Canvas is a robust Learning Management System (LMS) with tons of tools and tricks. I could spend days laying out all of them, but who has that kind of time? Especially in light of recent events (Covid-19 = rush to online).
For some faculty, this may be their first term teaching online. If you are one of them… I bow to you! Learning a new system and getting your course materials ready for student access in just one to two weeks. incredible!
Now that your new online course is ready for students, it’s time to get teaching. In this post, I simplify Canvas tools so they can be utilized in your first term as an online instructor so that you can communicate, teach, and grade. To make this post as efficient as possible, the information is brief and bullet-pointed.
Be sure to grab the Canvas Simplified Cheatsheet, where I organized this information for easy implementation.
Let’s start with how to communicate with your students.
Announcements - Mass Communication
Message Inbox - Individual Communication
Message Students Who - Filtered Group Communication
How do you create an online environment conducive to learning?
Modules - Organize
Week Overview - Clear Expectations
Create Discussion Forums - Connect
Canvas is unique from most other Learning Management Systems because they require graded learning items to populate the gradebook. In other words, instructors cannot create a gradebook separate from the learning items in the course. This creates a transparent learning environment for the student and instructor.
Gradebook = graded assignments
SpeedGrader - Feedback + Points
Well, there you have it my dear colleagues, the basics of communicating, teaching, and grading in Canvas. I know this was a lot of information all at once, so be sure to grab my Canvas Simplified Cheatsheet for a 1 page (front and back) layout of these tools and tips, on the house of course. : )
Nicole Mace believes that distance education is a true game changer. She has spent close to a decade in education and spends her free time reading anything she can get her hands on about online learning.
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