Leverage Canvas for Blended Teaching
Canvas is Stanford’s main learning management system (LMS) and is a foundational tool for blended and online learning at the university.
An LMS is a platform for building a digital learning environment that students and instructors use to facilitate and organize learning. A Canvas course typically will contain course elements such as course materials, learning activities, assessments, student roster, communications, and so on.
A prime advantage of Canvas is that it gives you the ability to present the course to students in a clear, centralized, and organized manner. This helps both you and the students focus on teaching and learning.
Use Canvas Files, Pages, and Modules to organize content
Canvas can bring together many aspects of your course in one digital space, such as schedules, assignments, forum discussions, recorded lectures, and even collaboration tools like Google Docs. However, it is important to organize these different aspects in a user-friendly and intuitive way. Canvas Pages and Modules are useful for keeping your course organized.
First, upload existing course files to Canvas using the Files tool. This creates a repository for the files related to the course.
Next, create context around a file with the Pages tool. Pages are content pages like any web page; they can include a combination of text, images, and files (documents, videos, etc.).
Last, organize multiple pages into a Module. A module contains a table of contents that links multiple pages or other activities into one linear path, like a book. Course modules are typically organized by topic or chronologically by week. A series of modules can provide a user-friendly pathway for students to access the course materials and activities.