There is a lot of talk about making courses accessible for learners. New federal laws as well as lawsuits against universities add an urgency to making courses accessible for all learners before a student with a disability registers for a class. Fortunately, there are are four simple steps that can make a big impact on course design.
Course Navigation (on the left-hand side of your course page) is important part of the organization of your course. It can be customized by reordering and hiding navigation links. As an instructor, you can reorder the navigation links you are using and hide the ones that you are not using. This can make your course more organized. To find more information, please see this step-by-step guide.
Angela Maiers presents "Getting Technology Right" at 2016 Instructure Conference
2016 Canvas InstructureCon Conference keynote speaker, Angela Maiers, author of several books has teamed up with Microsoft to help educators broaden their classroom on her new Choose2Matter global initiative. The Choose2Matter movement challenges and inspires students to work collaboratively to develop innovative solutions to real-life situations. Her presentation, Getting Technology Right was a timely piece to what we all experience in eLearning.
Online instructors need to be intentional about creating a sense of presence in their courses so that students know that somebody is leading their educational experience. This sense of presence consists of three dimensions: persona, social and instructional. For more information, please read Creating a Sense of Instructor Presence in the Online Classroom.
Touchcast is an application with multiple features that are useful in lecture capture, such as annotation of images, videos, or on whiteboards. It also allows the recordings to be saved as mp4s, which can be uploaded to Kaltura. This free app is the one I would use if I needed to record outside of the studio.
The quizzes feature in Kaltura makes it possible for you to add quizzes within your videos. Students may watch a portion of the video, pause for a quiz within Kaltura, and then, continue with the video. This eliminates the need for the student to navigate away from the video to take a quiz or wait until the video is over. Check out this video to see how it is done.
Justin Moon, Manager of Media Production in the Division of eLearning & Professional Studies, shares how he worked with School of Engineering Professor Dr. Karthikeyan Lingasubramanian to capture whiteboard data and use media to enhance the online portion of his blended/flipped class and make it a better learning environment for on-campus, as well as online learning.
A Learning Tools Inoperability (LTI) is a third party tool that may be added to a Canvas course. LTIs provide quick access to external websites, apps, and tools, such as YouTube, Dropbox, or Google Charts. LTIs are also referred to as apps. Instructors, depending on your department’s configuration, can add LTIs to their course by visiting the ‘Apps Center’ under Settings. For more information on the App Center, review ‘How do I use the App Center in my course?’