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Canvas Design Best Practices

Academic & Instructional Innovation

1Faculty follow the Canvas course design checklist and use A&II resources as a guide for improving their courses. A&II staff will be available for consultation as needed.Faculty can attend Canvas course design workshops provided by A&II for their program to help establish course consistency.Fall2015Fall2016Program leaders determine the extent to which their program will apply additional design best practices beyond the LMS Use Policy requirements.Faculty can analyze the state of their courses using a course design checklist and identify areas needing improvement.TIMELINEFor StudentsEase of use Student centered learningFor SMU Programs and the University OverallContinuity projects professionalismEasy access and understanding for faculty reviews and accreditationReduces likelihood of legal actionFor FacultyEfficient course management and gradingFewer student questions/disputesCourse site verification and maintenance Student centered learningMeets LMS Use Policy requirementsBENEFITS

Make a Great First Impression

1Create a Course Thats Easy to Navigate

2Make It Easy For Students to Find Everything

3Ensure Students Know What to Expect

4Keep Students Informed and Engaged

5Five Best Practices For A Well-Designed Canvas Course

Make a Great First Impression Students feel welcomeStudents see where to go and what to do firstA relevant image begins to engages students

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These five navigation tabs are consistent Files, Pages, and unused navigation tabs are hidden from student viewCreate a Course Thats Easy to Navigate

2Link to course components, files, pages, URLs6

Make It Easy For Students to Find EverythingContent is organized into Modules by week, topic, or unitAll resources needed to complete the Module are included and sequenced

3Syllabus document is found in the Syllabus areaAssignments are found in the Assignments areaGrades are found in the Grades area7Make It Easy For Students to Find Everything

Files have consistent and descriptive namesContent is published once and linked to it to avoid duplication or errors

38Do You Know?When an Assignment (Assignment, Quiz, graded Discussion) is created from or linked to a Module, where else does it automatically appear?

Syllabus AssignmentsGradesCalendarAll of the above Content is published once and linked to.9

Ensure Students Know What to ExpectDownloadable pdf made availableAssignment Groups show how grades are weighted

4Assignments appear in Syllabus area automatically10

Ensure Students Know What to ExpectRubric with grading criteria informs students how they will be graded

4A Canvas Assignment with a Canvas Rubric must be created in order to align Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) on the Rubric11

Ensure Students Know What to ExpectThe Gradebook communicates and centralizes grades for the student

4Assignment Group weighting appears in Grades area12

Keep Students Informed and Engaged

5Announcements inform students of events and news items not already covered by automatic notificationsDiscussions engage students with each otherCanvas has several types of automatic notifications to help with course communication13Academic and Instructional InnovationSupporting Innovation in Teaching and Learning Tanya KnoopChristine BrozBeverly SaarElba RiosBrian GothbergDanny GrobaniQuestions?14

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