Teaching Remotely

Please keep in mind that students may not have access to the same technical resources while off-campus.You may need to make special accommodations for individual students.

Remote Teaching via Canvas

Review our Canvas Basics Quick Start Guide for information on getting started teaching remotely in Canvas.
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Implemented Strategies

We have compiled a list of current implemented strategies to assist you in creating your online Canvas course.   View Strategies

Providing Course Content

Instructors will use Canvas as the primary tool for providing online course content. When uploading large files (such as videos) to Canvas, you can upload them via the Rich Content Editor or use OneDrive. Use information from approved course texts or existing online resources available through the University Libraries whenever possible. Mini-lectures can be created through Camtasia, OBS Recorder or QuickTime; though you will need to include captions for those videos by uploading those videos to YouTube or through an online tool like Otter.ai Please be sure to consider accessibility guidelines when creating and adding all course content*.

Use Webex for web conferencing, online communications, virtual class meetings and/or virtual office hours. Instructors can schedule online lectures within Canvas that provide a direct access link for students, an archive for recording and attendance tracking. Make sure you are following these steps to keep your WebEx session secure from disruption. Be sure to review this article if you are having issues launching Webex in Canvas.

*BGSU has implemented a new Webex feature that auto-transcribes all recordings to create closed captions.

Facilitating & Monitoring Student Interaction

Communication with students is key to preparating them for online course work. Canvas allows you to send messages the entire class through the Announcements feature or to individual students through the use of direct messages.

The quickest and easiest way to facilitate student interaction via your online course is through the creation of Canvas discussion boards. Discussions can be created for all students or for assigned groups. Instructors can review and participate in these discussions and use them as an opportunity to provide live feedback and assessment.

Setup Groups for students to use as a collaborative tool to work together on group projects and assignments. Students can also communicate amongst each other through Webex for web conferencing.

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Student Assessment

Canvas provides a variety of options for online student assessment. Through the use of Canvas assignments, students can upload documents for which the instructor can then provide online grades and feedback. Canvas quizzes provide the instructor with the ability to build online exams and quizzes in a variety of ways and discussion boards can also be used as graded assignments. Instructors have the option to use Respondus Lockdown Browser* for administering assessments. Respondus is offering instructor training webinars daily for the foreseeable future.

*Respondus LockDown Browser does not support Chromebooks. ITS does not recommend the use of Chromebooks because they are not compatible with many academic and enterprise applications.

Teaching Support for Online Courses

Information Technology Services (ITS), along with the Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) is coordinating a variety of Remote Teaching Triage sessions. Session are available online and face-to-face.

The University Libraries offers multiple Services for Faculty that include a variety of instructional and research services designed to actively integrate information literacy into the curricula. Some examples are: immediate online help with library research (chat, text, email, phone) via Ask Us! Page; a wide number of Research Guides (LibGuides) designed for research in specific subject areas (like music or environmental sciences); ProQuest Research Companion, a database of online information literacy modules, that can be embedded in Canvas and assigned to classes; and an E-Resources troubleshooting guide offering tips for common problems accessing online library resources.  

Faculty are encouraged to reach out to their subject librarians to arrange for online library sessions covering databases or library resources, or any other type of research assistance support.  If you have any research questions, please contact libhelp@bgsu.edu. For questions about library accounts, fines, or overdue books, please contact circdesk@bgsu.edu

The Learning Commons is open for students needing tutoring support.  Additionally, students can remotely have a writing consultant review writing assignments by completing the online submission process. If you have any questions, please contact The Learning Commons at tlc@bgsu.edu.