View resources to help you learn Canvas, teach in a web conferencing delivery mode, create videos, support your students, and more!
CETL Staff Consultations
Get assistance from CETL staff as you think about what your fall course might look like in an alternative format. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a one-on-one consult.
Webcams and Headsets
Webcams and headsets are available through LTS. Visit the LTS Remote Services page for information.
Contact Tiffany Lewis, Canvas Coordinator (email@example.com), to set up an appointment to learn how Canvas tools can help ease the transition to moving your course online. Learn how to use Canvas to do the following:
- Communicate with students
- Post course materials
- Create assignments
- Create quizzes
- Post grades
- And more!
Teach Using Web Conferencing Delivery Mode
Collaborate Ultra is ready for you to use via Canvas, whether or not you've used it before. It has industry-leading features and can be used for office hours and other kinds of meetings. It lets you add files like PowerPoint, share applications like a computer program or browser, and more to interact with students. Students can raise a virtual hand to ask a question and can send chat messages to you. Sessions can be recorded and watched later.
Educator Guides and Videos
Refer to the Collaborate Ultra page in the Canvas for Educators course. Use the Self-Enroll link if you are not already in the Canvas for Educators course.
For an appointment, contact:
Quick Guide Classroom Recording and Collaborate Ultra
Contact Katie Larson, instructional design consultant (LARSKATI@uwec.edu), for an appointment to learn how to create videos and options for finding videos.
Online PowerPoint Audio Recording Support
Troubleshooting: Canvas, Collaborate Ultra, and Kaltura
View this document for some basic tech tips that will help you and your students minimize issues.
Connect to University Resources from Home
Guide Your Decisions on Content Delivery
Consider the following scenarios to help guide your decision on the delivery of content.
Scenario 1: "I want to provide information to my students that I would normally deliver during an in-class lecture”.
Provide a written commentary in a Word document or in the Notes section of a PowerPoint.
Scenario 2: “I want to continue delivering my lectures in a format similar to what I use when I teach face-to-face.” For information on delivering lectures in this format, see this Sharepoint document.
Scenario 3: "I have a short PowerPoint that I would normally go through in class. The students can read what is on the slides, but they need more context and information from me as the instructor". For information on delivering lectures in this format, see this SharePoint document.
Scenario 4: "I need to deliver some information to my students, and I do not have any slides or other visual aids to include". For information on this scenario, see this SharePoint document.
Scenario 5: "I have an assignment in a document or in Canvas, and I want to have the assignment on the screen while I explain and give examples to students". For information on this scenario, see this SharePoint document.
Support Your Students
Maintaining SSD Accommodations
All mandated accommodations still apply to online classes; however, they will be administered differently. We have requested students remind you of their accommodations. Examples include:
- Testing Accommodations: extended test time will be managed in Canvas by you and no e-form will be required.
- Alternative Format: please provide handouts in an accessible format to ensure accessibility with screen readers.
- Captioning: captioning will continue to be provided through CETL & SSD but may take a longer turn-around time; in that case homework deadlines may need to be adjusted.
Adapted from: Indiana University. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://kb.iu.edu/d/keep
Supporting International Students
International students are required to take a certain number of in-person courses; however, federal authorities are allowing institutions a temporary change in mode of instruction due to COVID-19. This means that you may have international students taking your class from residence halls, other parts of the United States, or from their home country. Below are a few thoughts compiled from international students to help you prepare for online instruction:
- International students who went home would rather be in your class. Their families, governments, or exchange programs are recalling them. They are experiencing culture shock and returning to a home very different than the one they left. For many it is a dream cut short.
- They may be in forced home or governmental quarantine for a period of time where they may not have access to internet.
- They may be joining course / advising appointments in the middle of the night their time where they may share a room with family who are sleeping. Consider making assessments available for a 24-hour period of time.
- If the mode of instruction will increase spontaneous written response in online discussion, they may be writing with an accent without the opportunity to check their own writing. As we typically allow people to speak with an accent, consider that in spontaneous writing.
- Some websites are not readily available in China but may be accessed through VPN, such as google products, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and WeChat works. We have told students that they need to reach out to you about their concerns and technology limitations for their courses to help you in your planning.
- The students are anxious. There is a lot of pressure on them to do well. We continuously remind them to reach out to you to talk about their concerns and limitations.
Shared by the International Students and Scholar Services Office at UW-Whitewater.
UW System Teaching Resources
UWEX’s Instructional Design and Media Services teams have developed a new website designed for faculty/instructors to support the quick creation of online instructional materials. The UWEX COVID-19 Resource Website contains the following resources:
- Information on how to leverage existing materials and/or quickly create new online materials, including video (information on accessibility included)
- A downloadable Canvas template that contains prepopulated builds to assist with the quick creation of fundamentals for a course (e.g. discussions, resources, assignments/assessments, etc.)
- Assistance on crafting a message to students to inform them of what will happen to a given course as it transitions to online delivery (when it will be ready and what to expect)
- Resources and tips to successfully teach online (e.g. how to communicate with and engage students, etc.)
- Links to COVID-19 information provided by UW System