While you were enjoying your summer vacation, you may have heard that Macomb Community College recently acquired a new Learning Management System – Canvas by Instructure. Canvas has improved functionality, an intuitive interface, more features and deeper support.
Canvas joins ANGEL in delivering online, hybrid and web-enhanced courses for the 2015FA and 2016WI terms. We will say a final farewell and thank you to Angel for nine years of faithful service in May 2016.
Wait! Before you shake your fist at us for changing everything, let us assure you that CANVAS truly is going to make managing and publishing online content quicker and easier than ever before. Plus, CANVAS was built with mobile access in mind, so you and your students can more easily connect with your course on the go via phones and tablets iOS (8.0+) and Android (4.0.3+) devices.
“But who will teach me to use this new technological marvel?” You ask. Why the friendly folks at your local Center for Teaching and Learning of course! [ctl.emacomb.com] Our instructional technologists at both Center (C-127) and South (J-211) campuses have been putting in extra time to develop training courses such as our “Canvas: Getting Started” and “Angel to Canvas” online and on-ground workshops, as well as getting intimately acquainted with the LMS so we can answer any question you may have.
Additionally, help fill any gaps in our knowledge, and keep up with ever-changing updates to Canvas, the folks at Canvas offer the Canvas Community [https://community.canvas.lms.com/welcome], Here you will find a vast repository of information, covering all aspects of Canvas functionality.
Under “Find Answers” you will find a wide array of tools to help you find…well, answers, such as “Canvas Guides”, which contain downloadable guides, streaming videos and manuals about the LMS. Or “Canvas Commons” where faculty can find, import and share content and resources with colleagues from all over the world.
The “Share Ideas” column gives you a direct line to the Canvas developers where you can submit your ideas and collaborate with other educators to help continually improve Canvas for everyone!
Finally, the “Join Groups” section, enables you to find a diverse online community to connect with so you can keep in touch and see how other educators are using Canvas for their courses, and share your own tips and ideas with them.
We know sometimes change can be scary or frustrating when all you want to do is continue to run an engaging course. That’s why the CTL and the CANVAS Community are here to make the transition as quick, easy and painless as possible. Contact the CTL any time at 586-226-4774 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get you on track quickly.
And to keep informed about all of the CTL’s workshops and instructional technology initiatives, keep an eye on this blog and our monthly newsletter!