FIT for Canvas

The Canvas team is working with the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) to support the collegiate University with the design and preparation of flexible and inclusive teaching for the 20/21 academic year.  

What is Flexible and Inclusive Teaching? 

Flexible and inclusive teaching, or FIT, describes the approach through which teaching will take place for the 20/21 academic year. It is characterised by the need to recognise and minimise the barriers that hinder students’ learning and participation as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

There will be a strong focus on tutorials and other small-group teaching, complemented by online alternatives for larger group teaching, lectures and some exams, at least for the first term, with the flexibility to move quickly to more remote or more face-to-face teaching depending on circumstances.

The guidance, resources and materials on the Teaching Remotely webpage have recently been updated to take account of the FIT approach. Introductory webinars are also available explaining the principles behind FIT and providing initial guidance to the resources on offer.  

Getting your department FIT for Canvas 

The Canvas team is offering a dedicated service to support departments, faculties and colleges during the 20/21 academic year to ensure that courses meet the requirements for flexible and inclusive teaching. 

The service will offer structured engagement to check that the appropriate tools and templates are in place to give students a seamless learning experience, whatever the teaching scenario adopted. The team is currently meeting with departments as part of rolling out Canvas to new departments and faculties and will discuss the available options at these meetings. Teams who are rolling over Canvas courses to the new academic year will also be assisted to update any templates or consider new learning pathways to support students as appropriate. 

Get in touch

We will be in touch over the summer with more details, but if your team is currently in the process of planning your teaching for Michaelmas term, please contact us on canvasoxford@it.ox.ac.uk