Innovations in Canvas

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There are many tools that can be added to Canvas through it’s open code and these tools enable improved and additional functionality. These are called apps or LTIs because they work according to a standard called Learning Tools Interoperability. While many are available, few have been turned on at RMIT. The DSC Digital Learning Team is interested to trial some … Read More

Double the Learning

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Researchers at John Hopkins University have found that if you slightly vary the learning activity each time, then learning can be improved. To quote Science Alert from a post on 30 November 2017: The researchers figured this out by getting 86 volunteers to learn to a new skill – moving a cursor on a computer screen by squeezing a small … Read More

Canvas Video Capture

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Canvas has a marvellous tool in the editor that creates a video from your webcam, places it where you are editing and saves it to the Arc repository. This is potentially the easiest way to create welcome videos except that it requires your browser flash player to be up to date. Every time I have gone to demonstrate this feature in … Read More

Art Study Tour to New York

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Each Year Robyn Kingston runs a study tour to New York for students and others interested to get a unique insight into the New York art world. Robyn worked as an artist in New York for many years and has contacts and access to studios and galleries not otherwise viewable. The tour fills easily each year with students reporting it … Read More

Canvas update: Google Drive and Embedding 3D

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One of the strengths of Canvas is the ability to link and embed different types of tools from within course sites. Following are a couple of examples. Firstly, it’s good to see that Google Drive has been enabled in Canvas, and it even works with RMIT Google accounts. You can find it in the course menu. This feature will allow … Read More

Interview with Juan Sanin

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One of the great things about Canvas is that it’s open software. Anyone can create their own instance for free. When it became clear last year that RMIT would be getting Canvas there were a number of staff who started their own instance to learn the functionality and give it a try. One of these was Juan Sanin from Industrial … Read More

#thingsIlikeaboutcanvas #1 Redirect tool and LTIs

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Canvas works in a relatively open way, much more so than most LMSs. In some way it works as a lens to the web where your content can be made available, rather than trying to be a large unwieldy shell that tries to do everything, such as Blackboard and Moodle. For example Canvas doesn’t have blogging or wiki tools. This … Read More

Analytics: Improving the Student Experience through Feedback

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This project encompassed four areas of activity with the aim of both impacting students through the feedback of learning data; and impacting teaching staff through methods for designing student feedback which in turn feeds back into learning design. Knowledge in design methods for developing a feedback experience for students was gathered, as well as technical expertise in xAPI standard for … Read More

Students as Co-Elaborators

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I was lucky, thanks to Arthur Shelley to be able to attend some of the Melbourne Creative conference this week. A number of  leading Knowledge Management experts including from NASA and Cirque du Soleil presented. A highlight for me however was Jean-Charles Calliez. Jean Charles is a lecturer in genetics in the 3rd year degree at the Catholic University of … Read More