Instructional Continuity - Remote Instruction & Online Resources
ConferZoom in CanvasConferZoom is
a videoconferencing tool that allows you to communicate and collaborate online in real-time using text, video, and audio. As a moderator or participant, you can speak, share webcam video, chat, screen-share, use whiteboard tools, conduct meetings, record meetings, and deliver presentations. ConferZoom can operate on PCs, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.
Pronto in CanvasPronto is an easy-to-use communication platform that scales for large organizations. It provides a means of synchronous chat/video/audio/images, much like your own group phone messages, with the only course enrolled students in your Pronto group. Access is from the Pronto app or Canvas course shell.
Microsoft 365 is available free for SAC faculty. Use online versions of Microsoft Word,
Excel, OneNote, and PowerPoint. Share and save documents, spreadsheets and presentations online.
NetTutor provides online, real-time tutoring services to students in a wide variety of subject areas. Some subject areas provide 24/7 tutoring service hours
Respondus 4.0 is a tool for creating and managing exams that can be published directly to Canvas or printed for paper-based exams. We recommend it's usage if your publisher does not have Canvas formatted exams. It can take formats and create a Canvas usable format.
Proctorio in Canvas
Proctorio is software that allows student monitoring during an exam by webcam for student observation in a time delay. The software provides identification validation and activity monitoring during an online exam.
Video Tools and Resources for Online & Remote Instructions
Explore each tool and learn ways to maximize its utility to create a better video quality and closed captioning. Record lecture content for your classes. Students can re-watch the videos if they were absent and If you are teaching the same lesson to different classes, you can reuse your videos.
- Video Creation tools to record and create your own videos, whether it's recording your screen, yourself, or both!
- Video Captioning tools that will help you apply appropriate captions to your videos for accessibility!
- Interactive Video Usage tools for extra virtual engagement with your students.
Planning and Expectations
It is recommended that faculty discuss their instruction and communication plan with their students as soon as possible, allowing them to gain experience online.
During the temporary closure, you must continue regular communication and delivery of course content. Be ready to handle requests for extensions or accommodations equitably.
Identify your priorities during the campus closure, such as providing lectures, structuring new opportunities for discussion or group work, and collecting assignments. What types of activities can be provided during classroom closure? You may need to think outside the box on this! (e.g. virtual museum visits and reporting, discussions on reading material) Which activities are better rescheduled and which can be done on
Can you move practicums to a time in the semester when you're back in the classroom?
How will I ...?
- Communicate with my students -- > Canvas Announcements, Canvas Messages, and Discussion boards
- Deliver lecture/material content -- > Use ConferZoom and stream/record your lectures. Post/upload lecture materials, videos and content materials, narrated Powerpoint
- Discussion -- > Use a discussion board, take attendance during your Zoom lecture
- Assess my students -- > Use Quizzes, Assignments (for papers, projects, file submissions, video submissions & more!)
What You Can Do!
Update Your Home Page
Assure that your course information is updated on your Canvas Home page, Syllabus page, and your "Instructor Contact" page in your Course Information Module.
Communicate Through Announcements
Post Announcements with written or recorded messages for your students. Communicate quickly and frequently. This is the fastest way to communicate with your entire class from within Canvas. Ask students to modify their notifications settings to make sure copies of Announcements are forwarded to their email address.
Set up a Class Discussion
Setting up a Canvas discussion is the best way to allow instructors to discuss course content or assignments with students, for students to share work or ask questions, and attendance verification. Create a graded discussion for each week requiring students to reply to the prompt and ideally respond to each other! Your grade for that discussion will be your attendance verification. Just like your classroom, this will be the fun part of the class!
Share Course Documents and Information with Files
Module Pages in Canvas provide a place for posting all course material. Add files such as documents, PDFs, slides, or spreadsheets.
Course Copy and Validate Links in Content
As an instructor, you can verify all links throughout your course to ensure they are valid. It is important to make sure all the links in your course work properly. You can check these links using the course link validator, which searches through course content and returns invalid or unresponsive links in both published and unpublished content. Perform the link validator after you've copied course content to the current course, here is How to Validate Links in Content
Post your Lecture
Record your lecture, instructor message, or screenshare.
- You should not need to create an account.
an Announcement in your course notifying students of the date and time of the meeting. Let them know they can access the meeting through the Zoom tab in your Canvas
- Record the meeting for students who are not able to attend. Recording options are available both when scheduling the meeting in Canvas and during the session.
offering office hours through ConferZoom
- Big Blue Button (Conference) in Canvas
- This synchronous
application is already running for all SAC courses!
- An equitable
tool students love it because it easily works on their phone
using chat/video/audio/images, much like your own group phone
Note: If you
are receiving "time out" error in ConferZoom, it could be your
internet connection is unstable or too many Conferzoom sessions going on
at the same time. If this happens, click "refresh" on your browser.
Assignments & Grading
Assignments in Canvas allows students to submit assignments online, as well as allowing instructors to grade and provide feedback online. Students are able to submit most filetypes; Word, pdf, spreadsheet, images, videos. The Canvas assignment creates a grade column in your Canvas gradebook allowing you to score and provide feedback when evaluating student work.
Canvas quizzes are used to create and administer online quizzes and surveys. A quiz in Canvas can be graded, non-graded, a graded survey, and a non-graded survey. Canvas quiz options are date availability, multiple attempts, and timer capability.
- Publisher Test Banks: If you use a publisher test bank, chances are they have a Canvas formatted version.
- Tests: If you have your own tests in Word, you can deliver your quizzes online in Canvas Quizzes.
- You will need to key in, or copy/paste the questions and answer choices. For True/False and Multiple Choice questions Canvas will auto-grade. If any essay/short answer questions are used, the final quiz score will be held until you score those questions.
- How do I create a quiz with individual questions?
- Respondus may also be a helpful Canvas test formatting tool.
- Be flexible on quiz availability. Though your students are available in class on Tuesday at 9 am, now with children at home, sick family members or perhaps not having access to a device at your class meeting time, it would be best to make the quiz available for a longer period of time.
- You can allow particular students extra time for accommodations or extra attempts.
- Your tools for student guidance are:
- Duration (time allocated)
- Attempts (one or multiple)
- Availability (Start and End date/time of quiz availability)
- A Canvas integrated software that allows observation during an exam for faculty to observe the student in time delay. The software provides identification validation and activity monitoring during an online exam.
All material you add to the course must be accessible to all students. Accessibility information can be found in the following resources:
If you are
in need of support or assistance in creating lecture videos using personal
devices (iPhone, Android, Tablet, Laptop), using Screencast-O-Matic, uploading
recorded videos to YouTube or require additional media assistance, contact Joe Pacino
at 714-564-6723 or Brian Yoder at 714-564-6724.