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Canvas FastTrack Ep. 27- Chose your own Adventure

The Canvas FastTrack Video series is a collection of quick videos aligning Canvas with Dr. Puentedura’s SAMR Model of Technology Integration.  This model has been used by many institutions as a framework for infusing technology into teaching and learning activities.  In the video collection we will dive into the various tools in Canvas and how they align with the SAMR Model of Technology.  Watch this four-minute video introduction to SAMR if you aren’t already familiar with the model.

Episode 27 is a 2 1/2 minute video about how you can start personalizing your curriculum with modules, differentiation and progression through modules for an enhanced student learning experience.  At the Modification level of technology integration a teacher will be able to create differentiated assessments for students at different levels of their content area.  Canvas allows teachers to give students flexibility and options to what they would like to study and be assessed on. 

Thanks for watching and please feel free to leave feedback, requests, and suggestions in the comments below!

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Community Contributor

I'll be exploring this for making an open "math skills improvement" course that isn't a credit option, so that personalization makes sense. 

Community Novice

Thanks for posting this video,  @lstark ‌.

A summer project that we are considering is creating a competency-based English grammar review/tutorial/lessons with gamification - while (collectively) creating a narrative with Homer's The Odyssey and The Hero's Journey - a choose your own adventure comic journey of sorts Smiley Happy 

Questions (and dilemma):

How do we teach grammar so students take ownership? 

How can we create a more student-centered approach? 

How can we make it fun and entertaining - and make it stick?

Thinking Diana Hacker's Rules for Writers with grammar diagnostics meets O' Brother Where Art Thou remixed with Odds Bodkin's storytelling and Margaret Atwood's The Penelopiad.

How are we going to do this?

Not sure (yet).

We are considering badges...

(. @khammond ‌ perhaps you can help with #badgr and I am wondering how it might work with Mastery Paths)

But we will leverage student creation and curation...

This will have to be an iterative renewable project. I will pitch it as an optional pilot project with my current freshmen this spring. 

Inspired by...

ishar-uw'‌s Science Fiction and Fantasy course  Completing the quest by unlocking content 

 @jared ‌ and Cranbrook's BLAM model InstCon16 | Jared Stein - YouTube 

And  @lstark ‌'s more recent 12/16 K12 Study Hall: Individualized Learning with Mastery Paths -  

I also like this idea of kristinmanna‌ 

Plus the idea of  @jamely :

One thing that I have experimented with and students really enjoyed, was a "Find the Password" unlock for a quiz. Quizzes can be individually locked by requiring a password to be entered to access it, and in my case it was designed as an introduction to navigating the Canvas environment. Students saw the quiz, saw they couldn't take it, then read the instructions (isn't that always the case? ) about having to find a specific page in a module where a friendly monster would give them the password.

And of course, Dan Pink's principles of motivation: autonomy, mastery, purpose. 

Any suggestions greatly appreciated!

I know this is ambitious...and early in the brainstorming process.

I am a relative newbie to the I am wondering if someone else has invented this...

Perhaps, already on Canvas Commons.

I've proposed a group, too. 

Please consider a vote up!

I don't have any feedback for you, but I would love to follow your progress as you develop your course. This sounds very exciting!

Community Contributor

 @lstark ,

Really good FastTrack video (as the others too!), but I particularly appreciated the #pedagogical emphasis in this video!



Community Novice

Went looking for a video to use with ARC in a staff PD about differentiation - once again, FAST TRACK fills the need!

Coach Emeritus

Thanks  @nbiddinger-c for bringing this to my attention again. I love 'following' these conversations.

This is an absolute gem of a fast track. I'm going to use it at some of my training sessions now.

Community Contributor

How does the "Pick one of these" module setting affect the gradebook?  (I haven't used this yet.)

is there a corresponding setting in assignment or gradebook?  

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