University of Wolverhampton Canvas
University of Wolverhampton Canvas
Canvas is the University of Wolverhampton’s new Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which is replacing WOLF (Wolverhampton Online Learning Framework) and WLVglobal from the academic year 2017/18.
Canvas is used by students and staff to support learning and teaching activities, including access to online learning materials and module activities such as discussions, quizzes and assignments.
About the Project
The reason for this change is that pedagogy and technology have moved at a great pace since WOLF was developed by the University in 1998; revolutionising learning and teaching. As part of the Digital Campus Programme, the University has partnered with Instructure, the supplier of Canvas, to reclaim our position as leaders in technology enhanced learning.
The decision to select Canvas as our new VLE was made following an extensive and inclusive procurement exercise. This directly involved over 70 members of the University community and included them in activities such as scoring, supplier demonstrations and hands-on evaluation. The approach underpinning this activity was to ensure that the chosen VLE could provide the tools to deliver effective learning and teaching.
During summer 2016, 22 academic programmes volunteered to use Canvas for the academic year 2016/17, these programmes are known as ‘Early Adopters’. The ‘Early Adopter’ staff and students provide feedback and information about Canvas, which is being utilised to inform the transition and where appropriate, make adjustments.
Canvas Support is available 24-7-365 via written and video guides, live chat, a designated UK Freephone number and an international number (charged at local rate). To access this support, log in to Canvas and click on the ‘Help’ button on the lower left-hand menu. Please utilise this service any time you require help with Canvas.
The following are training opportunities and associated availability. Please visit Organisational Development for registration and more information.
|Canvas4Learning||Jan – May 2017||The aim of the Canvas4Learning session is to identify the key learning and teaching strategies that you employ within your discipline. This will help us to ensure that your use of Canvas is informed and led by pedagogy rather than technology. Canvas4Learning sessions will be organised by your Faculty.|
|Canvas Quick Start||Jan – Sept 2017||This is an online learning package which is available to all staff. Canvas Quick Start is available on the eLearning Portal and explores the Canvas timeline, where additional training is available and how to log in to Canvas.|
|Blank Canvas||Jan – Apr 2017||The Blank Canvas sessions will allow new Canvas users to explore the system and its features. This will give the participants the basic understanding of how to use and progress with Canvas.|
|Blank Canvas (Online)||Jan – Apr 2017||The Blank Canvas sessions will allow new Canvas users to explore the system and its features. This will give the participants the basic understanding of how to use and progress with Canvas. This session is delivered purely online using video conferencing software.|
|Canvas Administration||Mar – Sept 2017||This session can be coordinated with Faculty Administrative Teams to demonstrate specific functionality in using Canvas and how they can support learning and teaching.|
|Supporting TNE and External Partners||Apr – Sept 2017||There are two specific sessions available to support UK and Overseas Partners. Firstly, Link Tutors will receive ‘Link Tutor Awareness’ training, providing them with the skills and knowledge to support staff at our TNE locations and partner institutions. Secondly, online sessions will be coordinated with Link Tutors for UK and Overseas Partner staff. These will be scheduled at suitable times to receive maximum attendance.|
|What to do with my content?||Apr 2017 – Onwards||This is an online video that showcases where and how to structure your content once it has been copied from WOLF/WLVglobal to Canvas.|
|Getting Ready||Apr – Oct 2017||This session is designed specifically for academics and provides them with the skills required to use Canvas with their students and help them prepare for the full launch of Canvas in August 2017. Participants can explore functionality and features while reviewing their own modules/courses with a Canvas expert.|
|Getting Ready (Online)||Apr – Oct 2017||This session is designed specifically for academics and provides them with the skills required to use Canvas with their students and help them prepare for the full launch of Canvas in August 2017. Participants can explore functionality and features while reviewing their own modules/courses with a Canvas expert. This session is delivered purely online using video conferencing software.|
|Explore Canvas||Oct 2017 – Onwards||This session is tailored to the attendees so that they can discuss specific areas they wish to explore and develop. Participants must come with prior knowledge of Canvas.|
|Canvas & Turnitin||Oct – Dec 2017||This session is designed to help academic staff prepare and use Turnitin in their Canvas course(s).|
If you have attended Canvas training or want to do something in Canvas and feel you would benefit from some “at-elbow” guidance, please contact the Digital Ambassadors with a brief description of what it is you’d like to discuss and a proposed date, time and location.
In addition, the following Canvas self-help training resources are available to staff:
- Getting Ready for Canvas
- UK and Overseas Partner Resources
- Canvas Community: Canvas has a fantastic community, where users can create and contribute to discussions, find ideas relating to their discipline and explore strategies to develop engagement.
- Canvas Guides for Instructors
- Canvas Video Guides for Instructors