A few months ago, it came to my attention that the original Canvas Course Evaluation Checklist had been reviewed in the International Review of Research in Open & Distributed Learning journal. I was thrilled to discover the checklist had received that type of attention. Additionally, it opened the door to an excellent opportunity to collaborate with one of the authors, Sally Baldwin, implement her suggestions, and make some overall improvements.
The purpose of the Canvas Course Evaluation Checklist is to support the majority of Canvas course creators as they strive to elevate the quality of their Canvas courses. What are the strengths of the checklist? Just like Canvas, the checklist is designed to support a variety of course creators (instructional designers, K12 teachers, higher ed faculty, etc.) in diverse settings (brick and mortar, hybrid, fully online, etc.) as they create Canvas courses for learners of all ages. As we say, “Our mission is to enable the learning and development experience — from the first day of school to the last day of work.” The checklist doesn’t require any formal training to use and is helpful whether you’re starting a course from scratch or evaluating a more mature course. It’s short — four pages! In no way is this tool meant to compete with or replace proprietary evaluations. Rather, this free tool serves as a great starting point for institutions to make a copy and customize it to meet their individualized needs. That’s why we put it in the Canvas Community — to encourage conversation amongst Canvas users and create a space for ongoing dialogue.
Share this checklist with your colleagues
Apply the principles to your own course
Elevate the quality of your institution’s courses
The checklist is available via Google Docs (shared as an easy-to-copy preview) so you can customize for your institution. Please select the following link for access: Canvas Course Evaluation Checklist v2.0.
Note: We ask that you comply with the Creative Commons licensing located at the bottom of the document.
I’m grateful to work for a company that consistently looks for ways to make the world a better place, to be part of the Learning Services Department, to be led by an amazing leadership team at Instructure, ( @mloble , cpassey, @shauna_vorkink and @mlattke ) and to collaborate with insightful, intelligent and inspirational colleagues ( Deactivated user, @ekeefe1 and @tom_gibbons ).
Wishing everyone a happy holiday season. Enjoy this gift from the Learning Services Department.
P.S. Look for a blog post next quarter that will share hands-on, researched-based principles that will elevate your courses to a whole new level.
As a child, Deonne could often be found in the basement with the chalkboard set up in front of her stuffed animals and dolls, playing "school." That love of teaching has permeated her life as she has over 25 years teaching experience in a variety of settings: K-12, private vocational college, community college and university. She was fascinated with computers when she took her first technology class in high school and has been fortunate to teach technology courses for the majority of her teaching career. Deonne is delighted to share her expertise and love of learning with educators around the world. She loves working with such an incredible team at Instructure and looks forward to sharing her knowledge with you!