What is a site?
A site is a group of participants that work together to learn in a collaborative environment.
By using a “site-based model” for the course, groups are enrolled together. While each person will complete their own work for the course, this model allows participants to connect face-to-face with their colleagues (in person or virutally) to discuss how the course content applies to their settings. Many participants have reported their learning is enhanced and supported through this site-based model, and they have found important and lasting peer and professional relationships.
A site is often hosted by an organization but that is not a requirement. Rather, a site should be made up of participants within a geographical area that can meet on a weekly basis (or as designated for the specific course). It is also helpful for a site to be able to offer additional technical support or opportunities for participants to access the course materials if they have trouble doing so on their own.
Who should apply to be the site coordinator?
Anyone who is willing to volunteer their time to coordinate the following items can apply:
- Encourage participants to apply for the course
- Communicate via email with our staff
- Attend an online orientation webinar
- Organize and remit the site fee payment on time
- Review list of applications to your site and confirm which prospective participants should formally enroll in the course
- Organize weekly group meetings for your site
- Take attendance and assist participants in accessing the course online
- Receive and disseminate certificates of completion to the site participants
What do site meetings look like?
During the site meetings, the group will review the materials and the site coordinator will facilitate guided questions for the group. Where a site should be primarily people in the same geographic location, some organizations include a few additional employees who work remotely and have found other methods to “meet” by using video conferencing software like Adobe Connect, Skype and Zoom. Other sites create WhatsApp groups to distribute local resources and information, to connect, share ideas and help one another.
What technical requirements and equipment do sites need?
Each site must have access to a computer that meets the following minimum technical specifications:
- A minimum of 1024x600
- Windows XP SP3 and newer
- Mac OSX 10.6 and newer
- Linux - chromeOS
- Mobile OS Native App Support
- iOS 5 and newer
- Android 2.3 and newer
Computer Speed and Processor
- Use a computer 5 years old or newer when possible
- 1GB of RAM
- 2GHz processor
- Internet Speed
- Along with compatibility and web standards, Canvas has been carefully crafted to accommodate low bandwidth environments
- Minimum of 512kbps
- Windows: Internet Explorer 6 and later, Firefox 1.x and later, Safari 3 and later, Google Chrome, Opera 9.5 and later
- Macintosh: Safari 3 and later, Firefox 1.x and later, Google Chrome
- Linux: Firefox 1.x and later
- Flash Player 6.0.79 or later (Check flash version)
- Flash Player 7 or later recommended
In addition, during meetings and depending on the size of the group (usually more that 5), it may be helpful to have:
- A computer with either downloaded materials, or internet streaming capabilities
- LCD projector and screen for viewing videos or other materials
- Speakers so the group can hear videos