Throughout the year, I’ve been sharing with the Business School some of the not so well-known features of Canvas, the University’s learning management system. These small, but very helpful ‘Tips and Tricks,’ have proven to be pretty popular with staff within, and outside of, the Faculty.
At this year’s Learn Do Share, staff from across the University of Auckland came together to share how they’ve taken Canvas, the University’s Learning Management System, to the next level in blending pedagogy and technology.
Teaching spaces are fast changing to accommodate new approaches to curriculum and pedagogical advances. Separate lab, lecture, and tutorial spaces are increasingly being combined to promote active and collaborative learning in a streamlined approach.
Canvas is rolling out across the University by Semester 1 of 2016, which means we need to get a wriggle on! The central Canvas team and the Business School are providing a variety of support and training over this semester, to ensure that every course running next semester is successfully set up in our upgraded learning management system.
There is pleasure and fear associated with a blank canvas. We’re free to do what we want, to start afresh and (one hopes) create a thing of beauty. Alternatively, we fear a blank canvas – what if our efforts fail and we just end up with a big mess and a lot of wasted paint and effort? The fear and pleasure associated with newness is no doubt what many of us will experience in the coming months as we move over to Canvas, the new Learning Management System (LMS) which the University of Auckland has adopted.
Would you like to enhance your students’ learning? Do you dream of enjoyable classes (for both you and your students)? Are you aiming for a 100% rating in item LS08 in your teaching evaluations? If you have answered “Yes” at least once, then Bodo Lang’s seminar on Classroom Engagement will definitely be of interest!
Think back to your university days – can you remember how difficult it was to get the hang of all the obscure jargon your professors used? Now imagine that there were three or four times as many unfamiliar words and that you took much longer than other people to read texts and follow instructions.