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The Academic Leadership Team is working to equip faculty with the resources and training they need to move face-to-face classes online. Using Canvas provides a solution for faculty to continue instruction at a distance, also known as instructional continuity.
Compiled on this page are the most recent resources and tutorials available for faculty to transfer instructional content and activities to Canvas course shells. Our goal is to continue instruction and minimize disruptions to learning that could impede students’ academic progress.
Use the links below to find out how to insert/create content inside your Canvas course shell and to create an engaging online environment. If you need further support, please reach out to Steve Elder: firstname.lastname@example.org; (501) 205-8893.
Linked below are videos that Steve Elder made on using Canvas. They are really helpful!
Are You Ready to Move Your Course Online?
When moving your face-to-face course online, there are certain things you need to be prepared to handle. Please visit the "Are You Ready to Move Your Class Online" section of this guide and answer the questions found there. This will help you determine how ready you are to move your course online. If you are not prepared, try not to worry. We will direct you to specific resources to make sure you have everything you need to transition to the online environment successfully.
All faculty should be preparing to quickly move to Canvas for delivery of instruction.
To prepare for this possible move, all faculty should do the following:
- Ensure your students know your preferred means of communication and explain clearly to students how communication will be maintained during alternative course delivery. It's important to be flexible in recognizing students' potential resource limitations, e.g. lack of WiFi or high-speed internet access. In such cases, it might be necessary to work with a student individually on virtual delivery of instruction.
- Revisit syllabi to adjust parameters for class/course engagement as necessary.
- Prepare to adjust any assignments (papers, projects, etc.) and final or capstone presentations/assignments so they can be submitted, delivered, completed and graded in an online environment.
- Revisit assessments (tests, exams, quizzes, etc.) and adjust parameters so they can be delivered, completed and graded in an online environment.
- Upload any and all files and course information into the Canvas course shell so that students will have access to all course content online.
- Create organization within the course shell using modules so that students may progress through the material in an online environment.
- Record lectures or schedule online class meetings to deliver lectured content to students.
- Be prepared to communicate with students regularly and responsively during any campus closure while instruction is expected to continue.
- Understand it is not an option to default to assigning an "Incomplete" grade in case of a campus closure with continued (ing) instruction.
- Programs with courses requiring off-site attendance (i.e. clinical, internships. etc.) to meet licensure, certification and/or accreditation standards will be required to document plans for completion and/or adherence to accreditation or licensure requirements. These plans should be kept in the departmental office, with copies submitted to the office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs and the appropriate division chair.
It is important that you become familiar with Canvas using the tutorials and resources made available to you here. Use the Quick Link Menu on the right-hand side of the page to access tutorials and resources.