Would't it be nice if Canvas could...?Make your vision a reality!

The Center for Teaching & Learning, in partnership with the Computer Information Systems department and eLearning, is putting out a call for innovative ideas for how to use and improve Canvas.

We will be selecting the best of the best ideas and submitting them to Canvas for a chance to win one of five $10,000 Canvas Innovation Grants. (We'll also be awarding our own prizes!)

 An info and brainstorming session will be held on Friday, December 6th at 3:30pm in HSS 109




Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What's in it for me?

    • Students: As a student you have a lot to gain by getting involved in a project like this. For one, it's a fantastic item to list on your resume. Further, you can gain innumerable skills and resources.

    • Faculty & Staff: Let's face it, we all have complaints about LMSs. Here's our chance to try and make one an ideal platform to work on. Furthermore, this is a great chance to work with colleagues and students to develop an idea that could not only benefit Olympic College, but higher ed in general. Who doesn't want to help students and have national recognition?!

  • Who can participate?

    • Anyone is allowed to participate. If you have an idea, propose it! If you don't have an idea but have a willingness to participate and help make someone else's idea a reality, you're free to help out as well (if an idea is awarded a grant we'll need people to pilot the test product and give feedback).

  • What if I don't have the technological expertise to implement my idea?

    • Don't let that stop you! We will be working to help form teams which will include the visionary as well as programmers and other workhorses.

  • What can the $10,000 be used for?

    • We're still waiting on some of those details from Canvas, but as far as we know the money is to be used to turn the idea into a finished product. This may mean that the money is used to purchase specific tools, equipment, and/or compensate folks for their development time. We do know this, you can't use the money to take a family trip to Disney World.

  • What do I need to do to apply for the grant?

    • First, we suggest that you attend the info and brainstorming session on Friday, December 6th at 3:30pm in HSS 109. Then you should complete the full application. If you need assistance completing the application please contact Jess Thompson at center@olympic.edu. Once you've defined your idea we suggest testing it against the rubric that will be used for judging.

      The finished application needs to be submitted via email to center@olympic.edu by Friday, January 10th at 5pm.

      An awards ceremony will be held on Monday, January 13th at 3:30pm in HL 0017 (in the Clock Tower Plaza below the library). At this ceremony we will announce which idea(s) will be sent to Canvas and distribute prizes.

  • Can't I just submit my idea to Canvas on my own?

    • Of course you can! However, by submitting it to the campus contest first, you can receive some assistance in developing your idea and building a strong proposal.

  • What does the application consist of?

    • The application will ask you to identify a problem or shortcoming that you see with online education. Next, you will be asked to summarize your innovative idea and explain how it will address said problem/shortcoming. You will be asked to provide any outside resources that will help demonstrate the need for your idea or how your idea can in fact improve online learning. The next portion will prompt you to identify how to implement your idea (if you don't have the technological know-how this is where our help will come in!).

  • Outside resources? Why do I need to include those and what sorts of resources do you mean?

    • Outside resources can be used to highlight the need for your idea or to support the implementation of your idea. Demonstrating that the problem you've identified is indeed a problem in need of a solution can help the judges see that your idea is relevant to the world of online education. Further, by demonstrating how your idea can address the problem with examples or research, the judges are able to see that your idea is a good and effective one. Plus, you get entered to win a prize just by submitting an idea!

  • What criteria will be used to judge the contest entries/grant proposals?

    • The criteria that we and Canvas will use include the following:

    • Innovation/Wow Factor/X-factor/Holy Crap! factor (Score 1-5)
    • Potential for practical application (Score 1-5)
    • Adherence to open standards (Score 1-5)
    • Breadth of application or reusability of submission (Score 1-5)
    • Experience/expertise of submitter and/or team (Score 1-5)
    • Fits provided categories (y/n)
        • Facilitating competency-based learning
        • Engaging students throughout the course of their education
        • Blending online and face-to-face courses
        • New models of content and curriculum development and sharing
        • Applying universal design to online learning

A detailed scoring rubric can be found here.

  • When will we know if we won a Canvas Innovation Grant?

    • Grants winners will be announced on March 4, 2014 at SWSXedu.

  • I can't think of any ideas, can you share some examples?

    • Sure, check them out here.

  • I have more questions, who should I contact?

    • Send an email to Jess Thompson at center@olympic.edu