The list below along with the basic information on the Roadmap Option 1 page, can help you get ready for your semester. If you decide you would like additional support from the LDG team, you can contact us to schedule a virtual meeting.
Keep in mind what you want the students to be able to achieve when they complete the course. Develop course content, discussions, assignments and quizzes/exams with those objectives in mind. The LDG team can work with you to adjust your discussions, assignments, project, quizzes and exams to the remote format and to meet your course objectives.
We strongly recommend you have your course ready two weeks before the course starts. Also, two weeks before your course starts, you should send a welcome email to students, attaching a copy of your syllabus with the textbook information so they will have it when the course starts. Because there is more time to develop these courses, faculty are encouraged to complete the steps in Roadmap Option 1 and then to move to the steps below.
Note: The recommended browser for all work in Canvas is Chrome.
Using a Canvas Course Cartridge in a Blank Canvas Course.
If you would like to use a Canvas Course Cartridge to start your course development process in a blank Canvas course shell, the information below will walk you through the process.
- This basic course template video will show you how to import a Canvas course cartridge into your blank Canvas course.
- Download the Canvas Course Cartridge Sample Template.
- The Cartridge is on Google Drive and anyone with the link can download it.
- You may get an error message because it cannot be previewed in Google Drive. Click the download button to download it to your computer.
Modify the Basic Course Template
- Edit the homepage and left navigation bar.
- Add content to modules.
- Upload your syllabus and/or schedule to the basic course template.
Creating and Editing Course Content
Basic information about creating and editing course content is available on the Roadmap Option 1 page. Additional information is available below if you would like to go beyond the basics.
General Canvas Information
- TA guide to add a TA to your Canvas course.
- How do I edit my profile in my user account as an instructor? (Community Course)
- How do I add a profile picture in my user account as an instructor? (Community Course)
- How do I set a time zone in my user account as an instructor? (Community Course)
Recording Asynchronous Lectures
- Creating module headings with text header (Community Course)
- Move or reorder a module (Community Course)
- Setting release dates on modules
- How do I set a Front Page in a course?
- How do I link to other Canvas pages in a course?
- How do I delete a page in a course?
- How do I move and organize my files as an instructor?
- How do I restrict files and folders to students in Canvas?
Use announcements to share important information with students. You can post links to articles, websites and videos.
- Creating a graded discussion video
- Creating a group discussion video, creating a group discussion guide
- Grading a discussion with a rubric video
- Speedgrader documentation
- Why is my assignment not showing in the gradebook? It has to be published to show in gradebook.
Last Steps (same as Option 1)
- Check your notification settings. Notification preferences video
- View your course as a student. Student View guide.
- See if there are any broken links in your Canvas course by using the Course Link Validator video.
- Publish your course before the semester starts to make sure students have access. Publish course guide, publish course video.
During the Semester
- Post announcements guide shows how to make announcement to share information with students.
- Email students through Canvas email or through course roster email.
- Grade discussions using SpeedGrader
- Grade assignments using SpeedGrader
- Join the Microsoft Teams group Online Instructor Round Table to share with other instructors, and to ask questions about teaching in the remote and online format.
- What (Some) Students Are Saying about the Switch to Remote Teaching and Learning (EDUCAUSE)
- Moving Lectures Online (Elyse Adler/Cengage): PDF | Video