Canvas is the Learning Management System, or LMS, used at Weill Cornell Medical College. Learning Management Systems are web–based programs designed to provide faculty with an online means for sharing information and files related to a course with students enrolled in the course, without instructors needing to learn how to code and publish for the web. Over time, the features of an LMS have grown to include means for assessment, collaboration, and communication, among many others.
There are a number of LMSs available, including our former LMS, Angel, and the selection of and transition to a new LMS is not taken lightly, as it means a new system must be learned and course materials must be migrated. WCMC selected Canvas because it stands out in a market made up mostly of dated, unstable products that are cumbersome to use. While no LMS is perfect, Canvas tends to work in all browsers and on any operating system and device and offers faculty and students an expanded and more modern set of tools to enhance the learning and teaching experience.
Managing your course in Canvas might include:
Course coordinators maintain a Canvas site for each course with the intent of creating a useful reference, productivity, and communication tool for students and faculty. Your session or lecture is an important component of the unit and course to which it belongs, and any contribution you make to the course site will make it an even more valuable resource. As you determine the Canvas features most relevant to your session topic and logistics, contact your course coordinator so that he or she is aware of your intention and can help you plan for implementation.
Focus on a goal.
While use of the Learning Management System can have a significant, positive impact on the student learning experience, don’t adopt an instructional technology just for the sake of using it. Instead, consider any past experience with the specific session or content area that you will be teaching. Were there logistical pain points that could be alleviated? Did students struggle with one or more concepts in particular that could use additional explanation or opportunity for practice?
Learn from others.
With your desired outcome of course site utilization in mind, explore the features and tools available in Canvas using the links below.
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