Tips for Optimizing Canvas
Nov. 7, 2017
It’s probably safe to say that most people involved in health care online learning, and Concorde’s online programs in particular, are well-familiar with the learning management system known as Canvas.
Canvas is the helpful system which conveniently allows students to communicate with their instructors. It’s the system by which students turn in homework assignments and receive future projects. It’s how students learn their grades. Health care online learning is made simpler and more efficient through Canvas.
There are a few tricks to optimizing the Canvas experience when it comes to health care online learning. To help illuminate some of these tips, we sought the advice of Heather Barkes, Concorde’s Learning Management Systems Administrator.
Here’s what Heather had to say.
Ensure you are using a supported browser
Technology plays a key role in creating a successful learning environment through Canvas. If you are using a personal computer, please review the links below to ensure you are receiving the optimal performance from Canvas. Firefox and Chrome are the recommended browsers.
Customize your Canvas Dashboard for health care online learning
The User Dashboard is the first thing you will see when you log into Canvas. The User Dashboard helps you see what is happening in all your courses and allows you to figure out what to do next. You can return to your User Dashboard at any time by clicking the Dashboard link in the Global Navigation.
The Dashboard defaults to the course view, which provides access and updates in favorite courses. The Dashboard also includes a sidebar, which helps show upcoming events in your courses.
Customize course cards
Course cards can help you organize your courses by customizing the color and creating a nickname. To change the color, click the card’s More Options icon, then select a new color. The check mark indicates the selected color. Or type in a nickname to help you identify the course differently.
Customize your course list
In Global Navigation, click the Courses link, then click the All Courses link.
To favorite a course, click the star next to a course. Courses with filled stars show the course is a favorite.
Note: After you have manually favorited at least one course, Canvas automatically favorites any new published course enrollments for you.
Change Dashboard view
The Dashboard offers several views depending on your preference. The Dashboard defaults to the course card view, which displays course cards for all your favorite courses. To help manage Canvas activity, the Dashboard also supports the Global Activity Stream, which shows recent activity for all your Canvas health care online learning.
To change your Dashboard view, click the Settings menu and select your preferred viewing option.
Mobile app for health care online learning
Another way to navigate through Canvas is through the Canvas Mobile Learn App. The app will let you take your Concorde classes with you on the go. The app is available for download on iOS 10+, Android 4.2+ devices.
Just search for “Canvas by Instructure” within your App Store.
Microsoft Office applications
You will find that many of your assignments will use Microsoft Office applications. Don’t have Microsoft Office? No worries. Office 365 is available to use or download through your Concorde email account.