Queen’s are rolling-out Canvas, a new University-wide Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to on-campus and online distance learning students. Following the rollout to a limited number of modules in academic year 2018/19, the VLE will be now deployed across all Schools from September 2019. To aid communication, which will be driven by Schools, a number of resources have been provided to support and facilitate effective communication of key messages by teaching staff to students at the start of term. A Canvas Slide Deck (PowerPoint slides) will be the primary resource available for introducing Canvas to students, supported by a number of additional resources, as detailed below.
1. PowerPoint Slide Deck
The Canvas PowerPoint Slide Deck is an effective way to introduce Canvas to students, across all levels of study, at the start of term. The presentation provides an overview of the new learning platform, key information for Students and details of help and support available. You can link to Canvas to download a copy of the slides to tailor then for use at a School, Programme or Module level.
2. Guided Tour Video
The Canvas Guided Tour video has been created with Queen’s Students in mind. It provides key information for getting started and demonstrates how to navigate around the student Dashboard and within a Canvas Course. This video can be used by Schools during Induction sessions and in lectures to introduce Canvas to students as a tool to support student learning. This video is also included in the PowerPoint Slide deck (referenced above). Video running time is 05:56 mins.
3. Online Course
The Canvas Orientation Course provides Students with key information to guide them on topics which they may need support with when using Canvas for thie first time, such as how to: download the Student Mobile Canvas App, submit Turnitin Assignment in Canvas, view Grades & Feedback etc. The online course has been revised to include all the latest information available.
4. Canvas@Queen’s Blog
Canvas@Queen’s Blog contains a dedicated student section which is being developed to include student curated content and signpost how to access help and support, in preparation for September. Dates for the Student Drop-in Orientation sessions are also promoted here.
5. VLE Toolkit for Schools
Working in partnership with the Comminications Office (MRCI), a ‘Canvas VLE Toolkit’ has been designed to provide helpful resources (for both staff and students) within Schools to find out more about Canvas help and opportunities available to them. A selection of proposed posts for School’s social media channels linking to Canvas help and information and Early adopter stories bring the experience of the Canvas platform to life and are ideal for use in social media posts and presentations.
6. Drop-in Sessions – Schedule Now Ended!
From the end of August, Student Reps will be delivering Canvas Orientation Drop-in sessions in the Student Union Lounge. Focused demonstrations of Canvas will allow Students to get a feel for Canvas, to download the app and see how it all works. There will be 6x half-day drop-in session dates open to ALL students. Registration is not required, Students can simply attend on the day/time that suits best.
Venue & Dates: Student Union Lounge, Elmwood Avenue from 12:00-15:00 on Thur 29 Aug; Tues 03 Sept; Thur 05 Sept; Mon 09 Sept; Wed 11 Sept; Fri 13 Sept.