If you've been keeping an eye on Next.IU pilots, then you may have noticed a new addition: Delphinium. Like its namesake flowering plants, this course platform has loads of variations, from bold, attention-getting blooms to low-key markers that draw students along the path.
How it works:
Delphinium is a suite of tools for increasing student engagement and motivation (and, as a result, student success). It functions as a Canvas overlay, so you don't need to change your course design or content. Just use the Layout Coach to choose a template that works well with what you have or opt for a custom layout with compatible tools.
Three ways to use Delphinium:
Make Canvas attractive and informative: Use widgets to provide at-a-glance updates that help students understand where they've been, where they are now, and what to do next. Direct attention to key activities, enticing them to do that little bit more to improve.
Use messaging tools to create better connections with and among students: Schedule messages, announcements, and banners; provide targeted feedback to individual students or groups of students; and generate custom progress reports for students.
Note: Messages are sent via Canvas, so students don't need to sign up for anything else. You can also turn on Delphinium and just use messaging features without the rest (you don't have to use the visual or interactive components if all you want is a better way to keep in touch with students).
3. Choose your own adventure
Add fun, game-like experiences: Incorporate elements like a leaderboard, avatars, or prize boxes to get and keep students' attention. Rethink due dates and traditional grading—let students choose their own paths, celebrating growth and achievements along the way.
Ultimately, Delphinium is about helping pull students through course content, while feeling more connected to you and their classmates. They get the information they need right when they need it, and you can automate routine messaging (while still making it feel personalized) and instead focus on reaching out to students who are struggling.
As one student put it "I knew what I had to do to reach my goal. I liked knowing that a little extra effort would make a difference."
Still trying to wrap your head around Delphinium? Read how Brenda Bailey Hughes plans to gamify Canvas.
Ready to take Delphinium for a spin? Join the Next.IU pilot.