Join Oliver Schinkten for an in-depth discussion in this video Overview of learning management systems, part of Up and Running with Canvas 2015.
- Before we jump in and start learning how to use Canvas, let's take a second to understand what Canvas is. Canvas is a Learning Management System or LMS Learning Management Systems are online platforms, where teachers and students can collaborate in order to improve student achievement. They allow teachers to create an online class, add assignments, add resources for students to use both inside and outside of the classroom. They can grade these assignments and deliver quick, high-quality feedback.
And they can communicate with students in a number of ways. Essentially, Learning Management Systems allow teachers to organize and optimize their entire class process. For Students, the Learning Management System allows students to access their class online. They can find the class syllabus and assignments, including due dates. They can find and use a wide variety of classroom resources and they can even turn in assignments and view up-to-date grades. Also they can use their Learning Management System to maximize communication and collaboration with their instructor and classmates.
For both teachers and students, a Learning Management system can be used in and out of the classroom to help drive student achievement. Many educators are using products, such as Canvas to push the bulk of the learning to the students responsibility. And to allow the learning to continue beyond the walls of the classroom. This frees up time for educators to give higher quality feedback and helps all students reach levels of mastery. In our digital age, Learning Management Systems also provide an excellent opportunity for students to improve their digital literacy while fostering important digital citizenship.
Let's go-ahead and dive into Canvas and find out how it can be beneficial to your classroom.
- Setting up a teacher account and profile
- Creating the course and syllabus
- Adding a grading profile
- Creating student groups
- Setting up conferences
- Creating assignments and quizzes
- Building test question banks
- Exploring the grading tools (including SpeedGrader)
- Adding co-teachers
- Duplicating a course
- Working with modules
- Publishing a course