Canvas tools can assist in maintaining regular, effective, and substantive contact with students in an online/hybrid course.
1. Create a Discussion Forum in the Getting Started Module.
- Keep this Discussion forum open for access during the whole quarter.
- Invite all students to participate and invite peer responses among students.
- Respond to messages with 24hrs.
2. Office hours:
- Post your scheduled office hours, some evening and weekend hours to inform students that you are available via phone, email, chat or video conferencing.
- Use ZOOM, Cranium Café, Big Blue Button or Skype for one-on-one conference calls and group video conferencing. You can also schedule at least one online session with each individual student to discuss questions on course content.
- Use the Announcements tool to post weekly or semi-weekly reminders about due dates and upcoming events.
4. Participate in the Discussions
- Leave a footprint in your online classroom. Students should feel your online presence frequently.
- When the instructor participates students become more involved. Comment on student’s posts. Reply to students by the first name.
5. View Student Participation Logs
- In Canvas you have options to track student activity via Course Analytics, Course Statistics, and Student Analytics.
- Check for weekly participation. Check Logs to verify students are participating regularly.
- Check your student list in the People tool and see when a student logged in last. This is similar to taking attendance in face-to-face courses and contacting students if they go missing.
- Contact students individually. Do not rely solely on Messaging for absent students as they may have technological difficulties preventing them from logging in.
6. Instructional Videos
- Videos can demonstrate procedures to assist in mastery learning. Videos facilitate students’ understanding of important material or topics that require emphasis or in depth explanations.
- Use Panopto to present lecture material with captions.
- Beneficial for Visual Learners and increases content availability.
- Create opportunities for self-study and allow students to learn at their own pace.
- Create videos for review sessions and relate important concepts, add these video links to your Syllabus so students know when to expect them.
7. Review and Grade Assignments in a Timely Manner – Use the Speedgrader
- Return graded assignments to students within the same time frame you would use for a face-to-face class.
- Assignments posted may or may not have a grade, but all submissions need a response and critique in some form.
8. Provide Audio/Written Feedback:
- Provide feedback and substantive comments for student submissions. Feedback reinforces key concepts.
- Audio and Video feedback provides a personal touch. Canvas’ audio and video capabilities ensure accessibility for users of all abilities and provide a range of pedagogical choices for instructors.
Last Updated December 28, 2018