A few other fun and handy resources:
A few other fun and handy resources:
Deciding what constitutes as "intermediate" essentials is such a gray area. I've come up with 24 items that I think may fit. There are three documents in this series and here is the list of what you'll find:
I've added the links to the Infographics and attached interactive PDF's below. Hope you find these useful!
Canvas Adoption and Engagement
When implementing any new initiative, it's important to spend time planning for how to successfully move your users through change. At Instructure, we built our Canvas Success Model to give you a process and set of tools for leading the people side of your change to Canvas. Made up of four revolving stages, Vision, Plan, Execute, and Assess, our model is proven to help increase adoption and successful change to using Canvas. By starting with your vision, you can find ways to connect Canvas to your beliefs about students, learning, and teaching. Once you've tied Canvas to your vision, planning for communication, training, and engagement will help ensure your users experience a seamless transition.
Virginia's Community Colleges (VCCS) transition to Canvas
The VCCS is made up of 23 community colleges across the state of Virginia. In the Spring of 2018, Canvas was selected to replace Blackboard as the primary Learning Management System for the system. This began a one year transition period to prepare over 8,000 faculty and over 100,000 students for this change. When a change of this size is implemented, a lot of things need to be carefully planned for. In addition to an exceptional project team at the system level and leaders at each individual college, the VCCS also had the Canvas Services Team to help guide the way.
To prepare for this transition, leaders at all 23 colleges have created outstanding resources to help their faculty and students through this transition. These resources helped communicate, train, and engage their faculty and students. To help incentivize this practice, the VCCS started a resource creation contest for the colleges to showcase their efforts to communicate, train, and engage their faculty and staff. Winners of the contest are announced below.
Colleges submitted their resources to an adoption playbook course in Canvas. This course was created by the Learning and Strategy Consulting Team as part of their Canvas Change Strategy Consulting service. Leaders across the system followed specific categories and judging criteria.
The VCCS was able to find volunteers from other community college systems across the country. In addition, Instructure was asked to provide judges for the contest. The judges used the following criteria to score the entries.
1st Place - Leveling the Playing Field - Accessibility in Canvas
Northern Virginia Community College
Preston Davis, Ed. D. - Director of Instructional Services
Shaoyu Chi, Ed.D. - Instructional Designer, NOVA Online
Maureen Madden, M.Ed. - Instructional Designer & Accessibility Liaison, NOVA Online
Rong Zhu, M.Ed. - Instructional Designer, NOVA Online
2nd Place - Canvas GIF Social Media Campaign
Wytheville Community College
Dave Dick, Coordinator of Online Learning and Instructional Technology
I love @CanvasLMS's #Arc tool! I recently had a faculty asking about resizing. Unfortunately, it is not quite as easy as resizing other things in Canvas. I created a #CanvasGIF for embedding and manually resizing embedded Arc videos! pic.twitter.com/Sjgm7O7mNM— Dave Dick (@Dave4EdTech) April 3, 2019
3rd Place - VCCS Canvas Student Orientation
Tidewater Community College
John Morea, Associate Vice President for Distance Learning
Iris Wang, Distance Learning
NOVA Online - Online Orientation
Caryn Sever, M.S. - Instructional Designer, NOVA Online
Kim Grewe, PhD - Instructional Designer, NOVA Online
Dedra Wright, M.Ed. - Instructional Designer, NOVA Online
Virginia Western Community College - Canvas Quick Start Guide
Erin Leftwich, LMS Administrator
THE CANVAS SUCCESS MODEL
We’ve seen our customers do incredible things to plan for change and adopt Canvas. From tying Canvas to their vision for teaching and learning, to coming up with unique ways to incentivize and engage users, our customers have thought of everything. We captured all these best practices and developed the Canvas Success Model (pictured above). Our model gives school leadership a process and tools for leading the people side of your change to Canvas. If followed, this model will help you:
THE CHECKLIST AND RESOURCES
While we encourage you to follow this model from the start, it can be used in year 2, 3, and beyond. The purpose of this document is to give you a checklist and free resources to get you started down the pathway to success. The resources linked in this checklist have been created by many talented people in our Customer Success Department at Instructure - chances are you'll recognize a few of them. Our model puts all these resources into perspective and gives you a framework for success. If you find yourself needing more help with your rollout or adoption, our Learning and Strategy Consulting Team is available to assist with Change Strategy Consulting and Adoption Consulting.
The checklist below is available via Google Docs "Make a Copy". Please select the following link for access: Canvas Success Model Checklist and Resources Copy
In addition, please view this interactive version of the Canvas Success Model.
Analyze current state
Define "the why" (vision)
Determine what success looks like
|Set success measures|
|Develop key messages and timing|
Determine content, delivery method, frequency, and sender
Tie training to your vision for teaching and learning
Identify audiences, needs, and timeline
Create a plan for ongoing training
Identify site-based leaders
Develop an incentive plan
Predict and plan for managing resistance
Empower site-based leaders
Drive Canvas adoption
Follow up and monitor progress
After Year Five of our Canvas implementation, teachers are still reluctant to really dive in and use it to its fullest. These Beginner Essentials take a brand new user
or one who has had it on the back shelf for years
and some more years....
from how to add a professional profile picture to using the scheduler.
I've tried to think through a "best practices" flow for teachers to follow. These are just my ideas and how I think teachers can take steps to use Canvas. Feel free to post your ideas and how I might make adjustments!
You just never know who you're going to meet here in this amazing Canvas Community. For example, I "met" (virtually - not in person yet) Bobby Pedersen in the Community. Bobby lives in Tasmania. I don't live anywhere near as exciting, though it does end in "ia" (Pennsylvania, if you're wondering). We almost couldn't be further away from each other geographically. However, pedagogically and Canvasily (I'm going to say that's a word) we are really in sync! Even though she is a full 12 hours ahead of me, we recently collaborated on something that I think is pretty cool.
Bobby wrote this blog post - Invigorating English – Encouraging Writing Within Canvas K-6 a few weeks back. Roxanne Conroy thought it would make an amazing infographic and made the suggestion. I asked Bobby what she thought, and off we went! We collaborated on a Google Doc (there were a few hours where our days overlapped when we could communicate in real time) and made a plan to take her blog and make it an infographic. I built that in Canva, and Bobby made edits there, too. Wanna see what we did?
You can download the .pdf of it below. The links work in the .pdf - just click on the italics!
This was an amazing collaboration for me, and I feel so lucky that Bobby allowed me to use her great content to build this resource.
Anyone else want to collaborate? Let's do it!
Principal Consultant, Learning & Strategy
This will be my fifth InstructureCon this year. I went once as a customer; the rest as an employee. No matter what role I was in, or where the conference was held, I always felt the same about InstructureCon - I wish I was there longer!
The reasons why are many - the locations are amazing, the food delicious, the entertainment blows my mind. But I think what stands out most, and what I hear from everyone else who attends, is the learning. You can learn something at InstructureCon every minute you're there. It doesn't matter if it's at breakfast, or on a shuttle, or walking to a session - learning is everywhere. Every interaction you have while there you can learn something new and awesome.
One way to give you some more opportunities for the structured learning is at the preconference sessions during the day before the conference officially starts - PreCon we call it (catchy, huh?). We've just recently published the sessions for this year's PreCon, and I'm really excited about what we are offering this year. If you've never attended PreCon, I've got some reasons why you should considering coming to learn with us this year!
Reason 1: PreCon=Hands On. The sessions at PreCon are designed to be interactive, and to allow participants to try what is being presented. This year we've lengthened the session times, so the shortest sessions are two hours, and the longest sessions are six hours. The added time is for more in-depth exploration of the topics, with more time to participate.
Reason 2: Timely Topics. We're offering 20 sessions this year. When it's time to design our schedule we ask ourselves three questions: 1 - What do our customers want? 2 - What education trends have we been hearing about? and 3 - How can we provide an amazing experience? We think we've created a schedule that answers all three of these questions, with a mix of topics that we've offered in the past and new topics that are relevant right now.
Reason 3: Access to Experts. All of the sessions are being delivered by an Instructure expert in the field. We've tapped some stellar members of Content Services, Training Services, Learning and Strategy Consulting Services, Technical Services, and Solutions Engineering to design the sessions and present at PreCon.
Reason 4: Micro-credentialed Sessions (New this Year). We have partnered with Digital Promise for five of our sessions. The sessions in this strand have been designed around a Digital Promise micro-credential, with a key learning takeaway that is competency-based and backed by educational research. The participants in the sessions will learn the Canvas application of the content and will have time to build and submit the evidence toward the micro-credential during the session. Your evidence will be scored against a mastery rubric. Micro-credentials are delivered in the form of a open badge by Digital Promise, which can then be shared with the participant’s institution for professional learning.
Reason 5: Chat and Charge Lounge, Training Room, and Building Labs. In addition to the 20 sessions, we are also offering additional learning time and space during PreCon through these three avenues. Every ticket to a PreCon session comes with free entry to our Chat and Charge Lounge and Training Room. In the Chat and Charge Lounge you can rest, recharge, and also hear about a variety of Canvas-related topics through short, mini-presentations throughout the day. The Training Room will provide a schedule of 45-minute Canvas-related trainings during PreCon, presented by members of the Training Services Team. New this year are the Building Labs, offered for K-5, Secondary, and Higher Ed. These labs will give users the time and space to apply what they are learning during PreCon to their Canvas courses, with access to Instructure experts in the field. It's a great opportunity to get one-on-one help building the courses of your dreams.
I have about 400 more reasons, but I'll stop here. We hope you check out the PreCon19 schedule, find something great, and join us on Tuesday, July 9. When you're checking out the sessions, you might want to keep this handy chart in mind:
Suggested tracks by user role
Beginner* Intermediate** Advanced*** All^
|Session||Teacher/Faculty/Tech Coach||Instructional Designer||Canvas Admin||School Administration|
|Aligning Outcomes and Assessment for Data-Driven Learning**||x||x||x|
|API 101: APIs for the Programming Newbie**||x||x|
|Chat and Charge Lounge^||x||x||x||x|
|Creating Highly Engaging Blended/Online Courses with Canvas!**||x||x||x|
|Creating Killer Home Page Templates^||x||x||x||x|
|Creating Technology-Rich Professional Learning in Canvas*||x||x||x|
|Designing your Online Course with Quality Matters*||x||x||x||x|
|Digging Deeper into Planning for Change^||x||x|
|Exploring Canvas in K-5*||x|
|Getting Started: Canvas for HigherEd Faculty*||x||x||x|
|Getting Started: Canvas for K12 Teachers*||x||x||x|
|Getting Started: Everything you Need to Know as a New HED Canvas Admin*||x|
|Getting Started: Everything you Need to Know as a New K12 Canvas Admin*||x|
|Improving your Online Course with Quality Matters**||x||x||x||x|
|Leveraging Universal Design in Your Canvas Course*||x||x||x|
|Open Lab HighEd^||x||x|
|Open Lab K-5^||x||x|
|Open Lab Secondary^||x||x|
|Personalizing Learning Experiences with Canvas**||x||x|
|Reports and Statistics: Using Canvas Data**||x||x|
|Setting Your Strategy for Change^||x||x|
|Transforming K-12 Classrooms with Canvas**||x||x|
And...wondering if you can take all of those sessions you want at the same time? We got you...Check out the schedule below:
|8 a.m.||9 a.m.||10 a.m.||10:30 a.m.||11 a.m.||Noon||12:30 p.m.||1 p.m.||2 p.m.||3 p.m.||4 p.m.||5 p.m.|
|Personalizing Learning Experiences with Canvas||Transforming K-12 Classrooms with Canvas|
|Setting Your Strategy for Change||Digging Deeper Into Planning for Change||API 101: For the Programming Newbie|
|Designing Your Online Course with Quality Matters||Improving Your Online Course with Quality Matters|
|Creating Highly Engaging Blended/Online Courses||Aligning Outcomes and Assessment for Data-Driven Learning|
|Chat and Charge Lounge|
|Reports and Statistics: Using Canvas Data||Building Lab: Secondary|
|Getting Started: Canvas for HighEd Faculty (Includes Lunch Break)|
|Getting Started: Canvas for K12 Teachers (Includes Lunch Break)|
|Leveraging Universal Design||Creating Killer Home Page Templates||Exploring Canvas K-5||Building Lab: K-5|
|Getting Started: Everything you Need to Know as a New HED Canvas Admin||Creating Technology-Rich Professional Learning in Canvas|
|Getting Started: Everything you Need to Know as a New K12 Canvas Admin||Building Lab: Higher Ed|
If you have any questions about PreCon19, please let us know! Hope to see you in Long Beach!
Thanks to everyone who was able to join us during the Canvas Live event. Linked here is the recording from the session. We wanted to move the discussion, connections and conversations to the Engagement Space where you can start your own discussions, continue to post to this thread and to the video as well.
We hope you all enjoyed hearing what Oshkosh has done as much as we have.
Here is a link to the fabulous presentation by Tim Kohl and the Oshkosh Team
For more resources around our community on Outcomes here are some very handy links:
Over the years when working with anything to do with computers I’ve found that I learn best when I 'do the doing'. Having an expert at the front demonstrating without letting me have a go just doesn’t work for me. Nor does having someone reach over to fix mistakes I’ve made. No learning happens, it just doesn’t go in.
Surely I’m not alone.
I’ve made a rule for myself when supporting teachers with developing their blended learning skills, or when they are problem solving – Sit On Your Hands Bobby! They must 'do the doing' themselves.
It’s so very tempting to reach over and grab the controls, or leap in and say what the next step is, when sometimes a bit of wait time ensures they figure out the next step on their own.
Another avenue to explore when supporting teachers is to show them how to problem solve, and where to go for help. Keep this up your sleeve for a giggle http://bfy.tw/MNt4
Time spent on these may seem like eternity, but it is time well spent. I encourage you all to sit on your hands at least once this week! Then tell us how it goes.
Although Halloween isn’t really celebrated here in the UK (well it’s not as big as our American cousins) I wanted to use this spooky day to campaign that Canvas isn’t scary. This all came about from watching Jared Stein CanvasCon Europe 2018 presentation where he focused on ‘small change big impact’. Jared pointed out that although big change can happen, if we focused on small change over time this will have big (or even a bigger) impact on an academics learning and teaching. Personally this really spoke to me and it’s something I’m trying to develop in our institution.
Since we’ve had Canvas, we have used the 3E framework to create our staff development plan (we recently presented this at ALT 2018.) The 3E framework is Enhance, Extend and Empower and on a basic level it allows staff and students to use Technology in an incremental way. Just like Jared’s ‘small change big impact’ presentation we want people to use Canvas, but they shouldn’t feel scared or overburdened by the scale of the functionality. Some areas I’m trying to get across to our academics
So, we have decided to use twitter as a platform to promote our ‘small change big impact’ initiative. First, we will have a Halloween video (embarrassing one of me) and then a series of tweets that focus on small elements of Canvas functionality or where they can get support. Check out the twitter feed here. We would love to see your ‘trick or treats’ throughout the day by using the hashtag The specified item was not found.
As it’s Bonfire night here in the UK on the 5th November will be discussing 6 ways to make your Pages go off with a Bang (Panopto , H5P, Twitter, etc)
Thanks for reading and sharing!
FlipGrid is a free video discussion tool that allows for threaded video discussions in your Canvas course. It's become very popular in both K-12 schools and college classes lately, possibly even more popular than Kahoot And Microsoft recently bought FlipGrid and opened up all the premium features to everyone for free (such as maximum allowed video length, now 10 minutes). My colleague James May posted a short 2 minute video about FlipGrid & Canvas that includes some comments from his students about using FlipGrid:
Feel free to try it out for yourself and post a video reply to this FlipGrid discussion "grid": Using FlipGrid in Canvas.
Michelle Pacansky-Brock made a a couple of great videos showing students how to participate in a FlipGrid discussion in Canvas, either with their computer and a webcam:
These videos can help students not only see how to successfully use FlipGrid but also help assuage any fears some may have about recording video.
Setting up and configuring FlipGrid for use in a Canvas course requires a few steps, but should not take too long, especially once you get used to using FlipGrid. FlipGrid has a nice handout explaining how to set up and use FlipGrid in Canvas.
It is missing a few things that may come up though: 1) what do you need to do when you roll over your course from one semester to another? 2) what if you have more than one instructor/facilitator, and 3) what if you share your course with someone else to use?
This video walks through setting up and using FlipGrid in Canvas, and it addresses those issues at the end:
But as to those 3 issues about using FlipGrid in Canvas:
A couple of things I didn't mention in the video: captions are not enabled by default in FlipGrid, and by default you will get an email notification every time a student posts a video.
To enable captions (which I recommend), click on the FlipGrid link in your course navigation menu, then click the pencil icon, scroll down, and toggle on the "Captions" option.
If you wish to turn off email notifications, toggle off the "Notify Me" option.
When I've introduced FlipGrid to teachers and faculty, they are excited about it, and they get some of the obvious uses for FlipGrid such as an introductory discussion or using it in a foreign language course or the like. But FlipGrid has also been popular in STEM, history, and all kinds of courses. See for example these resources:
Teachers are such busy people. We get pulled in so many different directions during the course of a school day/week/year.
Sometimes engaging already busy teachers with Canvas can be a real challenge.
Perhaps a way to encourage teachers to use Canvas could be by first looking at and acknowledging what is on their plates then looking at the different ways that Canvas can support them in dealing with some of the things that are piling up.
Here are a few examples:
Laura Gibbs is the Queen of curation. Check her out here in the Community.
Just one example here. Feedback Resources Padlet in Canvas
Student well being
Sean Nufer is also a great person to follow in the Community. Here are some of his ideas.
Time to learn new things
Too many meetings!
Perhaps consider using Collaborations to set agendas, keep minutes, or conducts the meeting in.
When pondering what’s on teachers plates and considering what can be done to support them it doesn’t have to be all about Canvas. Perhaps look at tools that improve:
Canvas Community what a gold mine! It's so nice to know that we are lucky enough to have access to all sorts of information, tips 'n tricks, and real live people to chat to about all sorts - sharing ideas, problem solving, making connections across the world, and having a good old laugh.
Once a newbie to the Canvas Community has got their bearings they can join groups, read blogs, participate in discussions, and ask questions etc. I've only recently discovered how to access what's new in the Community. Do people know how to access the Canvas 'News'? It took me a little while to discover this gem. Gideon made an excellent point in a discussion following Questions about ePortfolios.
So here are some hastily cobbled together instructions to change your preferences to gain access to what's new in questions, discussions, blogs...
Click on your profile picture then click on 'preferences'
Then make a decision about where you want to land when you click the Canvas icon
Then when you log in to the Canvas Community you have this banner
Click the Canvas icon to access your preference. I've set mine to 'News'. It's not there to look pretty!
Enjoy all of the recent goodies.
I love working with teachers as they learn how to use Canvas. Hearing their relief as they realise it's easier than our previous LMS and listening to ideas floating around the room of different ways it could be used makes my job so much fun.
Sometimes though there is a sense of people being overwhelmed. That's natural. I really feel for them, and can remember so well that sensation when trying to get my head around new technologies.
When teachers leave training sessions with a purpose in mind then it's comforting to know they are on track. But when they leave knowing the basics of putting pages and modules together but without a real purpose in mind it's demoralising for everyone.
Ideally I'd love to be able to have everyone leave with at least one idea they can 'use tomorrow'. eg. announcements, discussions, quizzes. What ideas/challenges do other trainers have up their sleeves for teachers to action the next day? K-12 Priority Services K12 do you have some nifty ideas to share?