Canvas Official Says Online Learning Gives Students Real-World Tech Experience
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Canvas marketing directors said there have been some positive side effects of the pandemic when it comes to high-tech distance learning.
The Salt Lake City-based online platform has helped keep students and teachers connected as many schools are utilizing hybrid learning programs.
“For, like, entry level courses that have 300 students, you can actually get a higher level of engagement between faculty and staff than you would get in a very large auditorium-style class,” said Ryan Lufkin, Canvas senior director for product marketing.
He said college courses get more intimate when teachers can directly connect and then review interactions with individual class members; it’s tougher to get lost in a sea of undergrads.
When it comes to rating a college or university’s success, things like student retention and graduation rates would matter most in years past. However, that’s not what students really want out of their education, Lufkin said.
“Our study shows that most students really believe that it’s preparation for the workplace, and so making sure that they are prepared as they leave college to get a job,” he said.
The practical, real-world learning can translate to jobs and gainful employment. Canvas officials said they hope learning how to that effectively will be the big lesson from the pandemic.
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