Course Design

Canvas allows you to implement the design of your course in the following three ways: Learner-Instructor, Learner-Learner, and Learner-Content, so that you can utilize all the tools of Canvas to ensure interaction between yourself and your students, students and their peers, and students and the content of the course.

  • In order to ensure interaction in any course, Canvas has particular tools that support a Learner-Instructor design. These tools include messaging (mail), asynchronous discussions, and even live, synchronous presentations. Canvas embeds new modern, convenient means of communication to ensure interaction, such as allowing announcements to include external RSS feeds, so that instructor feedback on assignments is no longer one-way, but instead geared toward Learner-Instructor dialogue that encourages understanding. In addition to these tools, quick and easy video recording is available from web cams or other sources to further this interaction beyond limitation to plain text.
  • Canvas also provides tools that support social learning, or a Learner-Learner design. This design allows students to link their own digital identities with course notifications, and peer-review assignments using the same way the instructor would. It supports use of real-world, learner-owned spaces (such as blogs or Google Docs), groups, and live online conferences – all of which can be set up by any member of the course.
  • The last of the course designs is Learner-Content, which focuses on amplifying the learning potential of the course. One of the key elements of Canvas that allows you to truly adopt it as your own personal space is the ability for users to edit any of the course content pages. This ability can be seen as a wiki (with student permissions set by the instructor), allowing students to invest in their course materials.