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4 Ways to Drive Faculty Adoption of Canvas via Portfolium

Selecting the best-fit tools for faculty and student use takes equal parts time and effort, but once systems like Canvas and Portfolium are in place, the ability to transform the classroom experience is a simple click away. The Canvas and Portfolium integration provides students with the power to display their own beautifully organized collection of projects, work samples, activities, and accomplishments—which makes the work done inside the classroom portable and reportable for faculty. Unfortunately, with change often comes resistance.

Faculty may be hesitant to adopt Canvas and the added features of Portfolium into their routine because they represent a different way of getting things done. When adoption isn’t high, the end users who are meant to benefit from a new tool—students—don’t have the opportunity to do so. But linking your Canvas instance with the Portfolium app via the Edu App Center can actually help increase your faculty adoption. Here’s how:

1. Submitting Work More Easily

The integration of Portfolium into Canvas creates a positive experience for students, avoiding extra work for them and for faculty. Using the Portfolium app within Canvas allows students to quickly submit assignments that are already showcased in Portfolium, simply by copying the artifact’s URL from one into the other. Students’ work is maintained in a beautiful gallery directly within the Canvas class module and is easily reviewed by faculty.

Work submission features built into Canvas, with the help of Portfolium, increase the quality and presentation of classroom work, and sorting through various projects becomes a breeze for faculty. Because Portfolium integrates with tools that students are already using—like YouTube Google Drive and Prezi—students can submit work faster and monitor their submissions without leaving the Canvas platform. Timestamps offer an additional benefit to faculty in tracking submissions, and instances of plagiarism and copying are greatly reduced through these functions.

2. Embedding Portfolio Entries

One of the most helpful features available to faculty is the ability to view student work via their existing Canvas dashboard. Students have an opportunity to view sample work from faculty course modules and engage with portfolio entries from within Canvas. Similarly, polished work is available in the Canvas class module, and multimedia content from portfolio entries can be easily viewed or played by clicking on the link in Canvas.

Faculty benefits from embedding functions, as students can quickly access exemplary projects from previous courses. These integrated features from Portfolium create an environment of friendly competition and, because students become part of the social network aspect of Portfolium, they can measure themselves against their peers through the functionality found beyond Canvas.

3. Ease of Use

Faculty adoption often lags because new platforms present a time-consuming challenge to learn and master. According to recent research, time constraints on faculty are a significant barrier to learning a new LMS, and students face a similar obstacle in adopting new technology in education. If it isn’t an easy shift, faculty won’t buy in, and students won’t reap the benefits.

Fortunately, the integration of Portfolium with Canvas is simple to navigate, especially as it relates to viewing and managing the portfolio of work. Once linked, there’s no training required for faculty or students, thanks to the platform’s simple design and easy-to-learn features. If you can order something on Amazon, you can use Portfolium. Having Canvas, a simple but powerful LMS, connected to enhanced features through Portfolium mitigates the reasons why faculty often don’t utilize these systems, and it closes the technology gap between faculty and students.

4. Optimizing the User’s Experience Through Social Media Components

Students interact with social media nearly every day. Because Portfolium is a social network, it was built with social media components: a news feed, a suggestion feed, and the ability to connect with other students across the nation. Thanks to these interactive elements, students feel engaged and enthusiastic about using Portfolium inside and outside of Canvas. In turn, faculty are more likely to use a system that’s loved and regularly used by students.

Ready to get started with Portfolium and Canvas? Any system administrator of Canvas can easily integrate the two systems by finding the Portfolium app in the Edu App Center and requesting a passkey.

Join Canvas as we co-host the free webinar “Beyond the Classroom: Connecting Curriculum, Digital Credentials, and Careers” with partners Credly and Portfolium on Thursday, March 9th at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET. Register now.

Can’t make it to the webinar? Register anyway, and we’ll send you the recording. 

Keep Learning,
Sarah Pease
Director of Marketing, Portfolium Inc.