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Build your Remote Canvas Course in 5 Steps

This guide provides an overview of how to build out your remote Summer 2020 course. We encourage you to reach out to ITG with any specific questions, or to schedule a design consultation for more in depth support while you get your summer course ready.

Overview of your Course

In the following video, instructional designer Chris Connors gives you a brief overview of the remote course template.

You can get your remote course ready in a few easy steps: 

Step 1: Edit the Home Page

Based on best practices in distance education, we’ve included a home page that includes information on the first things that students should do (go through the orientation module) as well as basic information on how to navigate the course (mainly through the weekly modules).

Click on the Edit button on this page to customize the information. You can add your name and contact information to the top. You may also choose to record and embed a welcome video.

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Step 2: Create Assignments, Discussions and Quizzes

We suggest having at least one online discussion each week. We’ve included those in the template for you to edit (or remove) as needed. Chances are that you will have other types of assignments too. You can create various types of assignments through Canvas using the Assignments, Discussions and Quizzes tools. Key things to keep in mind:

  • Be clear about what you want students to do by adding your instructions directly to the assignment description space.
  • Add due dates to the due date field to help students manage their time.
  • Add points to your assignments and adjust submission settings.
  • Set up your Assignment Groups.

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Step 3: Build Your Weekly Modules

Canvas Modules will provide structure for your course. We recommend weekly modules, as well as an orientation module. We’ve included these for you to edit, along with a weekly overview page and online discussion within each. Customize and build out your weekly modules by doing the following:

  • Edit the weekly overview pages for each week to include any readings, viewings and to-do’s that students need to complete. You may also choose to record a weekly overview video or paragraph to put the week into context. For extra credit, you can add weekly learning objectives to this page too.
  • Edit the weekly online discussions (or delete them if you don’t plan to use them).
  • Add any additional assignments, quizzes or discussions to your modules.
  • Add any additional content such as Files or Pages that your students will need for the week.
  • Publish your modules and module items! (Click on the slashed circle icons to the right of each title and item. Checkmarks indicate that the content is published.) An unpublished module will be completely invisible to students even if some of its items are published.

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Step 4: Schedule Your Zoom Sessions

Schedule your class meeting times using the Zoom app within Canvas. Please use the scheduled times originally posted for your course, as students registered for your course with these in days and time in mind.

However, you do NOT need to have Zoom meetings for the entire length of time that you would have met face to face. A suggested schedule might be that you meet for 1 hour per week and then use the rest of “class time” for group work and office hours. You may choose to “flip” your course by including asynchronous activities in your weekly modules (recorded lectures, online discussion, etc).

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Step 5: Add your Syllabus

Add your Syllabus tab to the Syllabus tab in the course:

  • Click Syllabus from the left hand navigation
  • Click Edit to add your Syllabus in one of two ways:
    • Upload it as a document, or
    • Type it in directly to the body. (We’ve added the sections for you based on Academic Affairs Guidelines.)

Note that the Canvas Syllabus has some dynamic features that it pulls from other parts of your Canvas course. The Course Summary at the bottom of the Syllabus page automatically pulls due dates and other events from your course calendar. However, the Course Summary does NOT pull information from any text you’ve entered or files you’ve uploaded in the Syllabus section above it.

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