Each learning management system (LMS) offers different educational experiences. There are benefits and challenges to putting your online learning/teaching experience into a specific LMS. Based on your experience putting your lesson into the Canvas LMS, what do you feel are the benefits of using such a structured space for teaching and learning? How well does the structure of an LMS fit with your theory of online learning? What are some of the limitations of this particular learning environment? If you could design and build an effective learning environment what would you consider for both the instructor AND learner in this digital space.
The initial effort that it took to create the content in Canvas was somewhat difficult. After some trail-and-effort we were able to master the task. We had to ask several times how to setup the different sections of the course module. Accomplishing the class project would have been simplified if we had some guidelines. I have adopted this concern in my learning and training theory research paper for this course. Until an instructional designer gains experience in course development a mapped process or template will be extremely helpful for a successful outcome.
After completing the in-class project I can see where Canvas provides a structured process when developing course content. Since this exercise is new to me, I think that if I had a predeveloped course structure prior to starting the project the overall project would have been accomplished quicker. This predeveloped course design structure would consist of a how to guide that includes a step-by-step checklist the would provide guidance for the instructional designer. I can see where having completed some pre-planning for the course design would enable me to copy the structure and content into Canvas where I could focus on the course structure instead of performing the task on the fly.
The capabilities of Canvas does allow the instructional designer to quickly develop a course using the point and click and fill-in-the-blank features of the application. This allows the developer to quickly build the content. However as stated earlier the developer will need to have a planned process created in advance or they may have issues with building the content as they envision to course structure. The instructional designer will benefit from a structured design instruction where they can follow the design process step-by-step. This process approach fits well with my constructivist theory of online learning where “human beings construct meanings as they engage with the world they are interpreting” (Creswell, 2014, p. 9).
In order to provide an effective online curriculum design for both the instructional designer and the student, two items need to be considered. The first consideration is a standardized course development guide for instructional designers that don’t have the experience with course development. The second consideration focuses on the student. They will need some guidance on how to use the LMS system to access their course content. These guides are important for the novice instructional developers as well as new students. These guides will also benefit other users as they have questions related to the LMS course structure.
Creswell, J., (2014). Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications Inc.