To get true ROI on a Learning Management System (LMS), you need to engage both students and teachers with a cohesive, faculty-wide strategy and design framework. Unfortunately, schools often miss crucial implementation steps. As Australia’s leading LMS experts, we recently partnered with an Independent K-12 School to identify missed opportunities and deliver enhanced usage of their LMS – Canvas.
The school’s LMS was marked by a lack of cohesion. Teachers lacked a common approach for the distribution, submission and grading of homework and assignments, with only 29% of teachers using Canvas as a standalone tool for homework distribution. In Maths and Science, OneNote was popular for its annotation features, which are shareable between teacher and student. Whilst Canvas’ SpeedGrader could provide teachers with the ability to annotate certain assessment submissions, this feature wasn’t extended to students. Teachers were stuck on differing approaches.
In addition, the school had never established a unified design approach for the layout and flow of courses in Canvas. They were missing branding elements and each course was constructed according to the personal taste and technical ability of each teacher. The result was a confusing user experience for students and courses that didn’t feel like they matched the school’s brand.
Strawberry Solutions consulted with teachers to make a clear delineation between summative and formative assessments, so that summative assessments could be distributed, submitted and graded in Canvas and formative assessments (and homework) graded in either OneNote or Canvas.
We engaged with staff to discover the ideal way for a student and teacher to navigate through a Canvas course and we reviewed how the school can better utilise native Canvas functionality.
We documented our findings and agreed on a strategy that would unify teachers going forward. We then built our new branded design in our preferred authoring tool, Loree.
Key outcomes for the school were:
- A consistent, faculty-wide approach to homework and assignments.
- A wireframe design that represented the school’s brand whilst enhancing student experience.
- A Universal Course Template, built in Loree, that saved teachers’ precious time via easy updates and course creation.
- Increased ROI on the school’s investment in Canvas and an engaging learning environment for both teachers and