Learning Path: Canvas: Create Amazing Courses with Canvas
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Learn collaboration and build courses with Canvas
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What Will I Learn?
  • Understand how Canvas works for many different applications
  • Get familiar with Canvas and collaborative activities for academic applications
  • Learn to use Canvas for event planning and for building a product with distributed team members
  • Know how to collaborate to demonstrate learning goals and compliance
  • Understand how to incorporate multimedia
  • Learn to use Canvas social media features
  • See different forms of assessment in Canvas
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  • Prior knowledge of Canvas would be beneficial
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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. 

Who is the target audience?
  • This Learning Path is for managers, administrators, and team members of an organization who wish to plan and manage their projects using Canvas. This Learning Path is also for instructors, professors, course designers, and instructional designers who want to create courses using Canvas for their academic institutions.
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Curriculum For This Course
66 Lectures
Canvas for Collaboration
35 Lectures 03:09:47

This video gives an overview of the entire course.

Preview 08:30

This video introduces you to Canvas and collaboration. It also defines collaboration.

Overview of Collaborative Learning Environments

Demonstrate how Canvas uniquely supports learning through collaboration.

Learning Advantages of Collaboration

Building learning outcomes in Canvas and how to tie them to specific collaborative assessments and activities. Learning outcomes for effective course design.

Creating Learning Outcomes in Canvas

This unit shows you how Discussion Boards work in Canvas and how they can be set up for collaborations.

Discussion Boards in Canvas

This unit explains wikis, how they are used to collaborate, and how people learn by working together to create wikis.

Wikis in Canvas

This unit shows you how to create collaborative presentation in Canvas.

Collaborative Presentations in Canvas

This unit explains how to optimize the learning experience by building excellent learning objectives.

Collaborations and Learning Objectives – In-Depths

Recognize the uses of discussion boards in Canvas, how to use discussion boards to optimize collaboration, and how to set up up collaborative prompts.

Preview 03:16

How to take advantage of the unique attributes of a wiki with Canvas, how wikis work, and how to set them up in Canvas?

Setting Up a Wiki in Canvas

How to set up an account in Google and use Google Docs and using it within Canvas?

Using Google Docs in Canvas

How to incorporate audio files for collaboration in Canvas, and When to use audio files in collaboration?

Collaboration with Audio Files

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.

Collaboration with YouTube Videos

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.

Building a Group Presentation

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.

General Guidelines for Editing

How to effectively edit a text document collaboratively and how to edit in Google Docs within Canvas?

Group Editing a Text Document

Use Google Slides or other program for collaborative presentations. Need to collaborate for presentation—each team member has a separate talent/role.

Group Editing a Presentation

How to edit a photo using Google photos do it collaboratively? Team members need to modify/contribute to graphics.

Editing Graphics Using Google Photos

Building audio files and collaborating using Audacity. Create audio files, collaborate using open source software, and use Google Drive for sharing.

Editing Audio Using Audacity

Building video files and collaborating using YouTube. Need to be able to add captions to videos.

Editing Video Using YouTube's Editing

Using Canvas to set up groups for collaborative activities with organizations such as churches, not-for-profit organizations, and professional associations.

Text Collaboration for Organizations

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.

Google Sheets for Project, Event, and Strategic 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.

Google Forms for Event Registration and Feedback

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.

Using Big Blue Button for Webinars

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.

Graphics Using Google Drawing

Collaboratively Building Training that focuses on corporate outcomes.

Collaboratively Build Outcome-Based Training

Use Sheets for Strategic planning – set up announcements to the group members when they do something.

Using Google Sheets Event, Project, and Strategic Planning

Use Big Blue Button for Webinar Series.

Big Blue Button for Webinar Series Training

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.

Discussion Board for Project Planning

Use Module to create collaborative learning modules that incorporate discussion.

Using Canvas for Creating Collaborative Learning Modules

Collaboratively Building Training for compliance For example, legal protections for people with disabilities.

Developing a Library of Documents

Use Pages to set up a Wiki assignment so that people can collaboratively create content that is used later or assessed.

Using Pages to Create a Wiki

Use Big Blue Button for providing live training and then archiving for on-demand replay/training.

Big Blue Button Webinars for Compliance Training

Use “Quiz” within Canvas to allow learners to demonstrate they have achieved learning goals. Set up and use “practice quiz” to prepare.

Collaboratively Developing Assessments for Quiz

Use Quiz to develop surveys that can be used for needs assessments, satisfaction, and evaluation. They can be graded or ungraded.

Using Quiz to Create a Survey for a Needs Assessment or Satisfaction Survey

Test your knowlege
5 questions
Quick Start Guide for Courses in Canvas
31 Lectures 03:21:55

This video provides an overview of the entire course

Preview 03:57

Courses should be outcome-oriented, and learning objectives should form the core of the course

Learning Objectives in Canvas

Open a new course in Canvas and set up the basic framework using a structure that best fits your objectives

Determining the Best Course Organization

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

Mapping the Flow

Use Canvas’s built-in features that allow interactivity and collaboration.

Determining the Level of Interactivity

Take a quick look at the types of assessments that one can have in Canvas.

Determining the Types and Levels of Assessments

Course texts should be available in more than one place in your course. They should clearly connect to the units.

Texts That Tie to Each Unit

Work with files and pages to upload, store, and make documents in a document library accessible.

Creating a Document Library

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).

Selecting the Best Videos for Your Course

Audio lectures can be extremely valuable; you can select from an existing online audio or create your own.

Creating and Using Audio in Your Course

Including PowerPoint presentations/slides (Google-created).

Presentations for Your Course

There are quite a few types of assessments available in Canvas, which can be used for individual and group assessments.

Types of Assessments in Canvas

Review the learning objectives. Select the type of assessment that aligns with the right level of learning objective.

Aligning Assessments with Learning Objectives

Develop different types of assessments using Quiz.

Developing Your Assessments

The gradebook can be customized in a number of ways.

Gradebook Functions

Additional grading and feedback functions—setting up a discussion board for assessment, and also a group project.

Grading and Feedback Functions

There are many activities available in Canvas, including creating Wikis, Surveys, Collaborations, and Discussion Boards for portfolios and group projects.

Selecting the Best Activities

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.

Incorporating Feedback and Interactivity in Activities

How to create interaction with videos and readings?

Self-guided Activities

The Discussion Board can be used to develop learning communities with shared goals and ideas.

Discussion Board Activities for Learning Communities

Setting up the discussion board to facilitate group collaborations and outcome-based group activities.

Discussion Board Activities for Collaboration

Student engagement is a key factor in student success because it involves keeping students interested, motivated, and confident.

Engagers: What Are They, and What Do They Do?

Using quiz at the beginning of unit to engage students and develop confidence.

Check Your Knowledge: Formative Evaluations

Feeling a connection with the instructor and other students, and build self-confidence through effective goal-setting.

The Emotional Elements of Motivation

Gagne has described the conditions required for learning, which include piquing one's curiosity and using visual prompts.

Conditions of Learning

Self-determination involves allowing students to have choices and develop a sense of confidence and self-efficacy.

Building in Self-Determination

Discussion Board for group projects.

Discussion Board for Group Projects

Discussion board prompts/pinned discussions can be used for peer reviews.

Peer Reviews

Wikis encourage collaborative learning team work.


Set up Google account. Go to collaborations.

Google Docs/Google Sheets for Group Presentations

Using Big Blue Button.

Big Blue Button for Webinars

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