|Title||Start Date & Time||End Date & Time|
|Service Issue Reported: Cellular Issues||Monday, March 23, 2020 - 12:06pm|
|Service Restored: Canvas||Monday, March 30, 2020 - 9:45am||Monday, March 30, 2020 - 1:53pm|
|Service Maintenance Completed: Network Switches - Building-by-Building||Monday, March 2, 2020 (All day)||Monday, June 8, 2020 (All day)|
This guide provides instructors and teaching assistants alternative methods and tools to allow them to continue class activities, at a distance, when classroom instruction is disrupted due to an emergency
Let students know which communication tools will be used in your course, for what purpose, and when they should expect to hear back from you and/or their peers. Review the Using Announcements and Inbox to Communicate with Students in Canvas page for general guidance on how to use the communication tools in Canvas.
Have text-based, real-time interactions with all the students in your course via the Chat Tool in Canvas.
There are a number of ways you can deliver course content at a distance. Choose the method that most aligns with your learning objectives.
Help students find your course materials (readings, videos, etc.) in Canvas by organizing the content into Modules, by topic or by date. Refer to these tutorials to add, edit, move or reorder, and delete Modules. You can add a variety of course materials to Modules in Canvas
Zoom is a web conferencing tool that can be used for real-time lectures with students as well as for lecture recordings. It is an intuitive and simple tool that can be used on desktop, tablet, and mobile devices. Zoom has a number of features that can enhance your online class experience, including screen sharing, chat, recording, annotation, and more.
Zoom offers several options to increase the security and privacy of Zoom sessions, including requiring authentication to join, participant management to remove non-invited guests, as well as tips for stopping Party Crashers
Zoom is offering Zoom Meetings for Education Webinars focusing on topics including how to download the Zoom and join a meeting, how to schedule a meeting, and an overview of In-meeting controls.
Classroom Capture is a fully automated recording service available in most large CU Boulder classrooms. It is a good option for recording your lecture for students who cannot be physically present in the classroom. Recordings automatically start, stop, and publish to an online video catalog. Classroom Capture packages slides, faculty lecture, and rich metadata into a streaming video.
If Classroom Capture is available in your classroom, submit the Request Classroom Capture form to enable it for your classes. OIT will provide you with an online video catalog URL which you can share with students. If your course used Classroom Capture during a previous semester, the recordings can be brought back online. Contact the OIT Service Center at firstname.lastname@example.org to request past recordings.
Use the Discussions feature in Canvas to simulate in-class discussion and peer interaction. By posing questions or prompts that require complex thinking and the application of concepts covered in course materials, instructors can encourage student engagement and active learning. Students should be provided with specific instructions and clear expectations for their discussion posts, including guidelines on writing style (e.g., formal/informal), number of posts expected per discussion, length (e.g., number of words), frequency, tone, and content (e.g., references to course materials). Note that Discussions can be graded and ungraded in Canvas. Graded discussions provide an easy way to see all the posts and responses of a student on one page. Get started with Discussions in Canvas:
Use VoiceThread to facilitate asynchronous student discussions about course materials (images, videos, and documents). Students can contribute to the discussion using text, audio, or video. VoiceThread is available as an integration in Canvas at https://voicethread.colorado.edu, or via the VoiceThread Mobile App.
There are a number of tool options you can use to facilitate group work during online classes and outside of class time.
Asking students questions about the material in the middle of a lecture, provides both students and instructors with instant feedback on students’ understanding. iClicker Reef enables remote students to participate in polls that you conduct during your class. If you will be teaching live (rather than distributing pre-recorded lectures) you can enable iClicker Reef in your current iClicker classic program, enabling you to run clicker questions without the need for a clicker base. Students can answer clicker questions on their home computer, phone, or tablet. iClicker has made Reef accounts free for CU students for the rest of the semester.
In order to use iClicker Reef, you will have to turn on mobile polling in iClicker Classic, create an iClicker Cloud account, Create an iClicker Cloud Class, and enable iClicker Sync in your Canvas course.
CU Boulder’s diverse lab environments facilitate learning activities that may be difficult to replicate remotely. With some flexibility, though, instructors can use a number of online or virtual resources to adapt their course material.
Students can upload a number of different file types to assignments you create in Canvas, including MicroSoft Office documents, audio, videos, and Google Docs. The first step in accepting assignments is creating one.
Canvas Quizzes can be used to conduct low-stakes quizzes that check student understanding, as well as high-stakes assessments such as tests and exams. Review the How do I create a quiz in Canvas tutorial for an overview of questions types and settings available in the Quizzes tool. Tips for administering exams online:
Make watching online lectures and videos count using the interactive video tool PlayPosit. PlayPosit can be used in conjunction with a recording of your lectures or other videos to assess student understanding, track viewing statistics, and grade student participation.
To keep your online office hours organized, use the Scheduler appointment groups in the Canvas Calendar to create blocks of time where students can sign up for specified appointment slots (e.g., 15 or 30 minutes). Zoom web conferencing can be used for conducting online office hours. See the Conduct or Record a Lecture section for more information about using Zoom.