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Using Canvas to Enhance Teaching and Learning

Team members from the Stanford Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning will share examples of exemplary techniques and approaches using Canvas to enhance teaching and learning. Paige Coleman, Canvas Instructional Design Manager and Kimberly Hayworth, Associate Director of Instructional Design,  will highlight Canvas features that support increased engagement, communication, collaboration and interaction. They will also provide an overview of tools and apps like SpeedGrader that facilitate assessment and allow faculty to provide richer feedback.

Visual Design of Instructional Video

The Stanford Graduate School of Business produced 90+ videos to support a flipped course design. The online learning portion of the course required teaching students of all levels to: learn the basics principles of probability and statistical analysis, understand their application in everyday situations, and use both for business decision-making. The online lecture videos use principles of visual design to help students understand the basic principles and their applications, and facilitate reuse by making it easier for students locate specific content.

Comprehension Checking As You Go: In-Line Questions for Flipped Courses in Canvas

As part of the design of online modules for two flipped MBA courses in Winter 2016, Stanford GSB embedded Qualtrics onto Canvas pages to create comprehension check questions between (primarily video) learning content. Data about student responses to these in-page questions flowed to an instructor dashboard that facilitated just-in-time teaching.

Crisis Text Line on Inkling

Justin Willow, Shawn Dunbar, and Jon Jamieson of DLS supported the development of a multimedia case study to be used in one of Huggy Rao’s business courses. The case was written by 3 MBA1 students; Madeline Dangerfield-Cha, Rebecca Ackerman, and Meg Raymond. Our DLS team provided the platform from which to build the case, Inkling, and produced and developed most of the media assets.

The Importance of Stories & Voices in Teaching the Gender Spectrum

Health Across the Gender Spectrum is an online course offered through Coursera. Taught by Dr Maya Adam and developed in collaboration with Stanford School of Medicine’s educational technology group, it offers an intimate, story-based introduction to the gender spectrum via the experiences of six transgender children and their families. Through illustrated videos, interviews with health experts (some of whom are themselves transgender), and discussion forums, the course outlines some essential healthcare and social practices of building a gender-affirming environments for our children.

Potent Podcasts: A Guide To Audio Storytelling

Among the core philosophy behind every work produced by the educational technology group at Stanford’s School of Medicine, the impact of storytelling has frequently remained at the forefront. Our project track record, in particular, reveals a consistent interest in audio storytelling, specifically in the form of podcasts, as an effective educational tool. To meet this interest, our group built a podcast studio last summer, and has since been involved in several podcast projects, along with providing with on-hand support for independent producers.

Using Podio for Process Improvement

Stanford Medicine EdTech has invested heavily in process improvements using Podio, a tool for easy visual creation of relational databases and business workflows.  We first used Podio to manage migrating ~500 courses from CourseWork to Canvas.  Now the tool is used to manage production workflows, purchasing, room reservations, employee development plans, equipment inventory, CRM, consultation requests, and project collaborators. 

Leveling the Playing Field with an Adaptive Learning Pre-Course Module in Finance

The Stanford Graduate School of Business developed and deployed an adaptive learning module on the Time Value of Money that was a prerequisite for its Winter 2017 Accelerated Managerial Finance course. The module’s adaptive pathway was authored in the SmartSparrow platform and contained embedded, custom-developed interactive videos with hints and feedback.


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