Creating effective and engaging Canvas courses can be a daunting task, but fluctuating conditions can make this endeavor feel almost impossible. Yet, despite the challenges, following a few simple guidelines can help faculty create courses that provide a meaningful experience for students no matter what changes come your way.
- Focus on Accessibility: Along with traditional considerations for student accessibility, faculty should design courses that make materials available in various ways. Looking at accessibility in a broad sense can help engage students under changing circumstances.
- Design for Multiple Devices: Students may switch between phones, tablets and occasionally laptops. To account for this, faculty should try designing courses using various devices. This can help faculty be more aware of the student experience in their course.
- Build in Feedback: Giving students ample feedback is a great way to keep communication lines open, even if plans change. Canvas has many options to provide feedback in creative and meaningful ways. This helps keeps students up to date regardless of shifts during the semester.
- Make it Simple: When conditions are subject to change, the best way to make a course manageable is to keep your course design clear and simple. Make sure that students can find what they need easily and organize to minimize hassle for yourself if things change.
In uncertain times, course design can seem complicated. But with smart design, faculty can create courses that can flex with an ever-changing world.
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