Teaching Strategies

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Whether an unforeseen event takes you across the country, a blizzard halts travel, or BC closes because of Coronavirus, the Center for Teaching Excellence can help you figure out how to work through disruption and stay connected with your students.

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, collect assignments, record lectures, and promote class discussion. For more details, see Get Started in Canvas

  • DISTRIBUTE CONTENT THROUGH CANVAS MODULES
    Canvas Modules allow you to organize course content in an accessible and easy to navigate way. Modules enable flexible organization and can hold a variety of content. For more information see adding content to modules. 
  • ALLOW FOR QUESTIONS AND INTERACTION ON A CANVAS DISCUSSION BOARD
    Discussions provide a forum for students to respond to prompts and discuss course content. Instructors have the option to sort students into groups, set due dates, and assign graded discussions. For more information see the Canvas guide on setting up a Discussion as well as the CTE guide on getting started with discussions.  
  • ASSESS LEARNING USING A CANVAS ASSIGNMENT
    Canvas allows you to assign, collect, and grade student work through Canvas. For more information see instructions from Canvas on adding more details to an Assignment and the CTE resource for getting started with assignments

GIVE A LECTURE IN PANOPTO
Panopto enables users to create quality recordings of lectures, including slides. The software is easy and quick to install and use on any computer with a webcam and microphone. To get started, see our step-by-step instructions.

MEET VIRTUALLY IN REAL TIME WITH ZOOM
Zoom allows for real time interactions between an instructor and students, with audio, video and chat (text).  Presenters can integrate PowerPoint slides and record sessions to make available for students who can’t participate. To get started, see our detailed guide to Zoom