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Overview

BSBI already uses the Canvas platform as an extra tool for the students where they can find academic content, books and articles, siteography and bibliography. In relation to the full online delivery mode that we propose, and in order to enhance it more, we will add also a series of videolessons (asynchronous mode) which will add extra value to the programmes. We have planned to offer them as an additional resource also to the students that will attend the Masters with physical presence anyway, so that they have additional content.

Canvas is a web-based learning management system, or LMS. It is used by learning institutions, educators, and students to access and manage online course learning materials and communicate about skill development and learning achievement.

Canvas includes a variety of customizable course creation and management tools, course and user analytics and statistics, and internal communication tools.

Additionally, while Canvas is primarily a web-based software, any user can access Canvas on a mobile device from the Canvas Teacher, Canvas Student, and Canvas Parent apps.

Basic Canvas Features

Canvas includes a variety of built-in course construction and management tools that can be customized to create unique and accessible teaching and learning experiences.

Instructional designers and instructors may create and share course content using Assignments, Discussions, Modules, Quizzes, and Pages. They may also choose to foster a collaborative learning experience using Collaborations, Conferences, and Groups. Depending on course settings, students can access these areas in Canvas to find learning materials and interact with other course users.

Canvas also allows institutions and instructors to add state and institutional learning outcomes to rubrics in order to measure and track student skill development and learning achievement. Additionally course creators can use the Course Import Tool to bulk-upload pre existing LMS course packages and/or course materials.

Instructors can provide students with comprehensive feedback on assignment and quiz submissions using SpeedGrader and manage grade reporting in the Canvas Gradebook. They can also facilitate real-time course interactions using Chat and communicate course news and updates with students using Announcements as well as the Calendar and Syllabus.

Instructors and admins can gain greater insight into student success and make informed instructional decisions using data provided in Canvas Analytics. Admins can also access SQL data about their Canvas user and usage details form Canvas Data Services.

Canvas also includes the Canvas App Center, where admins, designers, and instructors can enable a variety of Eternal Apps (LTI Tools) and services. The ever-growing app library offers a wide array of interactive resources, content repositories, assessment tools, social media integrations, and other digital learning and teaching resources.

Additional Canvas Features

Institutions may choose to include additional Canvas features specifically designed to meet a variety of institutional, educational, and learning needs.

Canvas Catalog is a digital marketplace where students can register, enroll, and pay for courses.

Canvas Studio is an interactive video management platform that enhances student engagement and collaboration.

Canvas Commons is a learning object repository where teachers can store course content for their own use and for collaboration with colleagues both within and outside of their institution.

MasteryConnect allows designers and teachers to build, deploy, and manage formative and summative assessments across an institution. It provides schools with actionable data to improve teaching and learning.

Portfolium is an ePortfolio platform that integrates directly inside of Canvas. However, students also always have access to their Portfolium portfolios outside of Canvas even after they lose access to the LMS.

 

In the proposed online delivery model didactic activities are measured as follows: relation between the expected learning outcomes (based on the selected teaching and learning methods and assessment approaches) and the time available in terms of student workload. Activities are broken in:

  • attending or viewing lectures (synchronous live sessions* and asynchronous pre-recorded videolectures)
  • individual study based on the material provided in our Canvas platform
  • activities or practical / virtual lab exercises complemented with case studies and simulations

*for the synchronous part we will integrate the “Big Blue Button” API so there will be no need to use Zoom, Teams or any other teleconference software. In this way students will have everything they need on Canvas and they will only use one LMS.

For best performance, students should access Canvas with a computer that supports the most recent browser versions. It is recommended to use a computer five years old or newer with at least the following specifications:

  • 2 GHz processor or faster
  • 1GB RAM or greater
  • 80 GB hard drive or larger
  • Cable/DSL broadband connection or better
  • 1024×768 or greater resolution monitor
  • Video card
  • Sound card with microphone and speakers

Canvas only requires an operating system that can run the latest compatible web browsers. Computer’s operating system (Windows, Mac OSX, Linux) should be kept up to date with the latest recommended security updates and upgrades.

Along with compatibility and web standards, Canvas has been crafted to accommodate low bandwidth environments. It is recommended to have a minimum Internet speed of 512kbps, which is basic DSL.

Canvas supports all modern web browsers. It is recommended that students should download a second browser in case there are ever technical issues with the default browser. The supported browsers are:

  • Internet Explorer
  • Chrome
  • Safari
  • Firefox

JavaScript needs to be enabled in the browser and the Java plug-in is required for screen sharing in Conferences.

For the best user experience on smartphones and tablets, Canvas mobile application is required.

  • iPhone and iPad mobile apps:

Operating system is iOS 13 or higher

Minimum of 150MB free memory space

  • Android app:

Operating system is Android 6.0 or higher

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