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MPS's Learning Management System

Online Instructional Design Coaches

mpsWhat is an OIDC? 

OIDCs are site-based online instructional design coaches who teach part of the day. Part of their contract is funded by Educational Technology in order to support schools with online and blended learning through Canvas, the district adopted learning management system.  A detailed description of their roles and responsibilities is available here

Who are the OIDCs assigned to my campus? 

Please refer to the Canvas Contacts list to find the OIDC for your campus. 

The Educational Technology Team, in coordination with Information Systems and Teaching and Learning, have been working diligently this summer to build training and support materials as PreK-12 teachers prepare for remote and blended instruction beginning this fall. 

Canvas Support & Training

Pre-populated Content

Mesa Public Schools Teaching & Learning has acquired Florida Virtual Schools (FLVS) content to facilitate remote learning for all K-6 learners. Teachers will be provided separate Canvas course spaces for each section assigned to them in Synergy. Core academic sections will be automatically populated with FLVS content. Teachers will be assigned the role of facilitator in these courses, providing them access to view content and grade assignments, but will be unable to edit the course space and content.  

Preview courses containing FLVS content can be viewed here. Directions for viewing and navigating the preview courses can be found here.

Training in the use of FLVS content within Canvas will be provided upon teachers’ return on contract.

Custom Canvas Course Spaces

In addition to the pre-populated, core content spaces created for teachers based on their Synergy sections, additional sections, such as Homeroom, will be provisioned for all PreK-6 teachers. These course spaces will allow teachers to augment their online instruction with content they curate and create themselves. Teachers will exercise full administrative control within these course spaces.

Educational Technology is now offering Canvas training for all PreK-12 teachers through our Canvas: First Steps training series. These trainings are grade-band specific and are now available within GROW for registration.

Additional Training & Support


For PreK-12 teachers already familiar with Canvas, Educational Technology is offering the following coursework to help teachers build and strengthen more advanced skills in Canvas.

Other Resources

Please visit our Remote Teaching: Training & Support website to access training and support materials for Webex, GMail, Clever, Screencasting and much more!


Canvas Support

Who can help

Canvas Webex Trainings

MPS Recorded Trainings

MPS Canvas Videos

A playlist of videos to get you started!

MPS Canvas Tutorials

Support for MPS Teachers

Elementary Student Experience

Video for Teachers

All of MPS's custom request forms including requests for new course spaces, adding instructors, template courses and more are available here


MPS Template Courses

Canvas Updates

New Rich Content Editor in Canvas
Canvas has released a new Rich Content Editor. The toolbar includes a condensed, more intuitive look. Toolbar menus are grouped by common icons and interactions. The following enhancements are included with this feature update: The Rich Content Editor expands to the full width of the browser The toolbar includes a condensed, more intuitive look Toolbar menus are grouped by...
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Direct Share - New Feature in Canvas
Direct   Share is a new feature that was released over the weekend. It  allows users to copy individual course items to another course and  share  individual items with other users. This change allows content to be shared  directly  in Canvas without having to use a secondary repository like Commons. In Assignments, Quizzes, Discussions, and...
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Respondus Lockdown Browser
We have been receiving reports from teachers and students about an outdated browser message when trying to use the Respondus Lockdown Browser for quizzes. We reached out to Respondus and were told that the warning message is produced by a browser checker built into our Canvas instance. The message is a false positive, and students should ignore it. We are working on completely resolving this...
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