Instructure Launches Canvas Certified Educator Program
Structure enters the Certified Educator business. This week, during its virtual client conference, CanvasCon online, the learning management system company has announced the Canvas Certified Educator program. To earn the degree, candidates will complete a series of courses designed to enhance their understanding and use of Canvas, as well as non-product-specific best practices for online and blended learning.
During the event, the company also announced its Canvas Educator of the Year awards.
The certification initiative will have separate tracks for K-12 and Higher Education. Participants will be able to take personalized asynchronous courses online for each, with the expectation that the courses will be completed within a given time.
The program will generate digital badges for participants through a microloan provider badr at the end of each lesson. When they complete the course (four core courses and two electives, taught within Canvas itself), they will earn a digital course badge.
Each course should last approximately four weeks. They include:
- Core 1: Foundational frameworks, which explores the impact of technology on student learning and the classroom and how Canvas can be used to help educators drive student achievement, motivation, and engagement;
- Core 2: Strategies for Engagement, to examine how Canvas can help enrich teaching practices and maximize student success;
- Core 3: Personalized Learning, to dive into personalized learning and learn how to create opportunities for student voice and choice in the learning environment;
- Core 4: Transformational Practices, to help participants learn to evaluate open standard digital learning tools that can enhance learning through Canvas; and
- Elective courses, described as a series of optional courses that can be selected by educators based on interest and need.
Instructure works with nonprofit education Digital promise to align its curriculum courses with Digital Promise benchmarks. Digital Promise will provide staff to review candidates’ evidence of learning.
“Canvas Certified Educator is a direct response to requests from our customers over the past few years,” Melissa Loble, Customer Experience Manager, said in a press release. “They want to have deeper knowledge of the platform and have credentials and badges that certify their expertise with Canvas to facilitate professional development and career progression.”
“Canvas Certified Educator has broadened and deepened my knowledge of Canvas,” said beta user Steve Harnett, director of digital education and learning in Pennsylvania. Elizabeth Forward School District. “It gives me practical information that will be useful to me as I teach today, but the certification will be useful for future career opportunities, illustrating my mastery of the platform.”
Canvas Certified Educator will launch its first K-12 course on November 9. It’s priced at $170 and runs until January 1, 2021.
A live presentation of the program will air on YouTube on Wednesday, October 21 at 10:30 a.m. MT.
Of the educators recognized by Instructure, three serve K-12. Andrea Fitch is a second grade teacher at Claremont Immersion Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia, which provides distance education. Colleen Haag is an eighth grade teacher and construction coach at Unami College in Chalfont, Pennsylvania. Tracey Jensen is a grade 12 teacher at Churchill Fulshear High School in Texas, which spent “its time and resources to obtain working calculators for its AP Calculus BC students”. According to Instructure, all of Jensen’s students passed the exam, even though they were taking their courses remotely.