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THE ISSUE

Canvas is like a Swiss-Army Knife — MANY tools integrated together into one widget. Yet with our ever-limited time as faculty, which tools do we invest our precious time and effort in to get the biggest learning bang for the buck??

THE FIX

“Rather than starting with the technology, start with the intellectual problem to be solved…. the computer industry overflows with technologies desperately looking for some kind of problem to solve.”
-Edward Tufte

IDENTIFY WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TO SCALE/ADDRESS
We must start with a focus on what specific success/retention issue and learning outcomes we want to try to scale/ improve with our expanded Canvas tool usage. This will then guide where to focus your time and efforts to get the biggest returns.

CANVAS TOOLS TO SUPPORT 7 BEST PRACTICES
When in doubt, working to intentionally scale/ enhance any one or several of Chickering and Gamson’s 7 Best Practices in Undergrad Education (1987) is one of the best strategies to enhance success and retention:Canvas tools --- 7 best prac grid PNG--Mk2

CANVAS TOOLS TO SUPPORT SPECIFIC LEVEL(s) OF BLOOM’S TAXONOMY
Intentionally addressing the different levels of Bloom Taxonomy of Learning for enriching or deepening different levels can also be a way to improve success and retention. It will help you to ensure classtime, assessments and activities are focused around the needed timing and levels of learning:

  • “Organizing objectives helps to clarify objectives for (teachers) and for students.
  • Having an organized set of objectives helps teachers to:
    • “plan and deliver appropriate instruction”;
    • “design valid assessment tasks and strategies”;and
    • “ensure that instruction and assessment are aligned with the objectives.”
      -Vanderbilt Center for Teaching

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FIRST STEPS

  1. Pick either ONE particular pain point or one success you want to try and scale.
  2. Use the resources above or contact eLi (419.755.4706 – dl@ncstatecollege.edu) to help matchup one Canvas tool that is a fit for your targeted issue.
  3. Use eLi or the Canvas Instructor How-To Guide to layout and implement your intervention.
  4. Orient and document the tool for your students and survey them before and after to determine if your plan moved the needle – consult, revise as necessary and repeat until you get the results you want.

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