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Learning Informatics

All Systems Go

Learner-centered curriculum managed through online hub.

Canvas is a cloud-based learning management system that is being rolled out across the University of Michigan. As an early adopter, the Medical School is finding new ways to adapt this tool to support and amplify our curriculum for students, faculty, advisors and administrators.

As a medical student, Canvas and other technologies will facilitate development of your Learner Portfolio. You'll be able to:

  1. Track your progress with outcomes data
  2. Submit assignments, including reflections on clinical experiences
  3. Receive feedback from faculty and peers
  4. Develop and modify your individualized learning plan
  5. Share materials and participate in student discussion forums
  6. View announcements
  7. Access the medical school calendar

Before arriving on campus, you will be invited to log into Canvas and complete a series of Pre-matriculation modules. These will cover material that you will need to know by the first day of medical school.

As a med student, technology will be essential to success in your daily life. Feel free to stop by the Help Me Now station in the Taubman Health Sciences Library if you have questions about the features or functions of Canvas and our other tools.

Technologies like Canvas and Outcomes Dashboard facilitate student learning, helping students understand who they are and where they want to go with their career. As a learner, each student is responsible for shepherding themselves through this process, guided by their Coaching faculty.

Johmarx Elijah Patton, MD, MHI, Director, Learning Informatics, Health Information Technology & Services

At a Glance

Screenshot of Outcomes Dashboard application showing student progress

For a quick snapshot of quiz and exam grades, students access their Outcomes Dashboard through a link in Canvas.

Screenshot of Canvas learning management system

Above is an overview of the M1 year as seen on the M1 home page in Canvas. From here, students access everything they need for course content, tracking and submitting assignments, viewing grades and more.

Screenshot of Canvas learning management system showing Box integration

Content for every sequence is organized by class year and stored on M+Box, which students conveniently link to from their Canvas navigation.