An Idea for a Learner-Centric LMS transition

Teaching Effectively in CanvasA 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:

  1. understand and apply in various Canvas tools key evidence-based principles of learning
  2. understand and apply in various Canvas tools key principles of Universal Design in Learning
  3. create resource materials that others can use and refine into richer training materials.

Schedule (DRAFT)

Class 1:
Learning Science Principles (In Canvas)
Class 2:
Universal Design Principles (In Canvas)
Week for
Project work:
Create Walkthrough
Class 3:
Sharing Findings
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

Canvas tool

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

 

 

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