This summer, we asked some Dartmouth students about their experience as learners using Canvas. Here is what they had to say – watch either the entire 8-minute clip, or even briefer, focused segments.
On Friday, August 12, 2016, 55 participants representing 21 different institutions in the northeast gathered at Dartmouth to share experiences, identify best practices, and build community around Canvas as a learning management system and strategy for pedagogical innovation. This was the fourth iteration of the Canvas User Roundtable hosted by the Dartmouth College EdTech team, with the goal of learning from colleagues and creating a local community of practice for institutions at varying stages of Canvas implementation. The agenda was a combination of of pre-planned demonstrations/discussions and unconference-style breakout sessions:
- Data and Analytics
- User Experience and Course Design
- Universal Design
- LTI approval and “Hacking”
- Governance and Leadership
- Piloting and Evaluation of Canvas
- Templates and Standardized Course Design
During the event, we also used the Twitter hashtag #CanvasRound16 as a backchannel to capture ideas and generate discussion – which resulted in a lively digital community and conversation.
Kes Schroer joined the Dartmouth EdTech group as an instructional designer this month. We sat down with Kes to find out more about her background and her current work at Dartmouth. Stop by and visit Kes at EdTech’s location in Baker/Berry library!
Dartmouth is updating the TechSmith Relay service just in time for fall term! The new web-based service includes seamless Canvas integration, viewer analytics, group tools, and quizzing features.
Library Reserves files and links are now placed directly in your Canvas course! When you request reserves you will receive information on where to find the files and links.
The instructional design team would also like to use this change as an opportunity to remind Dartmouth faculty that the college recently adopted a new set of guidelines for using copyrighted material. You can read about the new Dartmouth College Copyright Policy here, or click “Read More” for an FAQ on posting copyrighted materials to your Canvas site.
A redux from InstructureCon 2016
Several members of the EdTech team attended this year’s annual Canvas Users Conference, InstructureCon, in Keystone, Colorado. Pat Coogan and Adrienne Gauthier facilitated a great session on building a regional Canvas community – this topic came about since our Ed Tech team has taken on a leadership role in pulling together a Canvas users and constituency group in the Northeast, targeted at Instructional Designers and Canvas administrators (side note: it is not too late to register for the 4th annual Canvas Round Table at Dartmouth College, to be held on August 12).
This shout-out aside, here are some of the product announcements, to give you a sneak preview of Canvas’ roadmap for the next year. They can be grouped under four main themes – read on below – but if that’s tl;dr (Too Long; Didn’t Read) for you – here’s the redux in a single tweet:
— Anna Stirling (@StirlingAnna) July 21, 2016
Student feedback offered through mid-course evaluations provides a great opportunity to improve your course, both for yourself and your students. Read below to discover how to implement them in your class in five easy steps. Continue reading Mid-Course Evaluations
If you’re teaching in the summer and would like help setting up your Canvas sites, the Ed Tech team is happy to assist!
Summer 2016 Canvas Office Hours
All office hours will be held in Berry 178. Our offices are located behind the computer walk-in center in Berry Library. Please look for the yellow “Instructional Design” sign and follow the arrow!
|Monday, June 20th||10:00 am – 1:00 pm||Berry 178|
|Thursday, June 23rd||9:00 am – 12:00 pm||Berry 178|
|Friday, June 24th||2:00 pm – 5:00 pm||Berry 178|
|Monday, June 27th||9:00 am – 12:00 pm||Berry 178|
If you’re unable to make any of the times listed, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. An instructional designer will contact you to set up an appointment.
Last Fall, we were happy to introduce some of the work that Professor Katherine Mirica (Chemistry) has done with her students in Wikipedia in the post, Authentic Knowledge: Students in Wikipedia.This is the second part in a series about using Wikipedia for student assignments.
Beginning Saturday, June 11, you’ll notice that Canvas has a new look. These changes are intended to make Canvas easier to use on a wide range of screen sizes.