As the only MET graduate on staff you would like to show by example how easy it is to run blended learning classes with the cloud based LMSs that are available today. The school board is not willing to release any money for an endeavor such as this, but your principal is up to date with educational technology and is on your side. He believes the best way to win them over is by proof of concept, so he mandates you to get your department up and running in the blended learning mode for the new school term. As this will provide irrefutable evidence for his case, he is taking no chances and spells out the following criterion for the LMS of choice.
- be cloud based;
- be full featured;
- be scalable;
- be well supported;
- be easy to implement;
- be easy to use;
- be a freely available with commercially supported option;
- have selection of communities of practice;
- have a large resource base for teachers to draw upon;
- support modern pedagogy;
In addition to selecting the LMS you are responsible for training and supporting you colleagues throughout this venture. As you follow the tutorial you will be guided through essential steps in setting up a course in Canvas, which you will later be able to share with you colleagues.