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Canvas online learning tool available to Nebraska schools

Posted at 9:12 AM, Sep 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-08 10:12:44-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - With many schools, colleges and universities having online learning, Nebraska education leaders have announced a solution to helping students and teachers adapt.

Nebraska is one of 13 states that have implemented statewide agreements that allow every district the opportunity to use Canvas, an online learning platform.

For college freshmen, schools have empty hallways, public seating roped off and a near empty campus, this new learning atmosphere can be a bit overwhelming.

"It's been a little hectic trying to get use to all of the online services. I only have one class that is in person. I'm having a little trouble getting use to everything, trying to figure out which Zoom class I am suppose to be in, trying to find the links. It can be a bit frustrating getting use to it all," said UNO Freshman, Austin Kelly,

The Canvas online learning tool is a one stop shop for access to courses, instructional materials and even upload assignments.

"Teachers can grade the assignments right there, there is a grade book and leave feedback. Calendars to see when things are due. It can be a document, video or audio to show what they have learned," said Tracy Weeks, an instructor for Canvas.

Canvas was developed for students, but there is an area for parents.

"There is even an app for parents with younger kids, they can see what their kids assignment is, did they do it and how they did on it," Weeks said.

Canvas can be adapted to be used in high schools, colleges and even K-12. They have an online community and instructional videos if you need any assistance navigating the process.