I've read the previous questions and responses about sample Canvas courses, and I have to say: "Growing with Canvas" is NOT an effective example for us to be using for creating our own courses. Although I know each module builds in complexity, all I'm seeing so far after the initial page of modules is pages of pure text-- the equivalent of boring Power Point slides. It is NOT multimodal-- it is NOT neuro-diversity and learning-diversity friendly. If we are to believe that Canvas offers real options for our students we need to see some. What I'm seeing so far is miles less interactive and engaging than what I currently do on iLearn. Canvas needs to provide some real examples from different disciplines that we can explore.
I hope this post does not read as disrespectful to AT-- I know you're working hard for this transition. But I will not be quiet about issues that impact students negatively. I'm going to need evidence of what Canvas can provide, and "Growing with Canvas" does not meet my pedagogical standards so far. I promise you, students would not even read the full introduction module. It might as well be a page from a textbook without a picture. We can't be offering students a website that's less engaging than what their banking app provides and expect that they'll use it effectively.
So I'm going to assume Canvas can do much more, and we need to be shown examples of that. Canvas ought to be providing those examples to SFSU for the fees we're paying them.
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