Florida Gulf Coast University begins its transition to Canvas Learning Management System on February 8, 2013.
Faculty, Staff and Students are invited to join in the Canvas Kickoff Celebration in Room 212 of the Library between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Friday, February 8. Drop in for Canvas demonstrations, refreshments, giveaways and door prizes.
FGCU’s full transition to Canvas is scheduled for the Summer 2013 term. There are over 150 workshops scheduled between February and August. Faculty and staff may chose to transition their courses and learn about Canvas’ features by attending a two-part face-to-face workshop or a three week online course. There will be additional opportunities to attend “Canvas Camp” during Spring Break and Summer sessions, as well as the one-on-one consultations with e-Learning designers.
Register for sessions today!
Canvas’ robust features include:
- Video (seamless playback, students able to upload)
- Performance evaluation (outcomes, rubrics, accreditation artifacts)
- Intelligent course features (communication, calendar, syllabus, plagiarism detection integration)
- Innovative applications (SpeedGrader mobile, ePortfolio, peer review)
- Optimized user interface (consistent, built-in workflow)
- Assessment feedback (activity reports)
“We strive to find ways to improve the experience of e-Learning for both faculty and students, and Canvas can have a significant impact. The energy levels are running high among the faculty and staff involved in the Canvas Soft Launch this Spring and I see this as a confirmation that Canvas is a good fit here at FGCU.” said Dave Jaeger, Director of Web, e-Learning and Publications. “We have the opportunity to conduct online teaching and learning in a more engaging and exciting way.”
Dr. Carolynne Gischel is part of the Canvas Soft Launch Group, a team of twelve faculty who volunteered to teach their Spring classes with the Canvas LMS.
In describing course design in Canvas, Gischel says: “I am absolutely thrilled with Canvas! I was happy with ANGEL, but designing a course in Canvas is a much more logical, organized, efficient process. My course imported from ANGEL easily and Canvas knew just where to put everything! I’m amazed at how smooth these first few weeks have been – for me and for my students. Of course my favorite part is the Speed Grader! Between the rubrics and audio comments, assessing student work and giving meaningful feedback has never been easier or faster! “