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Daily Canvas workshops to cover topics for those new to online teaching, as well as those who are looking to explore deeper-dive topics. See the upcoming schedule. Previous session recordings are also available.
Deliver Instruction in Hybrid Environments
Get started: A number of resources are available to help you use teaching technology:
- The Keep Teaching @ UM resource includes practical, pedagogical guidance for teaching under different circumstances.
- Review Getting Started with Canvas and Best Practices for Remote Teaching. This document includes steps to create a Canvas course presence, adding content, creating asynchronous lectures, and hosting synchronous sessions.
- Visit ITS Training for live Canvas training opportunities. Daily topics include basic setup, quizzes, gradebook, and more.
Record lectures for asynchronous delivery: Use Kaltura Capture to record lectures for students to view later in Canvas.
- Using Kaltura Capture for Asynchronous Video in Canvas (video, 10:13)
- Editing Content of Videos in My Media on Canvas
- Ordering/Editing Captions in My Media on Canvas
- How to Upload a Video from iOS to Canvas (video, 2:31)
- Creating a Screencast on an iPad (video, 3:22)
- MiVideo in Canvas Cheat Sheet
- Teaching Remotely with Film and Video
Review Recording and Privacy Concerns: FAQ to learn about laws, policies, and standards governing recorded class activity.
Online, real-time classrooms: Choose from the following videoconferencing services to provide your lectures and classroom interactions in real time to students online.
- Use Zoom to host a lecture with chat rooms, polling, webinars, and mobile collaboration. For more information, watch Schedule and launch Zoom within Canvas (video, 8:36).
- Use the Conference tool to host a lecture directly in Canvas. For more information, watch Host a Conference Session in Canvas (video, 4:59)
- Use Microsoft Teams to create channels, host or join meetings, chat, collaborate on Team Files, and more.
Accommodate student needs: Consider how students and faculty with disabilities will interact with and use the technology. Review remote instruction best practices, and contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to request help from the Accessibility Team at the Office for Institutional Equity and ITS.
Communicate with Students Online
Announcements: Communicate timely information with students in your class using the Announcements tool in Canvas. Use this tool to send a written message, record and upload a video, and attach files or include links.
Remote office hours: For real-time interactions with your students, consider using the Chat tool in Canvas or scheduling meetings using Zoom. These tools are useful for scheduled office hours or quick Q&A sessions.
Use the Remote Office Hours Queue to manage a group of students waiting to meet with you during your office hours.
Email: If you need to email all of your students, and you don’t want to use Canvas, you can get a list of email addresses for all of your students in Wolverine Access.
General tips for communicating effectively with students online:
- If you plan to use Canvas tools to communicate with your students, make sure your course is published.
- Use NameCoach to help you and your students learn and correctly pronounce each other’s names.
- Be consistent with the digital tool selected for online communications, and be sure to post this information in a prominent location, such as the Syllabus page in Canvas.
- Set expectations for how students should engage in online communication, including how they should contact the instructor.
- Set expectations with students for how quickly the instructor will respond to online communication.
Assessments: If you need to collect written assignments, use the assignments tool in Canvas to create a place for students to submit their work. Make sure that you indicate the assignment will be submitted online, and choose the “file upload” option for the submission type.
Quizzes: If you need to administer an online quiz, use the Quiz tool in Canvas. For low-stakes assessment, consider allowing multiple attempts, not including a time limit, and allowing students to see their quiz responses.
Get to know “New Quizzes,” which will replace the Classic Quiz tool in Canvas in 2023.
Exams: If you need to administer a high-stakes exam, use the Quiz tool in Canvas and consider shuffling the answer options, using a strict time limit, hiding student quiz responses, and using question groups.
General tips for conducting online assessments:
- Consider providing extra time on quizzes and exams to students who ask for accommodations in using technology. See instructions for granting extra time to assessments in Canvas.