By now (even if only because we keep getting emails from companies checking that we want to remain on their mailing lists), most of us will be aware that the arrival of ‘GDPR’ is imminent.
What is GDPR?
It’s the General Data Protection Regulation, the new EU law which regulates the use of the personal data of individuals within the EU. And it’s due to be enforced on May 25th 2018.
What’s this got to do with Canvas?
Well, Canvas couldn’t operate without storing various pieces of data for all users – from email addresses and profile pictures, to IP addresses and device details, to information relating to assessed student work. The way in which Canvas (and the company which developed it – Instructure) handles this data will soon be governed by the GDPR.
Do I need to worry about this? Or do anything?
Nope! Instructure states that it has ‘robust plans to comply’ with GDPR. For further details, see here.
Universal Design for Learning
In GSA’s ‘Using Canvas for Staff’ course, you’ll find a new module called Universal Design for Learning.
What’s this all about?
In this case, UDL is about designing your Canvas course in a way that works for all students, regardless of any physical or learning disability, or their mode of accessing the course (eg on a mobile device, or using a screen reader).
Studio-based education can be brilliant at accommodating a rich diversity of learners and their varied needs, but it’s not devoid of barriers to learning. It can be supported by resources made available via Canvas, but, again, barriers can exist here too. You can remove such barriers by presenting resources in a navigable and accessible way on Canvas, allowing them to do their job of supporting students’ developing studio practices. So if you present content on Canvas, direct students to resources there, or encourage them to interact with one another to support learning outside of the studio, you should be thinking about universal design. If your Canvas course is well designed according to UDL principles, then it’s likely to do the job for all learners, irrespective of their needs.
Preparing for 18/19 in Canvas
You’ll find everything you need to know – including FAQs and video tutorials – about getting your Canvas courses ready for 18/19 in a dedicated module in GSA’s Using Canvas for Staff course.
But why not come along to a one-hour training session during May or June, where Learning Technology staff can take you through the process, face-to-face? (Biscuits provided!)
Sign up here for a preparing for an ‘18/19 Canvas Clinic’
If you’re new to Canvas, missed the training first time round, or just want a general refresher, then we’re also offering some 90-minute general Canvas training sessions, to help you to get to grips with the basics:
Sign up here for a general training session