Canvas Adoption: From the Perspectives of Instructors and Students
Canvas by Instructure, a cloud-based Learning Management System (LMS) originated in Utah, the USA, has been fully implemented at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) for e-learning since the start of Semester B 2014/15. The Canvas for CityU is served from Singapore with a much better network latency than serving from the USA or Australia, and users are generally pleased with the system response time. Currently in CityU, Canvas is supporting 1,514 course sites, 1,389 teaching staff and over 24,000 students. It is hoped that with the following tips, users will enjoy and benefit from the intuitive interface of Canvas, as well as have a smoother learning curve for this advance application.
Canvas allows users to have autonomy over their profile picture and bio by clicking the user’s name at the upper right (see Fig 1). Teaching staff can include their contact information, such as office location and office hours, while students can associate their profile picture to his/her contributions within Canvas. You can also browse through others' profiles provided that they are being taught by you or they are learning with you.
Empowering students to take charge of their own learning, the LMS must allow them to initiate certain activities. Now, students can have a higher degree of control over their learning, rather than just to follow the task laid down by the course instructors, by creating their own study groups with a set of tools inside their Canvas course sites. Just visit “Discussions” or “People > Groups” for more information. The blue button will lead you through the steps. To distinguish self-directed learning activities from assessment tasks, Canvas only allows group assignments based on teacher created groups. Hence, colleagues must create the groups with manually assigned, randomly assigned or self-assigned members for group assignment submissions.