We want everyone to get to know each other. Please take a minute to say hi and share something unique about yourself. Where are you from? Where do you work? What is does the view from your office look like?
first of all, thank you all for coming to the showcase last week. It was a pleasure to host all of you, and especially all the guys from Instructure. We had a blast.
I hope most of you know who I am by now. If there are any here who weren't in Oslo last week, my name is Pål and I work as the Canvas Project Manager at Lovisenberg Deaconal College, a nursing college located in the heart of Oslo, Norway.
I grew up just outside of Bergen, and did my MA in Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen, with a brief stint at the University of Hawai'i at Hilo (go Vulcans!). Been working the sector since 2009, primarily with different administrative systems and tools.
Something unique? Hmmm... I have a fear of street vendors, if that's deemed as unique.
Everyone who came to the roof after the sessions on Thursday could see what the view from my office is. When you're on top of Oslo you tend to sit and look out of your window more than you do any actual work sometimes. Luckily we have a lot of vegetation around the building, so in the summertime it gets fairly green - which restricts the view some.
We all look forward to building the Canvas community in Scandinavia. Hope to see y'all next year for the second Scandinavian showcase.
My name is Sindre Wolf, and I work for the Norwegian Center for ICT in Education. We're currently making a MOOC/NOOC(norwegian open online course) on Math didactics for teachers in primary school as part of a national effort to strengthen the competance of Norwegian teachers in this area. We're making 6 courses that together make up a semester worth of credits (30pts), and we're also making these courses as an open MOOC where anyone can sign up and to the work.
What we've been working most on in Canvas has been the instructional design, looking at how the two versions of the courses differ. The open MOOC version has a bigger focus on peer-review, discussions and uses multiple choice as a tool for students to check their own progress. In the credited version there is a lot more student - teacher contact, more to do, and bigger assigments that get turned inn. We've also got badges!:D
On the technical side we have done some custom CSS and JS to adapt Canvas even more to a MOOC-type plattform. In many cases we've hidden som of the navigation, added a progressbar and made use of icons to identify different types of content (using Canvas own icons). The whole project is open for anyone to use, and can be found on Github at this adress: https://github.com/matematikk-mooc
If you try it out, please let us know what you think!
Anyway, that was my way to long intro. Hope the Scandinavian community will grow so we can learn from eachother and adress issues together that are specific for this region.
Hi all Scandinavian Canvas users,
I am sorry to be so late to introduce myself and my team to other Scandinavian users but we have been busy.... ;-)
I am the Project Manager of the implementation of Canvas in UCN, University College of Northern Denmark. I have been working on this project since the middle of March this year together with Merethe Hollen who is the Project Consultant with lots of experiences in teaching in blended learning in different learning environments in UCN. Together we have run this project up till now.
To manage the integrations and other technical issues we have Mikkel Steen Pedersen from the ICT Department to manage technical integration and internal technical work flow. Also Christian Wahl from Learning and ICT is supporting our project regarding learning processes and testing.
In UCN Canvas is going to replace two existing Learning Management Systems that are remains of the organizational merging of two educational institutions in Aalborg.
From the beginning of the project our plan was a ‘Big Bang implementation’ with all educations going live by September 1st. But it came up that there was a huge work pressure on the teachers and that the organizational preparation period had been too short. Also there was a problem related to study information to the students. This should be contained in the two ‘old’ systems that Canvas was going to replace. This would be confusing to the students and hard to manage for the staff working in two different systems instead of one. Due to lack of a study portal to contain this information together with the workload the management decided a time out for the implementation. This happened in the last part of June so we had to work hard to create an alternative plan for implementation of Canvas. This plan was confirmed July 1st.
We now offer three different sequences for implementation;
We have created a ‘Dialogue Plan’ for each of these sequences of implementation and the single education is to fill in this plan and negotiate it with us before they get a ‘go’ for their plan. Right now we are struggling for coordinating all these different local plans. Out of 21 educations we have now received plans from about half of them.
Due to the time out and the creation of an alternative plan for implementation we must say that it implies lots of extra work for the Project Management; we have to negotiate and coordinate with 21 educations locally and also offer the training at each location instead of the central training and implementation that was intended in the ‘Big Bang’ implementation plan. Also we risk a lower level of quality in the implementation processes due to increased workload for the project management and also a stronger need of overview over the processes. We are at the present working hard to keep a high quality of implementation – maybe we will someday in fall take the time to write an update of the implementation proces to the community? Certainly we will share our final experiences and evaluation with you.
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