Are you a manager who wants to plan and manage projects with Canvas for your organization? Are you a Professor or a trainer who wishes to create courses with the help of Canvas for your academic institution? If yes, this Learning Path is for you.
Canvas is both a learning management solution and a virtual learning environment that has been adopted by organizations of all kinds. Its flexibility and ease of use are unparalleled, and it has proved especially useful in situations where collaboration between individuals and in groups, with feedback on many different levels, is a must.
Canvas can be summarized as:
Adaptable. 21st Century LMS. Reliable. Customizable. Easy to use.
This Learning Path begins with making your familiar with the collaborative learning environments. Then, you will learn how to use Canvas for collaboration in your organizations, academic institutions, companies, and distributed teams that come together for a defined purpose such as building a product, fund-raising, or planning an event. Then, you will learn the basics of creating courses in Canvas. Also, you will understand the course materials required for a course. Moving ahead, you will learn to build student activities and assessments. Finally, you’ll learn collaborative learning for group projects and event planning.
By the end of this Learning Path, you will have a strong understanding of collaborative learning with Canvas and will be able to create, plan, and manage amazing courses, products, and events using it.
About The Author
Susan Smith Nash is involved in the design, development, and administration of e-learning and m-learning programs for learners pursuing degrees, certification, credentialing, and professional development. Her current research interests include the effective design of competency-based education, knowledge management, knowledge transfer, and leadership. Her articles and columns have appeared in magazines and refereed journals. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma, and in addition to e-learning, Nash has also been involved in international economic development training, interdisciplinary studies, interdisciplinary petroleum geosciences programs, and sustainable business and career training.
This video introduces you to Canvas and collaboration. It also defines collaboration.
Demonstrate how Canvas uniquely supports learning through collaboration.
Building learning outcomes in Canvas and how to tie them to specific collaborative assessments and activities. Learning outcomes for effective course design.
This unit shows you how Discussion Boards work in Canvas and how they can be set up for collaborations.
This unit explains wikis, how they are used to collaborate, and how people learn by working together to create wikis.
This unit shows you how to create collaborative presentation in Canvas.
This unit explains how to optimize the learning experience by building excellent learning objectives.
Recognize the uses of discussion boards in Canvas, how to use discussion boards to optimize collaboration, and how to set up up collaborative prompts.
How to take advantage of the unique attributes of a wiki with Canvas, how wikis work, and how to set them up in Canvas?
How to set up an account in Google and use Google Docs and using it within Canvas?
How to incorporate audio files for collaboration in Canvas, and When to use audio files in collaboration?
This video covers collaborating with video in several different ways, methods of using video using cloud services, types of cloud video applications, and sharing the files in YouTube.
We will be creating presentations collaboratively, understanding purposes of collaborative presentations, using Powerpoint or Google Slides for collaboration, and using cloud-based apps for collaboration.
How to maintain netiquette and civility during potentially sensitive collaboration? We have the technology, now we need the people skills! Create supportive atmosphere for optimal conditions for collaboration.
How to effectively edit a text document collaboratively and how to edit in Google Docs within Canvas?
Use Google Slides or other program for collaborative presentations. Need to collaborate for presentation—each team member has a separate talent/role.
How to edit a photo using Google photos do it collaboratively? Team members need to modify/contribute to graphics.
Building audio files and collaborating using Audacity. Create audio files, collaborate using open source software, and use Google Drive for sharing.
Building video files and collaborating using YouTube. Need to be able to add captions to videos.
Using Canvas to set up groups for collaborative activities with organizations such as churches, not-for-profit organizations, and professional associations.
How to effectively access edit a spreadsheet document collaboratively using Google sheets? Different ways of setting up spreadsheets for scheduling, planning, collaborating in project, and event planning.
Use Google Forms within Google Docs for collaborative forms that we can use for many different purposes, including events. Reviewing the modifiable templates that exist in Google.
How to collaborate synchronously? Bringing together individuals / group members in a webinar and then archiving it. Need to have a way to interact in a “live” timeframe.
How to create graphics and collaborate the graphics using a graphics/drawing program that is part of the Google family? Different ways to add text, modify colors, change sizes, import files, and collaborate using Google Drawing. Use Google Drive for sharing.
Collaboratively Building Training that focuses on corporate outcomes.
Use Sheets for Strategic planning – set up announcements to the group members when they do something.
Use Big Blue Button for Webinar Series.
Discussion Board for Project Planning with different groups that need to communicate quickly and come to agreement. In this video, we will discuss about discussion board threads for collaborative project planning.
Use Module to create collaborative learning modules that incorporate discussion.
Collaboratively Building Training for compliance For example, legal protections for people with disabilities.
Use Pages to set up a Wiki assignment so that people can collaboratively create content that is used later or assessed.
Use Big Blue Button for providing live training and then archiving for on-demand replay/training.
Use “Quiz” within Canvas to allow learners to demonstrate they have achieved learning goals. Set up and use “practice quiz” to prepare.
Use Quiz to develop surveys that can be used for needs assessments, satisfaction, and evaluation. They can be graded or ungraded.
Courses should be outcome-oriented, and learning objectives should form the core of the course
Open a new course in Canvas and set up the basic framework using a structure that best fits your objectives
Mapping the flow of the course can help you organize content and also assure that the students know what to do and where to go
Use Canvas’s built-in features that allow interactivity and collaboration.
Take a quick look at the types of assessments that one can have in Canvas.
Course texts should be available in more than one place in your course. They should clearly connect to the units.
Work with files and pages to upload, store, and make documents in a document library accessible.
You can use a number of types of videos for your course, including the ones you can link to or embed and also those that you archive from a webinar (Big Blue Button).
Audio lectures can be extremely valuable; you can select from an existing online audio or create your own.
Including PowerPoint presentations/slides (Google-created).
There are quite a few types of assessments available in Canvas, which can be used for individual and group assessments.
Review the learning objectives. Select the type of assessment that aligns with the right level of learning objective.
Develop different types of assessments using Quiz.
The gradebook can be customized in a number of ways.
Additional grading and feedback functions—setting up a discussion board for assessment, and also a group project.
There are many activities available in Canvas, including creating Wikis, Surveys, Collaborations, and Discussion Boards for portfolios and group projects.
Buttons vary throughout the site, but a good portion of the button style remains the same. Multiple classes on an element will allow variation in our style with an object-oriented approach.
How to create interaction with videos and readings?
The Discussion Board can be used to develop learning communities with shared goals and ideas.
Setting up the discussion board to facilitate group collaborations and outcome-based group activities.
Student engagement is a key factor in student success because it involves keeping students interested, motivated, and confident.
Using quiz at the beginning of unit to engage students and develop confidence.
Feeling a connection with the instructor and other students, and build self-confidence through effective goal-setting.
Gagne has described the conditions required for learning, which include piquing one's curiosity and using visual prompts.
Self-determination involves allowing students to have choices and develop a sense of confidence and self-efficacy.
Discussion Board for group projects.
Discussion board prompts/pinned discussions can be used for peer reviews.
Wikis encourage collaborative learning team work.
Set up Google account. Go to collaborations.
Using Big Blue Button.
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