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An interactive guide to understanding the Digital Platform Minimum Standards

Canvas Courses: Bridging Digital Standards

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Digital Learning Platform Minimum Standards

The Digital Learning Platform Minimum Standards are a set of guidelines and expectations designed to ensure consistency, accessibility, and effectiveness in online learning environments. These standards serve as a framework for educators and instructional designers to create engaging and inclusive digital courses within platforms such as Canvas.

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When Welsh or English options are available, students should find minimum standards and content in their chosen language

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Detailed information relating to the specific assessments and feedback should be included

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All students should expect to find the minimum standards and content for all modules

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All students should be able to access all relevant information equally at any time

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Each course should have a clearly defined, accessible and consistent structure

Explore the Canvas Course Guide

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A tour around the home page

Course Navigation Menu Essential items displayed in the menu.

Clear welcome message A friendly welcome message for essential course details helping students understand how to navigate the course effectively.

Essential links Links related to course overview, content, discussions, assessment and feedback, and accessibility support information must be included in the home page.

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A tour around modules

Begin here module Including essential information such as course overview, about your instructor, question board and passport to Canvas.

Clearly labelled modules Titles with weekly structure to provide clarity.

Weekly module information Essential information including to-do lists, resources, activities and a weekly wrap-up.

Student view button Use the student view button to check how students will perceive your course.

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A tour around assignments

Clear informative titles Assignment titles should include the assignment name, due date and time.

Informative Instructions Essential information for students, including assessment task, submission instructions, feedback dates, rubrics and weighting.

Detailed Rubric A detailed rubric attached to the assignment for students to explore.

What does it mean in Canvas courses?

Why Is It Important?

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Promoting Inclusive and Accessible Canvas Courses

Ensuring that Canvas courses are inclusive and accessible is essential for creating equitable learning environments where all students, regardless of their background or abilities, can fully participate and succeed. Inclusivity and accessibility go hand in hand, as they involve designing courses and content that accommodate diverse learner needs and provide equal opportunities.

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Considering accessibility and inclusivity ensures: Equitable Access Enhanced Learning Outcomes Retention and Success

  • Ensuring content caters for disabilities
  • Offering multiple means of representation, engagement, and expression
  • Ensuring that course materials, activities, and assessments are culturally responsive and relevant to students from various backgrounds.

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SCENARIO GAMES

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Test your understanding of applying the Digital Platform Minimum Standards in Canvas.

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Canvas course navigation should be clear and for easy access.

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Clear instructions promote and engagement.

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clarity

Inclusive Canvas courses ensure access for all, regardless of background or

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Detailed information relating to the specific assessments and feedback should be included in all academic Canvas course (module) sites to enhance

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gamification

design

Canvas Homepage

assessment information

SUBMISSIONS

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library guides

BANNER

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quizzes

course overview

WELCOME MESSAGE

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Select the correct Canvas item that should be on the homepage in their advisable order

Reading List

Overview

Music

Weekly Title/Theme

To-Do list

Wrap-up

Announcements

Weekly Canvas Module

Canvas Modules

According to the Digital Platform Minimum Standards, certain items should be added in weekly structured modules in Canvas. Click on the correct times in the diagram.

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