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CANVAS: LEARNING

MANAGEMENT
SYSTEM
Chris Brock
ITEC 7445
Ed.S. Chester Fuller
July 10, 2017
Emerging Technology
What is Canvas LMS?
• Canvas is a Learning Management System or SML
• Benefits of Canvas
• Instructors can use Canvas to develop secure online
courses for instructional purposes
• Students use Canvas to access:
• Assignments
• Grades
• Course calendars
• Custom learning paths
• And much more
• Canvas is a technology that helps take the classroom
experience into the 21st Century.
All the Cool Things Canvas can doo
Click on the image below to watch a short
video about the ways Canvas can be used.
The Technology Vision of Paulding
County School District?
• According to the Three Year Technology Play 2014-2017
for Paulding County School (2014)
• “The technology mission of the Paulding County School
District is to provide the technology infrastructure for
every student and teacher to be technology literate and
utilize technology as a vital component of the instructional
program.”
• “In the Paulding County School District, integration of
technology with curriculum is expected and, as more
teachers are becoming comfortable with newer
technology, is becoming a reality.”
The Technology Vision of Paulding
County School District?
• According to the Three Year Technology Play 2014-2017
for Paulding County School (2014)
• “As the district works toward providing students with an
integrated curriculum relevant to their needs, technology
becomes an essential component in instruction.”
Canvas will Support the Technology vision
of Paulding County School by…
• Providing teachers and students with access to technology that
is vital to a 21st century learning environment. Technology
must…..
• Be relevant
• Canvas locates instruction and learning into one place
• Promotes higher learning
• Instructional design that meets the learning goals of all
students
• Increase technology skills
• Provides students with daily access to online instructions
• Provides teachers with a technology that can support their
implementation of instruction.
Canvas will Support the Technology vision
of Paulding County School by…
• Allowing teachers to integrate technology into the
curriculum on a daily bases by supporting the
• Delivering of instruction
• Instructors can develop online classrooms
• Teachers can continue to use other electronic resources
that integrate into Canvas LMS
• Use of Professional tools
• Canvas provides teachers with Commons an online
resource designed to increase teacher resouces.
• Canvas provide instructors with the ability to develop
online professional development communities to improve
instruction.
Canvas will Support the Technology vision
of Paulding County School by…
• Providing students with technology resources that are
essential for instruction in a 21st century classroom, such
as
• Access to technology
• Provided students will 24 hour access to classroom
• Insure greater equality to meet the needs of all students
• Applying technology to learning goals
• Improve student collaboration through social learning experiences
• Student can use integrated web tools to enhance the learning
capabilities of Canvas
How will Canvas Meet the Needs of Our
Students?
• Benefits for students
• Assess to information
• Students can get access to study material from
anywhere and at anytime
• Canvas’s mobile able allows student engaged at
anytime
• Centralized instruction
• Instructional material can be located on in on place
• Students can view multiple classroom through
Canvas
How will Canvas Meet the Needs of Our
Students?
• Benefits for student
• Improved communication skills
• Student access to announcements, calendar,
discussion
• Canvas allows communication in the form of writing,
video and audio
• Student centered instruction
• Scholars can learn at the own pace and place
• Instruction be personalized to meet the needs of each
student
How will Canvas Meet the Needs of Our
Students?
• Benefits for student
• Improved time management skills
• Students increase productive by working on their own
time
• Canvas allows students to prepare in advance to
meet due dates
• Student tracking of grades
• Scholars can view results from assignments
• Canvas allows students to see their areas of
weakness and maximize learning
What are the Technology Requirements
for Implementing Canvas into our School?
• According to Canvas (2017)
• Operating system
• Windows 7 and newer
• Mac OSX 10.6 and newer
• Linux chromeOS
• Mobile operating system native app support
• iOS 7 and newer (versions vary by device)
• Android 4.2 and newer
What are the Technology Requirements
for Implementing Canvas into our School?
• According to Canvas (2017)
• Computer Speed and Processor
• Use a computer 5 years old or newer when possible
• 1GB of RAM
• 2GHz processor
• Internet Speed
• Along with compatibility and web standards, Canvas
has been carefully crafted to accommodate low
bandwidth environments.
• Minimum of 512kbps
What Support do Teachers Need to Insure
a Successful Integration of Canvas?
• First, I would advise a slow role out of Canvas to build
teacher confidence and support for the Learning
Management System.
• The first year of the role out need to focus on educating
teachers and administrations on the fundamental of
Canvas.
• Schools need to search for technology savvy teachers to
participate in Canvas trainings to become Canvas
Champions.
• The Canvas Champions will provide day to day support
for teachers at each local school.
What Support do Administrators Need to
Insure a Successful Integration of
Canvas?
• Provide Professional development
• At school
• Canvas Champion Training
• Before, after and in school trainings
• Through Canvas
• Web conferencing for face to face instruction
• Canvas built instructional classes for educational
support
• Encourage teachers to use Canvas Help Desk
• Encourage teachers to use Canvas Commons
• Share resources with teachers from around the world
What Support do Students Need to Insure
a Successful Integration of Canvas?
• Teacher and administrative support
• Make Canvas a one stop shop for curriculum and instruction
• Communicate the ease of access
• BYOD
• Canvas mobile App
• Parent support
• Encourage parents to participate
• Provide sign up and log in during after school events
• Education parents on benefits of Canvas
• Grades, announcements, calendars
• Improved communication between students and
teachers
Are There any Limitations of Canvas?
• Safety
• Must educate students and teachers on digital
citizenship
• Plagiarism
• Bullying
• Ethical Issues
• Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
• Can school disclose student information to Canvas?
• If so, parents must consent to release information
• If no, we can remove the information and online
grading
What are the Financial Costs of
Implementing Canvas into Our School?
• According to Canvas (2017)
• “The cost to implement Canvas varies based on size,
training, support, and other localized factors, but our
pricing model is simple enough to explain in one
sentence: You pay a one-time implementation fee and
an annual subscription fee based on your total number
of users.”
What are Potential Sources of Funding for
Canvas in Our School?
• Several Paulding County Schools have foundations that
to raise money classroom technologies
• There are many businesses that provide grants for school
technologies, such as
• Intel
• Corning Incorporated Foundation
• Search for grants using sites such as
• Grant Watch
• Grants.Gov
• TeachersCount
Four Curriculum Questions for Canvas in
the Classroom
• How will Canvas be used to meet content standards and
student technology standards?
• How will Canvas promoted student specific learning
goals?
• How will Canvas promote differentiated learning?
• How will Canvas encourage communication locally and
globally with students, parents, peers, and the larger
community?
How will Canvas be used to Meet Content
Standards and Student Technology
Standards?
• Meeting content standards
• Teachers can use Canvas Learning Outcomes to align
assignment with state and common core standards.
• Instructors can provide cross-curriculum instruction by
attaching standards from other disciplines by using
Canvas Learning Outcomes.
How will Canvas be used to Meet Content
Standards and Student Technology
Standards?
• Meeting technology standards
• Improve digital citizenship
• Provide digital tools to construct knowledge
• Allow technology to take active role in the learning
process
• Use digital tools to connect learners to global
communities
How will Canvas Promoted Student
Specific Learning Goals?
• Instructors can develop individualized paths for learners
• Student selection or data driven paths
• Student instruction base on choice, pace, and path.
• Formative and summative assessments designed to
lead students towards rigorous and meaningful
instruction.
• Multiple tools and resources for students
• Canvas can integrate a wide variety of Web 2.0 tools
into the platform.
• Audio, video, and written delivery and submission of
materials
How will Canvas Promote Differentiated
Learning?
• 3 ways Canvas supports differentiated learning
• Choice
• Student will have options to work on assignments
based on their readiness level, interest levels, and
learning style
• Pace
• Scholars will work on assignments at a pace that
meets their learning needs.
• Path
• Student will complete tasks based on their ability or
intellectual capacity.
Research Evaluation on Canvas
• Currently there is little research on Canvas LMS
• Reach does indicate a growing popularity in LMS
Technology and Canvas LMS
• According to World Economic Forum, learning
management systems are increasing because
• “LMSs have tremendous potential to indirectly facilitate
the development of 21st-century skills such as
collaboration and communication as students interact with
digital content and with each other.” (2015, p.13)
Research Evaluation on Canvas
• According to the Educause Center for Analysis and
Research (2014), there is an increasing need for Learning
Management Systems
• “With the global LMS market expected to approach nearly
$8 billion in 2018, the competitive landscape for LMS
improvements is favorable to buyers seeking to improve,
change, or enhance their LMS.” (2014, p. 22)
Research Evaluation on Canvas
Increasing Market Share of
Canvas

• According to Edutechnica
(2017)
No “Other” LMS seemed to
gain significant traction
during this time period.
Rather, there is an
increasing consolidation of
institutions onto
Blackboard, Moodle,
Canvas, and D2L.
Three Year Plan for Implementing Canvas
• Year one:
• Goals
• Present Canvas to teachers through three
professional learning events
• Basics instruction
• Intermediate instruction
• Advanced instruction
• Develop a Canvas Champion for each school to
provide day to day support for school
• 50% or higher participation from teachers
Three Year Plan for Implementing Canvas
• Year two:
• Goals
• Develop four more Canvas Champions per school to
provide day to day support for core subjects
• Develop exemplar Canvas courses for each core
subjects
• 3 Provide content specific professional developments
to promote exemplar Canvas courses
• Encourage administrators and instructors to use
Canvas to support professional learning instruction
• 75% or higher participation from teachers
Three Year Plan for Implementing Canvas
• Year three:
• Goals
• 90% participation from teachers
• Goals
• Develop 3 more Canvas Champions per school to
provide day to day support for elective subjects
• Develop exemplar Canvas courses for each elective
subjects
• Continue to provide content specific professional
developments to promote exemplar Canvas courses
• Encourage administrators and instructors to use
Canvas to support professional learning instruction
• 90% or higher participation from teachers
Reflection on Canvas LMS
• I believe Canvas creates a culture of high expectation
• Positive learning environments for all students
• Comprehensive learning environments that insures
mastery of learning objectives
• I believe Canvas increases student access to 21st century
learning environments
• Centralized learning hub for student learning
• Improves student engagement through multimedia
contents and web 2.0 tools
Reflection on Canvas LMS Cont’d
• I believe Canvas supports innovative instruction and
curriculum
• Rigorous and engaging instruction for students
• Educational communities that support teachers and
administrators
Work Cited
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http://edutechnica.com/page/4/
Affordability. (n.d.). Retrieved July 09, 2017, from
https://www.canvaslms.com/affordability
Dahlstrom, E., Brooks, D. C., & Bichsel, J. (2014, September). The Current
Ecosystem of Learning Management Systems in Higher Education: Student,
Faculty, and IT Perspective. Retrieved July 09, 2017, from
https://library.educause.edu/resources/2014/9/the-current-ecosystem-of-
learning-management-systems-in-higher-education-student-faculty-and-it-
perspectives
New Vision for Education: Unlocking the Potential of Technology. . (2015).
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http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEFUSA_NewVisionforEducation_Report
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Paulding County School District: Three-Year Technology Plan. (2017, May). Retrieved
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What are the basic computer specifications for Canvas? (2017, June 24). Retrieved
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