Canvas provides various features and built-in supports that allow teachers to design and differentiate instruction in order to provide personalized learning experiences for students. Through Canvas, teachers have the ability to design and implement a variety of formative and summative assessments, integrate various intervention strategies, extend due dates, create learning pathways that can accommodate individual student needs.
To earn this 0.5 credit microcredential you will submit two types of evidence from the list of options to demonstrate your effective use of Canvas tools to differentiate instruction for learners. You will also complete a short written or video reflective analysis. Click Earn This Microcredential to learn more!
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Educators completing this microcredential will demonstrate their understanding of how to create personalized learning experiences and/or differentiate instruction for students using the various Canvas features and supports.
Mastery Paths : A built-in Canvas feature that allows teachers to create learning pathways for students based on student performance and/or student choice.
Differentiating Instruction : A way of teaching that requires teachers to know each of their students and their various learning levels. When a teacher differentiates instruction they provide learning experiences and opportunities that best fit each student’s needs.
Personalized Learning : Refers to instruction in which the pace of learning and the instructional approach are optimized for the needs of each learner. Learning objectives, instructional approaches, and instructional content (and its sequencing) may vary based on learner needs. The learning activities are meaningful and relevant to learners, driven by their interests, and often self-initiated.
Intervention Strategies : Tasks or activities that target specific content skills or topics and are designed to help students make improvements in their academic performance.
Modules : Used to organize and deliver content in Canvas. Modules can be organized by week, content, units, and more. Modules create a linear flow to what students should do in a course. Each module can contain content, files, links, assignments, discussions, and other learning materials.
Canvas is a big part of Mr. Clark’s class. He is looking for a way to use Canvas to differentiate the content and how it is delivered to his students. He would also like to adjust or extend the due dates on assignments, excuse students from assignments that they don’t need, and even assign remediation or extension activities to specific groups of students.
Since Mr. Clark uses Canvas with his students, what Canvas features and/or supports can he use to create personalized learning experiences for his students or differentiate assessments in Canvas? What suggestions or recommendations would you have for Mr. Clark?
Video: Submit a 10 - 15 minute video demonstrating your use of Canvas to create personalized learning experiences or differentiate instruction. You video must contain the following:
(1) You (the instructor) describing/providing directions. Your directions can be shared/embedded within Canvas. Just make sure that your video shares how the students know how to work through the Canvas course/module(s).
(2) Learners working in Canvas.
Video submissions should follow all relevant LEA (district/charter) guidelines.
Be sure to follow your district/charter guidelines for student privacy. Be sure to follow your district/charter guidelines for student privacy.
Student Work: Submit learner work samples and Canvas course screenshots for each of the items listed below. Screenshots must accompany each of the learner work samples. These screenshots allow you to share how the content/assessments are set up in Canvas. Make sure that student names and any other identifiable information is not provided or shared. The learner work samples provided must demonstrate your understanding of the Canvas feature or resource.
(1) Mastery Paths
(2) Canvas Groups
(3) Student Choice
(4) Intervention Strategies
(5) Individualization in An Assignment
Be sure to follow your district/charter guidelines for student privacy.
Lesson Plan: Submit a lesson plan you have developed and used in your instruction. This lesson plan must use Canvas to create a personalized learning experience, or differentiate instruction for your learners. Your lesson plan must include:
(1) Learning intentions (objectives) and success criteria (how will students know they have met the learning intentions.)
(2) Description of Canvas tools that will be used to support the personalized or differentiated learning experience.
(3) Description of the learning activities.
You may use the lesson plan template provided in the Resources section or any other effective lesson plan format.
Unit Plan: Submit a unit plan you have developed and used in your instruction. This unit plan must outline and describe your personalized and/or differentiated learning experiences for learners in Canvas. Your unit plan must include:
(1) Your unit's big idea and overall learning intention (objective) and success criteria (how will students know they have met the learning intentions).
(2) A clear outline and description of the personalized/differentiated learning activities.
(3) Description of Canvas resources and supports that will be used.
(5) Description of how data collected in this unit will be used.
Survey Results: Survey learners who have worked through your Canvas course that has been designed and created to create a personalized and/or differentiated learning experience. You can design your survey and questions, but the survey should contain the following questions:
(1) What did students like or dislike about the experience?
(2) Did the learning experience in Canvas assist in their understanding and mastery of the topic being covered?
Provide the survey results and a short reflection on what you learned as a result of this survey and how you will use these results as you continue to use Canvas to personalize and/or differentiate learning. Be sure to follow your district/charter guidelines for student privacy.
Testimonial: Provide a testimonial from a learner who has worked through your Canvas course that has been designed and created to create a personalized and/or differentiated learning experience. The learner's testimonial must include:
(1) What the student liked about the experience.
(2) How the learning experience in Canvas assisted in their understanding and mastery of the topic being covered.
This testimonial may be submitted as a video or text document. Be sure to follow your district/charter guidelines for student privacy.
Screencast: Create a narrated screencast that is no more than five minutes in length. This screencast should showcase a Canvas course that you have created and used with learners. The screencast should demonstrate your knowledge of Canvas and the resources that are available, and how you can use those resources to personalize and/or differentiate instruction using Canvas.
Candidate's Choice: Submit another type of evidence demonstrating your effective and consistent use of Canvas to differentiate instruction for learners.
Candidates are required to make 2 evidence submission(s).
Criterion 1: The evidence demonstrates proficient use of Canvas features and resources to personalize and/or differentiate learning.
Criterion 2: The evidence demonstrates that the educator uses advanced features of Canvas effectively to optimize workflow, analyze and interpret data, and/or organize course and school materials more efficiently to personalize and/or differentiate learning for learners.
Criterion 3: The evidence demonstrates that the educator has used Canvas consistently over time to optimize workflow, analyze and interpret data, and/or organize course and school materials more effectively to personalize and/or differentiate learning for learners.
Describe how you use Canvas as a consistent part of your instruction to differentiate instruction.
Discuss how your students benefit from your (and their) use of Canvas.
How do you plan to develop your use of Canvas in the future?
Criterion 1: Reflection demonstrates competency in using at least two of the Canvas features and resources to differentiate instruction in Canvas.
Criterion 2: Reflection demonstrates understanding of how using Canvas to personalize and/or differentiate instruction benefits learners.
Criterion 3: Reflection demonstrates a clear plan for how to strengthen use Canvas in the future to personalize and/or differentiate for learners.
Continued Progress: Promising Evidence on Personalized Learning https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1365.html In partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, RAND Corporation researchers obtained and analyzed data from the 2013-14 school year — including student performance data, teacher logs, student surveys, and teacher surveys — to create a broad picture of schools’ efforts to implement personalized learning and understand the outcomes.