Longwood University utilizes Canvas, by Instructure, as its learning management system. Each academic course automatically receives a corresponding space in Canvas. Although the extent of its use varies throughout the institution, the Digital Education Collaborative considers its administration and oversight of Canvas a quintessential responsibility surrounding the intentional integration of technology in educational environment. Some members of Longwood community may recall “Canvas Corner” as a recurring lunch-and-learn topic circa 2013-2016. To streamline and offer near-instantaneous information sharing, Longwood’s Canvas Corner offers a one-start-shop for content surrounding the teaching and learning community’s use of the LMS.
An alternative to a one-stop-shop’s all-inclusive content, Longwood’s Canvas Corner presents its user community with direct access to information most frequently requested through the DEC’s learning technologies help desk; the equivalent of a “start here” menu. Highlights include the global status of Canvas components, known issues, video tutorials, information on the feature request process and feature ideas from select categories. Teaching faculty and staff will find a variety of professional development opportunities, both face-to-face and online, resources related to academic integrity in the online environment, and corresponding guides to share with learners. The featured screencast corresponds to the Canvas update cycle and will refresh every three weeks. See more for yourself: