To ensure educators built on what they learned, Lomax and Canvas Collaborators (power users designated by schools to help further Canvas adoption) led weekly refresher sessions over the summer.
“[Teachers asked] how do I create a page? What are some good elements for consistency on a home page?” Lomax said, “…A blank sheet is great if you’re creative, but it’s intimidating for teachers to come in and say, ‘how do I get everything I’ve been doing in my classroom onto a digital platform?’”
The district invested in course templates to offer educators a starting point. And as teachers wanted to replicate their familiar worksheets in Canvas LMS, Lomax and her team supported them in seeing the transition to a learning management system as an opportunity.
“How do we teach this concept differently? A more enriched way, a more interactive and engaged way. We worked with teachers on that, and then it was just like a wave. They just stayed right ahead of that wave,” Lomax said.
Establishing consistency from elementary to secondary in Canvas LMS courses also helped families feel comfortable keeping a pulse on how their students progress in classes in K-12. Cathy Larsen, Supervisor in the Digital Learning Department, also described the increased accessibility of course content for the community.
“[With Canvas LMS courses], we have taught teachers how to create a public-facing web page on our website so that when teachers, families, or anyone in public is searching for a class, there's a link to access their course content easily.”