Part 3: Spring 2016 Labs

34 Canvas with Catherine Arnott Smith — 02.05.2016

Catherine-Arnott-SmithIn the Active Teaching Lab on February 5, 2016, Catherine Arnott Smith from the School of Library and Information Science shared how she used the Learning Management System Canvas to teach an online course.

Key Takeaways

  • The online Canvas Community help forums are a great resource!
  • The analytic tools need work (though the Canvas Community members are creating their own solutions!).
  • Students and instructors love the look of Canvas.
  • The structure and features of Canvas help instructors improve and restructure their online course delivery (e.g. the quiz builder’s intuitive way to provide feedback on answers, and the Syllabus tool’s structuring framework).

If you’re interested in learning more to get up and running with Canvas, watch the videos below and try stepping through the Canvas worksheet we created for the session!

The Active Teaching Lab, a Faculty Engagement program, provides a safe space for structured explorations of cool teaching tools and techniques that your colleagues are using to engage students and teach more effectively. During the academic year, labs are held weekly and will be listed on the Active Teaching Lab page.

Catherine’s Canvas Story



There are extensive Canvas help resources available online, starting with these Canvas videos on doing anything:

Additional Resources




Canvas Commons




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