Teaching & Student Engagement

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Canvas Training

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

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.

  • Classroom discussion: Use the Discussions tool in Canvas to allow students to interact and learn from each other online while facilitating the conversation.

    Use Piazza to efficiently manage class Q&A.

  • 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.

Online Assessment

  • 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, there are two quizzing tools in Canvas:



    • For low-stakes assessment, consider allowing multiple attempts on quizzes, not including a time limit, and allowing students to see their quiz responses.
  • Exams: If you need to administer a high-stakes exam online, use a 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 a classic quiz in Canvas. Here are instructions for adding accommodations for students in New Quizzes.


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