We are considering rolling out Design Tools for Canvas to a limited number of instructional designers at our Institution. How will instructors be affected since the instructional designers are the only ones that would have access to these tools. In particular:
- We really like the ability Design Tools provides to feature the current modules on the home page of the course. If instructional designers set that up, is it something that instructors will be able to use/edit?
- If we create courses using institutional template pages how does that affect the instructors ability to edit the content?
- Are there any other issues that we should take into consideration when only a couple of people have access to these tools?
Let's see if we can answer your questions:
1. Thoughts about adding the module details to the front page using Design Tools without instructors having access to the tools
Once the module list has been setup using Design Tools, it will work just fine with a few exceptions
- Instructors cannot manually mark the current module or adjust date ranges for modules (if you are using that feature).
- If the name of a module is changed or another module is added there is no way for the instructor to update the module list short of manually editing the links or adding in new links using Canvas' native content editing features.
A template page is just a way of quickly copying the html content of an existing page into another page. Once a page has been created from a template page it is simply another page. Instructors can edit the content just like they can on any other page using Canvas' native rich content editor.
3. Other Considerations