If you were sharing at a faculty meeting and had to pick three Canvas tools that anyone could use to enhance their teaching - whether online, blended or face to face - what would you choose? I am considering speedgrader, conferences and Peer Review. Note I only have 20 minutes so it will just be a "this is it, what you can do, here it is in Canvas" quick thing.
What tools would you show?
Interesting that this popped up again today. If I were respond to this today, I would not be nearly so much a fan with DocViewer as I was with Speedgrader. Modules would be my first choice for the same reasons. Groups second, for the same reason.Rubrics would be my third choice -- what a time saver. What a way to ensure transparency and objectivity when grading student work. I love the fact that we can score by value, comments, or now by rating (it still bugs me that the vertical lines don't line though 🙂 )
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There is some great discussion on this post. I definitely think you can't go wrong with anything suggested here. When I meet with faculty they always seem to like the following:
I agree with most of the others. Speedgrader would be my first choice. And like stefaniesanders said -- save it for last. It has great wow potential!
Modules was also mentioned and would be on my list -- the ability to target students' navigation through course activities and content is absolutely awesome.
I think that Groups would be my third choice. My faculty use it in "traditional groups" fashion with a small number of students to work through issues, but I have also found it that a great use is to create a group of 1 so that each student has a workspace accessible by the teacher. It's an easy way for students and faculty to pass documents back and forth, communicate, and even collaborate in some instances.
I like quizzes but am far more enamored of the new quiz tool that's coming (soon, I hope!).
Rubrics - How they show up on assignments, can include Outcomes
Speedgrader - with rubrics, with crocodoc
Modules - Next/Prev button wonderful!!
Cheers - Shar
My top three picks would be SpeedGrader, Pages, and Discussions. I agree with everything that's been said already about SpeedGrader, and I LOVE showing faculty how easy it is to begin doing online grading using SpeedGrader. But regarding other Canvas features that can help to enhance teaching across a range of course types, Pages and Discussions can add a lot of flexibility to courses.
Pages: Canvas's wiki pages can be used in a wide range of ways, from curating current course information on the home page (links to readings, assignments, additional resources) to providing special purposes pages with supplemental resources, embedded videos, images, you name it. Pages can also be configured to allow students to edit them, which opens up the possibility for crowd-sourcing assignments (a favorite strategy of mine for both face-to-face and online classes). And BONUS: familiarity with the Rich Content Editor and Content Selector in Pages helps with other features in Canvas.
Discussions: Discussions can provide a mechanism for many different types of interactions that can enhance teaching and learning. This might be a semester-long FAQ discussion where students post questions, or a graded class-wide or group discussion assignment. Discussions are a common feature of online courses, but they can also be useful in face-to-face and hybrid courses. Plus, it's one of the few mechanisms available in Canvas where students can easily share work with others in the class. And Discussions can also be configured for use as an individual semester-long journal (group discussion, where each student is in their own group).
Collectively, these tools provide a wide range of options for enhancing teaching!
Using Modules is something my students REALLY like, and it's another big difference from D2L which we used until this year. A tip I'm sharing with other faculty: keep the modules list fresh by moving old modules down to the bottom of the page. 🙂
Not a tool, but a Canvas feature that I really like is the due date versus available until for soft/hard deadlines in Canvas. We used D2L for 10 years at my school, and it did not have that option, so I've been mentioning it to all the faculty I know. Why? Because it really helps students who need some flexibility! From my blog: