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@Chesapeake College


Canvas by Instructure

The LMS (learning management system) selection committee has selected Canvas to be the new LMS  for Chesapeake College, replacing ANGEL.  The contract with ANGEL ends on June 30, 2013.  A pilot group of courses will use Canvas during the Spring 2013 semester and fully launch for the Summer 2013 semester.

Every section of every course at Chesapeake has an online site in CANVAS.  Most instructors – even in face-to-face classes – use a Canvas site to provide course content, connect you to course activities and assignments, and display grades.  Plan to log in to Canvas a week before the semester starts to read the course syllabus and a message from your instructor, explaining how to prepare for the first day of class.

Canvas Features

  • Significantly faster tools for grading.
  • Notification options for faculty and students using Facebook, Twitter, SMS, and more.
  • Integration with Google docs.
  • Wikis, RSS feeds, web conferencing integrations, and more.
  • Works on any modern browser, including mobile browsers. Mobile apps are forthcoming.
  • Easy you-tube-like tools for posting video, available to faculty and students.
  • One-click recording and posting of webcam video, available to faculty and students.
  • Clean, intuitive user interface, featuring drag and drop usability throughout.
  • Rapid migration tool for pulling content (including quizzes and assignments) from Blackboard Vista/CE/ANGEL.
  • Gold Star Certification for accessibility from the National Federation for the Blind.
  • ephetteplace says:

    Hi Angelina,
    Sorry to respond to you so late. I’m not sure if Canvas can do this, but the best way to find out is the click the “Help” link in the upper right of Canvas and then Report a Problem. This will send your request back to our Canvas experts who can take a look to see if there’s something that meets your needs.

    July 16, 2013 at 2:22 pm
  • jgunsallus says:

    Hi Angelina,
    This is an interesting question. This type of functionality does not exist in Canvas at this time. The amount of time spent in Canvas does not necessarily correspond to the quality of time spent in Canvas. Typically, many course materials are outside of the Canvas environment – such as your textbook or a link in Canvas that takes you to another site. In these cases, tracking the amount of time does not provide a realistic view of what was done in Canvas. What matters more is whether or not assignments are submitted on time and the quality (which your instructor assesses) of that assignment.

    I hope this helps guide your educational experience using Canvas.

    September 30, 2013 at 6:09 pm