Utilizing Canvas Outside of the Classroom

Submitted by Jake Ormond on

Participants registered and attended the face-to-face workshop that was presented using Canvas. Individuals registered for the course using a provided link. Participants completed a pre-assessment to measure their understanding of utilizing Canvas outside of the classroom according to the learning objectives. After the pre-assessment the workshop included topics on the purposes of using a LMS (according to eLearning Industry), connecting benefits of a LMS to out-of-class activities, and discussing how EMCC can move forward with these ideas in mind. Participants were required to post their ideas on the discussion board to move forward in the course environment and complete the post-assessment. Individuals who completed all aspects and earned 100% on the post-assessment earned the Canvas Badge.

Eleven of the 12 participants completed the course and earned 100% on the post-assessment, and 10 of those 11 earned the Canvas badge. A full data report has been attached in the files included the learning objectives, assessment, final data reports and ways to improve this workshop in the future.

See the attached CATS document for the expanded abstract. 

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Assessment of the Month
Average: 4.5 (6 votes)


Laura Dulgar Wed, 09/13/2017 - 12:08pm

This was a very helpful workshop. It is a great idea to think about how we can use technology, that is typically used for the classroom, outside the classroom to engage students. It is a familiar venue for them so it would most likely be easier for them to actually use. Thanks!

Patricia Cardenas-Adame Wed, 09/13/2017 - 4:11pm


Great way to spread the word about the use of Canvas outside the classroom.  Your approach using meaningful pre and post assesments for the workshop certainly does speak to the core value of a learning college.  Thank you for sharing your resources. 

Jake Ormond Wed, 09/13/2017 - 1:59pm

In reply to by Patricia Cardenas-Adame

Thank you, Pattie. I appreciate your kind words. I entirely agree that Canvas directly speaks to the learning college philosophy and it will serve a great tool as we move forward in assessing student programs outside of the classroom. 

Olga Tsoudis Wed, 09/13/2017 - 2:06pm

Jake, We should all be sharing our ideas and projects like this. Great job on not only sharing with colleagues but also doing a pre and post survey to see if it worked! Thanks for allof your work!



Jake Ormond Wed, 09/13/2017 - 2:11pm

Thank you, Olga. I am very excited to be able to share my ideas about utilizing Canvas not only as a classroom learning tool, but also for student programs and initiatives. 

Jill Santy Thu, 09/14/2017 - 11:05am

Since I love Canvas whether it is inside the classroom or out, I truly enjoyed seeing new possibilities for its use!  As a strong advocate of service learning, I found several applications I can possibly implement due to the presentation you created,Jake.  As a result and with your assistance, we will be creating a new badge for service learners that hopefully I can share with everyone else who uses service learning as a component of their curriculum.  Thanks again--time well spent (as you can see from the pre- and post- results!).

Jake Ormond Thu, 09/14/2017 - 11:29am

In reply to by Jill Santy

Thank you for your feedback, Jill! I am looking forward to working with you later this month to create the Canvas Badge for Service Learning. I think this was a great idea, and an innovative way to motivate students to participate in civic engagement. 

Catherine Cochran Mon, 09/18/2017 - 2:42pm

Hi Jake,

Excellent job!  This is an innovative approach in mobilizing Canvas outside the classroom.  I like the suggestions for the future list too.  Great CATS Jake!

Jake Ormond Mon, 09/18/2017 - 2:44pm

In reply to by Catherine Cochran

Thank you, Catherine! I am glad that you enjoyed reading about the results. I think it could even apply to counseling in developing career readiness of students and implementing career planning tools to better support student success. Thanks again for the feedback. 

Amy Hill Mon, 09/18/2017 - 5:08pm

Hi Jake,

I enjoyed reading your CATS and it actually spurred an idea for a CATS for me to submit on the open house sessions I have been doing for students interested in the SLPA program and potentially doing some sort of CANVAS course for that in the future.  

Teri Graham Tue, 09/19/2017 - 4:41pm


Thank you for all of your support and efforts in assisting us with expanding assessment throughout EMCC.  This is a very informative CATS and innovative idea!