The CLT can help faculty and departments setup Canvas courses to develop and share curriculum. We have developed a couple of scenarios that can help support efficient collaboration amongst faculty members.
Please note: We can setup a “Development Shell” for individual faculty looking to get a head start in developing their own content for future semesters. The scenarios below are appropriate when the content is intended to be shared amongst instructors.
CLT Supported Master Course
This course is a fully developed Canvas shell that every instructor teaches off of each semester. Each academic department needs to decide how much flexibility is appropriate for each section.
Typically the course has a fully developed gradebook, assignments with instructions, readings and activities. Dates will be setup for a typical section which allows the dates to be close to what is needed for each instructor. Teaching instructions that are hidden from students can be included with each unit to support instructors.
The CLT will help in the development of the master course. We can provide support with instructional design, graphic and layout and Canvas settings. We can review content and provide feedback looking at best practices and simply an extra set of eyes for the experience of students moving through the course.
A faculty point person needs to be assigned for each Master Course. Typically we keep the number of faculty with edit access to the Master course very small (preferably only one). The point person should solicit feedback from fellow faculty in order to improve the course on an ongoing basis.
Each semester CLT will copy the course to each section. When we do so we can provide a QA review of any course updates as well as adjust the dates to their equivalent in the new semester. We will work with the faculty point person to determine when updates to the Master course will be completed prior to QA review and course copy.
Some departments may prefer to manage a Master Course in Canvas on their own with minimal CLT involvement each semester for copying content. These are typically fully developed Canvas courses that will be used by each course section.
We will setup a Canvas course for the Master Course and work with the faculty to build out the course to their needs. We have developed some best practices that will assist in the management of these courses.
As updates are made, the CLT can provide a QA review for courses upon request but we will not do this automatically.
Each Master Course should have a faculty point person assigned. The point person will have edit rights to the course and all other involved faculty will have view access with the ability to copy content.
Common units are a Canvas course setup to hold units or modules that all sections of the course in question will teach. Typically this might be a common assignment or common experience that is carefully prescribed.
The CLT can setup a Canvas course for departments to manage their common units. A faculty point person needs to be assigned who along with the CLT will have edit rights to the content. Typically we work closely with faculty to fully develop the content, including assignment instructions, graphic design elements and ensuring that all settings are correct.
The CLT can manage the copying and setup of the content each semester. When we do this we will also perform a QA check on settings before copying the content into each section. We will work with the faculty point person to identify the correct processes to ensure that this is done appropriately.
If a department does not want to have the CLT copy the content for them, we can give all faculty who teach the course will have viewable access to the content so that they can copy it themselves.
A repository is a place for faculty to share ideas, assignments and readings. It is meant to be used as a common resource for the course for all faculty who teach that course. It is not meant to be a pre-built curriculum for faculty.
This is best utilized when there is great freedom amongst instructors in how the content is delivered and even the nature of the content.
The CLT will support departments in creating an organizational structure for the repository and will help ensure that the correct faculty have access.
This solution works best when a faculty point person is assigned to each repository.