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Best Practices for Holding Virtual Office Hours

Connect Virtually with Students Outside of Class Time Office hours are key resources for your students to seek additional help and instruction. In-person office hours are a time-tested system, and these benefits carry forward when you provide an equivalent virtual experience. For a small investment of time and effort to set up a virtual office […]

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Using MS Teams to Create Recurring Synchronous Meetings

Tools: MS Teams After spending much of the pandemic teaching with some mix of online/hybrid/face-to-face, you’ve likely noticed some marked differences between teaching online and teaching in person. There are benefits to each, but they are also different experiences with different challenges. You may have even felt as though online synchronous courses might be more […]

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Use Quiz Accommodations in Canvas

Tools: New and Classic Quizzes During your time as an instructor, you have likely had students ask for extra time or multiple attempts to complete a quiz. Some students may provide an official letter from the Access Center stating their legally required accommodations. When a student does not have an official Access Center letter, it […]

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Late Policies

Tools: Gradebook Students missing deadlines is an inescapable part of the classroom experience, whether in-person or virtual. You probably communicate your late work policies clearly in your syllabus, but it’s also important to ensure that those rules are formally implemented in Canvas as well. By correctly using Canvas’ Late Policies, you can have it make […]

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Sharing Files with Students

Tools: Canvas Files Giving students access to digital files is important for online courses and can add value to in-person teaching as well. Powerpoints, PDFs, spreadsheets and more can be used to present content to your students as effectively as possible. The built-in tools in Canvas make sharing files with your students easy and simple […]

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Add Readings and Videos to the Course Summary

Tool: Canvas Modules and Pages Items with due dates such as assignments, quizzes, and discussions automatically get added to the Course Summary and student To-Do List once a due date is set, but what about other elements of a course like readings and videos? Marking these items as “to-dos” in the module will add them […]