A certain university I know is transitioning thousands of courses from D2L to Canvas in the next couple of years. It’s a big task. Some might argue that simply getting them transferred will be a great accomplishment, but I argue that said stakeholders will miss a great opportunity if they don’t also use the move to transform the courses to the significantly more learner-centered types that Canvas can support, rather than focus on getting the new LMS to look and feel like the often-terrible course designs in the previous LMS.
So, I’ve designed a few variations of a transition course: 1) a four-day, 24-hour course; 2) a three-day, 9-hour course (below); 3) a two-day, semester bookends course, and 4) a semester-long (13 one-hour sessions) course.
Pilot Proposal: TEiC (Teaching Effectively in Canvas)
TEiC is a 9-hour course for Instructional support staff at UW-Madison that integrates Learning Science and Universal Design principles into Canvas. Building on lessons learned in across campus teaching programs, it will distill best lessons to quickly get participants to:
- understand and apply in various Canvas tools key evidence-based principles of learning
- understand and apply in various Canvas tools key principles of Universal Design in Learning
- create resource materials that others can use and refine into richer training materials.
Learning Science Principles (In Canvas)
Universal Design Principles (In Canvas)
|9–10:30: overview some of the strongest principles from Learning Science (LS) research||9–10:30: overview some of the strongest principles from Universal Design (UD) research||For Class 3 — after one week to work on this:
1) Develop a 15-20 minute walkthrough of an assigned Canvas tool that explores examples of how Canvas can be used to promote and reinforce effective learning principles, and Universal Design.
2) Create a 1-2 page guide on how to implement these principles in your tool, to accompany your walkthrough.
|9–10:30: presentations from teams on how to integrate LS and UD principles in assorted Canvas tools|
|10:30–11: create a rubric for identifying LS principles in Canvas||10:30–11: provide a rubric for identifying UD principles in Canvas||10:30–11:30: intermix teams and design unified, holistic strategies across tools.|
|11–12: provide group practice in identifying LS principles in one Canvas tool||11–12: provide group practice in identifying UD principles in one
|11:30–12: share results from teams on how to integrate LS and UD principles across assorted Canvas tools|
|Readings: Curated summaries of the LS principles covered in class.||Readings: Curated summaries of UD principles covered in class.||Post-course: continue using peers as resources|