Teaching Strategies

Get Started Quickly

The list below outlines some common teaching and learning tasks, along with a technology that can be used for each one. Use the links below to find information about how to get started with them.

Communicate With Students By Sending A Class Email

The university provides an email address you can use to reach your entire class, which is typically the most direct way to communicate with your students. Follow the instructions from Information Technology Services on how to email your class.

Get Started With Canvas

Canvas, our learning management system, can be used to display contact information, provide links to documents such as a Syllabus or course policies, collect assignments, record lectures students can view online, and host an exchange of messages among students on a discussion board. See our information on how to access Canvashow to set up a Homepage in Canvas and how to publish a Canvas course site. For information on using other features, please see the descriptions below.

Distribute Content Through Canvas Modules

Canvas Modules allow you to organize content such as uploaded PDFs, Word docs, and links to web sites. You can also include content that you’ve created in Canvas, such as assignments or quizzes. A particular strength of Canvas modules is their flexibility. You can organize modules by date, subject matter, unit or another principle you choose. Click on ‘Modules’ on the left-hand course navigation bar, and then click the ‘+Module’. See the information from Canvas on adding content to modules.

Give A Lecture In Panopto

The Panopto software enables users to create quality recordings of lectures while allowing for the seamless integration of slides from presentation software like Powerpoint and Keynote. The software is quick to install, easy to use on any computer with a webcam and microphone. Recordings are easy to edit and are saved indefinitely. Click on ‘Panopto Recordings’ in the left-hand course navigation bar of your Canvas site. If this is your first time doing so, you will need to download the recorder software. The Center for Teaching Excellence has prepared documentation with step-by-step instructions.

Allow For Questions And Interaction On A Canvas Discussion Board

Discussions provide a forum for students to post messages in response to a prompt. In Discussions, students can read and respond to each other’s messages. Posts can include audio and video as well as text. Discussions can be evaluated for a grade. Click on ‘Discussions’ in the left-hand course navigation bar, and then click the ‘+Discussion’ button. See more detailed instructions from Canvas on setting up a Discussion.

Meet Virtually In Real Time With Zoom

Zoom allows for real time interactions between an instructor and students, all of whom can, if desired, enable an audio and video feed and type messages.  Presenters can integrate PowerPoint slides and record sessions to make available in case some students can’t participate.  Read about how to get started with an account that will allow 40 minute conference sessions.

Assess Learning Using A Canvas Assignment

Assignments are a platform where students can submit a deliverable of some kind–a document, a video, an audio file, etc.–for subsequent assessment. Submissions are time-stamped and grades can be recorded online. Grading itself can be done online, or submissions can be downloaded and printed. Click on ‘Assignments’ in the left-hand course navigation bar, and click the ‘+Assignment’ button. See the instructions from Canvas on adding more details (instructions, due date, etc.) to an Assignment.