Canvas is the University-wide Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) for on-campus and online distance learning students. From September, 2020 Queen’s will deliver a connected learning approach with face-to-face teaching being complemented by online delivery as necessary. Queen’s will offer an authentic university experience through Connected Learning, which means that students will receive a blend of face-to-face teaching and virtual learning. Where it is not possible or optimal to deliver face-to-face teaching, our state-of-the-art VLE will provide a full, interactive learning platform.
To aid communication, which is driven by Schools at the start of every term, a number of resources are available below to support teaching staff when introducing Canvas to new students. A Canvas Slide Deck (PowerPoint slides) is 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 VLE, 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 the 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 under further development to include student curated content and signpost how to access help and support, in preparation for September.
5. Virtual Demo Sessions – Schedule to be confirmed!
At the beginning of October 2020, Student Champions will be delivering Canvas Orientation Drop-in virtual sessions online. 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 a number of 60min sessions with dates open to ALL students.
Registration details and dates will be added to this page in coming days.