Any k-12 District using Canvas to house Curriculum for the district?
We left BYOC about two and half years ago. We created our own Google Site and then used Google Docs to house our pacing guides and curriculum resources. But it gets a little crazy and unorganized. Wondering if anyone has created curriculum for their subjects all in Canvas.
We do post our curriculum in Canvas. We put a custom link on our Help that points to a course. That course has a menu teachers can use to get to the appropriate courses. We have curriculum courses, administrator courses, technology courses etc. Once they find the course they want, the course is self-enroll so teachers can join the course and put it on their dashboard. Our Curriculum department owns their own courses as updates as appropriate.
I would love to hear more from others who have/are doing/talking/dreaming about housing their curriculum in Canvas. The hows, the whys, the super defined details about how you got this done.
Sure. When we were in our first year of implementation, we started working with our Curriculum Department. The Director has been very supportive. She and her team established a deadline for all curriculum to be in Canvas. The first year they put it in Canvas, they kept it in the old place as well for transition. This year, it is only in Canvas. Each content area has a course. They have separate pages and modules for each grade level. The content area courses are all setup as self join. The courses are linked in a course that is basically a menu course. We created a custom Help link for the Menu Course. So the teachers can click on Help and see an item Conroe ISD Professional Development and that takes them to the menu course. Once they navigate to the content they need, they join the course so they can add it to their dashboard.
I am happy to answer any specific questions you have and you are welcome to contact me directly.
Teri, can you tell me why they opted for one course per content area with modules for each grade level, as opposed to separate courses for each grade level? Just wondering on the why. Is there anyway I could see a screenshot of this "the courses are linked in a course that is basically a menu course." No content just the layout/design? I can totally understand if that is a no go, but thought I would ask!
Thank you again for sharing. I will probably reach out to you as well!
Sure. In hindsight we probably should have done one for each level (in our district Elementary is PK - 4, Intermediate 5-6, Junior High 7-8, and High School). Some of the courses have gotten very large. They liked this option because it was easier for them to maintain.
Great idea about putting a custom link to the Main Curriculum and Instruction Course. We will have to do something similar. I also, like that you use Self Enroll for those courses. How do you keep students from joining those courses?
We can't but in 3 years, we haven't had any. We do have someone who watches. Formatting differences on accounts between students and staff make it easy to scan the list
We do things very similar to tross's situation. Our school District has Content Specialists who created subject-specific courses that contain curriculum and pacing guides. I created a "Canvas Course Index" page in our Help menu that is only accessible by staff members. It is searchable and links to the Enroll page for each course. It looks like this:
Here is an example of the Homepage for one of the courses: