Artifacts

To accomplish the learning objectives of my Professional Development Seminar, designed to facilitate implementation of Canvas by the Science Department High School Instructors at Passaic County Technical Institute, I have a variety of activities planned and have created artifacts to incorporate in the lesson.

Artifact 1: Introduction to LMS and Canvas – Power Point Presentation

This artifact was strategically designed to be simple, yet aesthetically pleasing, as most of the presentation is interactive and the main focus is to be on the speaker, not the slides. It is highly personalized to the presenter and this particular audience, and not a one size fits all.

Artifact 2: Tutorial Video – Starting with a Blank Canvas

This artifact is a tutorial video made by Screen Casting with the voice of the presenter. It is supposed to be a walk through and used as a supplemental resource during the training for participants seeking extra guidance and direction when they are working on their own Canvas page designs. Additionally, it is a resource that is available to the participants even after the completion of the seminar. Being able to do what is in this video is the course objective. The video has several instances where the speaker encourages differentiation and not a “copy me” attitude. In fact, little emphasis is put on the product appearance, and more emphasis is put on the technique and purpose. It focuses on the WHY and the HOW, not the WHAT. (Transcript included in video description, and subtitles available as well.)

Artifact 3: Kahoot! Interactive Game – Starting with a Blank Canvas Seminar Assessment

This artifact is a form of a formal assessment that is game like in nature. It would be used as a concluding short and sweet 10 minute activity following the design phase of the Canvas webpage. This game is used to evaluate whether or not the participants understood the main Canvas features and how to perform certain tasks to make their interface look the way they want. Based on the real-time data, the presenter can address certain misconceptions before concluding the seminar and use the data to improve future seminars.