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, which means that students will receive a blend of face-to-face teaching complimented by online delivery. 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 to support teaching staff when introducing Canvas to new students. A Canvas Slide Deck (PowerPoint slides) is the primary resource available 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 the help and support available. Click the link below to download a copy of the slides and tailor them for use at a school, programme or course level.
2. Orientation Video
The ‘Canvas Orientation Video – A Guided Tour For Students’ provides key information for getting started and demonstrates how to navigate the Canvas. This video can be used by schools during induction sessions or lectures to introduce Canvas to students. This video is also included in the PowerPoint Slide Deck and runs for 5:56 mins.
3. Student Online Course
The ‘Canvas Student Orientation Course’ is the fundamental course designed to help students get started with Canvas at Queen’s. It highlights all of the key topics they need to be aware of, for example; setting up their profile, how to submit assignments or view grades & feedback etc. It can be accessed via the Help menu in Canvas.
4. Digital Learning@Queen’s Blog
The Digital Learning@Queen’s Blog has a dedicated section for students. It highlights where students can get Help with various digital platforms and provides key guidance for their digital learning journey at Queen’s. We recommend both staff and students save this website as a favourite for future reference.