Learning management systems allow educators to create an online element of a course. Within a learning management system, resources, assignments, assessments, and more can be stored. Teachers and students can communicate, engage in discussions, complete and submit assignments, and receive feedback. In the digital age, we have the ability to engage learners in blended learning, which incorporates an online component of a course making it more organized and accessible.
- [Instructor] Before we begin learning how to use Canvas, let's take a second to understand what it is. Canvas is a learning management system, or LMS. Learning management systems are an online platform where teachers and students can collaborate in order to improve student achievement. They allow teachers to create an online class, add assignments and resources that students can use both inside and outside of the classroom. An LMS can help to grade these assignments and deliver quick, high quality feedback, and they allow teachers to communicate with students in a variety of ways.
Essentially, learning management systems allow teachers to organize and optimize their entire class process. For students, the learning management system allows them to access their class online. They can find their 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, students can use a learning management system to maximize communication and collaboration with their instructor as well as 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 empower students to take ownership in their learning and to allow the learning to continue beyond the walls of the classroom. This frees up time for educators to deliver more high quality feedback, which helps students attain higher levels of mastery. In the digital age, learning management systems also provide an excellent opportunity for students to improve their digital literacy skills while fostering important digital citizenship. Let's go ahead and dive into Canvas and find out how it can be beneficial to your class.
- Creating a teacher account
- Creating a new course and new modules
- Adding a grading scheme
- Adding students and groups
- Creating assignments and quizzes
- Communicating with conversations and announcements
- Building a class calendar
- Publishing a course