Teachers want the best for their students. They continually seek evidence-based ways to improve and measure student achievement. To facilitate this, administrators look to the exhaustive research of professor and educational thought leader John Hattie.

Hattie has dedicated his time to examining the results of 50,000 educational studies that collectively involved 80 million K-12 students. He then ranked teaching activities according to their effect on learning outcomes. 

Canvas offers features that support six learning activities in Hattie's Zone of Desired Effects, including self-reported grades, response to intervention, providing formative evaluation, reciprocal teaching, acceleration, and mastery learning. See how Canvas uniquely supports the following activities with exclusive features

Activity: Self-Reported Grades

Hattie observed that students are able to predict their own performance with the most accuracy.  But accuracy isn’t the point—it’s more about setting expectations. When students perform better than expected, they gain confidence and achieve more.

The Canvas Way: What-If Grades

With this feature, students can calculate their total class grade by entering hypothetical grades for individual assignments.  We don’t want students to obsess about points, but we do want to monitor their progress, and, with some encouragement, exceed their own expectations for achievement.

Activity: Response to Intervention

This simple, yet highly-effective approach is based on providing interventions for struggling students by presenting the same subject matter in a different way. Without technology, this would require re-teaching materials to the entire class (even to students who’ve shown mastery) or finding time to provide remediation for students individually.

The Canvas Way: MasteryPaths

By using MasteryPaths, teachers can determine which students have mastered a topic or skill and which need extra help. How students perform on an initial assignment determines their customized learning path, enabling teachers to identify and reach struggling students by presenting materials in new ways.

Check out this white paper to learn more evidence-based ways to improve student achievement with Canvas.

Keep Learning,

Dorin Shen
Sr. Product Strategist of K-12 Product Strategy, Instructure