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Learning Technologies

Texas A&M University currently supports the following learning technologies. The Office for Academic Innovation promotes learning technologies that integrate into Texas A&M University’s Learning Management System as a way to optimize the teaching and learning experience for both course instructors and students. 
 

Canvas Out of the Box

Canvas offers features that can enhance your teaching power and the student’s learning experience, saving you more time and effort, and allowing greater focus on other priorities. We will discuss current and future features that will be available in Canvas. Let’s dive in!

Content Delivery

 

Cloud-Based Course Content

 

Your Canvas course can organize and store all related materials in one centralized and secure location in a way that is easy for your students to locate and self-serve, which helps limit unnecessary correspondence. Students can access their course files 24/7 with the click of a button.

Google Apps

Upload documents, files, videos and more to Google Drive and add them seamlessly to your Canvas course materials. You can also use Google Docs, Slides and Sheets to create collaborative assessments for students to work on in real-time.

Rich Content Editor

You can easily create, curate and upload content to Canvas using the Rich Content Editor. You can integrate more than just text – integrate videos, documents, links to resources, and equations and formulas using the Wiris Equation Editor. As a bonus, use the built-in Accessibility Checker run a quick accessibility check on content you have created within the Editor

Canvas Apps

Always on the run? Instructors can download the Canvas Teacher App that allows you to facilitate your courses on the go. This app provides quick access to communication tools, grading, and updating content.
 
Students can download the Canvas Student App to access their courses and groups using a mobile device. Students can view grades and course materials, submit assignments, and use the communication tools.

Portfolium

Portfolium is a space where students can showcase their achievements to potential employers and connect with other Folio users. This tool simplifies the assessment of student outcomes, proves institutional value by showcasing evidence of learning, and keeps students engaged along/pathways that ultimately prepare them for their career.
 

Assessments & Assignments

Assignments

 

Canvas maintains assignment integrity by allowing you to create places for students to securely upload submissions with time-stamped entries. You can also integrate auto-graded assignments with the ability to display instant feedback. The assessment tools in Canvas will eliminate hauling around stacks of student papers and preventing debates about lost assignments, as well as scoring and storing large amount of Scantrons.

Exams

Deliver your tests, exams, and finals in Canvas using the Quiz tool. Choose from 11 different question types to assess your students’ learning. You can also create your exam to be automatically graded.

Grading Control

Students always know where they stand in your course because the Gradebook in Canvas is always available. Canvas makes grading assignments fast and simple, saving you time through using the SpeedGrader. You can easily annotate over student submissions or give feedback using rubrics so students know how they did on assignments. 
 

Communication

Inbox

The Canvas Inbox functions like an email account that helps you communicate with your students in all courses. You never have to deal with managing email addresses for your students or looking for past email conversations as they are all easy to access and retained in Canvas.

Calendar

The Calendar feature populating all your class assignments to help you stay current and prevent missing out. This feature will show what is due for students to turn in and what needs to be graded by instructors.

Discussions

Canvas provides an integrated system for class discussions, allowing both instructors and students to start and contribute to as many discussion topics as desired. Discussions can be graded or ungraded to mimic face-to-face discussions in a physical class space. 

Annoucements

All your students can get important updated information instantly, without having to go through your email accounts or multiple channels outside of Canvas.
 

Collaboration

Collaborative Spaces and Groups

Canvas provides a virtual space for students to work on collaborative documents and discussions, which are saved in real-time, meaning a change made by any of its users is immediately visible to everyone.

Assignment Feedback

Instructors can easily give feedback on assignments so students know what is expected of them and how they did.

Peer Review

Use the built-in Peer Review feature in assignments and discussions to enable students to provide feedback on other students’ submissions. This tool allows communication between students and can help them master the concepts of a course through learning from each other.
 

Automation & Efficiencies

List View

If you include due dates for your assignments, tell your students to use the List View on their Dashboard to see an Agenda of all of the coursework they need to complete. This alternative view will meet students where they are by giving them control of their time management and ultimately promoting student success.

To-Do List

The To-Do list reminds students of upcoming assignments that they need to complete for your course to easily help them manage their time.

Notifcations

Instructors and students can get alerts sent to them directly via email or through the Canvas app. You can customize your notifications at the Account or Course level to give you and your students control on how you receive important notifications.

Bulk Assignment Editing
Edit all of the due dates for your assignments in one place! Additionally, if you previously assigned differentiated due dates for sections, students, or groups, you can bulk update these due and availability dates.

The Roll Call Attendance

This tool in Canvas allows you to take attendance for both online or face-to-face courses. Easily mark students as present, late or not present to then assign a grade.

 

Analytics

Course Analytics

Get a pulse of your students’ activity and performance in your course through the Canvas Course Analytics tool.

 

Third-Party Tools in Canvas

  • Accessibility & Academic Integrity

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  • Communication & Collaboration

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  • Assignment & Assessment

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  • Multimedia

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