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.
- [Voiceover] Before we jump in how to use Canvas, let's take a second to understand what Canvas is. Canvas is a learning management system. Learning management systems are places where teachers and students can collaborate in order to push student achievement. For teachers, they have the opportunity to create an online class. They can post assignments. They can add resources for students to use both in and out of the classroom. They can grade those assignments, and they can even communicate with students. Learning management systems are really allowing teachers to organize their entire class process.
For students, the learning management system is a place to access their online class. Here they can find the syllabus and the assignments that are due and when. They can find and use classroom resources. They can even turn in assignments and view their grades. And they can use the learning management system to communicate with their instructor. For both teachers and students, a learning management system can be used in and out of the classroom to help drive student achievement. Many teachers are using products such as Canvas to push the bulk of the learning to the students' responsibility and to take place outside the walls of the classroom.
This then frees up instructional time for you to work on extending that learning and student mastery. Let's go ahead and dive into Canvas and understand how it can be beneficial to your classroom.
- Setting up a teacher account and profile
- Creating the course and syllabus
- Adding a grading scheme
- Creating student groups
- Using group discussions
- Creating assignments and quizzes
- Building test question banks
- Exploring the grading tools (including SpeedGrader)
- Working with modules
- Publishing a course