential for improvement. She had all kinds of wonderful charts that illustrated how many courses were using discussions or quizzes. Deactivated user‌ was another person in that area. I'm at a community college, but I think she said she primarily worked with K-12.

Beyond what Canvas [the people] may be able to do for you, you can obtain much of this information from Canvas [the software]. It's either available through Canvas Data or API calls.

What you're asking for gets at the quantitative aspect of it, which could lead into more, but the real discussion is in determining why people are or are not using it. It may be "it was too complicated to figure out" or "I need it to do X but it does Y". Those kinds of conversations would be more useful to my Canvas Admin than just whether or not people are using it: https://community.canvaslms.com/message/74782-top-instructorstudent-issues 

James
Community Champion

As a follow-up, I happened to pause on the home page of the Community (as opposed to going straight to my inbox) and noticed something you might want to check out:

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Here's the link: Canvas Engagement Strategies 

Stef_retired
Community Team
Community Team

 @Gina_Hutchens ,  @James ‌ has given you some excellent guidance. Following on that, I've shared the discussion with the Canvas Engagement Strategies‌ group to enhance its visibility. Since you're from the https://community.canvaslms.com/groups/k12?sr=search&searchId=7b872678-8cd9-4058-819a-1d9156fc73f7&s... world, I've shared it with that group as well; perhaps other schools have developed similar resources or have come up with different approaches that can help you with this.

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

Maybe it's just me, but I read this part of the question a bit differently than everyone else...

...so that we can show them there is room for them to grow as a teacher in using canvas not just as a place to store worksheets, powerpoints, etc

To me this request sounded like the person would like the checklist as a way to show faculty what they could be doing in their courses, not as a way to collect data on what they are doing in their courses.

For this I've got a couple of things I use with our faculty that I think help show them the different ways they could use (and upgrade) their use of Canvas. 

I start with this - Student Centered Learning: Canvas Instructor Training - and then go to this - Course Modalities: Canvas Instructor Training - and then end with this - Planning your course: Canvas Instructor Training (make sure to click through the tabs on each page). 

Hope this helps!

lstark
Community Champion

Hi  @Gina_Hutchens ‌

Here are a number of documents that the Product Engagement team has created or collected from others with a "checklist" fashion: 

Hopefully one of these or a combination of these will help your school out! Smiley Happy 

Thanks!

Leslie

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

 @lstark , wow! These are great resources! Thank you for sharing!!

Gina_Hutchens
Community Participant

Yes... you are correct in your reading.  Sometimes my wording is not what I'm asking for.  

These resources are AWESOME!!!  

We have most on board, but we want them to see they are just at the beginning of what they can use Canvas for.  I try and cover their class for them to go and visit other teachers classes who are doing amazing things in Canvas with their students, but they come back and are like but I don't teach....How could I do that. (ARGGGGHHHH).  Seriously imagination people!

Gina_Hutchens
Community Participant

Thanks so much for these resources Leslie.  

Gina_Hutchens
Community Participant

Hey Thanks James...I have and can run analytics.  The resources below are more of what I was looking for.  Thanks so much for your help.